Use these Ramadan activities to help your students learn about one of the most important holidays in Islam. A reading passage with comprehension questions introduces the holiday to students, task cards offer writing and speaking opportunities, a crossword and word search puzzles help teach vocabulary about Ramadan, and you can use the posters to create a multilingual bulletin board display. Print and digital versions are included. In 2023, Ramadan begins on March 22nd and ends on April 21st in the U.S.
Resource at a Glance:
★ What will students learn?
* Facts about Ramadan by reading an information text about how the Muslim holiday is celebrated.
* Traditions that Muslims practice during the holiday.
* Which countries around the world have large Muslim populations.
★ Who is it for?
* All students, including English Language Learners who are reading at an intermediate level of language proficiency.
★ How does it help teachers?
* The 1-page information text lets students learn about Ramadan and the accompanying comprehension questions let them demonstrate their understanding of the passage.
* The answer key for the comprehension questions makes it easy to assess students’ responses.
* Task cards with open-ended, opinion, and factual questions extend students’ learning about this Muslim holiday and give them an opportunity for writing and/or speaking practice.
* Posters can be used to create a bulletin board display about Ramadan and help students learn which countries have large numbers of Muslim people.
* Crossword and word search puzzles help students learn vocabulary words about Ramadan.
* The digital version offers you flexibility for teaching and helps students develop their technology skills.
What you get in this product:
In the PDF File:
★ Cover (1 page)
★ A list of what’s included in the PDF file and the Google Drive materials for quick reference (1 page)
★ Notes to the teacher with background information (1 page)
★ Directions for accessing the Google Drive materials (1 page)
★ 9 posters with Ramadan greetings (9 pages)
★ Directions to students for how to do the activities (1 page)
★ 1 reading passage about Ramadan, with comprehension questions and answer key (1 page each for a total of 3 pages)
★ Task cards with questions related to Ramadan; 8 questions total with 4 questions per page, in color (2 pages)
★ Task cards with questions related to Ramadan; 8 questions total with 4 questions per page, in black-and-white (2 pages)
★ 1 crossword puzzle and answers; the puzzle is on 1 page, clues on another page, and answers in 2 formats on 2 other pages (4 pages)
★ Instructions on how to do the digital word search puzzles (3 pages)
★ 4 word search puzzles with answer keys (8 pages)
★ Copyright, social media & credits information (1 page)
In the Google Drive Materials:
★ Cover (1 slide)
★ Directions to students for how to do the activities (1 slide)
★ 1 reading passage about Ramadan, with comprehension questions and answer key (1 slide each for a total of 3 slides)
★ Task cards with questions related to Ramadan; 8 questions total with 1 question per slide, in color (8 slides)
★ Instructions on how to do the digital word search puzzles (3 slides)
★ 4 word search puzzles with answer keys (8 slides)
Included in this product are 5 types of resources:
* A reading passage about Ramadan provides information about this Muslim holiday. Five comprehension questions accompany the passage and an answer key is included for convenience. Reading the passage about Ramadan will help students do the other activities in this product but if they are already know how and why Ramadan is observed, that may not be necessary.
* Task cards with 8 questions related to Ramadan that give students writing and/or speaking practice.
* A crossword puzzle and 4 word searches, differentiated by level of difficulty, with answer keys for all the puzzles.
* Six posters saying “Happy Ramadan” in Arabic, English, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, and Turkish. These languages were selected because they are countries with significant Muslim populations and represent the diversity of the Muslim world. Another poster wishing “Ramadan Mubarak” — that is to say, “Happy Ramadan” — showing the Turkish tile from the product cover, is included, too. These posters make a nice bulletin board display.
Three of the activities are available in a Google Drive version:
* The reading passage along with the comprehension questions and answer key are available in a digital format. There are text boxes for typing responses to the questions.
* The color task cards are available in digital format and a slide that students can use for their responses is also provided. Students can copy this slide to respond to multiple prompts.
* The word searches are also included in the Google Drive version with their answer keys. Complete instructions for how to access the Google Drive materials are provided as are instructions to students for how to do these digital activities.
FYI: This resource is based on my experience living and traveling in several Muslim countries, undergraduate courses I took about the Muslim world, and conversations with relatives who are Muslim.
Let your students learn about this important Muslim holiday with these informative and engaging Ramadan activities!
Thank you and happy teaching!
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