India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft

India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
India! Kerala, Southern India: History of Indian Spices - Spice Craft
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This is part of a series focusing on South India, home of India's most ancient traditions.

Kerala is a state on the southwestern tip of India that became very important in the history of the Spice Trade. This lesson looks at

  • the importance of Indian spices that were traded from Kerala's ports,
  • how India became a great player in the Spice Trade, and
  • why spices have continued to be an important tradition in Indian homes today through Ayurveda (Hinduism's ancient medicinal system).

INDIA! Kerala, Southern India: The History of Spices includes

  • a lesson plan with images to show as you teach,
  • 2 levels of a crossword puzzle based on difficulty with keys provided, and
  • 2 versions of step-by-step art project instructions (one version includes actual Indian spices, one does not).

Materials needed to make one craft include a sheet of white card stock, a sheet of construction paper for backing, colored pencils and/or fine tip colored markers. For the prep version (which includes Indian spices), you will need additionally 1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, two types of lentils, rice, and glue. We recommend purchasing spices at your local Indian grocery store where they should be very inexpensive.

SAMPLING OF KEY WORDS IN LESSON: Kerala, Southern India, first settlers, Spice Trade, monsoon, Hippalus, Sumeria, Rome, "Garden of Spices", gold, black pepper, black gold, cumin, coriander, cilantro, mustard seed, turmeric, Ayurveda, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, inflammation, blood sugar, lentils, vegetarian, Spice Dabba.


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