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Learn About India in Your Homeschool

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India is the second most populous country and a beautiful one to learn about!  In addition to its natural beauty, it has amazing architecture and festivals.  Check out all the resources below to learn about India and grab the FREE printable portion.

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Printables to Learn About India

The printable portion of the unit study contains India Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Indian currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries. Grab all 21 pages below and gain access to the printables from the other 12 unit studies, too!

India FREE Unit Study printable pages.

Videos About India

This video from Christian Missions in Many Lands is a really good overview to learn about India.  (11 minutes)

A visit to India from National Geographic (5 minutes)

For something shorter: (1:27 minutes)

Go on safari in India with the Travel Kids (7 minutes)

If you have older students interested in the history of India, check out this series of videos from Crash Course.

Research More About India

Kids World Travel Guide contains a lot of information to learn about India along with beautiful pictures.

Ducksters has a variety of information about India including information about the geography, economy, and government of India as well as famous Indians with links to learn more about them.

National Geographic Kids has a slideshow of related pictures, fast facts, the history of India and more.

Cool Kid Facts has a narrative version of facts about India written in a larger font making it good place for younger children to learn.

Hands On Activities

Make a Taj Mahal art project and watch this video.

Here are several crafts you can make for Diwali-Festival of LightsWatch this video, too, to learn about this festival full of beauty.  To learn more about Diwali, check out our Holidays Around the World bundle of Mini Unit Studies.

Learn about the art form of henna, which has been practiced in India for hundreds of years, with this Henna Hands craft.  You can learn more about the meaning of Indian henna designs here.

Make these origami Lotus Blossums while learning about the Lotus Temple.  Here are 13 facts about the Lotus Temple.

Make Indian Food

Much of Indian food is served with Basmati rice and is either vegetarian or made with chicken.  You can pick up naan, Indian bread, at many grocery stores to serve with the following dishes.  You may need to pick up or order some new spices to make some of these dishes.

Indian Butter Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala

Malai Kofta

Palak Paneer

For dessert, try a rice pudding!

You could also learn to make chai-spiced Indian tea.

Famous Indians

Included in the printable portion of the unit study there are notebooking pages for the following famous people of India.  Here are some resources to research them:

Akbar the Great: Research, Video

Mahatma Gandhi: Research, Who Was Mahatma Gandhi?, Video

Mother Teresa: Research, Who Was Mother Teresa?, Video

Deepak Chopra: Research, Video

Narenda Modi: ResearchVideo

Mukesh Ambani, businessman: Research

Deepika Padukone, actress: Research

Virat Kohli, cricket player: Research Video

Play Indian Music

Find an Indian playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection from youtube.com.

Learn Hindi

Here is a video for older students to learn some basic Hindi, the language spoken by the majority of people who live in India.

Listen to  picture books in Hindi.

Duolingo is another free way to learn Hindi.

Non-fiction Books to Learn About India

I is for India (World Alphabets)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 03/03/2016 (Publication Date) - Frances Lincoln Children's Books (Publisher)
Living in . . . India: Ready-to-Read Level 2
  • Perkins, Chloe (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/04/2016 (Publication Date) - Simon Spotlight (Publisher)
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India (A True Book: Geography: Countries)
  • Apte, Sunita (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 08/07/2009 (Publication Date) - Children's Press (Publisher)
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Where Is the Taj Mahal?
  • Hoobler, Dorothy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 01/24/2017 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
The History of India for Children - (Vol. 1): From Prehistory To The Sultanates [Paperback] Archana Garodia Gupta,Shruti Garodia
  • Jump into an action-packed history of India told like never before. Discover our incredible heritage and uncover delightful nuggets about our grand old country. Travel through time and see how people lived, why things happened and how we came to be what we are
  • There were ostriches in India. Gold was dug up in the Himalayas by animals
  • Coins of Greek rulers in India showed Krishna wearing Greek clothes. Ethiopian military slaves founded kingdoms across India
  • With a chatty style, simple explanations and well-rounded coverage, this is the definitive Indian history in two volumes for young readers. Filled with photographs, illustrations, activities and quotable facts, this is one retelling of history you don't want to miss
  • Garodia Gupta, Archana (Author)

 

For older students:

A Children's History of India
  • Gupta, Subhadra Sen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 456 Pages - 08/25/2015 (Publication Date) - Rupa Publications Private Limited (Publisher)

 

 

Fiction Books About India

Preschool, Early Elementary:

Let's Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel's India Adventure Series, Book 1)
  • Chakraborty, Ajanta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 38 Pages - 10/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Bollywood Groove (Publisher)
Monsoon
  • Hardcover Book
  • Krishnaswami, Uma (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/06/2003 (Publication Date) - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Publisher)
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Grandfather Gandhi
  • Hardcover Book
  • Gandhi, Arun (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 03/11/2014 (Publication Date) - Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

Other books for elementary grades:

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A Crazy Day with Cobras (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 12/26/2012 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
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Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House, No. 19)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 08/17/1999 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

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Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu (Traditional Tales)
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 02/27/2018 (Publication Date) - Chronicle Books (Publisher)

 

Middle School:

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Boys without Names
  • Sheth, Kashmira (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 05/24/2011 (Publication Date) - Balzer + Bray (Publisher)
The Conch Bearer (Brotherhood of the Conch)
  • Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 265 Pages - 03/01/2005 (Publication Date) - Aladdin (Publisher)
Homeless Bird: A National Book Award Winner
  • Whelan, Gloria (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 08/21/2001 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

 

Movies About India

Jungle Book is set in India and is available to rent on Amazon.

India Nature’s Wonderland is a show on PBS.

Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration is available through Amazon Prime.

“Go to” India

Here is a list of five museums in India with links to their virtual tours.

And here is a virtual tour of the Taj Mahal.

India does not have many webcams, but you can check out these few webcams in Indian temples.

Download Printable Activities

What other activities have you used to learn about India?  Let us know!

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  1. thinkels

    Good day,
    There seem to be a problem with the link to download the printable activities. It takes me to the Convertkit website.
    Thanks,
    Christine

    1. Randi Smith

      Thank you so much for letting me know! There was some kind of glitch with our email service provider. Strange! Anyway, I recreated the form and just tested it and it is working now.

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