Summary of Lesson Activities:
To reinforce the story-line and characters in the story of Esther through playing a Jeopardy style game.
OK, you'll say this is not really "Jeopardy" as these are questions with multiple choice answers. But my reasoning is, the board is set-up with headings and points like Jeopardy. The reason for the answer choices is that all ages can now play (and the choices create teamwork - as the team choose an answer together). The set-up is to also help include newcomers, visitors, or special needs children.
Book of Esther
“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” --Esther 4: 14b
- "Original Yellow Pocket Chart" by "Carson Delosa".
- Something or someway to hang above chart.
- 2 – "Melissa & Doug" Hangman Games (pictured to the right)
- 20 Blank White Cardstock Cards (of some type, example blank recipe cards).
- 5 Coloured Cardstock Cards.
- Two Dice
- Write up or type up questions on the 20 Blank White Cardstock Cards.
- Write or type Points on front of above question cards.
- Write up or type the 5 categories on the coloured cardstock cards.
Prior to Class:
- set-up chairs.
- set-up Pocket Chart with headings across top and question cards in order of points, under headings as shown in Question Chart below.
- Hangman Games: have all letters and hangman pieces turned over to blank side, except A B C and D. Lay beside Pocket Chart (Jeopardy Board) ready to hand one to each team.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
- If this is the first week of rotation suggest you read the story of Esther from a children book or storybook bible. If it's the second .... you could just go into the game.
Note: Reading the story beforehand was not necessary, in our case, as I retold the story during “Children’s Time” upstairs during church with an interactive Megillah story from the book, "Esther: A to Z" by Phyllis Wezeman.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Activity - Jeopardy
- Divide children equally – be sure to put younger and older children together, if you have a mixed age group. Teams may give themselves a fun team name, something to do with the story of characters, example: The Purims, The Gallows, The Esthers, etc..
- Give each team a dice and a scoreboard (Hangman).
Show children – the letters (ABCD) are their answer choices, then have them flip them over so the blank side is now face up.
- Have each team throw the dice, largest number gets to select the first category
(example: team will say "I want a BOO for 100)
– question must be picked in order 100 through 500.
- Game Host (teacher) – will read the questions and four answer choices to both teams.
- Each team may talk among themselves, quietly (don't want other team to hear them) deciding which answer the believe is correct – A, B, C or D.
- One child on the team is assigned to register their team's answer choice: A, B, C, or D on the Hangman Board by flipping up the letter the team chooses, example answer "B", and once they're done the child with the Hangman Board raises their hand to indicate their team has an answer ready. But, they do not let the other team see what they have chosen.
- Once both teams indicate they are ready with an answer - the Host will ask for their answers and the teams will show their boards at the same time.
- The team(s) with the correct answer get to turn over a hangman piece.
- Regardless who gets the question right or wrong the other team now has the choice to pick the next category and point question. Each time move to the next child on the team so that each team member will eventually get to pick the category.
- With each question the Hangman Board is passed to the next team member, on both teams, so that everyone get's a chance to be in charge of the Hangman Board.
- Continue until one of the teams has hung Haman, If time remains the kids can turn their hangman's tiles back down and start with a fresh hangman, but continue with the remaining questions.
Note: Hangman is appropriate here as part of the Esther story. Haman wanted to hang Mordecai, but he ended up being hung on the gallows he built for Mordecai for his treachery. Besides the Hangman board adds fun to the game and the kids will all want to participate to be able to have their turn flipping over the tiles.
An alternative to hanging Haman would be to save Mordeci. Start with all hangman pieces face-up, then tell the children, their goal is to save Mordecai, so for every answer they get right they flip back a hangman piece. First to remove Mordecai from the gallows wins.
NOTE: Who Am I? Questions require the team to give the name of the character being described. Read the first clue, if neither team wants to guess what who it is, go to the next clue, and so on, until all clues are read. The team who guesses first the correct answer wins the points awarded for that question card.
How many banquets did Queen Esther hold?
Who did Queen Esther invite to her banquets?
Just the king
The king and Mordecai
The king and Haman
The king and his chief princes
How long did Esther fast for before going to see the king?
Forty days and nights
|Three Days Three Nights|
Why did Esther not want to go to the king on behalf of the Jews?
She new he wouldn’t listen
She feared she would be exiled
She feared she would be killed
He might laugh at her
What secret did Esther keep from the King?
That she was already married
That she was an orphan
|That she was a jew.|
That she had an uncle
Who disobeyed the king by not coming when he called?
The serving maid
Memucan, the prince
Vashti, the queen
Zethar, the chamberlain
Why did Haman want to kill the entire Jewish nation?
He wanted to stop the Jews worshipping their God
Mordecai would not bow down to him
Queen Esther would not invite him to her feast
His servants told him the Jews wanted to assassinate him
Haman's wife suggested he build gallows to hang Mordecai – what was her name?
What did Haman do at the 2nd banquet that made the King angry?
He didn’t use his napkin
His evil plan was revealed & Haman touched Esther
He spoke to the King without permission
He burped a lot
How did Haman die?
He was hanged on the gallows he prepared for Mordecai
He was killed by the king's princes by the sword
The Jews were allowed revenge by killing Haman
He was exiled to a distant land and died there
What festival was instituted to celebrate the fact that the Jews were saved?
What traditions happen at a Purim feats.
Offerings and quiet meditation
Feasts, parties, gifts of food & wearing masks
Fasting & Prayer
A big Banquet
What did Mordecai do when he heard about Haman's plan to kill the Jews?
Cursed Haman in the street
Burned down Haman's house
Went to Esther for help
Went to plead with the king
What did Bigthan and Teresh try to do?
Assassinate the king
Overthrow the king
How did the king reward Mordecai for saving him from an assassination attempt?
He paid him 100 talents of silver
Haman led him through the streets on the king's horse
He was given the kings signet ring
He allowed him to be exempt from the Jewish extermination order
May He Live Forever 100
Who was the king of Persia in the book of Esther?
May He Live Forever 200
How did the king decide who his new wife would be?
He married the daughter of the king of Egypt
He held a beauty contest for the young girls of Persia
His chamberlain chose the most beautiful girl he could find
He married his brother's daughter
May He Live Forever 300
What did the king do when he couldn't sleep?
Had the history books read to him
Asked his servant to entertain him
Called for a glass of water
May He Live Forever 400
What did the king hold out to Esther to show she could approach him?
The golden crown
The golden sceptre
May He Live Forever 500
How did the king stop the extermination of the Jews?
He reversed his previous decree
He gave the Jews the right to defend themselves
He commanded the Jews to lock themselves in their houses on the appointed day
He ordered that anyone who killed a Jew was to be thrown into a den of lions
Who Am I? 500
- Wore a Crown
- Married King Xerxes
- Would not attend the King’s Banquet
- Was exiled for not obeying the King
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Who Am I? 400
- Had lots of power
- Was arrogant and egotisitcal
- Hated Mordecai
- Villian of our story – tried to kill Jews
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Who Am I? 300
- Official at palace gate
- Saved the King’s Life
- A Jew
- Uncle to Esther
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Who Am I? 200
Answer: King Xerxes
- Didn’t know Esther was a Jew
- Wore Royal Robes
- Had a sceptor
- King of Persia
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Who Am I? 100
- Wore a Crown
- A Jew
- Mordecai’s Niece
- Heroine of our story
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End with a prayer.
- Canadian Bible Society website - link dead.
This was done in 2008 and I see as I went to post this today that I had only noted a link to the Canadian Bible Society, which I find no longer works, and was not successful in finding anything on their current site.
I'm sure the questions were pulled from all over this site and the internet, if I've used your question/answer and you wish to be added to the sources please let me know and I will respectfully add you.
This lesson was written by Luanne Payne from: Hampton United Church,
Hampton, ON, Canada,
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