Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night lesson plan

Find out how Bonfire Night is celebrated in England today then use Crayola® Gel Markers to make your own bonfire and fireworks scene.

  • 1.

    Research information about Guy Fawkes Day, a British holiday. Why is it observed? Festive night parties, with blazing bonfires, are common during this November 5 holiday celebration. Fireworks flash overhead to symbolize dynamite that could have exploded in 1605 when conspirators set out to destroy the British Parliament.

  • 2.

    To create a contemporary Guy Fawkes Night street scene, cut a yellow, orange, and red construction paper bonfire with Crayola Scissors. Cut logs for the bonfire, too. Glue the bonfire to black construction paper with Crayola Glue Sticks. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to add sparks. Dry.

  • 3.

    Draw a crowd of people bundled in winter clothes and huddled around the fire using Crayola Gel Markers.

  • 4.

    Fill the sky overhead with a colorful fireworks display using your gel markers, and glitter glue.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • 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.
  • 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: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • 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: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • 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

  • Students use electronic resources to research Guy Hawkes Day. Research is organized into a summary paragraph. Students writing should accompany the original sketches created for this lesson.
  • Who led the British government at the time of Guy Hawkes? Research this leader and the role religion may have played in this event. Since that time, how has the British government changed?
  • Guy Hawkes was found with three possessions: a darkened lantern, a tinder box, and three matches. Why did he have these items? What was he missing?