Focus: The Grade 1 Core Knowledge History and Geography unit, Three World Religions, explores the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, three major religions that developed in the same part of the world and share a belief in one god.
The unit introduces students to the history and basic teachings of these three important religions with a tone of respect and balance. Students will hear about the life of Moses and follow him across the Red Sea with the Jewish people as they flee from Egypt. Students will also explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the beginnings of the Christian faith. Finally, they will find out about the beginnings of the Islamic faith through the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad.
Throughout the unit’s five chapters, students will discover many of the religious holidays, symbols, and celebrations of the three faiths.
Additional Search Terms: social studies • geography • civics • religion • nonfiction • informational text • ancient civilization • Egypt • Judaism • Moses • Exodus • Ten Commandments • Torah • Star of David • Israel • Christianity • Jesus • messiah • Passover • Last Supper • cross • Islam • Muhammad • Mecca • Koran • star and crescent • Ramadan
CKHG Grade Levels: CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources. In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades K-2 are appropriate for students in the lower elementary grades. The Three World Religions Student Book is intended to be read aloud by the teacher as the students look at images on each page.
We have intentionally left the pacing and timing needed to teach the content presented in the Teacher Guide and Student Book very flexible. Teachers can choose how much they read aloud and discuss in a single instructional period, as well as how often each week they use the CKHG materials.