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Chanukah Cards With Quilling

Create one-of-a-kind Chanukah cards for friends and family simply by curling narrow strips of Crayola Color Explosion® Paper. The colors are brilliant!

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students research information about the origins and customs of Chanukah. Share personal experiences with other students. Identify the symbols and colors associated with this Jewish holiday.
    2. Fold a bright Crayola Color Explosion® Paper to create a holiday card. Choose a theme and symbols, such as a menorah or the Star of David.
    3. Choose another color of Color Explosion Paper. Cut it into narrow strips with the Crayola Scissors. You will use the strips to do quilling—a traditional craft with rolled decorative paper coils.
    4. Smooth each strip between two fingers until the paper bends. Fold over the end and roll the paper to form a tight coil. Pinch coils into shapes, such as rectangles for candles, a teardrop, the letter S, or a circle. Glue the loose end in place and hold until the glue sets.
    5. Make interior cuts in your card if you like to create see-through sections. Arrange your coils on the cover of your card. Glue them in place. Air-dry the glue.
    6. Use Crayola Color Explosion Markers to write holiday greetings and add bright, colorful details to both sides of your card.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the complexity band proficiently.

    LA: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade level topic or subject area.

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    LA: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to the situation.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

    SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.

    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.

    VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Prior to creating original Chanukah cards, students research the story of Chanukah, focusing their investigations on customs associated with the holiday and prepare to discuss, in small groups, traditions and foods associated with this holiday.

    Students research the origins of the dreidel game and translate the four Hebrew letters painted on the dreidel. Create a class learning center where students play the dreidel game.

    Research continues as students investigate the origins of the art of paper quilling. Students look for patterns in nature and create quill art to represent these patterns.

    Students research additional origins and traditions of holidays that their families do not practice, preparing an organized electronic presentation summarizing the research.


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