Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lesson Plan- Tower of Babel (1st grade on up)

Tower of Babel

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of the Tower of Babel
- explain why people speak in different languages
- identify what the people built to make themselves great
- locate Babylon on a map

Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)

Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)

language- the human use of spoken or written words as a communication system
tower- a tall structure
confuse- to make somebody unable to think or reason clearly or act sensibly
scattered- in different places far away from each other
separate- distinct from or unrelated to something else
migrate- to move from one place to another
Babylon- the capital of Babylonia, an ancient empire of Mesopotamia, was a city on the Euphrates River, in what is now southern Iraq (show students this on a map and have them locate it on a map)


Read story: "The Tower of Babel" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


Introduce activities: What event in history caused God to confuse man’s speech so that we speak many languages? (Building the Tower of Babel) Tower of Babel object lesson Tower of Babel lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples). Tower of Babel lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc. The Tower of Babel lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. Teamwork Time (scroll about half way down for this). Kids will learn that they need to work together for the right reasons. Tower of Babel lesson Tower of Babel lesson


Introduce craft: The people decided to build a city and what else? (A tower) Tower of Babel mini book Tower of Babel mini book Babel Bible Verse Craft Crafts for Tower of Babel


Introduce game: How did God decide to stop the work of the tower? (By confusing their language so no one would understand what another said.)

Preparation- When we speak to someone, that person might not understand us because they may speak in a different language. Sometimes other things hinder our understanding of what someone is saying or is trying to say. Do you think it would be hard to try to build a tower with someone who doesn’t speak your language? Why? Here is a game that is a good example of what I mean. Telephone
Have the children seat in chairs or on the floor in a straight line. Start off by telling the first child a secret message. Ask the children to keep passing the message to each other until it gets to the last person. Have the last person say out loud what the message was. See if it is the same as the original message. Make sure you something easy for the children to understand.

Introduce games: What did the people want to build to make themselves great? (tower) Scroll down to: Building a Tower Game and Tower of Babel Toss Game

No Babble Babel (People Build a Tower at Babel)- This silent game will prompt your kids toward creative communication and cooperation as they work together to build a tower. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 22). Tower of Babel Ice Breaker Tower Building Contest
Divide your class into small. Give each group the same number of blocks. When you say, "Go!," all the groups have to build their towers as big as they can before it falls down. When that happens, switch teams around and have a new set of kids working together to play again. There is no real winner in this game. It just helps emphasize teamwork.

*Make it more interesting by instructing the teams to build the tower without speaking.

This game is free, however it only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Tower of Babel Jenga Game- Players build a tower and take turns asking each other questions about the Tower of Babel. The last player to take a turn without making the Tower of Babel fall wins the game.


Introduce snack: The people decided to build a city and what else? (A tower) Tower of Babel
Give each child a few crackers. Have them spread the top of one of their crackers with either the marshmallow cream or peanut butter. Next, they will add a large marshmallow on top, and then put either the cream or peanut butter on top of the large marshmallow. Next, they will add another cracker, and start the whole thing over again. See how tall they can make their tower before it falls down, and then eat it. Tower of Babel
Build a tower with crackers and use graham crackers and hold it together with peanut butter, or marshmallow cream etc.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets: Tower of Babel (maze) Tower of Babel puzzles (anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches) Languages
Cut apart the first column from the second and have students match them. For advanced students, or as a review, cut apart the third column as well. Wow! What Happened at Babel? (word search) Tower of Babel (word search)

Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)


Carolyn said...

The tower of bable crafts links for is wrong. The link should be: and

Amazing_Grace said...

Carolyn- Thank you for the links. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. Thank you for letting us know that they changed it.