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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
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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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?
- Distribute the lesson Ganges River Facts: Lesson for Kids. Together, read the section 'The Ganges: A Mighty River.' Ask the following:
- Why and how do people do these things along the river?
- Now distribute maps and have students locate the Ganges River. Then have students trace the river with a colored pencil.
- Read the section 'World's Biggest River' with students.
- Have them locate the Bay of Bengal on the map and shade it with a different color. Then have them list facts from this section off to the side of the map.
- Read 'Religion and the River' with students.
- On the map, have students find the town of Varanasi. Shade with a new color and list facts along the side.
- As a class, read the sections 'Can You Drink From It?' and 'Polluted' and discuss the following:
- How is the Ganges River used by people who live near it?
- How is this different than how Americans use rivers?
- How did the Ganges become polluted?
- What impact has the pollution had?
- Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz to ensure understanding before moving on to the activity.
- Students will now make a model of the Ganges River using aluminum trays, soil, sand and water.
- Divide students into small groups and have them put sand and soil into the tray, then use maps to determine where the Ganges River would be. The map should be used as a model for the tray.
- When ready, have students create a dip in the sand/soil to make the river, then add water.
- Have students write names of countries, cities and other landmarks on paper, cut out and glue to toothpicks, then insert in their living map.
- Finally, have students write a paragraph about the Ganges River to display next to their model.
- Display the Ganges River models in the hallway and include a questions box, consisting of index cards and pencils with a shoe box, for visiting students to write questions on. Have your students write answers and post near the display.
- Read and learn about other rivers and compare/contrast to the Ganges.
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