Celebrating Diwali

 

They’re not just rows of lamps. . . they light the way to the biggest celebration on the Hindu calendar!

Many curricula around the world explore and study world religions and religious festivals.

On November 7th 2018 followers of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism will be celebrating the famous festival of Diwali.

In our BrainPOP Diwali topic your class will:

  • Learn what the name “Diwali” actually means, and see how the holiday reflects some of the most basic beliefs of the Hindu religion.

  • Explore some of the Hindu mythology behind Diwali, including the legend of the return of Rama and the worship of deities like Laksmi and Kali.

  • Discover many of the customs of Diwali, from the lighting of lamps and fireworks, to the taking of ritual oil baths and making delicious sweet treats.

We’d recommend asking students to create a concept map about Diwali. Maybe show how this holiday shares things with other holidays and celebrations, or spotlight some of the deities and show what ideas and values they represent.

As a fun homework piece or plenary activity, download and print our ‘Mehndi graphic organiser’ and ask your children to draw their own mehndi design.

 

Here we go! World cup resources on BrainPOP

 
Football resources on BrainPOP
"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly

Whether you call it 'soccer' or 'football' it's a game that's played in all corners of the planet, by old and young.

We're certainly looking forward to seeing England get to the quarter finals before crashing out in a penalty shoot out.

But before you get swept up in the madness of football's greatest spectacle why not explore the great game in all its glory?

Social Studies  >  Culture  >  World Cup

Join Nat, Moby, and the gang watching a World Cup match, and explore the highlights of this international football tournament.

You’ll learn how the tournament works, famous moments of World Cup history (such as Maradona’s “Hand of God”) and which country has won the most world cups!

Once you’ve watched the movie take our 10 question interactive multiple choice quiz about the World Cup. Do you know enough to take you to the final or will you fall apart in the first round?

Social Studies  >  Culture  > Soccer

The beautiful game! A game of two halves! Sick as a parrot!

At the end of day you don’t want your lack of football knowledge to send you off for an early bath. Learn the basic facts that all football fans should know, from the size of the field, to the number of players on each team, to the names of the different positions. We even tackle the offside rule. There’s also a great set of football activities and graphic organisers to help students get to grips with what constitutes a foul. Oi, ref!

Social Studies  >  Famous Historical Figures  >  Pelé

Ever heard of Edison Arantes do Nascimento? No? What about Pelé? Thought so! That’s Pelé’s birth name.

Considered by pretty much everyone as the greatest footballer who ever lived, explore Pelé’s incredible career from humble beginnings as a talented kid from a poor family to member of the Brazilian national team. Pelé is now the game’s most famous ambassador! Don’t forget to check out our interesting facts and figures about Pele to go in depth into the history and achievements of this great sportsman.

Extra (time) ideas

Make a Map World Cup chart

Why not encourage your most football fanatic fans to use Make a Map to plot the progress of their team as they (hopefully) make their way through the tournament? It's a great opportunity to practice building a concept map and a structured flow diagram!

Meaning of Beep - Soccer

Use context clues to uncover unknown words in this fun single or multi player learning game. Great to expand vocabulary.

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