- List prior knowledge of Ramadan
- Listen to books about Ramadan
- Create a class penny jar
- Ramadan by David F. Marx or another illustrated book about Ramadan
- Chart paper and markers or interactive whiteboard
- Quart-sized glass jar
- Tempera paint or acrylic paint
If you plan to use an interactive whiteboard during class discussions, set it up prior to the lesson.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about Ramadan on a sheet of chart paper or the interactive whiteboard.
Step 2: Read Ramadan by David F. Marx (or another book about Ramadan) aloud to the class.
Step 3: Now list what the children learned about Ramadan on the chart paper or interactive whiteboard.
Step 4: Create a class penny jar to collect pennies to give to a charity. Have students decorate the glass quart jar with paint. (I sent students in groups of four to add details to the jar.)
Step 5: As a class, write a letter to parents explaining about Ramadan and the significance of the penny jar.
Step 6: Have the students copy the letter as a handwriting exercise or duplicate what they have composed as a class and have them practice reading it before they take it home.
Read Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi, illustrated by Omar Rayyan. After reading this beautifully illustrated book, have the children use watercolor to illustrate their favorite part of the book.
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and contributing to the discussion.