Balloons Over Broadway Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5


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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is such a great nonfiction mentor text to teach about the man behind the magic of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! If you don’t own a copy of the book, check your local library or you might even find an online read-aloud of the text with a simple Google search!

Using mentor texts is one of the best ways to maximize your teaching time. You are able to teach multiple skills, subjects, and topics with just one book!


  • a week of plans that teach text structure, primary sources, analyzing photos, and vivid verbs using the book, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (book not included)
  • detailed explicit lessons, including teacher samples
  • a week-at-a-glance plan
  • digitally converted activities in Google Slides, when applicable
  • mentor sentence lesson teaching vivid verbs
  • reading lessons to teach chronology, compare & contrast, cause & effect, and problem & solution
  • writing lessons to examine language of primary source advertisements, and then design their own newspaper advertisement
  • writing lessons to analyze photographs, and then write from the point of view of someone in the photograph
  • compare & contrast constructed response activity with primary source photographs
  • two original informational articles about the Macy’s Parade written by me, Jessica Ivey
  • printables for skill practice
  • graphic organizers for skill practice
  • evidence-based terms list and poster
  • text structures poster
  • short assessments

You will notice that the units align in best practices with my other resources, so if you are already using other components like Mentor SentencesBetter Than Basal, or Everything But The Books, they can easily be incorporated into your plans without breaking stride.

In fact, this unit follows the exact same structure as my Everything But The Books resources!

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This unit was part of the 2019-2020 Club, which is now complete! Get all 12 units in the MENTOR TEXT CLUB BUNDLE!

Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the ‘additional license’ purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson’s methods. This is not the only way to “do” mentor sentences in your classroom.*

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