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Ramadhan Idea 24: Ramadan Lessons for Schools (and libraries)

Ramadhan Idea 24: Ramadan Lessons for Schools (and libraries)

A few people have asked about any sort of lesson plans for Ramadhan, to be able to do a presentation at school.

Here are a few options…

A. Ramadhan talk at school (put together by a mum):

1. Play the months of the year song and child can show her calendar

2. Ramadhan – why is it one of the most special months of the year? Because…

• The Holy Qur’an was sent down through angels – R can show the Qur’an and read a short chapter, with the meaning

• It is a chance for us to think about ourselves, about all the things we have said and done in the past year, whether we have been kind to people or not and to make promises about how we can try our best to even better next year.

• In fact Muslims love the month of Ramadhan so much that we all look out for the moon of Ramadhan on the first night – R can show her poster on the phases of the moon

3. Play ‘Ramadhan Moon’ (4:05)

4. In the month of Ramadhan, Muslims do lots of things:
• We spend lots of praying, reading the Qur’an and thinking
• We try our best not to say anything or do anything that might make others feel sad..so we try our best to use our bodies in a good way
• Don’t eat anything during the day and when we eat at night, start with milk and dates to give you energy and give thanks for all the wonderful food that you have to eat everyday

5. Use interactive whiteboard to talk about how our bodies are very special and it is nice to use them to do good things and to do things that make people happy. This is what Muslims try especially hard to do in the Month of Ramadhan. Group discussion and annotate diagram on the white board-how can we use our hands, eyes, ears, mouths, tummies, legs, heads in a good way?

6. Read a Ramadan storybook

7. Activity: Make a new moon poster

B. A Ramadan play/assembly for all of primary:

Here is a play/assembly that one school did with all the Muslim children in their school and it was very well received!

C. Ramadan talk at pre-schools and Key Stage 1:

Here is a lesson plan for teaching about Ramadan in Early Years

Here is a powerpoint on Ramadan – with a focus on the moon

D. Ramadan Activity Day in Primary Schools:

Here is an example of an activity day in school, teaching about Ramadan through hands-on activities!

E. One mum sent this in, from her time in at her child’s school:

“I thought I’d share these pictures. I went into my daughter’s school and we did a few Ramadhan activities.This is a British School in Bahrain – a lot of the kids (and teachers) really didn’t know much about Ramadhan so it was really nice spending time with them.

We made a telescope to spot the hilal (after we talked about the moon and watched a nasheed) – the teacher was so excited about the mobiles she told all the rest of the infant classes to make them too! We also made a moon and star mobile which was hung up in the school, and a good deed jar. With the good deed jar for every good thing the child would get a coin. At the end of each week the jar will be emptied and money given to charity. The kids were very enthusiastic!

We also drew around a few children and they labelled how the would fast with different parts of their body. Lots of fun! We finished off with Ramadhan goody bags for all the kids!”

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F. Here is what another mum shared:

“Since Christmas my son Mahdi has been asking me to come to his school and talk about Ramadan! He had to be a bit patient but i finally went to my sons KG class and did a Ramadan class! The kids and teacher were super happy, but best of all was how excited my son was to share his holiday and be represented in the classroom!

We read Ramadan by Hannah Elliot and Curios George Celebrates Ramadan by Hena Khan. I used my flannel board to show the stages of the moon and how we follow the Lunar Calendar. I also had images of things relating to Ramadan: Quran, no eating, prayer, etc.

After learning about all the Ramadan terms we sang the Ramadan song from Elizabeth Lymers ‘Ramadan Rhymes’ book.

We then did our paper lantern crafts using white crayons to draw moon ? and stars ⭐️ that we would later watercolor paint on cardstock! I had ramadan nasheeds playing on a speaker while we crafted! ?

I ended the session by giving each kid a goody bag with a fruit snack and a paint it your self coin bank in the hopes that it would be used to collect for those less fortunate! (I had given this a lot of thought and went to dollar store to see what i could get for his 26 classmates. But in the end I realized I couldn’t stand the little dollar store trinkets that we all end up throwing away the next day so spent a little bit more on these great paint yourself banks that are $1 a piece at your local DT!)”

F. Here is what another mum shared:

“Last week we visited my daughters class for a Ramadan presentation. We started by introducing Ramadan, why and how we fast. Then I spoke to the kids about how they can fast with their bodies.

Kids were encouraged to come up and label the card board cut out of a girl. Mouth – tell the truth, hands, share etc…

Next all the kids made a good deed spinner – each section had one good deed. The idea was to spin each morning and see what deed they will concentrate on that day.

Finally we played a what’s behind the squares game. Here the kids had to try and figure out what was behind the squares. Kajoor, a mosque, someone visiting the sick etc. Each time the picture was revealed we talked about the significance. The final picture was one of their class which made them laugh!

Then we handed out moon shaped biscuits and Ramadhan party bags.”

P.S. This is what one mum gave out when she went into school!

G: Ramadan sessions at the library

One mum takes it one step further and goes to the local library to share Ramadan there! Working with the librarian, they came up with a lesson plan and voila! It’s now a yearly tradition and all the local library users join in. What a wonderful way of truly sharing Ramadan with the local communities around us!

For some reason, I couldn't share this video with the other pics so here it is as a standalone…A wonderful video showing the engagement of the children at the library event led by Sabera Husain and Al-Hadi Learning Organization that I posted about earlier!

Posted by Buzz Ideazz on Saturday, 7 March 2020

School Play on Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

School Play on Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

We usually go in once a year for an RE day – this year, we decided to do a play about sayings from the Prophet Muhammad (saw). With only one practise, Alhamd the Key Stage 2 kids did brilliantly! Here is the script.

 There were two performances, one to the whole of KS1, and then to KS2. After they had watched the play, there were follow up activities that the classes went on to do in their classrooms with their teachers, and a parent helper.

 Reception, Year 1:

This class had an activity based on the hadith: “Greeting people and having a cheerful face is a form of charity.” They had a quick discussion on this, and then moved on to the activity of making a smiley paper plate. They put googly eyes on and decorated it, and stuck on a piece of paper with the hadith written on it. They stuck it on a lollipop stick so that they could wear it as their own face when greeting someone!

They then could colour this colouring sheet or take it home:

Year 2/3:

The activity organised for this class was centered around concept the of forgiveness, taken from a hadith of the Prophet pbuh: “Forgiving is the best of all actions.”  The children all got busy making a chatterbox, in which they all had to write something about forgiveness or what they understand forgiveness to be.

After that was completed, we used dissolvable (Vitamin C) tablets in which the children picked one and put into a jug of water with the thought of forgiving somebody. As the tablet fizzled away into nothing, this was related to any hurt or anger fizzling away inside them as well. This giving them an opportunity to practice forgiveness.

After this activity, this short story was read to them. The children were really engaging and enjoyed their afternoon.

 

Year 3/4: 

After the play the year 4 classes had activities based on the Saying of Prophet Muhammad – “The strongest among you is the one who controls his anger.”The activities for the classes were as follows:The following clip was to be shown which was based on what happens in our brains when we get angry and how to control our anger.

The students were then asked to make these anger chatterboxes. Students were given the pre printed chatterboxes and they cut them to size and thereafter folded them and coloured them in as appropriate and played the chatterbox game with their peers. The purpose of this activity was that the chatterboxes had techniques on how to control one’s anger so it was an indirect method to educate the students on anger management.Once all the students had finished making their chatterboxes, the following clip had been arranged to be shown which was based on relaxation and mindfulness techniques.

A recommended book to read with them was Angeryella!

Year 5/6:

After the play, the children from Years 5 and 6 stayed in the hall to discuss another saying of the Prophet: “The cure for ignorance is to ask questions.” (PPT available for download here). We began by looking at what ignorance means, and then what type of things we are ignorant about. As the kids brainstormed, they began to realise that there is a lot we don’t know, and actually “we are ignorant about what we are ignorant about”! Some things included other cultures, religions, foods, and even what other people have been through and are feeling.

We then moved on to talk about what ignorance leads to – one main thing being fear – we are often scared by what we don’t know, especially if we look through the world with our BLM glasses – ‘Be Like Me’ glasses mean we expect everyone to be like us and we don’t like it when things are different. This fear then leads to things like prejudice and racism, and acting on these feelings hurt others.

Then we discussed how we could prevent this from happening – and it led us back to the saying, to cure ignorance, we need to ask questions to learn, and take off our BLM glasses. The students then had a ponder on different questions they wanted to ask, and wrote a question down on a post-it note and stuck it up. Their questions were thought-provoking and honest, and ranged from: “Why do people feel the need to be rude about people’s religions” to Why has your hand got 5 fingers?”, “Why do people eat meat”, “Why do Muslims wear headscarves” and – my favourite – “What is chicken masala?”

Unfortunately we did not have the chance to answer all these questions! We wrapped the session up by watching Episode 2 of Season 2 of The Kindness Diaries – a series where a guy called Leon travels from Alaska to Argentina in a bright yellow VW beetle, with NO money and relying only on the kindness of others. He comes across 2 people in this episode that reflect the impact of ignorance and fear – such as the removal of Native Indians from their home in the Bush in Canada to forcibly being schooled in English schools to remove their culture, and another guy in Canada who hosts a BBQ every Wednesday in his home for refugees and people from all over the world, to give them a sense of community, saying that the answer to this fear is simply to get to know the other.

A fitting end to the session on the beautiful saying of our Prophet!

 

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Check out what school favours one family gave out for the Prophet’s birthday! Kindness Jars!

The creative mum got some spice jars from IKEA (size is 5h x 5.4w), and printed out some acts of kindness (downloadable here) and put them in the jar.

These tags were then printed and stuck on the side of the jar (downloadable here). Here it is as a PNG image also.

She printed out instructions and added them to the jar (downloadable here), and added some sweets and balloons.

And finally, she topped off the jar with a Lindt emoji chocolate!

Quran Day at School

Quran Day at School

Alhamdulillah, we were invited back to our local school to share some more of our religion with them. We decided to focus on the Quran! This time, we decided to foster more independent learning and allow the children to learn by interacting with the material on their own, with us around to supervise and help where necessary. This worked really well with the older children!

Each class had a different time slot to come in to the hall. We first welcomed the children, reminding them of how Muslims greet each other. We then introduced the topic and equated the Quran to the holy book of the Muslims, similar to the Bible or Torah. A little clip of the recitation of the Quran was played for them, and then they went off!

Here are the different areas we covered:

God is Everywhere – The children looked at the verse describing God as being everywhere, and were then invited to play with the Plasma Ball and think about how they were related. Everywhere their fingers touched, there was a connection to the source, even if many fingers touched or moved at the same time!

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Animals in the Quran – The children were invited to read the posters abou tthe different animals and a little bit about them, and then make a playdough model of an animal of their choice.

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Fruits in the Quran

The children had a matching game to play here! After reading the posters, they then had to match the correct fruit picture to the poster. A plateful of the fruits was in the middle for them to look at, touch and smell also.

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Prophets in the Quran

This was an area for them to have a seat and browse through the information on the different Prophets mentioned in the Quran, through books and posters. Emphasis was made on the similar Prophets we share!

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Science in the Quran

  1. Birds: On one table, we focussed on the verse about birds staying in the air. Here the children made a balloon stay in the air with a hairdryer, and then notice how as soon as the hairdryer stopped blowing, the balloon fell. They then thought about how Allah made the birds fly without any help, and how airplanes also have been inspired by this.

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2. Water Cycle: On another table, we looked at the verses about the water cycle. An experiment showing the water cycle using shaving foam and blue food colouring proved to be a hit!

Here is the link to the experiment:

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3. Others: For the last Science table, we created boxes with a range of different Science topics linked to verses from the Quran, which they could peruse and read about on their own.

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Manners in the Quran

  1. Bullying: We looked at bullying using the simple example of a sheet of paper. The children scrunched up (or bullied!) the paper, then apologised as they opened it up and tried to smooth it out. They compared the paper to how it was before, and noticed how it was still crumpled despite their best efforts. They then thought about how this was like someone after being bullied; even if the person apologises, it still affects them inside. The verse focussed on how God tells us not to ridicule one anotehr or call each other names.

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2. Anger: For this, they read the verse on anger and shook the lemonade bottle as hard as they could. At the end of the session when we gathered the class back together again, we shook it one more time and opened the bottle. The kids watched the lemonade explode out and compared it to how we act out badly when we are angry, and this is why God says to control out anger.

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3. Forgiveness: After reading the verse and poster on forgiveness, the children thought about how staying angry makes them feel and how it is better to forgive. Thinking of someone they wanted to forgive in particular, they popped a tablet in the water and watched it fizz and melt away, like any grudes they may have felt.

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4. Good deeds: To help the children see how God sees all the good that we do, big or small, we invited them to think of any good deeds they may have done as they popped some coins into the rice and hid it in there. Using a magnet, all the coins were then pulled out and related to how God always sees our good actions and accepts and loves them!

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5. Good words: Using the verse about good words being like a good strong tree, the children were invited to think of words that were good, write them down and hang them on a tree. By the end of the day, the ‘good tree’ was full of beautiful words!

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Women in the Quran – 

To highlight the different women mentioned in the Quran, and again emphaise the common women we all believe in, we all wore a poster with the name of these women!

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At the end, we brought the class together and invited them to share their thoughts on the Quran and what they had learnt. We asked them to share their thoughts in writing:

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Alhamdulillah, all in all we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and so did the kids! The head and the teachers were also very appreciative of the efforts put in.

To download all the posters and extra bits and bobs, please click here. Both Word and PDF versions have been given, in case you want to make any changes! If you do run this session in your local school, do let us know – we would love to hear all about it!

  • P.S. Received this and thought ‘d share as it has a few extra ideas!

“Salaams, hope you are well. I just wanted to say thanks for the ideas on your blog! My kids go to a catholic school and for Prophets khushali every year we have a theme, this year was charity. I spoke to the school and they gave me free reign to come in, talk to all the kids and do whatever activities I wanted!! Woohoo!! So I “stole” some of your ideas from Quran day and mixed them in with what I had planned. It was a hit!! Even teachers said they learnt something!!

We had each class come down individually, and started with a PowerPoint where I spoke about who was HP and his message, then where the Quran came from and some examples from the Quran. The In front of the classes we did the bottle (anger), paper (bullying), effervescent (forgiveness), prayer (coin clean) and the rice (love) experiments.

We then let them loose to animal, Prophets, women, Quran, goodness wall and food stations. Then we gathered them all together to talk about charity and launch our collection for the food bank.

When they went back to their classes they made a moneybox (nets) and had a multiple choice quiz (PowerPoint) on what they learnt.”

  • Another school also did their own Quran Day. Here is their lesson plan.