Religions of the World


The lesson introduces students to the various world religions with a focus on the major religions.  Many students do not realize how many different religions and beliefs people throughout the world hold and practice, and that different cultures sometimes dictate the religion for an area of the world.  The definition of religion and the spread of religion is also discussed.  The lesson may be used with other world history related lessons.

Religions of the World Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Religions of the World
  • Hands-on homework activities about Religions of the World
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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The lesson introduces students to the various major religions throughout the world. Religion is defined along with relevant vocabulary words like laity, prophets, congregation, scripture and atheist. The world religions described in the lesson are: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, Judaism, Mormonism, Sikhism, and Taoism. Four to six facts are listed for each religion. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to world history.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: When you hear the word religion, what thoughts come to your mind?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they would like to share any of their personal religious beliefs and customs.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to name other religions of the world and customs if known.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Religions of the World to the class.
  5. Distribute Religions of the World content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Allow access to the Internet for research.  Students will compare/contrast the given religion pairs.  Allow sufficient time for completion.
  7. Responses will vary, but every religion will have at least three things that are the same. Once completed, the students should meet with another pair of students to compare notes.  Each pair of students may present information to the class too.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Allow students to share their “new” religion.
  10. In closing, ask students: If there was one religion you had to follow besides your own, which one would you choose? Why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies