World Religions Teacher Resources

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If your class is observing World Religion Day in January, use this resource to provide a research and response opportunity. A short informational reading (available as an MP3 download for auditory learners and listening exercises) is the foundation for several activities, promoting comprehension and literacy. Learners complete phrases, do listening and reading cloze activities, conduct a student interview, and more! There are 4 options for engaging extension activities.
Students explore major world religions. In this world religions lesson plan, students discover the founders of religions, their places of worship, and the symbols that represent each religion. Students match pictures of these things to their correct religion.
Sixth graders compare and contrast the world religions. In this cultural practices instructional activity, 6th graders locate places in the world where Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam are practiced. 
Sixth graders explore Christianity. In this world religions lesson, 6th graders listen to a lecture about the attributes of the religion and then listen to and then conduct independent research on Christianity. Students also complete a map activity based on the religion.
Sixth graders explore Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They research the religions through a WebQuest. They will then create a brochure or a PowerPoint that compares the five major world religions.
What is the concept of a mission as it relates to religion? Your young historians will consider the missions of various world religions and their traditions. They will then write a persuasive essay arguing the overarching effect of a mission.
Seventh graders identify major tenets and the distributions of world religions. In this world religions lesson plan, 7th graders work with a group to research a religion using the given website. Students complete a graphic organizer for the research. Students complete a mapping activity and write a paragraph of explanation.
Learners explore world religions.  In this history of religions lesson, students work in groups to research one of five religions. Learners complete a research worksheet and generate one related question and one significant symbol to represent their assigned religion.  Students share information by rotating groups, and then play a board game to review information learned.
Although this world religion word search offers little academic value, it includes several lesser-known religious terms (including Confucianism, Tripitaka, and Rig Veda), some of which are difficult for learners to spell. In that sense, this word search exposes learners to difficult words and practice with spelling. There is a printable version, however the header has the designer's name below it. Consider adjusting before copying for students.
Learners look into the development of religious beliefs. In this ancient civilization lesson, students research the founders of several world religions including Akhenaton. Learners use their findings to create world religion charts and respond to discussion questions.
Tenth graders explore world religions. In this Asian culture lesson students compare and contrast several major religions. Students will view a slide show and examine primary sources to reflect and discuss the topic of religious differences around the globe.
Ninth graders investigate the symbols and historical figures of the five main religions of the world. They participate in a class discussion, listen to a lecture and take notes, and write five Haikus, one about each major religion of the world.
Sixth graders explore Hinduism. In this world religions lesson, 6th graders listen to a lecture about the attributes of the religion and then listen to and perform parts of The Remayana. Students also complete a map activity based on the religion.
A perfect resource to guide your young research analysts as they dive into a paper about any one of the major world religions. It includes very basic questions that pertain to the information necessary to compose a good expository paper with a comparative ending.
Ninth graders research and assigned religion and fill out information they gather on their "Special Assingment Instruction Sheet." They create a sample brochure about the religion they researched, edit the brochure with another student then print a final copy of their brochure.
High schoolers discuss the different religions that make up the world today. They complete an interest inventory about their belief systems and the influence it has had on their lives. In groups of two, then four, then eight they discuss their responses and share their conclusions with the remainder of the class.
Seventh graders research and identify various aspects of five major world religions including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. They use Microsoft Word tables to chart and compare their findings.
Tenth graders investigate the six major world religions. In small groups, they conduct research on a selected religion, develop an outline, create a poster, and write a paper analyzing the similarities and differences between the six major religions.
Sixth graders study the religion of Buddhism.  In this Religions lesson, 6th graders participate in a Pre-Assessment of their knowledge of Buddhism.  Students create a map of world religions. 
Students compare and contrast major world religions of today with the religious beliefs of Ancient Egypt. Each student group is assigned one of the 5 major world religions. They make a presentation to the class.