Jainism Teacher Resources
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In this Hinduism worksheet, students fill in a chart comparing Buddhism and Hinduism, the write briefly about the traditions of Jainism.
This is one of those well-done resources that a high school social studies or history teacher can't be without. This PowerPoint covers both ancient Indian and Chinese history and civilization beginning in the year 1500 BCE. The caste system, geography, Gupta Empire Malay people and the Srivijayan Kingdom are all covered. A great accompaniment to any full unit on India and Southeast Asia.
Young scholars examine the Indian concepts of dharma, karma and samsara, see how violating one's dharma might lead to becoming an out-caste, and appreciate how these concepts undergird Indian life.
Second graders create an abstract painting that conveys feelings of nonviolence. In this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders read "The First Step of Jainism" and discuss honesty, watch a digital story, discuss feelings after watching the story, paint an abstract painting that represents their idea of nonviolence, and write to describe their art. Included in this lesson is background information on Mohandas Gandhi and his philosophy of ahimsa.
While the focus of this project is on comparing world religions, the guidelines of the resource could easily be utilized for a number of projects involving group work, presentation, and research. Groups must construct a PowerPoint presentation and script on a chosen religion, cover the seven dimensions of religion (experiential, mythic, ritual, etc.), and compile a list of key terms, concepts, and peoples in the religions.
Part seven concludes this series on the Golden Age of India. Agriculture, Tamil cultural and social traditions, and pilgrimage are discussed in this clip. Uncover the fascinating world of India during the Middle Ages and life for women with your class.
The guidelines and graphic organizer of this resource are great tools for beginning a comparative religions project with your class! After completing an information sheet comparing six major world religions (Judaism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam), learners must then discuss the cultural diffusion of two of the religions in a brief essay.
Students investigate awareness and spiritual transformation by researching the life of Gandhi. In this philosophy lesson, students discuss living in an aware state by practicing yoga, eating vegetarian, and becoming immersed in poetry. Students practice some of these methods in order to become more spiritually aware.
Young scholars explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali instructional activity, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The Little Red Hen" as an example of a story with a moral. This is a multi-grade lesson because it can be adapted to so many different stories and examples. Character analysis and comparisons between texts are made.
Students make connections between nonviolent ideals and art. In this visual arts activity, students discuss the successes of the American Civil Rights Movement and discuss Gandhi's influence on the movement. Students then examine images of the Buddha and Jina and discuss how they convey the message of nonviolence. As a culminating activity, students create their own art that exemplifies nonviolence.
Students gain an introduction to Buddhist teachings about moral behavior by exploring a depiction of the Buddha and by writing a speech inspired by their interpretation of the Noble Eightfold Path.
Learners "visit" India to learn about its culture and the lives of children in India. In this India lesson, students conduct research and report on the lives of Indian children in the form of a mock interview between a journalist and an Indian child. Learners write a foreign news service article based on the facts they have learned through the interviewing process.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Mohandas Gandhi. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Second graders become familiar with the use of the newspaper and how it educates people. In this ahimsa lesson, 2nd graders recognize the importance of Gandhi and his beliefs. Students read articles and answer questions about ahimsa.
Pupils recognize that different groups of people have celebrations unique to them. They identify countries on a map where Islam is a dominant religion. They demonstrate their understanding of fasting and abstinence.
Students write a story about a problem on earth. They imagine themselves as one of Vishnu's avatars or create another avatar for Vishnu who can solve the problem.
Pupils gain an introduction to the learning and cultural achievement fostered under Akbar through an exploration of an illustration from the Akbarnama (History of Akbar).
Students identify major Asian religions and their characteristics. They recognize factors that contribute to their decline or spread.
Pupils explore the principal religions which are alive today: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and the Philosophies of the Chinese. They determine that there are scientific explanations for many of the subjects that dealt with sacred stories.