World Religions is the fifth unit in the World Cultures geography course. This unit focuses on the five big world religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It explains the various aspects of belief such as supernatural entities, sacred clothing, rites of passage, calendars, moral systems, holidays, and more.
Each World Cultures unit includes a skills lesson about aspects of human culture followed by a focus on a specific region of the world. By the time you complete the entire four year cycle of Layers of Learning Geography you will have covered the entire world and learned the skills and knowledge needed to analyze and understand maps, cultures, people, governments, and the planet all over the world.
This unit is a guide for the mentor to use in creating lessons and directing discussions and learning. It is not a textbook for the student.
This unit includes sections on:
- What Is Religion?
This is an activity based curriculum. You pick activities to do as you read books and watch videos about the countries of Nordic Countries. Here are some of the activities found in this unit:
- Decorate paper plates showing the supernatural entities of each religion
- Put religious building paper cards into a pocket while learning about religious communities
- Color a map of the major religions across the world
- Color a Jewish calendar circle
- Play Christmas Bingo while learning about religious symbols of the Christian holiday
- Read the Bible Parable of the Good Samaritan and make a trip to give to your local food bank or charity
- Make a model rehal stand and paper Quran
- Read the Buddhist story about the Blind Men and the Elephant and design an animal based on the descriptions
- Design and decorate a Hindu mandala while discussing the purpose of life
- And much more!
This is double page spread of the inside of the World Religions unit:
Each Layers of Learning Geography unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
World Religions is also part of the overall World Cultures course, the third Year of the four-year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the geography of the world from continents and the physical planet in Year One, to mapping skills in Year Two, then to cultures in Year Three, and finally, to government and society in Year Four. Every year is also a tour of the whole planet, making stops on every continent. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the World Cultures Resources page.