Lakshmi Goddess of Fortune/ Service to your Community
Through a series of activities, students will learn first hand the
about the ancient Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, and the concept of helping
out those people who are not as fortunate.
Students will be able to: 1) Describe the basic beliefs surrounding the Goddess Lakshmi 2)become involved in a community service project 3)write a short summary of what fortune and luck means to them
This project integrates various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
(knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.)
Given the topic is human fortune and service to others,
new perspectives on values may emerge from the students.
Writing, coloring, collecting cans, etc.
Prerequisite/ Background Skills/Knowledge
We will have briefly covered
Hindu beliefs in the main text, viewed applicable portions of the video
"India, Land of 330 million Gods," traced the tale of Lakshmi, and shared
a read aloud of "The Story of Divali."
Vocabulary / Language Skills
Story of Lakshmi
Story of Divali
construction & bond paper
Students can choose to work in pairs or independently.
Models of Instruction
Concept(s):Concept Attainment, Inquiry training,
Concept Formation Procedure
Teacher reintroduces the Goddess Lakshmi, (reminds students
she is very fond of flowers, that she represents-Luck and Fortune etc.
Teacher asks students to discuss what they think it means to be fortunate.
The teacher may ask questions like, "What make a person fortunate?"
or "How can one expereince the difference between fortune and luck?"
Discussion on the topics of Luck and Fortune.
Teacher suggest students to think of people who are
not fortunate, and ask themselves how we might define "fortunate."
If students do not think of it, teacher will suggest a canned food drive.
Teacher asks for volunteers to find out where canned food could be dropped
Teacher reminds students that to enhance Lakshmi's blessing, they could
draw flowers, flower designs around their paragrpaghs. (teacher will
show students pictures of many different kinds of colorful flowers and
reminds students that Lakshmi is always pictured with flowers, is drawn
to flowers, etc.)
Ask students to think about their own lives and
to write two paragraph reflections on what they think it means to be
"Lucky" or "Fortunate. "
When the 'flower paragraphs' are complete, students will share
their "Lucky" or "Fortunate." compositions with
those at home. They will also bring home an accompanying parent letter
asking for a non perishable food donation.
Responses to discussion questions
Luck and Fortune
Participation in service project.