the student will be able to: •Locate India on a world map •Identify India’s flag •Explain why the Taj Mahal was built •Compare several Indian customs to American customs •Given a selection of animals.As a result of this lesson. choose those native to India •Express himself/herself through Indian art _____________________________________________________ .

etc. made from cardboard) . circles.Bananas Oranges Salt Sugar Paint (different colors) Mural paper 6-8 dictionaries Shape patterns to trace Plain yogurt Plastic cups Spoons Large play area is needed Paint brushes (triangles.

Locate Asia. 3. India has a long “tale” that sticks out into the Indian Ocean. 2. India is a large country in southern Asia. what color is India? ORANGE .To find India on a world map: 1. On this map.

Republic of _______________________ Location: South Asia Capital of India: New Delhi Official Language: Hindi Currency: Rupee (34 rupees = 1 dollar) How many rupees would I have if I had 4 dollars? .

forests. and farms. and Bangalore. Bombay. Big cities include New Delhi.India is a large country in southern Asia. It is separated from the rest of Asia by the Himalayan Mountains. it is called a subcontinent. jungles. The major rivers are the Indus River and the Ganges River.S. India has half as many states as the U. Because it is so big and cut off from the rest of the continent. How many states are in India? . mountains. It has deserts. has. India is the seventh largest country in the world. Calcutta. To the south of India is the Indian Ocean.

wheat.Exports: tea. clothing. spices What are imports and exports? Do we grow the same crops in Ohio? Which of these goods do we use in Ohio? . gems. leather Imports: food. tea. sugar cane. iron and steel. iron ore. jewelry. chemicals Main crops: rice.

The blue wheel in the middle is the Wheel of Life. the middle stripe is white. and the bottom stripe is green.________________________________________ The top stripe is dark gold. .

December to March ~~~~ Cold April to May ~~~~ Very hot (Often over 100 degrees) June to September ~~~~ Monsoon season October to November ~~~ less rain MONSOONS Monsoons are huge rain storms that come in from the Indian Ocean. Are there storms like these in the United States? . They bring enough rain to supply water for the whole year. These storms have strong winds. They can flood and destroy farms and houses. Some have even killed people.

Europeans had come into India to trade for Indian spices. . India was ruled by Mogul emperors. Then the empire fell apart into smaller kingdoms.Long ago. cotton cloth. the British took control of India and ruled there until 1947. and tea. but he was never violent. That means that he would not do what the British wanted. Gandhi practiced civil disobedience. By the 1600’s. ruled by maharajas. In 1857. One very important man. silks. Mohandas Gandhi helped India gain independence.

the Taj Mahal was built.but why was it built? Any ideas? The Taj Mahal is in Agra near the capital of India. More than twenty thousand people and one thousand elephants helped build it. It took over ten years to build. That was almost 400 years ago. . . . What is the capital of India? .At about the same time the pilgrims were landing at Plymouth Rock.

The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. . He also made sure that beautiful gems decorated her tomb. The two of them were buried together inside the Taj Mahal.Shah Jahan was the emperor of India from 1628 to 1658. Since Shah Jahan loved his wife so much. Make up your own legend explaining why someone would have a building like the Taj Mahal built. It is also a great tribute to love. The emperor was so heartbroken that he decided to build a massive tomb in honor of their love. he used only the finest marble. He deeply loved his wife Mumtaz Mahal. She died in 1631 when she was giving birth to their fourteenth child.

The fielders try to catch the ball to get the batsman out. a wicket keeper.Cricket In India. and fielders. the popular sport is cricket. What sport or sports does this sound like? What are the similarities between this game and games we play here? . The game of cricket is played with a batsman. The bowler rolls the ball toward the batsman. The batsman hits the ball with a bat and runs back and forth between the bowler and the wicket keeper to score runs. a bowler. The wicket keeper stands behind the batsman.

send cards to friends and family. fireworks light up the sky. and give out presents. What American Holidays are celebrated like Diwali? What building is in the picture? .The Hindu New Year falls in October or November of each year. For Diwali. people get dressed up in new clothes. the Festival of Lights. Since it is the Festival of Lights. It is called Diwali.

We love to watch movies in America. Indian families love to go to the movies just as much as we do. That’s even more than Hollywood. right? WRONG! India produces about eight hundred movies a year. Can you think of American movies or television shows that you have seen with Indian actors or actresses in them? . Hollywood is the biggest producer of films in the world.

What kinds of animals do you think you would find in India? Below is a list of animals that can be found in India: Lions Deer Bears Rhinoceroses Snakes Elephants Camels Monkeys Tigers (National animal) Peacocks (National bird) Did any surprise you? .

rings. and skirts at home. In big cities. nose rings. Men usually wear dhotis. They wear earrings.Many women in India wear beautiful saris. women wear saris with gold embroidery and sequins. Children wear jeans. For special events. men wear American style clothing. anklets. They are loose pants. T-shirts. bangles (bracelets). Indian women love to wear jewelry. necklaces. and even jewelry in their hair! . They usually have uniforms for school. similar to pajamas. Their clothing is brightly colored.

also a game played while riding horses POLO . you can take these classes at the YMCA YOGA Hindi phrase meaning loose trousers PAJAMAS Game of skill played on a checkerboard with moveable pieces CHESS Expensive sweaters made from goat hair in a region of India CASHMERE This digit means nothing.Can you think of anything that we have in the U. that came from India? Meditation exercises. but can greatly change the value of a number when added onto the end of a number ZERO A brand of clothing.S.

discuss what you think these words mean.You may or may not know these other Indian words. so make sure you know what they all mean! Jungle Thug Bungalow Veranda Guru Nirvana Karma Bazaar . If you don’t know what they are. In your groups. look them up! Each group will explain to the class the meaning of one of these words.

salt. peeled and segmented Mix the sugar. and stir until everything is well mixed. Recipe from India: One Nation. and yogurt together. Serve chilled. Add the bananas and oranges. peeled and sliced 2 large oranges.We will make KELA AUR SANTRA KI LASSI (Banana and Orange Shake): 2 teaspoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 small containers of plain yogurt 2 large bananas. Many Traditions by Megan Cifarelli .

lions. and kangaroo? .Which of the following animals can be found in India? Answers will follow. panda bear. elephants. penguin. and rhinoceroses. India has tigers. Where would you find a dolphin.

HERE’S HOW TO PLAY: 1. If the runner does not make it back to his/her side without taking a breath. The runner has to keep saying “kabaddi-kabaddi” so he/she can’t take another breath. Whichever team starts has to pick a player to run to the other team’s side. The other players try not to get tagged. The team with the most players left wins. If the runner doesmakes it back without taking a breath. 5. Teams take turns sending runners. Those who get tagged try to catch the runner before he/she runs back to his/her side.Many Indian children play Kabaddi. Divide players into two equal teams. You just need four or more people to play. 3. There is no equipment. The runner tries to tag the other team’s players without taking another breath. . which is a game similar to tag. 2. The runner takes a deep breath. the runner is out. Each team is on opposite sides of the playing area. then the players who got tagged are out. 4.

There are patterns of triangles. Indian women make a paste out of flour and color it with crushed flowers and spices. You will keep using that design to make a bigger design to fill your mural paper. 2. 5. 4.Rangoli is the traditional art of decorating walls and courtyards with designs. We will display the murals in the room. circles. 1. rectangles. You may use any colors available and any design made of shapes. Make sure everyone in your group takes part in the mural in some way. . Each group will start with a basic design made of shapes. squares that you may trace if you want. They often compete to make the best designs. We will make Rangoli designs using paint and mural paper. 3.

Many Traditions by Megan Cifarell Colorful photos and detailed information I is for India by Prodeepta Das Beautiful photographs and interesting information The Children of India by Jules Hermes Beautiful photographs. focuses on Indian children and their daily lives B IB LI OGRAPHY . useful info on India Learn India: One Nation. Indian glossary.Countries of the World: India by Sunandini Arora Lal Lots of detailed information. and nice color photos Count Your Way through India by Jim Haskins the Hindi numbers from 1 to 10.

food. medieval.pitara. this site is highly recommended. and This site contains books.welcometoindia.htm This site shows a slideshow trip to India for children ages 7-9. .com/culture This site contains info on culture. traditions.http:www. British.home. stories.Pitara for Kids . We Are India . music. History of India . folk tales. and modern travel and more.html This site covers ancient. and activities for children. stories. This site contains photos and other links on culture. Welcome to India .http://weareindia. India for Kids – Snaith Primary School http://www.freeuk.http://www. and art. With lots of great links.

.whirlpool. and This Experience India .http://www. and more. It also contains great photographs.html This site has photos of saris and other Indian site has Indian recipes for children to tunes.Chantal Boulanger: Indian saris-research http:www. and music clips.vijnanakalavedi. music. It also has other links. tales. video clips.indiaparenting.devi. India Parenting This site tells about different Indian art.htm This site has kids’ games. learning activities. Really Cookin’ Recipes for Kids www2.

What did you learn about India? What part did you like the best? Why? What will you tell your friends about? What will you tell your family about? What country would you like to learn more about? This presentation is dedicated to my father. whose name means Boss in Gujarati. Upendra Patel. and to Master Seth. who was born and raised in India. . my new son.

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