A few weeks ago we have started our unit on the seerah of the Prophet Muhammed (sa) in 3rd grade. I actually use this grade level to introduce many familiar and unfamiliar companions to my students. One technique I tried out this year was The Super Star Series on YouTube by Omar Sulayman. Each day students watched one of his videos about a companion. The great thing about these videos are they have a theme character trait that he focuses on. So its easy to integrate it into Language Arts of Character Trait study. After the video we discussed it and asked them what was the theme. Once we finished discussing the amazing character of the companion I gave them a sticky note and they were asked to write down the one thing that stuck in their mind about that companion. I hung it on the bulletin board each day. This activity engaged them. They were excited to come in each day, move their chair closer to the projector, and watch a video. This was also preparing them for a project coming up soon...
Learning the fun way!