Pioneer Trail fourth graders get creative with Thanksgiving project

Posted by Brittany Ruess on 11/19/2020 4:00:00 PM

Ms. Christina Brauner's fourth-grade class at Pioneer Trail Elementary recently learned the interesting history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade during social studies. They read "Balloons Over Broadway," which tells the story of Tony Sarg and how he grew up to design the balloons for the famous parade.

After learning the parade's history, students designed and drew their own balloons -- everything from a Thanksgiving meal to Sonic the Hedgehog to a three-tiered cake celebrating the of the end of 2020! Students then wrote persuasive letters to the people in charge of the parade with the reasons their balloons should be included in the lineup.

Ms. Brauner edited photos of the students and their balloon drawings superimposed over a real picture of the parade, making it appear like each student is holding their very own parade balloon in the actual parade celebration. Students also recorded themselves reading their letters in SeeSaw over the picture so they can send them home to families.

What a great project to develop students' history knowledge, writing, and creativity!

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project

Pioneer Trail Thanksgiving Project