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Ancient India Activities Resource Bundle!
**New Update 12/18 - 5 Reading Passages are now included in the bundle!
This bundled product contains the following 6 StudentSavvy resources!
More information on each resource:
- Ancient India Interactive Notebook
This product contains interactive cut and paste learning material for students to create an organized social studies interactive notebook.
Answer Key Included
This resource is designed for an Ancient India unit. Topics covered in this unit include: Harappan Period, Indus Valley Civilization, Hinduism, Rajas, Aryans, Sanskirt, Aryans, the Caste System, Varnas, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras, the Untouchables, Ganesha, Other Gods & Goddesses, Reincarnation, Monsoon, Karma, Dharma, Buddhism, Hinduism, Nirvana, The Pillar, The Stupa, The Rock Chamber, Siddhartha Gautama, and much more!
-Ancient India Interactive PowerPoint
This teaching resource is quite the virtual experience! This Ancient Civilizations PowerPoint can be used as a powerful classroom presentation or students can click their way through it on individual computers.
Topics covered in this unit include: Harappan Period, Indus Valley Civilization, Hinduism, Rajas, Aryans, Sanskirt, Aryans, the Caste System, Varnas, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras, the Untouchables, Ganesha, Other Gods & Goddesses, Reincarnation, Monsoon, Karma, Dharma, Buddhism, Hinduism, Nirvana, The Pillar, The Stupa, The Rock Chamber, Siddhartha Gautama
-Ancient India Reading Passages
Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:
1.) The Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient India
-Describes lifestyle, society, and inventions (drainage system, iron plow, and Sanskirt writing system)
-Describes how the winter and summer monsoons (seasonal winds) impacted their farming
-(also known as Harappan Civilization or Period)
-Describes the four major varnas (social categories) in Aryan society role in economy and daily life, also building around a river valley similar to Ancient Mesopotamia’s Fertile Crescent)
Keywords: Sanskirt, Aryans, monsoon
2.) The Buddha: Siddhartha Gautama
-Describes his upbringing (born a prince) and his awareness of the pain of others compared to his privileged existence.
-His quest for enlightenment (sitting under the bodhi tree and meditation) becoming awakened
-What he learned and his teachings
Keywords: Buddhism, Bodhi tree (fig tree)
3.) Caste System In Ancient India
-Description of the four major varnas (social categories) in Aryan society
(Brahmin, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras) and what their daily lives consisted of
-Describes Jati (how Caste is determined by birth)
-Describes who the Untouchables were
Keywords: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras, Caste System, Untouchables
4.) Hinduism and Buddhism: A Comparison
-Describes the important components of Hinduism (karma, reincarnation, dharma, gods & goddesses)
-Describes the important concepts of Buddhism
-Compares and contrasts the two religions
Keywords: reincarnation, karma, dharma, nirvana
5.) Advancements in Ancient India
-Contributions to astronomy
- Documents the occurrences of eclipses, the Earth’s circumference, and even theories about gravitational pull.
-Building of religious structures, pillars, stupas, and rock chambers
Keywords: pillar, stupa, rock chamber, gravitational pull, astronomy
- Ancient India STEM Challenge
Ancient Israel STEM Challenge
Cross-curricular challenges for students who are studying Ancient Civilizations and Ancient India!
This resource has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!
There are 2 India STEM Challenges in this pack. Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.
The STEM Challenges include:
1. Ancient Irrigation System Challenge!
Because of monsoons in the Indus Valley Civilization, the ancient people of India had to figure out a way to save the water for the remainder of the year for their crops. In this challenge, students must design a model of an ancient irrigation system by selecting one (using a page in the resource). They must use their knowledge of simple machines by incorporating either a lever or pulley system in their design. The water must successfully be moved from one bin to another, the second bin representing the plants that need to be watered. The group that can create a system that moves the most water (without large amounts of spilling or wasting water) in the shortest amount of time wins the challenge. ******More instructions are found in the resource
2. Protect the Stupa from a Monsoon Challenge!
Students must protect a stupa from flooding due to a monsoon. Materials must be added around the fence to protect water from entering the stupa. Water must be poured around the fence of their design, the water height must be at least a third of the height of their stupa. (For example, if the stupa is 12 inches tall, the water height must be 4 inches in their container. Students must brainstorm which materials would stop the water from getting past the fence for a full 2 minutes. ******More instructions are found in the resource
-Ancient India Google Classroom Student Projects
This product contains 3 digital projects that students can complete using Google Slides! This resource has a brochure project, a timeline project, and a info-graphic / poster project.
Each student-centered project has a sample project, answer key, and detailed project instructions for the students.
This resource is part of the Ancient Civilizations Google Classroom Projects Curriculum Bundle
Info-graphic / Poster Project
Students pick a topic that they would like to research on Ancient India. (Ex: The Caste System, Buddhism, Hinduism, advancements in architecture) All of the elements in the info-graphic must be organized, clearly visible, and well placed. Creativity with color and photos is a must! **More instructions found in the resource
Using a template, students design a timeline of important Ancient India events. Students can add images, text, and other media to their timelines.
It is up to the teacher to add or change time periods that align with school resources.
Using a template, students design a brochure that highlights important facts and topics of Ancient India such as: the Indus Valley Civilization, the Caste System in Aryan Society, Siddhartha Gautama
-Ancient India Assessment/Exam
This product contains an assessment that has vocabulary matching, fill in the blank, short answer, essay, and an info-graphic! It has 19 questions total.
It also contains an ANSWER KEY and an EDITABLE powerpoint file
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