Ed Materials: Grandfather Gandhi

Grandfather GandhiExplore the many materials created by the Grandfather Gandhi team and by educators, librarians, and thoughtful readers like yourself!

 

BOOK TRAILER
Introduce the book with this short video produced by the book’s illustrator, Evan Turk and featuring the voices of authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus.
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BOOK TALKING
Elizabeth Bird of the New York Public Library offers ways to introduce Mahatma Gandhi and what it would be like to be Gandhi’s grandson.
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READERS THEATER
The Grandfather Gandhi Readers Theater Script (Word Doc) covers the entirety of the book and is divided into six roles plus a chorus.
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EDUCATORS GUIDE
Explore the Educator’s Guide for Grandfather Gandhi (created by Simon & Schuster) including:

  • Background information on Mahatma Gandhi
  • Discussion questions including a Decision Tree
  • Vocabulary
  • Nonfiction text features
  • How illustration informs the text
  • Writing exercises
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TEKS CONNECTIONS & CURRICULUM TIE-IN’S
Suggestions (Word Doc.) supplied by Jessica Jolliffe and Claire Hagen Alvarado from the Austin Independent School District.
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Chronological and topical lists of discussion prompts for use in the classroom created by BookPeople in collaboration with the Austin Independent School District’s Social and Emotional Learning Team.
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DISCUSSING RACE
Arun Gandhi’s anger in the book owes much to the race discrimination he faced as a boy in South Africa.  To explore issues of race and discrimination, we have collected a series of resources.
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MEET THE CREATORS  
Authors Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and illustrator Evan Turk.
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HANDS-ON ACTIVITY
With the Grandfather Gandhi Spinning Wheel Activity (B&W PDF) students can experience a hands-on activity that mimics the working of Gandhi’s spinning wheel.  The soothing humming of the spinning wheel allows students time to consider the choice of lightning or lamp. 
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TAKE THE PLEDGE
Created by authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, “Live Your Life as Light” Pledge (Color PDF) is designed to be taken after a reading and discussion of Grandfather Gandhi.  You may print a copy for each student to sign below and/or visit this page to tell the world that your classroom has taken the pledge as a whole.

I pledge to listen to my anger, to see what it has to teach me.
I pledge to not bully or cause harm, with words or with weapons.
I pledge to look for the light, to see it in every situation.
I pledge to find my own unique tools and talents.
I pledge to forgive myself and others. I pledge to live my life as light.

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TELL ME A STORY: WRITING EXERCISES
Author Bethany Hegedus offers tips on writing stories centering around a lesson or important moment shared between a student and someone older – a parent, grandparent, or other important elder.
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ART PROJECTS & SHOW
Art lessons from the Austin Independent Schools’ Fine Arts Instructional Coordinator, Kristen Marstaller and a special committee for general classroom and art classroom setting.

Chaos to Serenity: Painting, Mixed Media (Art Lesson by C. Miller)
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Collaborative Mandala Collage (Art Lesson by C. Jepson)
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Conflict Stories with Stick Puppets (Art Lesson by K. Marstaller)
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Emotional Self Portraits (Art Lesson by C. Jepson)
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Family or Community Collage (Art Lesson by M. Suisman)
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Let the Light In (Art Lesson by K Grantges)
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Peaceful Path Landscape (Art Lesson by S. Holland)
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Printmaking with Styrofoam Plates (Art Lesson by J. Duncan)
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Reach for Peace (Art Lesson by T.Schindler)
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Role Model Portraits (Art Lesson by J. Leider)
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Trace the Shadow Foil Figure (Art Lesson by S. Holland)
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Turn on the Lights! (Art Lesson by K. Grantges)
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Weaving with a Purpose (Art Lesson by S. Swingle)
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