My Tower Is Taller Than Yours

Scripture: Genesis 10-11

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of the tower of Babel
  • Students will learn how to add measurements (without converting)
  • Students will practice adding measurements

Guiding Question: How can you add the measurements of two things?

Materials: pieces of wood, uncooked pasta, yarn, etc. cut into various lengths, rulers, paper, pencils

Procedure: Review the story of the Tower of Babel, focusing especially on the construction of the tower. Ask students what builders do if they need something to be a certain length, but don’t have one piece long enough. Review the basic addition facts and how to measure accurately. Have students measure and add various combinations of the materials in order to find what the total length of the two pieces together would be. Then have them lay the two pieces end to end and measure the resulting long piece to see if their answers are correct. Have students discuss any issues they had after completing the activity.

Additional Question: How can we convert one type of measurement into another?

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students use subtraction to convert a large number of inches into feet or feet into yards (12 inches = 1 foot and 3 feet = 1 yard)