Buddhism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Buddhism. Students will use a text lesson to learn the history of the religion and its core beliefs. Discuss and analyze content together, then apply understanding to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • explain the history of Buddhism
  • describe Buddha and the major beliefs of Buddhism


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Buddha
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Meditation

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Start the class by gathering the students onto your carpet area or allowing them to find a quiet spot to sit in the classroom.
  • Tell them you're going to do a guided meditation. Explain how this works, then begin.
  • When finished, ask students to open their eyes and return to their desks.
  • Now ask them to think about how the meditation made them feel and their experience with it, and then ask them to write about it.
  • Divide students into partners and have them share their writing, discussing how they felt during and after the meditation.
  • Ask the following:
    • What emotions did you feel during and after the meditation?
    • How do you think meditation can help people?
    • Why do you think meditation helps people?

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