To become familiar with Islam and its contributions to civilization.
1 class period
This activity begins as each student is given a copy of the first three lesson pages containing three sections entitled:
• Muhammad and the Founding of Islam
• The Principles of Islam
• Islamic Civilization
Each of these sections contains 10 descriptions that are used to play a game during which the class is divided into five teams. Two key words, names, or terms are missing from each description.
When the game begins, papers are face down. The teacher reads descriptions 1-10 to the class, including the words that belong in the blank spaces (provided in Teacher Instructions). Students then turn their papers face up and the five teams are randomly assigned two of the ten descriptions. For example, Team 1 might be given 4 and 6, Team 2 may get 5 and 10, and so on. When the descriptions are being assigned, students can put the team numbers –– 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 –– in spaces preceding the descriptions.
The team that was assigned description 1 must try to identify the two missing words. Five points are awarded for each correct answer. When a team fails to give the right answer, announce the answer to the class. Continue in the same way with descriptions 2-10.
The second and third sections are played in the same way. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.