TeachersFirst's Ramadan Resources

This collection of resources offers a plethora of information about Ramadan and the Islamic religion. Learn about what Ramadan is, when it is celebrated, why it is celebrated, and how it is celebrated. There are resources available for all ages. Some interesting topics include food, Children's festivals, and how the White House celebrates Ramadan. 

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Kid World Citizen - Becky Morales

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K to 6
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international...more
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Kid World Citizen offers a large variety of resources to encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international learning activities. Look for topics on specific countries using the map search. Be sure to check out the For Fun area with links to movies, music, games, and toys.
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tag(s): back to school (54), chinese new year (5), christmas (38), cross cultural understanding (148), earth day (62), hanukkah (12), holidays (121), italy (14), mexico (28), ramadan (9), thanksgiving (24)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when teaching about countries, holidays, and for cross-cultural literature resources. Choose a country to explore each month using resources found on the site. Learn about your students' backgrounds to find countries and regions to explore using activities on the site. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast your culture with that of a different country.

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How the Five Major Religions Spread Across the World - Business Insider

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5 to 12
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas...more
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Discover how the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have spread over the world. Follow this interactive timeline video that highlights the areas of the globe where the religion started, as well as the spread of each religion.
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tag(s): explorers (61), religions (64)

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Give a basic overview of the timeline and events leading to each of the major religions in the world. Use as a resource to examine the cultural effects of a single person starting each religion and the reasons why the religion spread. Analyze the reasons leading to the spread of each religion. Use this in conjunction with a unit on explorers. The video is slow to load, so preload and check before using in class.
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What is Ramadan? - BBC Schools

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This page from BBC Schools provides a simple overview of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan. Read throughand watch the videos to find the meaning of Ramadan and how it is ...more
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This page from BBC Schools provides a simple overview of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan. Read throughand watch the videos to find the meaning of Ramadan and how it is celebrated.

tag(s): holidays (121), ramadan (9), religions (64)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and learn about Ramadan together with your class. Share the videos with your class on your interactive whiteboard or use as part of a classroom center. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here.
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Ramadan Chant - The Learn English Kids

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This short video provides an entertaining song featuring children's roles as a part of the Ramadan celebration. Create an account and log in to print the words to the song ...more
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This short video provides an entertaining song featuring children's roles as a part of the Ramadan celebration. Create an account and log in to print the words to the song and download an activity.

tag(s): holidays (121), ramadan (9), songs (46)

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Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to your Ramadan unit. Ask students to share what they know about this holiday. Use the video embed code to embed on your class web page or blog for viewing at home.

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Celebrating Ramadan: A Resource for Educators - Outreach Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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This PDF, designed for educators, provides information and resources for understanding the historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal elements of Ramadan. Scroll through to find in-depth...more
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This PDF, designed for educators, provides information and resources for understanding the historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal elements of Ramadan. Scroll through to find in-depth descriptions of Ramadan events and traditions. The included lesson plans offer opportunities for understanding and hands-on learning of Ramadan traditions.

tag(s): holidays (121), ramadan (9)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and bibliography found on this site as part of your Ramadan curriculum. Have students create maps using MapHub, reviewed here, to locate places around the world with large Ramadan celebrations. Students can add icons, text, images, URLs, and location stops!
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40 Maps that Explain the Middle East - Max Fisher

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7 to 12
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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many ...more
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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many perspectives such as religion, Arabic dialects, and Oil and Gas in the Middle East. Click any map to view the larger image. All maps also include a short explanation of the contents and many include links to additional information. A few maps are presented via video on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): iran (9), iraq (25), israel (14), maps (210), middle east (41), religions (64)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create a link to these maps on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Use an online tool such as an Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different countries, religions, or time periods included in the maps.

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Stuff You Missed in History Class - Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey

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7 to 12
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Explore interesting history tidbits and background information about world events including topics from Atlantis to Vikings. Scroll through the list of topics and find links to various...more
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Explore interesting history tidbits and background information about world events including topics from Atlantis to Vikings. Scroll through the list of topics and find links to various podcast episodes with archives going back to 2008. Click to play the episodes or download any episode in mp3 format using the download link. Episodes are approximately 30 minutes in length. You can also search for specific topics using the search tool.
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tag(s): archeology (23), black history (96), civil rights (167), civil war (127), cross cultural understanding (148), mental health (28), native americans (82), podcasts (57), religions (64), vikings (10), world war 1 (63), world war 2 (136)

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Use podcasts from Stuff You Missed in History to enrich current lessons or lure students into thinking history can actually be "cool." Provide a link on class computers or your class website for students use. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of one of these events (with audio stories and pictures included)! Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the people in these lesser known historic events.

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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here, to watch the video ad-free!
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tag(s): animals (265), bacteria (19), bill of rights (24), body systems (40), chinese (43), constitution (85), declaration of independence (12), evolution (86), genetics (67), greeks (29), literature (220), meiosis (9), mitosis (6), nutrition (131), religions (64), rome (19), romeo and juliet (4), russia (33), shakespeare (91), water cycle (20)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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Religious Beliefs Made Visual: Geometry and Islam - Ask Asia

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In this Ask Asia lesson plan, students construct their own Islamic geometric patterns as they study the patterns as analogies for the Islamic cultural beliefs. ...more
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In this Ask Asia lesson plan, students construct their own Islamic geometric patterns as they study the patterns as analogies for the Islamic cultural beliefs.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan and use it on a unit concerning Geometry in the world around us. The lesson plan is a different way for students to recognize geometric patterns in the world around them. Use the interactive whiteboard or projector to show some of the sample images and essays provided by the site on the topic before allowing students to create their own designs.

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Happy Ramadan - kiddyhouse.com

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This site includes basic information about Ramadan. The site features some catchy background music, and lots of reference information about Ramadan and fasting. There are also links...more
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This site includes basic information about Ramadan. The site features some catchy background music, and lots of reference information about Ramadan and fasting. There are also links for teachers, students, coloring pages, Ramadan songs, crafts, e-cards, and other features.

tag(s): ramadan (9)

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Get an interactive whiteboard or projector, turn up the volume, and introduce your students to Ramadan. This is a very practical and fun site created especially for children. Use this site to teach your students about the history of the holiday, the traditions, the music, and more!

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Ramadan - All Recipes - All Recipes

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This website offers many Ramadan recipes. There are ethnic names and reference information about the holiday included at this unique website. ...more
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This website offers many Ramadan recipes. There are ethnic names and reference information about the holiday included at this unique website.

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Use this site to create a Ramadan feast or provide your students with some of the recipes to try at home.

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Ramadan at Holidays.net - Holidays on the Net

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This is a basic introduction to Ramadan for non-Muslims. It explains the fasting and obedience requirements of the holiday. ...more
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This is a basic introduction to Ramadan for non-Muslims. It explains the fasting and obedience requirements of the holiday.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the Middle East. Understanding the culture will help students to understand Muslim society and norms. Use this site to inform students about the Muslim holiday, and begin a discussion of this holiday and how it compares to some popular in American culture. Useful site for any social studies or civics class.

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Al-Islam - Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project

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9 to 12
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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and...more
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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and Muslim traditions, as well as essays addressing similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The site includes a Shi'ite encyclopedia, photos of sites sacred to Islam, examples of Islamic artwork, and a collection of downloadable fact sheets - available in numerous languages - covering a range of topics.

tag(s): religions (64)

In the Classroom

This site would be extremely useful in an upper-level course, in which teachers are comfortable with the student's reading ability. Some of the articles explain the background of Islam in a way that is both easy to understand and concise. Use the articles to supplement the textbook! This site would also be great for students working on research projects about Islam. Post the site on the teacher wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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