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Exploring the Spirit of Islam, Ramadan, and the Hajj
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Islam is the second largest religion in the world, yet many non-Muslim children know little about it. In this lesson, students work together in groups to explore some of the key components of Islam: Ramadan and the Hajj. Along the way, students learn about the major tenets of Islam by conducting research and speaking with a member of the Islamic community. Finally, students share their thoughts and research by designing and creating a Web site.

Grade Level:
6-8

Time Allotment:
Seven 50-minute class periods

Subject Matter:
Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Learn about some of the major concepts in Islam, such as the five pillars of faith and major religious events.
  • Synthesize what they've learned about Islam, Ramadan, and the Hajj in the construction of an original essay.
  • Design and create a Web site using basic information architecture principles.

National Standards

MCREL World History Standard 13
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=6&StandardID=13
Understands the causes and consequences of the development of Islamic civilization between the 7th and 10th centuries.

MCREL Language Arts Standard 4
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=4
Gathers and uses information for research purposes.

MCREL Technology Standard 4
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=19&StandardID=4
Understands the nature of technological design.

ISTE National Education Technology Standard 3 - Technology productivity tools
http://cnets.iste.org/index2.html
Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.




This lesson was prepared by Suzanne Furlong.

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