Elephant Procession

Elephant Procession lesson plan

Did you ever see elephants wearing beautiful cloth, gold, silver, and brightly colored jewels? In Sri Lanka, hundreds of elephants parade for 10 nights during peraheras!

  • 1.

    In Sri Lanka, several peraheras or Buddhist processions are held each year. Visitors from around the world take part in the festivities. The most important perahera is held in the city of Kandy to honor a sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Dozens of elephants are colorfully decorated to walk in the processions.

  • 2.

    Students find out more about this interesting Sri Lankan holiday, and about the country itself. Where is it located? What role do elephants play in the culture? What are other Sri Lankan traditions? Look for pictures of the ornately decorated elephants.

  • 3.

    With Crayola® Colored Pencils, draw a large elephant. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Use your imagination and pictures of peraheras to ornately decorate your elephant with Crayola Washable and Fine Line Markers.

  • 4.

    Add the look of jewels to your elephant’s regal attire with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry your drawing flat.

  • 5.

    Attach the elephant to another sheet of paper with Crayola Glue Sticks. If you wish, raise the elephant off the paper by gluing cardboard under its body. Decorate around the edges to frame your elephant.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of aspects of a topic.
  • LA; Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

Adaptations

  • If students have difficulty creating an outline of an elephant, supply them with several templates to get them started.
  • Encourage students to investigate other countries that use elephants in ceremonies, such as India's Republic Day on January 26th.
  • Investigate Sri Lankan wildlife sanctuaries to protect Asian elephants and other animals that are threatened with extinction.