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Prairie Queen Fifth Graders Design Parade Balloons

In conjunction with their curriculum, fifth grade students at Prairie Queen Elementary designed parade balloons for the Thanksgiving Day parade route. Students were challenged to design a balloon that is entertaining as well as a device to keep their balloon afloat across their identified parade route. In order to qualify and be deemed “safe for the crowd,” balloons must be 3-4 feet off the ground and stay upright and in the air. Students also created a script for parade commentators.

This enrichment activity supports both the fifth grade writing unit (narrative) and math unit (geometry), with additional STEAM elements as well as problem-solving and teamwork. Students filmed their balloon creations in front of a green screen, which was made into a final video featuring all 5th grade balloons along the parade route.