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Honoring Ganesha in India

Join the procession to honor Ganesha. Students adorn an elaborate sculpture to add to their understanding of this Indian tradition.

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

    1. In India, Ganesha is honored during Ganesh Chaturthi. The 10-day festival ends with a procession accompanied by drummers, singers, and dancers. Students research legends about Ganesha and find out what this figure, and traditional Hindu art, looks like.
    2. Make a base. With Crayola® Scissors, cut a cardboard or foam board base for the display. Decorate the panel in the style of Hindu art with Crayola Twistable Crayons. Color additional sections on recycled file folders. Cut out and attach pieces with Crayola School Glue.
    3. Sculpt Ganesha. Blend white Crayola Model Magic with color from Crayola Washable Markers to create colored model magic. Shape Ganesha’s elephant head and crown. Air-dry the sculpture overnight.
    4. Accessorize Ganesha. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Paint the crown on Ganesha’s head with a paintbrush and gold Premier Tempera. Air-dry the crown. Add details with Crayola Glitter Glue. Glue on recycled costume jewelry and other collage materials. Air-dry the elaborate sculpture.
  • 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: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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

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

    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 experiences and ideas.

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

    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

    Students interview leaders of community churches to find out about the religions they represent. Prior to the interviews, students collaborate to compose questions for the interviews.

    Students compare and contrast Hinduism to other religions. Organize the comparison in an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    The Asian elephant has been identified as an endangered species. Discover how many are left on Earth. How do these elephants differ from African elephants, who are also endangered? How did humans use these animals years ago? How have they used the elephants in more recent years? What steps have been taken to keep this species safe?


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