Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Diwali, and supports the standard of analyzing cultural traditions.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: What traditions does your family have? Why are these traditions important to your family? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Language,” “Did You Know?” or “Laws and Customs.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Diwali Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about Diwali while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a newscast that covers a Diwali celebration. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different traditions people have for celebrating Diwali. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing a symbol of Diwali. 

More to Explore 

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of cultural events  with these topics:  Religion and Winter Holidays.

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