Many stories regarding Jacob in the Bible provide inspiration for multi-sensory lessons. Jacob lived a long life and had four wives and 12 children. When teaching about Jacob, teachers can focus their lesson on the story of Jacob's blessing, Jacob's large family, or Jacob's fight with an angel. Lessons from Jacob's life can inspire students to explore their creativity, passion and identity.
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Jacob's Ladder Craft
The story of Jacob's ladder lends itself well to a craft project. The image of Jacob's ladder, with the angels coming down and angels going up, is a classic subject matter for art. Ask students to draw Jacob's ladder on black construction paper with chalk, to represent the dream or night state when the dream occurred. You can also make Jacob's ladder with craft sticks for a 3-D effect, and to provide increased tactile experience for a younger student.
Jacob's lentil Soup
Jacob bought his twin brother's Esau's birthright in exchange for lentil soup. Along with studying these passages, make a red lentil soup with your students. Boil a pound of lentils with two pints of packaged vegetable broth on medium heat for 80 minutes. Serve the lentil soup to your class with pita, a middle eastern flatbread, available at most grocery stories.
Jacob had either four wives or two wives and two concubines. Split the class into four groups and have the class research each one of the wives in the Bible. You can help the students by providing them with Bible citations. Ask more advanced students to do that work themselves in a Bible concordance. Ask the students to present a report on their findings, or ask younger students to draw "Jacob's family album."
Explore the significance of Jacob's birth name and his changed name -- Israel. Discuss the meaning of Jacob's names. Ask the students to talk to their parents about what their names mean and why they were named as they were. In class the next day, ask the students what name they would pick for themselves and why. Ask the older students to write a brief essay on a name they would give themselves.