Book choices for today:
I is for India Prodeepta Das
Going to School in India Lisa Heydlauff
Geeta’s Day Prodeepta Das
Geography: (first circle)
Need for lesson – Map of Asia and pictures of India.
Let’s look at this map of Asia. We have talked about this country of China and this one, Japan. Today we want to talk about this country. It is called India. When we look at India we can see it has three sides surrounded by water. It is a peninsula. The world’s highest mountain range is in India. They are the Himalaya Mountains. India has some desert land, forest, and jungle area as well.
The cow is a very sacred animal in India. They can be found wandering through city streets. India is also home to many other animals like elephants, lions, pythons, river dolphins, and the snow leopard. The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India. This beautiful cat lives in the forests and grasslands. They also swim and can be found in ponds, lakes, and rivers.
Indian clothing is very colorful. The fabric is made of silk or cotton and can be a solid color or patterned. The sari is most common and oldest forms of dress for women. It is made with a large piece of fabric that is wrapped around the waist to form a skirt and then draped around the shoulder. Underneath a sari, women wear a petticoat and a blouse called a choli. Indian men will often wear a loose shirt called a kurta with either a lungi or dhoti. A lungi is a wide length of cloth wrapped around the waist and rolled up or left hanging to the ground. A dhoti is a long piece of cloth with a separate fabric piece pulled up between the legs. Men also may wear a long tailored cotton shirt with pants.
Food in India is often eaten with the hands, and it is the right that is used. Most Indian meals include a flat bread, that is traditionally used to scoop or roll vegetables or rice. A spoon is provided for soup.
Indian Chai Tea – Make some chai tea, with fresh ingredients. Remind the children of the time you talked about spices and that some spices are used to make a popular tea in India called Chai Tea.
Depending on your classroom situation, you can involve the children in this. Provide the children with a pitcher or other container of the tea (warm, Not Hot) on the shelf or it can be arranged on a special table in the classroom. Children pour themselves some tea to enjoy. I also add the ingredients that are found in the tea in small bowls for the children to see, smell, and feel as they enjoy their cup of chai tea.
Bengal Tigers – Children can make tigers using paper plates to draw or paint tiger faces.
India Banner – Using pictures that represent India children can color them and glue onto a paper and make banner. I used the pictures from dtlk.com, and reduced their size.
Spanish: (second circle)
Need for lesson – Spanish Family matching cards. Review Spanish Family names.
Spanish – Family
Song (CD) choices for today:
Lucky Ali (India) Kids World Part
Gurka Boy Children’s Songs Around the World
(G) Weeks 23-26$25.00