I can describe the history and major characteristics of the religion of Islam.

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Students will explore and understand the basic beliefs of Islam as well as the Five Pillars that guide Muslims in their daily life: belief, worship, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage. In addition, students will be shown the beginnings and origins of Islam, the spread of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, and some of his preachings. Students will also learn about the Islamic symbols and finish off with an acrostic poem.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to study the belief systems of Islam, looking at where the belief system originated, when it originated, founder(s), and the major tenets, practices, and sacred writings or holy texts.


Ask students what religions they have heard of before. Discuss some questions like, “Have you ever heard of Islam?” and “Where do you think Islam originated?” After this, introduce the religion of Islam and major beliefs.


Share some facts about Islam including information about the belief in Muhammad and what places in the world have a large Muslim population. Discuss “monotheism” and break down the morphology of the word, asking students if they know any other monotheistic religions. Go through the Islam timeline, then drag the phrases to place them in the correct spots. After this, have students drag the pin and place it on the countries on the world map with the highest Muslim populations. Click on the link to explore the World Factbook and have students write down 3 new countries they learned about with a Muslim population.

Explain the 5 Pillars of Islam as well as the 6 Pillars of Faith. Students then drag a checkmark or an X to determine if a statement is true or false. Finally, share some holidays celebrated in the Islamic faith, then drag the words to fill in the blanks in the passage.


Check student understanding with ten multiple-choice, fill-in, and true or false questions.


Students will create an acrostic poem with the letters of the word, “Islam.”

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