Age 7-9: Food, Geography & Belief Systems

Introduction to Islamic food

Activity: Match definition
Select the best definition.
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Match definition

Select the best definition for the bolded word in the text.
Much of the food eaten by Muslims was that of the desert nomads. Food had to be simple and portable. There was no refrigeration.

Muslims would stop at oases as well as in farming areas to get fruits, vegetables, spices and flour for making bread.

As Islam spread, Muslims were able to trade and exchange foods. Muslims began settling in villages, towns, and larger cities.

1. nomads
2. portable
3. refrigeration
4. oases
5. exchange
6. settling
A. to give in return for something received
B. a fertile area in a desert
C. to take up residence in a new place
D. the ability to keep food cool
E. easily carried
F. people who have no permanent home

globe with magnified Middle East Islam began in the Middle East.

Because many Muslims were desert nomads, food had to be simple and portable, and there was no Desertrefrigeration. Sometimes they would stop at oases to get fruits, vegetables, spices and flour.

As Islam spread, Muslims started to trade and exchange food. They started settling in villages, towns and larger cities.

Unit 1: Meat & Fish

Halal SymbolThere are some rules about food preparation in Muslim culture. Meat has to be prepared a certain way, so that a halal symbol can be placed on the package.

Activity: Gelatin
Check a yogurt label for gelatin
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If you have yogurt at home, look at the label – can you find gelatin listed?
Muslims are not allowed to eat pork. Gelatin is often made from pork, and is in many foods.

Activity: Seafood
Color the seafood pictures.
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Colour the seafood eaten by Muslims.

Color the seafood pictures

Activity: Foods you do not eat
Answer some questions about food
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Foods you do not eat

Are there any foods your family does not eat?

Circle one: Yes No

What are these foods?

Do you know why your family does not eat these foods?

Activity: Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
Identify animal groups
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Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

Muslims do not eat animals that are carnivorous.

Carnivores are animals that eat _________________________.
Herbivores are animals that eat _________________________.
Omnivores are animals that eat _________________________.

Fill in the chart by putting a checkmark (√) showing which group the animals belong.


Muslims do eat all seafood.