The Five Pillars of Islam

5th - 12th

Learners explore the Five Pillars of Islam. In this Muslim beliefs lesson, students watch video clips and research selected websites about the Five Pillars. Learners complete worksheets and create posters about the duties of Muslims.

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4 days

Islam in the United States: Hate Crimes and Hope

Pupils state things learned about Muslims in America through a short lecture, an interview, and reading. Using the information learned, they formulate questions to learn more. Students define hate crimes, and how the events of 9/11 have affected attitudes of Americans.

The Five Major Religions

Your 7th graders will have no problem understanding the similarities and difference in the tenets of the world's 5 major religions. This PowerPoint covers the history, major players, and philosophy of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Hinduism, then engages students in an interactive Jeopardy style game based on what they had just learned. Tip: The game could be used with this PowerPoint, after a reading or discussion, or prior to an exam.

Growth of Islam

Seventh graders explore the beliefs of Muslims. In this Islam lesson, 7th graders research Internet and print sources to prepare for a mock foreign exchange trip to Syria. Students research Islamic history and culture as well as the Syrian way of life.

Frontline: Muslims

Students research evidence of different kinds of influence in Muslim societies and analyze their impact. They evaluate commonality and diversity amongst Muslim men and women throughout the world. Students compare student impressions of Muslim men and women before and after viewing the film. Finally, students evaluate how the role of Muslim Americans is perceived by Muslim and non-Muslims in the United States.


High schoolers consider cultural diversity. In this Islam lesson, students discuss what they know about the religion and then conduct further research on Muslim practices. High schoolers share their findings and discuss cultural diversity.

Pillars of Islam

Learners comprehend the structure of Islam. They desgin and fabricate a visual expression of their knowledge. Students identify the Five Pillars of Islam. They are told that the Five Pillars of Islam provide a framework for Muslims traditionsl

Qur'an: Sacred Scripture of Islam

Learners study about Muslims, the Qur'an and the Hadith in Islamic life.  In this investigative lesson students watch a video and answer vocabulary words, they break into groups and read through handouts and answer questions. 

Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam

Students consider the impact of stereotypes. In this Islam lesson, students discuss the attributes that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have in common. Students also discuss stereotypes about Islam and determine how to dispel them.

Honoring Muslim Traditions

Students explore the traditions and practices of Islam and prepare a presentation of their observations. On small black paper squares, they create a traditional Islamic geometric and floral pattern. Each piece is arranged in patterns and displayed. Students share their thoughts and understandings of Islamic beliefs.

The Growth of Islam

Seventh graders gain insight into the daily lives of Muslims and to develop empathy for them by studying the Islamic world and creating presentations.

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