Let's Celebrate Ramadan!
Presents a lesson in which students learn about Ramadan and compare it to their knowledge of other holidays. Projects involve brainstorming, arts and crafts, and more.
- Grades: 1–2
- List prior knowledge of celebrations.
- Listen to books.
- Compare and contrast various celebrations.
- Create a project for each lesson.
- Too Many Holidays by Angela Sheif Medearis
- Ramadan by David F. Marx
- Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi (Author), Omar Rayyan (Illustrator)
- Kidspiration by Inspiration Software, Inc. (Mac or PC version), or chart paper, or a blackboard for brainstorming
- Large screen TV or projector system
- Quart size jar for Ramadan penny jar
- Tempera paint or acrylic paint
Set Up and Prepare:
- Have Kidspiration ready to use on the computer.
- Check paints and brushes
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about Ramadan. I use Kidspiration as a brainstorming tool. I use a computer connected to a large screen TV or projector system so that all students can easily see. If you do not have Kidspiration, you could use chart paper or a blackboard.
Step 2: Read Ramadan by David F. Marx.
Step 3: Using Kidspiration, list what the children learned about Ramadan.
Step 4: Create a class penny jar to collect pennies to give to a charity. Use a glass quart jar and decorate it with paints. I let each group of four children add a detail to the jar decoration.
Step 5: As a class, create a letter to parents explaining about Ramadan and the penny jar. (Each lesson will have a similar assignment. Sometimes, I have the students copy the letter as a handwriting exercise, or I duplicate what they have composed as a class and have them practice reading it before they take it home.)