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Keywords: Holiday Card, Writing, Creativity, Digital Images, English, Holiday, Card
Subject(s): Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 3 through 4
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: E A Lawhon Elementary School, Pearland, TX
Planned By: Cynthia Ramirez
Original Author: Cynthia Ramirez, Pearland
Materials: set of lab computers (or set of laptops) with Internet connection, colored ink printer, projector, cardstock

Time: 2 Days at 30 min. each

Preparation: Prior to students beginning project teacher gathers and saves holiday images (jpeg) for student use. Teacher creates a shortcut of http://www.bighugelabs.com/popart.php on the school network or their website for easy access. Teacher may also want to have a card template ready for students to use for Day 2. Ex. Publisher was used and a card template was saved with text boxes availabe for students to type their card messages.

Day 1: Using the projector and computer, teacher instructs students to visit http://www.bighugelabs.com/popart.php. Teacher and students click Browse to get to a location in which holiday images were saved. Teacher demonstrates how to change icons to thumbnails so images can be seen. Student pick one image and on the website students click one of three sizes. Then students click the Create button. Once students click Create they will be taken to a page in which their Pop Art image will appear, students may explore the Click here to shuffle link to edit their image colors. Teacher may also show them the Edit button to take them back to upload a new image. Once students find the Pop Art image they like best, they click the Save button and save their image to the school network.

Day 2: (Optional) Have students write out a message they would like to type for the inside of the holiday card.

Day 3: Using the projector and computer, teacher models how to open the card template they will using. Once the card template is open, students will insert their Pop Art image from Day 1 on the front of the card. Students type their special messages on the card and add other clipart if given permission. Once the card is checked over by the teacher it can be printed.
This activity could be done in one day, it would take about 45 minutes to complete.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Art: Introduce Andy Warhol and his art
Writing: Make a poem for inside the card
Technology: Have students take their own pictures to insert on the front of the card.
Each students will receive their card to take home. I would also save some Pop Art images to share on the school website.
Links: Link to Pop Art
Materials: Projectors, Printers, English/Language Arts, Writing