Diwali Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help teachers provide information for students about the Diwali holiday. Students will read a text lesson about the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and engage in traditional Diwali activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Retell the story of Lakshmi
  • Describe Diwali traditions

Length

This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Lesson Instructions

  • Activate prior knowledge by asking students to think about their favorite holiday and asking how they celebrate it. After listening to their responses, tell them that they will be learning about the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali and that Diwali is associated with the goddess Lakshmi.
  • Read the lesson Hindu Goddess Lakshmi: History, Facts & Names as a class. Pause after the 'Daughter of the Sea of Milk' section. Ask students:
    • Who is Lakshmi?
    • Why is she important in the Hindu religion?
  • Continue reading 'The Story of Diwali' section. Pause to ask:
    • Why do people light candles during Diwali?
  • Continue reading the remainder of the lesson.
  • Have students create a concept map that describes the eight manifestations of Lakshmi's form.
  • Ask students to describe Lakshmi's relationship with Vishnu.
  • Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

Activity

Materials needed: access to computer/internet/printer, video clip of people celebrating Diwali in India

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