Week 26 Day 2

Book choices for today:

Prita Goes to India   Prodeepta Das
Forces Make Things Move   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 Geography: (first circle)

Need for lesson – Art project focused on India.

Geography 40

We started to talk about the country of India on the continent of Asia. Today we want to talk about art in India. There are many different forms of art in India. Paintings, poetry, sculpture, and drawings are just some of them. Art can also be seen in architecture, or buildings. Palaces and other buildings have beautiful designs and some have precious stone designs inside them.

Another form of art can be found on the ground in front of a persons door to their house. A rangoli is a design made on the floor near the entrance of the ones home to welcome guest that visit. The patterns made for the rangoli are traditionally done with flour or rice and drawn out with one’s finger. Sometimes they are drawn using chalk. Rangolis are usually symmetrical. Do we remember what that means? If we folded the design it would be the same on both sides. Rangoli can be large covering much space on the floor entrance or take up just a small amount of floor space. After the design is drawn out, it can be colored in using paints or chalk. Traditionally, colored powders are carefully sprinkled inside the design lines. Sometimes the drawing can be of animals, flowers, or just designs that are made with shapes.

We are going to make a rangoli design using chalk on paper and use colored sand to color the inside of the design shapes you make.

       Rangoli Art Idea

Additional Works:

India Objects – On a tray or in a basket have a variety of items from India.



Asian Elephants – Children can paint paper plates and make an elephant.


Science: (second circle)

Need for lesson – Marbles, bowls, and boxes.

Science 62

We want to find out about motion. What is motion? The world is filled with motion. Some motions just happen, like the Earth going around the Sun. The motion of snowflakes or rain falling just happens. Other motions are under our control, like when we run, ride a bike, or pick up things. Motion happens because of force. Force is a push or a pull. Forces need to act upon an object to get it moving or to change its motion. We saw how force helped us to do jobs with the simple machines we talked about. If we wanted to use a lever to lift something we needed to force down on the lever to make it go up to lift an object.

There is a force called centripetal force. This is a force that pushes an object toward the center of a circle. Centrifugal force is a force by which an object pushes away from a center. We are going to see these to forces at work using bowls and marbles. We want to put the marbles inside the bowls and watch what the marbles do if the bowls are rolled around.

The sides of the bowl push the marbles toward its center, but the weight of the marbles push them out toward the sides of the bowl. Do you think the same thing would happen if we put the marbles inside of this box and make it go around?

Children can experiment with the containers and marbles.

Additional Work:

Balls in Motion
Car – Air Motion from a Balloon
Motion Ball in Tray – This is a work that was at one of the schools I subbed at. Children get the ball rolling around the outer section of tray,  keeping it in motion, without it falling out of the tray.

      Sample of Motion

Car – Air Motion

Ball in Motion

Song (CD) choices for today:

Ali Akbar    Asian Dreamland
Lucky Ali   Kids World Party