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Ishaa Ishaan is an 8-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colors, fish, dogs, and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, grades and neatness. Ishaa just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to be disciplined. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaa has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. A new art teacher infects the students with joy and optimism and breaks all the rules of how things are done by asking them to think, dream and imagine. All the children respond with enthusiasm except Ishaa. The teacher soon realizes that Ishaa is unhappy and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaa find himself.


Lesson 1:  The People and Land of India (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: The Elements of Film (Media Literacy)
Lesson 3: Making Beauty Out of Nonsense (Language Arts , Visual Literacy)
Lesson 4:  Determining Your Grade (Mathematics)
Lesson 5: How the Brain Works (Science)
Lesson 6: Color and Design Block-Printed Textiles (Visual Arts)
Lesson 7: Diwali-The Festival of Lights (Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 8: The Historical and Social Background of Bollywood (Music History)
Lesson 9: A World of Music (Arts)


Like Stars on Earth - Curriculum Guide (India)