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Teachers are always looking for attention-grabbing door decor, especially as they prepare for the start of a new school year.
Here’s one to try in 2014-15…
Up and Away…A Bright Hot Air Balloon Idea for Door Decor!
Secure a colorful poster(s) of hot air balloons to the front of your classroom door. Use photos or illustrations; both are eye-catching.
Bright hot air balloons invite students to enter your classroom with a sense of flying up, up and away!
A door decor theme that features hot air balloons, including one designed as a light bulb, like you see in my blog pic, opens the door to developing children’s critical thinking and visual acuity skills.
How? The following bright ideas are examples. Use these tricks to lead into a variety of lessons and activities for the weeks ahead.
Hot Air Balloon Connected Critical and Creative Thinking - Direct children’s attention to the hot air balloon poster(s) on your door and ask the class…
Did anyone notice that one of the hot air balloons is a light bulb? Note that light bulbs are a widely accepted symbol of bright ideas.
Who has a bright idea for the school year ahead?
What are your ideas now that you’re a __________ grader?
What else does the shape of a hot air balloon make you think of? The right edge of color could be the shape of a question mark, for example.
Who wants to travel the world of learning together this year?
Where shall we go? What do you want to learn?
Writing Theme – Up and Away in a Hot Air Balloon – Refer back to the posters on your classroom door and lead into a creative writing lesson, asking students…
Who’d like to fly in a hot air balloon up and away where birds soar in seasonal breezes?
Plan time for children to write poems or stories about flying high in a hot air balloon.
Temporarily transfer your door decor posters to a board near students to help them jump-start their writing. Suggest that as they plan to write, they gaze at the balloons and imagine themselves flying up and away.
Hot Air Balloon Art Option - Invite children to draw a picture of themselves in the basket of a hot air balloon before they begin writing about where they’d like to fly.
Challenge kids to design the balloon of their new flying machines. What colors will they use? Will their balloons include stars or other symbols or numbers?
Encourage students to make and illustrate a list of what they would pack to take on the trip. This activity can serve as a pre-writing exercise to help children plan their stories about soaring up and away.
Hot Air Balloon Science Connection – Pointing to your Up and Away Door Decor, note that hot air balloon travelers need to pay close attention to the weather.
Ask the class to describe the weather shown in your balloon poster(s). What kinds of clouds does the poster show?
When would it not be safe to travel in a hot air or weather balloon?
Hot Air Balloon Social Studies Scoop - Your hot air balloon door decor can also spark Social Studies lessons.
Introduce the class to the fascinating history of hot air balloons. Nutshell knowledge about these amazing flying machines…
The “birth of hot air ballooning” was in 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers launched a balloon from the center of Paris. Imagine the amazement of witnesses to this historic event!
Other bright ideas to help you create door decor that takes your class up and away? (more…)