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Each of these 10 expert-developed, media-rich lesson plans provides ideas for teaching students in grades 4-8 about Islamic holidays, traditions, and cultures. Walk your students through the entire lesson plan, or use one or more of the many learning activities -- it's up to you!

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Religion and the First Amendment
Religion and the First Amendment
In this lesson, students will learn about the First Amendment and its protection of religious freedom. They learn about Muslim prayer practices, look at rituals associated with Ramadan, and explore a controversy involving Muslim burial practices. As a culminating activity, students will prepare and present an arts-based project about freedom of religion.
The Five Pillars of Islam
The Five Pillars of Islam
The foundation of Islamic religious practices is the Five Pillars. These basic duties -- belief, worship, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage -- guide Muslims in their daily life and their worship of God. Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore and understand the basic beliefs of Islam and the Five Pillars.
Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life
Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life
Prayer is a central feature of every religion, and even non-religious people may pray as a spiritual practice or a form of meditation. In this lesson, students examine the role of prayer in the lives of Muslims, who pray at five specific times each day in a practice known as salat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Ramadan Observance
Ramadan Observance
Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims observe Ramadan for 29 or 30 days, and one of the most outward signs of observing (celebrating) Ramadan is the observance of the Fast. In this lesson, students investigate the traditions and spiritual aspects of Ramadan.
Qur'an: Sacred Scripture of Islam
Qur'an: Sacred Scripture of Islam
The Qur'an is believed by Muslims to be God's final revelation to humankind. In this lesson, students learn about the Qur'an and its rich history of promoting learning and providing Muslims with guidance in their lives.
he Hajj: Journey to Mecca
he Hajj: Journey to Mecca
The annual Hajj, or pilgrimage, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and an essential part of a Muslim's faith and practice. In this lesson, students learn of the activities involved during the pilgrimage and their historic and spiritual importance to Muslims.
Scholarship and Learning in Islam
Scholarship and Learning in Islam
Islam has a long tradition of scholarship. In this lesson, students look at several aspects of lslamic learning. They are introduced to the Islamic religious school known as the madrasah; they learn about Timbuktu which, in the fourteenth century, was a vibrant center of Islamic scholarship; and they learn about Muslim contributions to math and science.
Islam in America
Islam in America
American Muslims comprise all races and ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the tremendous diversity of the followers of Islam. In this lesson, students explore some of the religious and cultural variations within Islam, as well as the relation of Muslims to members of other religious groups.
Women in Islam
Women in Islam
Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore basic beliefs and practices of Islam and examine the different views of women's roles in Islam and modern American society. They will look closely at two issues that affect American Muslims: hijab and prayer.
Art in the Muslim World
Art in the Muslim World
In Classical Islamic art, forms of art such as calligraphy, architecture, and decorative arts are celebrated. Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore basic elements of Islamic art, learn about the origin and styles of the specific art of Islamic calligraphy, and create their own piece of artistic calligraphy.
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