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Islam Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the beliefs and practices of the Islam religion. Students will read a text lesson, discuss content, do a project, and play a game. Follow up with a quiz to test understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the beliefs and practices of the Islam religion
  • talk about about the Prophet Muhammad
  • describe the five pillars of Islam

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Islam Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Index cards
  • Objects for students to use to ring in on quiz game, such as bells or blocks

Key Vocabulary

  • Muhammad
  • Pillars
  • Fast/fasting

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Connect students to the topic by asking them to identify the religion they practice (if any) and write it on a piece of paper. Explain the concepts of atheism and agnosticism to help students who fit into these categories as well, or consider allowing those who fall into these groups to partner with another student.
  • Now have students make a two-column chart on their papers titled 'Beliefs' and 'Practices.'
  • Have students write in these columns what they believe and how they practice their religion.
  • Divide students into small groups and have them share their charts. Within their groups, ask them to discuss:
    • What is alike about your beliefs and practices?
    • What is different?
  • Tell students they will be learning about the religion called Islam. Allow any students who practice Islam to share their experiences.

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