The fifth grade students learned about the important functions of the elephant in Indian culture. For example, elephants are used to haul timber, to bless people entering Hindu temples, and to transport the bride in wedding ceremonies. Anually, an elephant festival is held in Jaipur, India. At this event the elephants are painted and elaborately decorated. After viewing a short video of the festival, the fifth grade students were inspired to create oil pastel Indian elephant drawings!