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Friday, September 9, 2016

Our FREE Indus River Valley Mini Activity Packet


As we promised in our last post ( http://glimmercat.blogspot.com/2016/09/introducing-indus-river-valley-and.html  ), today's new store addition includes some fun activities for your Ancient India Unit.

Included in the packet, is this wonderful map for you to use in your homeschool or traditional classroom:


We recommend a fun tracing activity like this one...




Or, take it a step further and make your traced map look "Ancient" like we did here:



Another activity included in this packet works specifically with the Ancient Fable of India, "The Hunter and the Quail", which has been reshared in Volume 1 of Story of the World, the popular classical homeschool history program.


(Don't judge me for that curved book cover.  I do not fold my book covers back like this, but like most Homeschooling parents, I buy used curriculum.  As a former Children's Librarian, I feel compelled to explain and declare with the vehemence of a book nerd:  Don't do this to your books!  Okay, mini rant over.)



In chapter Nine of Volume 1, this old story from India is included as a possible clue in the mysterious obliteration of Mohenjo-Daro, one of the cities of the Indus River Road.  So to help with the retelling, we created this Indus River Hunter with net in hand.  And a small herd of quail.


 Once printed out on cardstock, these figures should help children be able to act out the story as you read it.  A simple activity, but always powerful when incorporating "play" as learning.


The small quail can be folded down the line that runs along their backs, and used as the small herd that outsmarts the hunter in the story.

If you are not using "Story of the World", but would still like to incorporate this ancient Indian folktale into your Indian unit, then you can find the story retold here, at "Little Green Lampshades":
 
https://littlegreenlampshades.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/a-flock-of-birds-the-importance-of-teamwork/

"Little Green Lampshades" has some excellent teaching ideas to follow this tale up with, including a team activity for use in a classroom so I'd encourage you to peruse her blog.


 Our last activity included is one we will be sharing in our next blog, how to make Mandalas as an Art Project of Ancient India.

Although often created from sand in India, we made ours on paper plates, using pantry items and craft gems.


 This activity as an art lesson is also included in our free packet.  Which you can download right here:   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ancient-India-Activities-The-Indus-River-Valley-FREE-Packet-2776310


Now, I want to mention something else I am working on, so you can keep an eye open for it.  I researched another lovely fable of Ancient India, the story of Savitri.  And I enjoyed it so much and found so much delight in this strong woman character from the ancient world, that I am bringing her to you in the form of both a coloring book and a graphic novel. 



It takes a little while, but most of the hand drawings are completed.  Then, I convert them to the black and white versions for students to color...


And finally, do the coloring for our graphic novel offering.  "Savitri" will be released in our store soon, so make sure you subscribe to our blog to keep posted on all our latest offerings, both free and otherwise.



If you enjoy our free Indus River Valley packet, please remember to rate it and share it on Pinterest or other social media outlets.  Download it for free, today:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ancient-India-Activities-The-Indus-River-Valley-FREE-Packet-2776310


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