Ganges River Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach your students about the Ganges River with this lesson plan. Guide students' reading of our informational text on that gives facts and features of the river, discuss content, and apply learning with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

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

  • identify the Ganges River on a map
  • list facts and features of the Ganges River
  • use subject-matter content vocabulary correctly


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson plan Ganges River Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Maps of the Ganges River
  • Colored pencils
  • Aluminum trays
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Delta
  • Hindu
  • Polluted

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Have students think about where they get their food, wash their clothes, pray and socialize.
  • Divide them into small groups and have them share their answers.
  • Discuss as a whole class, noticing and noting similarities and differences.
  • Ask the following:
    • How and where might people in other parts of the world do these things?

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