This year, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins the evening of June 17. During Ramadan observing Muslims pray for forgiveness and guidance and seek to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. Many abstain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours, ending each daily fast at sunset with a large meal, known as the Iftar. The month concludes with Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day celebration with family and friends. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recommends a few simple accommodations for students observing Ramadan:
- Schedule exams and other major events around Eid Holidays.
- Do not mark students with an unexcused absence for the Eid holidays.
- Allow students to study in the library or elsewhere during lunch.
This Ramadan, you can promote knowledge about Islam and create a safe, inclusive environment for your Muslim students. Tanenbaum is here to help! Click below for…
- A Tanenbaum lesson plan for STEM teachers about the lunar cycle and holidays like Ramadan.
- A Tanenbaum fact sheet about Muslims and Islam in the United States
- Guidelines for including Muslim students during Ramadan and throughout the year from CAIR.
- Elementary level lesson plans and classroom activities about Ramadan from Scholastic
- A Pinterest board with lesson plans and craft ideas.
- Recipes for hosting an end-of-year class party with traditional foods made for the Iftar.
For those of you in the final stretch of the school year, congratulations and have a restful summer!
The Tanenbaum Education Team