Here is a neat activity to use as a starter or to finish off the lesson. It’s a game to be played in pairs. I am going to laminate it so the ones they have completed can be crosses off using a dry erase board marker and the sheet will still be usable with other classes.
I found this poster on Pinterest and adapted it to suit my classroom needs. It is super easy to make…and you can go crazy with the fonts. My teaching assistant is in charge of sticking this on our classroom door and a quick glance every now and then at it while I’m teaching helps me to stay focused on the kinds of feelings and good adab I need to instill in the girls. Obviously, the girls will do as you do and not as you say.
If you make one of your own, send it to me and I can show case it on this blog insha Allah!
A game idea to teach Arabic alphabet recognition to the younger children.
The children love playing this game. They wear a blindfold (or close their eyes) and guess the letter shape by feeling it. If you use textured (glittery) foam cut out into the letter shape and stuck onto smooth foam, it works really well and really makes the children think about the shape and where the dots are placed.
A fellow Arabic teachers of the younger years at our Islamic Saturday school has shared many of her ideas and games with me on how to teach and review the Arabic alphabets.
Here is the Lollipop sticks game:
This game is a fun way to reinforce the learning of new letters. The children are given lollipop sticks with letters (laminated and velcroed) on them corresponding to the letters they are learning that week; eg: ba, ta, tha. The teacher calls out a letter and they lift the stick they think is correct.
This Saturday, the year 10 class will be learning their attached pronouns and demonstrative pronouns. We will also be reviewing the detached pronouns. This is an activity sheet for them to complete.
It helps for them to see that they are using their knowledge of Arabic keywords to slowly translate English sentences.If they understand that they are capable of doing that – insha Allah unconsciously, they will look at new surahs and feel confident enough to translate from the Arabic text itself – by themselves.
So far the grammar I have taught or reviewed depending on the class and what they have been taught before is as follow:
The definite article
I created the following Arabic grammar worksheet as an exercise to help review all these concepts. The lyrics are from an Islamic Arabic nasheed for children and they repeat over and over again. I want them to see that Qur’anic Arabic and the grammar I am teaching can be used to read short Arabic stories or understand songs which is more relevant at their age/stage.
So here is the nasheed:
And here is the activity that accompanies it:
Once the students have completed the exercise, it will be a fun activity to see if they can translate the sentences using previous knowledge and some help from me. Exposing them to Arabic texts at such an early stage is beneficial for them in my opinion.
At the end of this exercise, I’ll get the class to listen to the nasheed and repeat the words.
Here is a video to help you with the instrctions. You only need one sheet of paper and scissors and it’s that easy! Alhamdolilah. I’m not going to give my students this pdf just yet, instead I’ll let them design their own and use my one as one to get the content from.
Hope you enjoy making this with your class or children!