Fireworks Finale Card

Fireworks Finale Card lesson plan

Combine the science of fireworks, the art of written language, and the visual arts of fields! Use amazing new technology to create a memorable greeting card.

  • 1.

    On what holidays do you enjoy fireworks? They’re used around the world for celebrations! Fireworks are chemistry in action. Powdered chemicals are mixed and wrapped inside paper wrappers; these parts are called stars. Several types, sizes, and colors of stars are then layered inside a larger package with gunpowder.

  • 2.

    Because fireworks are controlled explosions, and the force explodes outward, fireworks look like lines going out from a center point. Some lines are longer and thicker than others. Some curve downward to the ground. Some explode again in mini-blasts. Each of these types can be very interesting with lots of colors.

  • 3.

    Look at pictures of fireworks. Notice how the lines are in various combinations and shapes. Practice making these lines with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on paper. When you find a few patterns that you like, you are ready to use the exciting Crayola Color Explosion paper and markers.

  • 4.

    Cut Color Explosion paper into quarters with Crayola Scissors. Draw your version of a finale of fireworks. The awesome, random colors are revealed as you draw!

  • 5.

    Use a Crayola Glue Stick to glue your fireworks design to construction paper folded in a card shape. Use Crayola Markers (they complement the bright Color Explosion colors) to add your greetings and message.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Individually, students write a summary of how fireworks work. A sketch of exploding fireworks can accompany the written work.
  • Prior to determining the greeting that will go into their fireworks cards, students will review a collection of greeting cards. What type of greetings are appropriate for the fireworks cards? What greetings may not be appropriate for these cards?
  • Students research international holidays that celebrate with fireworks. Students create a year-long calendar identifying when the holidays occur.
  • Students create a full page fireworks display. Organize these onto a bulletin board in a collage format.