The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 17 How the Balloon Was Launched

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This free book study for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being offered in weekly installments. The best place to begin is with the introduction found here. This post contains teaching materials for Chapter 17 ~ How the Balloon Was Launched.

Summary of Chapter 17 ~ How the Balloon Was Launched

After three days of waiting, Oz called Dorothy to him. He told her he wasgoing to make a balloon to sail them over the desert. Once across the desert, they would look for Kansas. To make the balloon, Oz cut out the silk while Dorothy stitched the pieces together. Next a basket had to be made to carry them. 

Once the balloon was finished, the Tin Woodman built a fire and filled the balloon with hot air. Oz was inside the balloon waiting for Dorothy to join him when he spoke to the people of the Emerald City. Oz told the people gathered that he was going away to visit a brother wizard in the clouds. He wanted the Scarecrow to rule the city in his absence.

Toto took off chasing a kitten. Dorothy couldn’t leave without him. Once she had found Toto and was racing toward the balloon, the ropes holding the balloon cracked, and the balloon took off without Dorothy in it.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 17 ~ How the Balloon Was Launched

Vocabulary

contented [adjective] ~ satisfied with things as they are; content

These were sad days for the little girl, although her friends were all quite happy and contented.

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faintest notion [phrase] ~ to not know anything at all about something; also foggiest notion or faintest idea

“Well, I’m not sure about Kansas,” said Oz, “for I haven’t the faintest notion which way it lies. But the first thing to do is to cross the desert, and then it should be easy to find your way home.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. The main idea in Chapter 17 was —
    1.  Toto ran into the crowd.
    2. Oz came up with an idea for getting Dorothy to Kansas.
    3.  The balloon flew away without Dorothy.
    4.  Oz cut silk strips while Dorothy sewed them together.
  1. Which of the following events took place first?
    1.  They created a basket for the balloon.
    2. Dorothy’s friends were happy, but she was sad as she waited for news from Oz.
    3.  Oz told the people that Scarecrow would rule over them.
    4.  Dorothy and Oz created a balloon that could sail across the desert.
  1. Which of the following events took place last?
    1.  They created a basket for the balloon.
    2. Dorothy’s friends were happy, but she was sad as she waited for news from Oz.
    3.  Oz told the people that Scarecrow would rule over them.
    4.  Dorothy and Oz created a balloon that could sail across the desert.
  1. The effect of a kitten in the crowd was
  1. Draw a picture of Oz departing the Emerald City. Include details from the chapter in your picture.

Skills

 

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