This teacher's guide includes a collection of chapter overviews, themes, standards-based activities, historical overviews, and additional resources relating to each chapter of The Balloon Boy of San Francisco
by Dorothy Lelund Kupcha and published by Tomato Enterprises. The book follows the life of a San Francisco boy living in 1853 and is based on the true story of a boy who traveled in a hot air balloon. The story is drawn from newspapers, letters, diaries, and other historical documents to tell the story of life in the West just after the discovery of gold in California.

This and the guides in the links on the left were designed by third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers as part of Clark County School District's Teaching American History Grant module on westward migration. During the module, teacher participants were provided with picture and chapter books relating to nineteenth century exploration of the United States. Each module participant selected one picture book or several chapters of a chapter book for which they would prepare a teacher's guide. These guides are accessible via the links on the left.

If you have any questions about this guide, please contact Christy G. Keeler, Ph.D., this blog's designer and the pedagogy scholar for the module. You may also enjoy visiting other grant module blogs. Each module was five weeks long with a focus on a historical era (taught by Drs. Michael Green and DeAnna Beachley) and pedagogical technique (taught by Dr. Keeler). The modules include: