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Buddha Sculpture

Learn about Buddhism, a philosophy of life that emphasizes wisdom and kindness, which is followed by people around the world.

  • Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Gautama Buddha was born in 563 BC and lived in northern India. The name Buddha means enlightened one. Among the Buddha's basic teachings are the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. His birthday, the Day of Vesak, is a national holiday in parts of Asia.
    2. Students research more information about the Buddha, Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, and the spread of Buddhism across Asia and around the world. Buddhism adapted to cultures in Tibet, Japan, and Korea, as well as many other areas. Wisdom, kindness, and compassion are at the heart of Buddhism.
    3. Have students find pictures of the Buddha as he is represented in historic and contemporary Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and other Asian countries. From what are these sculptures made? How do they differ? In what ways are they similar?
    4. Using Crayola® Model Magic, have students sculpt a Buddha that is similar to one they found in their research. Try to duplicate his posture, placement of hands and legs, clothing, and adornments in your sculpture. Dry.
    5. Cover art area with newspaper. With Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes, paint the Buddha figure in authentic colors. Dry.
  • Standards

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

    LA: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

    LA: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

    LA: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

    SS: Explore ways in which language, art, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

    VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Research various religions of the world, organizing your information into an electronic presentation. Encourage students to find a symbol of each religion and create it using Crayola Model Magic.

    Students research the Emerald Buddha in the Garden Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Organize research into an electronic presentation for classmates.

    Invite a speaker into the classroom to talk about Buddhism and Buddhist traditions. Prior to the visit, have students compose questions for the expert. Students respond to a class blog about their learning.

    Research the Dalai Lama. Who is he? What is his importance to Buddhism? Organize your research into an electronic presentation for classmates.


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