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The Month of Dhul Hijjah


Dhul Hijjah is the last month (12th) of the Islamic/hijri calendar. It is the month that the hajj takes place in and there are many virtues of this month.

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best and most virtuous days of the year. They are the days in which Allaah the Mighty and Majestic – most loves the doing of good deeds. About this the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best days in the world are the ten days.”

Read/Listen

Lessons/Activities

First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Unit Study - My free unit study from 2008. Contains 7 mini lessons and accompanying activities.

Hajj Activity Bank

Hajj Activity Bank - ideas for Hajj unit studies

If you are planning a unit study on the Hajj, here are some activity ideas:

Math

  • Memorize the Islamic months
  • Compare hajj travel package prices. Find the best deal.
  • Calculate/find the distance between your home and Makkah; between the stops of the hajj rituals.

 Geography

  • Make a hajj map
  • Brochure/geography guide with descriptions/pictures of each ‘stop’ on hajj |(i.e. mount Arafat, Mina, etc)
  • Be a Tour guide describing the sites of hajj in a mock hajj simulation

 Application

  • Hajj simulation
  • Help plan/make suhoor and iftar for Dhul Hijjah 9 fasting. Make a grocery list of what will be needed. Help with the shopping.
  • Take part/view a thabihah (slaughter/sacrifice)

 Reading

  • Read/listen to hajj stories
  • Read the Prophet's Farewell Sermon
  • Read about the virtues of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah
  • Read about the history of Hajj

 Creative Writing

  • Write a newspaper article about hajj
  • How to make hajj paragraph/mini manual
  • Make an illustrated hajj glossary
  • Create a travel itinerary for hajj trip
  • Interview someone who has made hajj
  • Make a FAQ page w/answers
  • Make a picture book or book for young readers about hajj
  • Make Diary/journal entries for a pilgrim
  • Write Hajj poems
  • Write Hajj riddles/trivia questions
  • Make a  hajj photo album from online pictures (complete with captions)
  • Make billboard collage/advertisement for hajj
  • Make a hajj quiz/test
  • Make a Hajj Jeopardy game

Oral Presentation

  • Report "live" from the scene at one of the sites of hajj (audio/record)

Memorization

  • Memorize/read hajj related ayaat or ahadith - See Suratul Hajj
  • Memorize Duaa for breaking the fast.
  • Learn the talbiyah (thikr for the Hajj)

Biology/Life Science


Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy

Textbooks

  • For the PASS biology book (great for when you don't need to get heavy into biology at the high school level) and a few other digital textbooks, please contact me via the form at the bottom and leave your email address.
  • CK 12 - online biology, simulation, and study guides
  • Kids Biology.com  - online textbook and games (I used to use the heck out of this site and sister sites in the earlier internet days with my kids when we were overseas).
  • Biology4Kids - online textbook and quizzes

Videos/Lessons


Virtual Microscopes

Virtual Microscope - Knowitall.org - This one is neat because student can select a specimen, prep it on a slide and then view it under the virtual microscope. Great for younger kids.

Virtual Microscope  - this is a downloadable program from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Topics We've Studied




And don't forget to check out my Biology/Life Science Pinterest board where I have collected a lot of neat ideas!

Earth Science/Geology & Space



Textbooks

Useful Websites:




Our Earth Science Gallery:

My third grader's moon phases project (8/2016)



Notebooking page. We got the idea for them manipulative from here




For inspiration for activities and projects, check out my Earth Science/Geology & Space Pinterest Board:
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Chemistry


Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter.


This is just a collection of resources that I've collected to help teach chemistry at home. I add to it as the need arises, in shaa Allah.

Period Tables

So of course you can google images for Periodic tables and find many to choose from to print out or hang up in your homeschool study space. These are just a few that I particularly liked:


Videos that teach/introduce the Periodic table



Enter an element name to find out facts about it!

Experiments

Books/Workbooks



And check out my Chemistry Pinterest board for neat graphic organizer/foldables ideas and creative teaching ideas:

Arabic Handwriting Resources

Letter Formation Cards - I made these cards with images from from Gateway to Arabic book
Arabic Alphabet Letter Formation Cards


Arabic Alphabet Handwriting SheetsArabic Alphabet Handwriting SheetsArabic Alphabet Handwriting Sheets

Arabic Alphabet Letter Practice - not sure where this cute set of worksheets is from







Grade 7 Math


Workbooks


Summer Math Review Packets (great for helping to prevent summer slide!)

Miscellaneous

Crescent Shaped Cookies

Last Ramadan, the kids and I made crescent moon and star shaped cookies. It was a fun activity. I always mean to do it every Ramadan but it's been years since we have gotten around to making them again.  The kids had fun!

We used a soft cutout sugar cookie recipe from one of my favorite recipe sites, Sally's Baking Addiction. I imagined that they were going to be difficult to make, but they were pretty easy.

The ingredients were pretty basic things I generally have on hand:

  • 3/4 cup  unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (I didn't have this, but they were still very tasty!)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
You can get the recipe from the link above. One of the things that she stressed was to make sure that you chill the dough, and she recommended rolling it out first before chilling.

I had originally intended to ice them with colored frosting but I couldn't find the colors that I wanted, so we colored the cookie dough!

We ended up making stars as well (because I had a star cookie cutter). For the crescent moons, I used a plastic biscuit cutter.



We made the crescents by using the round cutter and overlapping circles (my daughter's idea)


Then it was time to ice them. I rarely frost cookies so I happened along another site that suggested making an outline shape with the icing first, filling in some of the inside and spreading with a knife.

Our finished products!

It was mostly my teenage daughters, seven year old daughter and I making the cookies, but my 11 year old son joined in to help ice a few as well.


I hope, in shaa Allah to do more baking next Ramadan as the kids really enjoyed it.

Grade 1 Math

First Grade Math

Textbooks

Workbooks

Summer Review Packets (great to prevent summer slide or for review anytime of the year)

Miscellaneous

Skip Counting!



Skip Counting, General

Skip Counting Charts

My six year old is working on skip counting now and I wanted to have something for her to use to help her with her math problems.

I wanted to try to reinforce the concept that when you are skip counting, you are really counting sets and it's a quicker way to count. So, instead of just writing the skip counting patterns as I have done in charts before, I used pictures to represent the sets.

Skip Counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 10s Poster

If you'd like to download and use this chart, click the link below:


Skip Counting Games/Activities

Skip Counting with Sidewalk Chalk - two fun activities to help kids learn to skip count from the PlaydoughtoPlato blog.

Skip Counting Lacing Plates - 123Homeschool4Me.com

Skip Counting ONLINE Practice/Games


Sheppard Software Balloon Pop Skip - practice skip counting by 2s, 3s 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, and 10s

Skip Counting by 2s


TJ Skip Counting by 2s Practice Pack
A super oldie TJ offering that I dug up...
It imcludes counting, sequencing and writing practice





Skip Counting by 5s

TJ Skip Counting by 5s Practice Pack (circa 2008) six activities.




    Also, please stop by my Skip Counting Pinterest Board for great activities and resources:

    Primary vs. Secondary Sources



    A primary source is a source of information that was created at the time under study

    A secondary source is a source of info that was created later by someone who did not experience firsthand or participate in events at the time under study.



    Primary/Secondary Source Graphical Organizers

    This is one I made for my son:
    Included in this printable is a list of types of sources that students can use to fill out the graphic organizer. 


    Worksheets

    Set of 4 Primary/Secondary Resources worksheets with Answer key - These are nice because they give specific examples of sources and students must determine if they are primary or secondary. From CommonCoreSheets.com.

    Square Roots & Perfect Squares

    A perfect square is the product of a whole number multiplied by itself
    A square root of a number is a value that, when multiplied by itself, gives that number.

    This page is a collection of resources that I have compiled (and in some cases made) to help teach my kids about square roots and perfect squares.

    Videos/Tutorials


    Online Games/Practice

    Worksheets

    • Homeschool Math.net - ready made square root worksheets and a worksheet generator, Generates answer keys as well.
    • Math-Drills.com - Square roots of perfect squares worksheets; ready made, set of 10 worksheets available, with answer keys.
    • Mathatube.com - perfect square and non perfect square worksheets with answer keys.

    Flashcards/Reference Charts

    Square Root/Perfect Square Skill Cards/Flashcards

    I created this set of flashcards which also includes skill/concept cards so that my kids could not only practice the square root/perfect square facts but also to make sure that they understood the basic concepts behind square roots and perfect squares
    Square Root/Perfect Square Flashcards
    Download-free (PDF)



    For younger students, I have a Perfect Square/Square Root Activity Pack that not only includes the flashcards and progress chart, but also two matching activities.
    Perfect Square/Square Root Activity Pack

    You can purchase this pack at my my TpT store:
    First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Adult Education, Homeschooler, Staff - TeachersPayTeachers.com

    Notebooking

    Here is an example of some notebooking we did on the subject.

    1) Frayer Models for Perfect Squares and Square Roots - I love Frayer models because they can really allow you to take a more in-depth look at vocabulary words and make vocabulary notes more organized.






    2) Perfect square/square root visualization
    I love this idea that I found on Pinterest. It can help your student visually understand what is going on with perfect squares and square roots; it connects the two concepts wonderfully, in my opinion:

    Here is is our version of it:




    You can download my templates for these three notebooking pages here. The pages also include space for students to write the first 20 perfect squares and the square roots for the first 20 perfect squares.




    For more resources on perfect squares and square roots, please stop by my 
    Square Root/Perfect Squares Pinterest board: