Grade 5 Month 2 The Wonder of Ancient India
Ancient India, a glorious, colourful, spirit-infused time in our human history. This is the culture and belief system that led to Siddhartha Gautama's birth, who became the Buddha.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: In this unit your child will hear the creation myth and the flood myth as well as other stories from ancient India. Your child will also follow a recipe.
Concept: Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
Connections: Your child will learn about and discuss the Four Noble Truths, the Buddhist Eight-fold path, the ancient casts system and the story of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. These will bring a foundation for deep connections as they consider everything they learn in relation to their own life. Your child will learn about the religion of Hinduism and their specific belief system. Either they are learning about a new religion and making connections about the world, or they are familiar or have grown up in this religion, in which it is an opportunity to deepen their knowledge or ask new questions. They are investigating their own personal duties and responsibilities in this life.
Math: Concept: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger (multi-digit) numbers. Identified regularities in number patterns can be expressed in tables. Numbers describe quantities that can be represented by equivalent fractions.
Connection: Look for review chapters in your chosen math workbook on identifying number patterns, or play games with this theme. Review fractions and specifically equivalent fractions in their workbook. Your child will be working with fractions while cooking.
Social Studies: Curricular Competency: Develop a plan of action to address a selected problem or issue. Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to — ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions. Explore the idea of duty and responsibility, and compare a range of points on an issue.
Connection: Your child is observing their personal and or social awareness and developing ways of addressing areas to strengthen.
Science: Concept: Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
Connection: Through ancient creation stories, your child is gaining an understanding of First Peoples' concepts of interconnectedness in the environment; that everything in the environment is one/connected (e.g., sun, sky, plants and animals) and we have a responsibility to care for them.
This unit will highlight the Buddhist Eight-Fold Path. In week 3 and 4, Your child will be choosing an aspect of the path to focus and reflect on.