OCT
13
2010

Expedition Earth ~ India

Namaste! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on India! This week we learned a lot about India’s culture and animals! Of course we started off by stamping our passports!

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We found India on the map, then located the capital, Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea:

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We colored and learned about the flag of India.

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We made fun inlay jewel mosaics. For this I used self hardening Crayola Clay and plastic jewels.

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We learned about animals from India:

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Then we talked about the facts we learned about them and classified them on our wall.

We learned about the Taj Mahal, and then made a craft. Oh the paper Taj Mahal craft…sigh…what can i say other than this was a task! I ended up having to put most of it together as the cutting was a bit tedious. Also, a tip for you: Make sure to ENLARGE this quite a bit. I quadrupled the size of it and the little tops were still difficult to fold in. I think it would have been easier if it were bigger.

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We made Lassi (a sweet drink) I liked this, but the honey was a bit much for me, maybe no honey next time! (And if you notice, I skipped the mint too, I forgot! Oh well, it was still tasty!)

We did our lapbooking activity:

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Of course we finished off the week with a traditional Indian meal. This one didn’t go over quite as well with the kids! We ordered ‘non-spicy’ everything and it was still hot! My husband loved it, the rest of us ate something that was a Sweet Naan, I forget the name of it, but it tasted like peanut butter and jelly!

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Here are some more of the things we learned about this week:

  • Completed our Mapping Worksheet
  • Learned the Anilae Anilae song
  • Prayed for India
  • Learned how to say hello in Hindi
  • Learned about the flag and colored our worksheet
  • Learned about Children in India
  • Made a Lassi, the Taj Mahal and an inlayed jewel stone craft
  • Completed our India Lapbook component
  • Tried Indian cuisine
  • And Stamped our passports!

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Comments

  1. Wonderful! We're doing India this week. I got lots of ideas online. We're going to make an Indian meal on Saturday. It's mostly chickpeas and meat so I think the kids will like it.

  2. I love your blog. I'm trying to find other things to do at home with my kids after school. I love all your fun activities and studies that you do with your kids. You're an inspiration! Happy Wednesday:)

  3. peshawari naan, perhaps?

  4. We just moved from India to Nepal and had lived in India for 4 years.The best lassi is just plain yogurt with sugar and banana (or mango). YUM!

  5. Great post and activities! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

  6. Hi! You should try this web http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3152/03343/index.html it has architectural, animal and other stuff to make, maybe not with the kids but they look awesome.

  7. my ancestors are from India and i am so impressed with how you did this section of activities about india. I love how you tied in the lassi and the food :)

  8. ohh that looks so wonderful, we are trying to decide to use Expedition Earth and your Animals study… It looks like a ton of fun, I have just found your site and am so pleased in doing so! My little ones are gonna love your printables! Thank you so much for providing so many wonderful things!! XOXO

  9. Sounds like a fun week! Although i can't help but wonder how you ever found the teeny-tiny Dead Sea on the world map! :)

  10. Hello. i am from India. it was a good attempt made by you. there are a few additions i would like to make.
    1. India has the oldest civilization – Indus valley
    2. origins of 4 religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism
    3. major epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata
    4. the concept of zero is attributed to India
    5. Mahatma Gandhi – the father of the nation was not discussed. he was the person whom reformed with non -violence
    6. Mount Everest – the tallest mountain in the world
    7. agriculture is the main occupation in India
    7. India has the largest herds of buffaloes and is the largest producer of milk in the world
    8. India is incomplete without festivals – diwali, ganesh chaturith, navrathi, durga puja …
    9. Indian cuisine is famous for its herbs and spices worldwide, infact Britishers came to India for our spices
    10. we have world’s largest concentration of vegetarianism
    11. hockey is India’s national game but cricket is also loved by us. sachin tendulakar the famous cricketer is from India
    12. Lassi is never made with honey, it is sugar and plain yogurt. sometimes flavors like rose, mango etc
    well these were somethings which immediately came to my mind.
    proud to be an INDIAN
    thanks

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