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Fireworks Finale Card

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.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Ask students on what holidays they enjoy fireworks? Fireworks are 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. Have students look at pictures of fireworks. Notice how the lines are in various combinations and shapes. Students practice making these lines with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on paper. When students have a few patterns that they like, then use Crayola Color Explosion paper and markers.
    4. Cut Color Explosion paper into quarters with Crayola Scissors. Students draw a finale of fireworks. The awesome, random colors are revealed they draw!
    5. Use a Crayola Glue Stick to glue the fireworks design to construction paper folded in a card shape. Use Crayola Markers (they complement the bright Color Explosion colors) to add a greeting 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.


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