Ideas for Teaching About The Sikh Way of Life
A fun game with a set of cards with one half of pictures from Sikhi and the other with the definition of the image written in Gurmukhi. The players of this game need to match the image with the correct definition.
You can get a simple box with blank paper in it that students can write questions and other students from other classes can write questions. If you need an example, I have lots of cards from previous years of question and responses.
Sikhi Worksheets & Books
On the website above, check out the Sikh Puzzle and Activity Book as well as the First Step book which goes through the Mool Mantar in a picture book style with awesome images (I have a copy of both the book and the activity book if you would like to borrow them please let me know).
Awesome graphics to print out for teaching:
Using comic books for students to learn about sikhi was very useful, students in every grade were engaged by exploring them... Gurfateh Seva centre should have them... here's a link to them, also the My Guru's Blessings set of comics is very good for teaching young children about the basic concepts of the Sikh way of life (You will see a link to them on the top right of the link below).
Starting Class with Kirtan and Mool Mantar or Waheguru Simran
I found it very helpful to start Gurmat class with the same routine, of having kirtan playing from my iPad attached to some speakers for the first few minutes and then sitting together and meditating to the Mool Mantar and then going through the benefits of vibrating on the Mool Mantar/Gurmantar shabads and we would talk about the meanings as well.
I put colourful stickers on the keys of the Harmonium (Vajaa) to help the young ones learn the keys to play a shabad, students really enjoyed this center a lot! I also used iMovie to create mini video clips where I did a series of videos put into many levels so when they past the first line which is level 1 they would move on to level 2. I used the Educreations app to take a picture of the keys and draw on the keys.
I found it very helpful to have centers that the students can pick and choose to go to after the whole group discussion on a topic. Students really liked the Mala (Prayer beads) making center with beads and string. There was another center that the students enjoyed which was Gurmat games: One was where I cut out pictures of the Guru's and on other cards wrote out the Guru's names and the students had to try to match the two and put them in order. Another game was where the students were helping me make up a Sikhi Taboo by writing sikhi words and they could also draw pictures too and later on you could play their Sikhi Taboo with the class. (For example, students could write Langar on one of the cards) - I have some examples and blank cards if you need).
330 Most Common Words in Gurbani
You could use this list to help the students learn the most common words that come up in Gurbani, you can put them in to wordsearch makers online or have the older students do this, or have them create crosswords for the other classes to try. You can also consider rewarding students with stickers for completing or trying the wordsearches/games.
Have students keep a mini journal to share their thoughts, ideas and questions.
You can get notebooks for each student to call their reflection journal and students can be given time at the start, middle or end of class to reflect on the ideas talked about during the class or share their thoughts or action plans for the future to apply what they learned or to include questions they still have.