Activity Overview

Holidays are incredibly significant in religion, and highlight stories, seasons, or other significant aspects of a religion. In this activity, students will create a spider map highlighting the major holidays celebrated by Hindus. They should describe the significance of each holiday and create an illustration to help summarize what it is and how it is practiced.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map focusing on 3-5 different major holidays in Hinduism.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify at least three major Hindu holidays and write their name in the title box.
  3. For each cell write 1-3 sentence descriptions about each holiday explaining its significance.
  4. Create an illustration that represents each holiday using appropriate scenes, characters, symbols, or items.
  5. Save often.

Requirements: Minimum of 3 cells showcasing different major holidays celebrated by Hindus. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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