Krishna's Childhood

Cultures have their own young heroes who not only represent the values of that culture but teach those values as well. As part of their introduction to Hindu culture, elementary and middle schoolers read stories from the Legend of Krishna, particularly stories of Krishna's childhood.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups compare their lists before conducting a whole-class discussion of Krishna's characteristics
  • For learners unfamiliar with Krishna and Hindu culture more background information may be required
  • Before a close reading of the provided passages, have groups scan for, and look up unfamiliar words

  • A detailed plan of the activity is included
  • A complete teaching packet is included in the resource



  • Most middle school readers will need additional scaffolding to comprehend the provided passages
  • Connections to other areas of study will need to be provided