The Cambodian Myth of Lightning, Thunder, and Rain

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Life—plants, animals, people—depend on water. Its importance is evident in the number of myths in global cultures that offer explanations for the origins of rain, thunder, and lightning. A sacred dance drama that represents the Cambodian mythical explanation is the focus of a social studies lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research myths from other cultures that explain lightning, thunder, and rain
  • Include research into Romanian, Slavic, and Native American rain dances
Classroom Considerations

  • Other videos of the dance are available on YouTube
Pros

  • The resource includes a comprehension check, links to related materials, and a discussion question
Cons

  • None
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