Creativity Fills Balloons


Connecting curriculum with Thanksgiving, W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students honed their creative writing skills as they penned persuasive essays to Mr. Macy of Macy’s department stores.

Teachers began the assignment by sharing the historical fiction books “Balloons Over Broadway” and “Milly and the Macy’s Parade.” In groups, the classes discussed the historical importance of the annual parade, reviewed the types of balloons that are already featured and brainstormed ideas for the debut of a new balloon in 2015. The students collaborated on large-scale mock-ups of the designs they envisioned and drafted essays convincing Mr. Macy why their pieces should be included in the time-honored parade.

The completed projects were put on display for all to enjoy during Mount’s Giving Day Parade.