Age 8-10: Cultural Contributions - the Arts

Unit 4: Headdresses, Jewelry & Perfume

Activity: True or False
Decide whether the statement is true or false.
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True or False

Decide whether the statement is true or false. If the statement is false, rewrite it so it is true on the space provided.

  1. All Muslims wear the same head coverings.    True    False

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  2. Some head coverings are works of art.    True    False

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  3. The weather affects what Muslims wear on their heads.    True    False

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  4. A married and an unmarried person wear the same head covering.    True    False

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  5. Muslims who are rich wear different head coverings than Muslims who are poor.     True    False

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Headdress: Each Islamic country has its own traditions and styles of headdress or coverings that both men and women wear.
BurqaHijabMale head covering

A few factors influence the type of head covering worn:
  • climate
  • age
  • social status
  • marriage
  • ethnic group
  • job
Activity: Jewelry in Your Life
Answer questions about jewelry
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Jewelry in Your Life

Answer the following questions.

  1. 1. Do you wear any jewelry? Why?



  2. What jewelry do brides in your culture wear on their wedding day?



  3. Do the adults in your life (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles) wear jewelry on special occasions? Why?



  4. Draw a picture of your favourite piece of jewelry that you own or would like to own.

Jewelry: Traditionally, only silver was used for jewelry, but now gold is used as well.
BraceletsGold Head Jewelry

Activity: Perfume Project
A Group Project
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Perfume Project

Group project
Select one of these projects to complete.
  1. Explain how perfume is made using a simple diagram. Design an experiment that can make a perfume out of something that is easily accessible.
  2. Design a perfume bottle on a piece of paper showing both front and back views.
    On the bottle add:
    • the name of the perfume
    • the ingredients that were used to make your perfume
On a separate piece of paper explain why you chose the name.

Rose Water Sprinkler Perfume: Using spices, herbs and other fragrances, Muslim scientists were able to create perfumes. A well-known perfume sold by Muslim traders in the past was frankincense. Final Activity: Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Internet Scavenger Hunt


1. What is the Taj Mahal?


2. In what country is the Taj Mahal located?


3. What is cartouche?


4. What could cartouche be used for in an Islamic building?


5. Where is the Dome of the Rock?


6. What is the Dome of the Rock?


7. What is ihram?


8. What is attar?


9. What does tessellation mean?


10. What does arabesque mean?