Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Activity 4: Singing "Peace, Selam, Shalom"

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Optional: Recording of "Peace, Selam, Shalom" and appropriate music player
  • Optional: Percussion instruments for all participants

Preparation for Activity

  • If you do not know the song,"Peace, Selam, Shalom," listen to a recording and prepare to teach and lead it.
  • Optional: Write the words "peace, selam, shalom" on newsprint and post.
  • Optional: Gather simple percussion instruments for the children.

Description of Activity

Gather the children in a circle to sing together. Tell them that Arabic- and Hebrew-speaking people use the words "selam" and "shalom," which mean peace, as a greeting of welcome. Teach the song and sing it a few times.