Students really enjoy this activity, and it is very informative. This is a cooperative group activity that gets students reading, thinking, and working together. The activity is a structured sort and helps students understand more about the four major religions of the world: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
This is how it works. Within the file, I have included a graphic organizer with each major religion on the left and details related to the religions on the right. This is the answer key and is intended for the teacher to use.
There is another graphic organizer with the details of each religion missing. This is intended for the students. Below the graphic organizers, are several sheets with information found within the teachers answer key. The teacher will need to take these additional pages and print several copies. You should print as many copies as you have groups. So if there are 4 groups in your class then print 4 copies.
Once the copies are printed, go to a paper cutter and cut out each bit of information separately. Put all the input strips, for each copy that you made, in a separate envelope. Be sure that each envelope gets all the input strips.
You will put students into groups and provide them with the blank graphic organizer and one envelope. One group member will choose one input strip, read it out loud, and together the group will decide what religion that information relates to. The first reader will then pass the envelope to another group member and repeat the process. Students continue until all the input strips are gone. Try not to let students dump the input strips on their desk and work separately.
If you do not want to use the graphic organizer, you can include the religion titles in your envelopes and just have the students put the regions across the top of their desks and sort the input strips under each of the headings.
After each group is finished review the answers with the class. This is a good hook if you have a unit on religion. It also provides a good entry point for larger projects on religion.