All About India

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The lesson introduces students to the country of India, which is often featured in news stories.  Many students may have heard of the country, but are unaware of its history or characteristics.  The lesson includes a wealth of information about India and students should be able to locate India on a world map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to India.

All About India Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages All About India
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces your students to the fascinating country of India.  It includes a wide variety of information about India, including geographical landmarks like the Himalayas, through the various religions practiced in India, and also briefly touches on castes and untouchables.  Then the history of India is discussed, including the building of the Taj Mahal. Mahatma Gandhi is mentioned in the lesson as well. Finally, some information is provided about India today, including attractions like the Ganges Rivers and Gateway of India.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Display the word “Indian”. Ask students what the word means to them.  Accept all responses, as some will refer to the American Indians/Native Americans.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they know about the second most populated country in the world.  Display a world map, specifically identifying Asia and India.  Tell them to share their knowledge about India.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About India.
  4. Distribute All About India content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use an India map during the content presentation for identification of its borders, etc.  Ask students what Mark Twain’s quote means to them.  Save the final questions for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute needed supplies, including final poster paper.  Allow students access to the Internet or other sources for images and additional information.  Teacher may review the rough draft before a student begins the final poster.
  6. Once completed, students share their posters with the class, and persuade students to “visit” India. Following presentations, vote on the poster that would most convince a person to visit India.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students share their acrostic.  Discuss a possible “caste” system in the U.S., allowing students to share their opinions.
  9. In closing, ask students: What do you see as the biggest problem with the caste system in India? Why?  What do you believe is the best part about India?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies