Every time it rains, my son asks if we should start building an ark. Although he is usually telling a joke, I think he would actually love to build a real-life ark. Since we will not be building an actual ark, there are plenty of interactive resources we can use that are even more fun. Middle School students will be engaged with these educational activities to learn more about God's promises, animals, and the world.
1. Graphing Rainwater
Measuring rainwater is an impressive math activity that can be included in a unit about Noah's Ark. Students can measure each container with varying amounts of water in each one. They can record their findings and create a graph to compare the measurements.
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2. Origami Boat Races
Students will create origami boats while listening to the story of Noah's Ark. After they listen and read the story on their own, they will answer discussion questions and put together their own boats. At the end of the lesson, students will have the opportunity to race their boats!
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3. Noah's Ark Word Search
This is a basic word search puzzle that can be included with any Noah's Ark lesson. Word search activities are helpful for students to learn vocabulary, spelling, and language skills. This is a great resource because it is a free, instant download printable that you can use in a pinch.
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4. Noah's Ark Activity Book
This activity book about Noah's Ark can be used as an introductory resource with multiple lessons. There are several activities featured in this book such as coloring pages, fun worksheets, puzzles, lesson plans, and more. Hopefully, this book will inspire your learner's creative ideas.
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5. Noah's Ark Bingo
out this Noah's Ark Bingo game. This is an activity for children that can be played with middle school or elementary students. You can use this at home, at school, or digital classroom.
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6. Fact Puzzle
Fact puzzles are educational and fun to put together. On one side, students will put together animal pictures that show Noah's Ark. On the other, they will learn facts about the famous story of Noah's Ark. I recommend using this as a choice game for centers.
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7. Ark Encounter Virtual Tour
Did you know there is an Ark Encounter Museum in Kentucky? It features a replica of the Ark that Noah built. If you are not local but want the experience, I recommend using these online videos to conduct a virtual tour.
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8. Noah's Ark Board Game
Who doesn't love a fun board game? This is a great review day activity. To make it more engaging and academic, I would encourage students to discuss their favorite animals as they play. You can hand out animal crackers for a themed treat!
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9. Wood Ark Craft
Check out this Noah's Ark craft using unfinished wood. Students will paint by line to create their own personalized ark craft. They can use their finished product to decorate their bedroom or classroom door. This is a great activity to incorporate Art and Bible study.
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10. Noah's Ark Animal Sticker Book
If you are looking for a fun Noah's Ark-themed sticker book, you may be interested in this resource. In my teaching experience, I've found that middle school students love stickers as much as younger children. This book includes animal stickers, puzzles, and coloring activities.
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11. Noah's Ark Trivia
Trivia games are fantastic resource types for middle school. Students will enjoy competing with one another to see who knows the most about Noah's Ark. This is a great game to introduce the discussion of classroom values and being respectful of others.
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12. Life Lesson Journal Prompt
If your learners have a routine of responding to a morning journal prompt, I recommend having them share what they can learn from the familiar story of Noah's Ark. This resource is a great start for them to read and reflect on to gather their thoughts.
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13. Mount Ararat Exploration
Some experts believe that Noah's Ark was located at Mount Ararat in Turkey. Check out this resource to learn more about this exploration and sharpen critical thinking skills.
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14. DIY Ark and Animal Sculpture
How adorable is this 3D paper sculpture of Noah's Ark? This resource is a printable instant download and will provide you with a template to create this project yourself. I would recommend for middle school crafters collaborate with peers for a group project.
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15. Noah's Ark Math Practice
Noah's Ark word problems are a great way to have students practice math. They will need to calculate the weights of the animals and determine how to best balance them on the ark. Students can work together to solve these problems and practice math skills.
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16. Rainbow Science
This rainbow experiment idea works well in combination with the theme of Noah's Ark. Students will learn the symbolism of the rainbow and the science behind it. You can pair this activity with creating candy rainbows using the same resource.
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17. Noah's Ark Activity Sheets
Activity sheets are always a fun way to fill time during transitions within the school day. If you are teaching about Noah's Ark, you would appreciate this free printable resource.
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18. Animal Masks & More
There are many resource types within this awesome website. I love the group activities that feature animal masks, fun games, and crafts. These projects are perfect to accompany a hands-on Bible Unit lesson. Students will love these fun and engaging games and lessons.
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19. Weather and Climate Activities
Noah's Ark lessons may spark questions about storms and climate. This educational resource is a great way to teach students about weather events. Students will gain a new appreciation and understanding of how weather systems work.
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20. Digital Noah's Ark Game
If your students have access to computer devices and an internet connection, I recommend this online game to learn more about Noah's Ark. This is a fun way to teach students in a game-based format.
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