Here is an activity I created and used with my 3 classes. It was a good way of helping the girls review the verb list I handed out to them. Check this post out to get your hands on the pdf of a list of verbs oft-used in the Qur’an.
Here is a picture of one of the works by a team who managed to put it all together and presented the game in their own creative way 🙂
I printed the sheets out in colour and laminated each sheet. I then cut out each image (apples) leaving a thin white border around it. Then, I cut each apples in half. I stored each set of verbs in mini ziploc bags.
How I used this resource:
I then asked the girls to place a tick around the verbs they were already familiar with on the page (cover the English to see which ones they could translate without looking). I then handed out the resources which was played in pairs. Mashallah, the girls got on very well.
Benefits of pair-work:
Students love working together and helping each other. Pair up students who are different abilities to allow them to teach each other and learn not only the material but soft skills too e.g. patience, politeness. The benefits will show up as better class cohesion and healthy competition.
Here is the pdf handout I have made on Surah al-Burooj. Insha Allah, this week’s lesson for my year 9 girls will be on the tafsir of this beautiful Surah. I am looking forward to having a discussion with the girls on Islamophobia and the small ways that people can be harassed for their religious beliefs.
It is important to teach the concept that Muslims should be eloquently and courageously stand up for their beliefs but also stand up for other faith members who may be facing such a situation.
We do not want to sit around the fire like the People of the Ditch and be witness to the persecution of a group of people, whether it is due to their skin colour or religious beliefs.
So here is the handout:
Additionally, I plan on expanding on “sabr” or patience that we need to develop as Muslims. In a recent Arabic class with Sheikh Akram Nadwi, we discussed how the 5th form of Arabic verbs carries the meaning to “make oneself do something” so in this category of verbs you will find verbs such as “to make one self have sabr”.
So a visual reminder to help them remember that one must be patient in difficult situations or when one becomes angry – I will take out a can of coke and shake it. Then ask them what will happen if I opened it right away? Of course, it will go everywhere. But what will happen if I simply let it sit for a minute or two and then opened it?
Similarly, when we are going through a test or are angry, it is good to walk away or try all the techniques to calm yourself down and seek Allah’s help through dua3.
It is important after such activities to ask the girls what they have learnt from this and to explain it in their own words. This would be an example of informal testing. I hop you have found this blog post useful insha Allah! Please share this site and the facebook page with all those whom you think would find it beneficial. HM
Next term, my year 9 class will be studying Surah al-Burooj as one of their Surahs for the term.
I came across the Arabic cartoon that I used to watch as a child that explained the story of أصحاب الاخدود (Ashab al-Ukhdood). At the time, I understood very basic Arabic but loved to listen to the language. I think I might send the link to my class to watch in their own time.
I just wish the video was translated. If you do comeacross a subtitled version of this on Youtube, please le me know, so I can update this page insha Allah.
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.