On the following pages you will find four
lesson plans written by teachers using the
material in this guide. Each lesson was
implemented in the classroom and exam-
ples of the students work are included.
O ve rv i ew of Buddh i s m
T H E A R T O F B U D D HI S M
This lesson includes:
> a short summary of the life of the Buddha
> quiz worksheet
> an example of student work
LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
Contributed by Toni Conklin, third grade teacher, Bancroft Elementary School,
Subjects: Language Arts/Art
Grade level: Elementary School
Time needed: Three to four 40-minute class periods
To learn about the life of the Buddha and write a description
of the seated Buddha statue (page 23).
> The teacher will read the book Buddha by Susan L. Roth to the students, and they will
retell the story in their own words.
> Students will demonstrate an understanding of the choices Siddhartha made and be
able to connect them to choices they make in their own lives.
> Students will be able to articulate an important question Siddhartha had about the
world before he became the Buddha, and they will explain how he found the answer.
> Students will recognize the physical characteristics that identify a figure as a Buddah.
(e.g., hair, clothes, ears, head, etc.).
> Students will write a description and create their own detailed, colored picture of the
seated Buddha statue after looking at its image in this packet and/or after viewing it at
Lesson Plan 1
On the following pages
you will find four lesson
plans written by teachers
using the material in this
guide. Each lesson was
implemented in the
classroom and examples
of the students’ work are
L E S S O N O N E
enlightenment: a moment of great wisdom or understanding; the highest level of con-
sciousness, believed to be attained through meditation and adhering to the principles of
the Eightfold Path; the ultimate goal of Buddhism.
lotus flower: a beautiful flower that rises from muddy water to blos