World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer

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Major World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer by Miss Middle School Teacher

This is a great introductory activity to the 5 major world religions. Students complete an anticipatory set card sort (trying to correctly place different characteristics of each of the 5 religions under the correct category) and finish by checking their work through the completion of a graphic organizer that correctly identifies those characteristics. We always have a discussion regarding observations we've made, similarities and differences we've noted, and questions we still have.We also fill out a 3-way venn diagram, choosing to compare any 3 of the 5 religions we've just discussed.

This includes: 5 Major World religions graphic organizer (1 teacher key fully filled out and 1 partially filled out organizer for students to fill in the blanks), copy of 30 cards to sort with various information on the 5 major religions, and a copy of the student venn diagram.

How I use the cards:

Before we fill out the graphic organizer together as a class and have a discussion comparing the 5 belief systems, I have 6-7 sets of these cards printed on card stock and laminated. I put students into groups of 3-4 and ask them if they can sort the cards according to the beliefs/characteristics of the 5 major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism). It’s a great anticipatory set for students and gives them an opportunity to read through and discuss the information first. It really promotes a strong class discussion after.

I then have them leave their sorted cards out on their tables/desks. I hand out the graphic organizer and we fill out the information together while students check for accuracy. It’s a great way for them to assess their prior knowledge. When discussing the religions, we look for similarities and differences between them. Sometimes we fill out a venn diagram (choosing 3 religions to compare). I am sure to note to students that this is not all encompassing and only provides a glimpse of the beliefs and tenants of each of these faiths.
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World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer
World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer
World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer
World Religions Card Sort Activity with Graphic Organizer