This week’s country in our Around the World in 11 Weeks series is India! 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 study India and grab the FREE printable portion.
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Printable Unit Study
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 it below! (21 pages)
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Videos About India
This video from Christian Missions in Many Lands is a really good overview of India. (11 minutes)
A visit to India from National Geographic (5 minutes)
For something shorter: (1:27 minutes)
The Nat Geo Kids, “Are We There, Yet?” series has a 21 minute episode about India that you kids will love. You can buy the series from Amazon, which includes 12 different countries.
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 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 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.
For dessert, try a rice pudding!
You could also learn to make chai-spiced Indian tea.
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:
Mukesh Ambani, businessman: Research
Play Indian Music
Find an Indian playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection from youtube.com.
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 About India
For older students:
Fiction Books About India
Preschool, Early Elementary:
Other books for elementary grades:
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.
Here is another list of eighteen museums with virtual tours from India’s Ministry of Culture.
And here is a virtual tour of the Taj Mahal.
India does not have many webcams, but you can check out these two webcams in Indian temples.
Download Printable Activities
What other activities have you used to learn about India? Let us know!
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