Lessons and activity ideas to explore Ramadan traditions within Islam
With the beginning of Ramadan on the horizon, the thoughts of Muslims around the world will turn to one of the five pillars of Islam, sawm (fasting). During this time, they will refrain from eating and drinking in daylight hours and instead focus their attention on praying, reading from the Quran and other selfless activities.
Encourage learners to discover more about the importance of and meaning behind one of the biggest acts of mass religious observance of its kind, using these specially selected lesson presentations and activities.
Introduce the basic traditions and significance of Ramadan with this clear, illustrated presentation. Go on to consolidate understanding with this gap-fill picture dictionary for younger pupils, or this thoughtful, diary-based comprehension for older students.
For something a bit more creative, this detailed guide offers information about the use of fawanees (Ramadan lanterns) and includes instructions and templates to enable learners to create their own.
Or why not get your class to demonstrate their learning as part of a class assembly? Complete with a presentation and a script, this fully resourced pack looks at Ramadan as well as the traditional celebration of the breaking of the fast, Eid-ul-Fitr.
Ensure that students have a working knowledge of the five pillars of Islam before investigating Ramadan using this interactive lesson, including a group research task and peer assessment. Then, explore Ramadan in terms of its spiritual gains for Muslims with this well-structured lesson presentation, complete with video and extended exam question.
Ideal as a cross-curricular activity, this engaging, number-themed lesson requires pupils to solve simple problems to find out facts about Ramadan. Alternatively, get learners to work together to prepare saleeg – a spiced stew or vegetable dish – using this simple recipe, often eaten as an evening meal after sundown.
Find out more about how Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan with this short video, following the actions of a Muslim boy called Faraz.
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This post was originally published on 20th May 2016, and was refreshed on 19th May 2017.