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Exploring Ideas of God

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Age Range: KS4

Use this set of resources to stimulate discussion with your KS4 students. Help them develop a questioning, more philosophical approach to world faith. These lesson plans look at the idea that beliefs are at the heart of all faiths. Broaden your students’ knowledge and ideas about God with illustrated worksheets and activities. Teachers Notes include ideas for differentiation and assessment. Suitable for Key Stage 4 students of mixed ability.

Topics include: The importance of the Ten Commandments; The story of Abraham as the founder of Judaism; Animism and society.

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Size: 61 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 303 4
Author(s): Christine Moorhouse
Code: EIOG
Popularity rank: 150

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Contents List


Section 1: Animism and Pre-Religion

  • 7 IS THERE ANYBODY THERE? A poster design exercise to raise student awareness of the sense of awe that is felt for the world in which we live and the need to understand it.
  • 9 ANIMISM A painting activity lesson plan helps students understand what Animism is and to appreciate that it is not only found in primitive communities.

Section 2: Monotheistic Faiths

  • 11 CHRISTIANITY I - IMAGE? A picture and statement activity worksheet to help students consider the Christian understanding of the nature of God and how humankind is created in His image.
  • 13 CHRISTIANITY II - THE CHOIR INVISIBLE Students consider what Christians believe about the first person of the Trinity, God the Father, using spider diagram and story-writing activities.
  • 15 CHRISTIANITY III - THE THIRD PERSON Using drawing and writing activities, students consider the Christian belief of the Trinity and the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • 17 ISLAM I - WHAT'S IN A NAME? Using chart construction and poster design activities, students consider the importance of names, in particular the names Muslims have for God, which they believe reveal His nature.
  • 19 ISLAM II - JUDGEMENT DAY Using listing and argument-building activities students extend their understanding of one aspect of God - His role as judge.
  • 21 ISLAM III - TAWHID Picture analysis and presentation activities are used by students to help explore the idea of Tawhid - that God is One.
  • 23 JUDAISM I - KNOWING GOD Using a letter-writing activity, students consider the story of Abraham as the father of Judaism and how God might make Himself known to us.
  • 25 JUDAISM II - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS A careful analysis helps students consider the importance of the Ten Commandments to the Jews and also to appreciate why society needs rules to live by.
  • 27 JUDAISM III - THE HOLOCAUST Using diary entry and puzzle-solving activities students consider how the Holocaust has challenged and ultimately strengthened the Jewish faith.
  • 29 SIGN LANGUAGE? Studying signs and symbols encourages students' understanding of religious symbolism and language in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Section 3: Eastern Faiths

  • 31 HINDUISM I - GOOD GODS? Students write and draw in order to understand how Hindus worship many Gods and one God.
  • 33 HINDUISM II - HERE TODAY, NOT GONE TOMORROW Students take part in a Snakes And Ladders game to help understand the Hindu view of salvation - Moksha, and how it might be achieved.
  • 35 HINDUISM III - AVATARS This worksheet helps students understand the Hindu concept of avatars using knowledge and information from previous study of religion and holy people.
  • 37 SIKHISM I - CREEDS AND SYMBOLS Through devising a set of interview questions students become aware of the main Sikh beliefs about God as shown in the Sikh creed, symbols and practices.
  • 39 SIKHISM II - GOD IS EVERYTHING A For and Against activity helps students consider the Sikh belief that God is to be found in all creation.
  • 41 SIKHISM III - WORDS A wordsearch is used to help students study Sikh beliefs about God and the meanings of some of the words used about Him.
  • 43 BUDDHISM I - TOTAL RESPECT This worksheet has students study a Buddhist prayer wheel and complete a spider diagram to help them develop an understanding of how Buddhists live.
  • 45 BUDDHISM II - NIRVANA A prayer-writing activity helps students understand the Buddhist view of Nirvana.

Section 4: God For The Next Millennium

  • 47 NEW AGE I - MILLENNIUM Students consider the upsurge of spiritual awareness and the return-to-nature attitudes which characterise the new Millennium.
  • 49 NEW AGE II - THE RAT RACE? A letter-writing activity allows students to reflect on what might be meant by and involved in a New Age lifestyle.
  • 51 MATERIALISM I - GIVE ME MORE! An information gap activity allows students to reflect on the fact that wealth and possessions can be a positive or negative influence.
  • 53 MATERIALISM II - RICH AND RELIGIOUS? Using poster design and spider diagram activities students consider how a materialistic society might affect people, in particular with regard to a religious response.
  • 55 DEATH OF GOD? Using a collage-designing exercise, students consider how some people see God as active in the world.
  • 57 HUMANISM This lesson plan has students undertake a poster design activity to help them consider the non-religious humanist belief that humankind and not God is the centre of creation.
  • 59 THE AMISH In a letter-writing exercise students consider the Amish way of life and how it might be relevant to us today.
  • 61 CULTS Lesson plan analyses the reasons people consider joining a cult. Allows students the opportunity to consider the appeal, or not, of modern cults.