Fireworks: What Do We Know About Fireworks?

Emergency Lesson Plan

From the October 2010 issue of ChemMatters magazine

This packet features a highly rated ChemMatters article accompanied by a variety of student activities and teacher resources for an emergency lesson plan. Choosing from activities grouped into three categories below, a teacher can design a plan, suitable for delivery by a substitute teacher, which will fit his or her own classroom needs. The content of “Fireworks” illustrates many chemistry topics, including redox reactions, thermochemistry, electron structure, spectroscopy, gas laws, and safety

Starter Activities
These are intended to be completed before students read the article. These activities activate prior knowledge, engage student interest, begin a conversation on the topic of the article, and help students relate to the information to be discovered in the article.

While Reading Activities
These are for students to do while reading the article. They help direct student exploration so they can understand and organize the content. Strategies are included to help students explain what they have learned.

Further Exploration Activities
These are to be completed after reading the article, to reinforce and practice new ideas and elaborate on the topic.