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Diwali Footprints

Create decorations with a mischievous edge for Diwali, a heritage-rich festival for Hindus. Students work with a partner to design Lakshmi's colorful footprints.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is one of the few Hindu festivals that is celebrated in every part of India. Diwali traditions differ depending on the area of the country. Students find out about Diwali customs in India, Thailand, or other countries.
    2. During Diwali, Hindus of all lands welcome Lakshmi (also spelled Laxmi) into their homes by cleaning and decorating. Tiny footprints of Lakashmi are found around the house to show her arrival.
    3. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Students work in pairs. Each student takes a turn rapidly covering each other's feet (one at a time) with Crayola® Color Wonderâ„¢ Markers. (Yes, it tickles!) Quickly, while the foot is wet, press it on Crayola Color Wonder Paper. The marker only shows on this special paper, not on your feet. Wash feet with soap and water and dry with paper towels when finished.
    4. With Crayola Scissors, cut out the footprints. Decorate them with markers and Crayola Glitter Glue. Remember, the footprints are talismans of wealth and prosperity, so decorate them accordingly. Air dry flat.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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

    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: 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.

    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.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

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

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Diwali - Hindu Festival of Lights by Dianne M. MacMillan; Indian Children's Favourite Stories by Rosemarie Somaiah; Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! by Bhakti Mathur

    In small groups, students investigate other Indian holiday practices. Students prepare a presentation for their classmates.

    Students research the customs practiced during the five-day festival. To illustrate their learning, students prepare them for a special event for families.

    Students compare and contrast Diwali with holidays they observe with their families.


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