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Fireworks!

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Ask students to describe what they remember about the fireworks they have seen. When are fireworks usually used? What are the components of a fireworks display? What kinds of feelings are generated by watching a fireworks display?

  2. To help students understand how fireworks have evolved, have them do the History of Fireworks activity before watching.

After Watching

  1. Fireworks involve the use of explosives, yet people choose to work with these dangerous elements on a daily basis. Would students like to work in a fireworks factory? Why or why not?

  2. Fireworks have been used in celebrations for centuries. What other ways do cultures choose to celebrate occasions in such an exalted manner? What are some common themes found in grand celebrations?

Note: The Pyro Boy segment of this program shows behavior that may be inappropriate for student viewing. Please preview the program for its appropriateness in your classroom.

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