Subject: Nomenclature: Geography
of Israel Puzzle Map
4+ *note-could be offered as sensorial for 2 ½+
(four gospels), Bible maps, handout map; RPC p. 113, SPSA Spring 2007
Liturgical Time: anytime; before Advent
1. Jesus is real; he lived, healed, traveled,
taught, died and rose again in the land of Israel.
2. Jesus was baptized (by John) in the Jordan.
3. Jerusalem is the most important city for the
people of Israel.
1. to name and identify the regions (Galilee,
etc.) and waterways (Jordan, etc.) in the land of Israel and provide a framework for
important events in life of Jesus.
1. control of movement as an aid to prayer.
2. to re-announce the paschal mystery.
3. to prepare for later geography work.
4. to provide a framework for listening to the
5. to know the historical reality of Jesus more
fully and deepen understanding of his ministry on earth.
6. to foster the child’s growing sense
of time and place.
7. review names and importance of Nazareth,
Bethlehem & Jerusalem.
Description of Materials:
wooden puzzle with box and lid (the lid is optimal but
puzzle pieces have dowels for easy removal.
a. Mediterranean Sea
b. Sea of Galilee
c. Jordan River
d. Dead Sea
Removable for tracing, painted pieces per control map (muted
control map same size as puzzle (laminated) with the regions
and waterways colored and labeled.
regions colored and labeled.
c. Samaria –green
d. Perea –yellow
e. waterways –
printing on map and flags control identical with printing on
box with flags of regions and waterways.
each flag on stick (toothpick) in clay base, painted buff color,
flag dot, with corresponding dot to waterway.
(Alternatively you can just have labels)
8 ½ x 11 blank maps (same as top map).
crayons or pencils, appropriate colors.
9 x 12 paper or what fits puzzle box for tracing.
Lay out mat. Place LOI Puzzle map on left of mat.
Invite children to gather at Land of Israel map
“You remember we talked about Jesus and where he walked”
“We saw the globe and flags?”
“We have a new way to look at Israel,
the land that Jesus knew, it is a puzzle map.”
“What do you recognize?” (water, different colors, different parts of LOI)
“All these colors show us different regions of Israel that have different names.”
Naming and Identifying:
“This part – the orange part – is Judea:
the largest and most important region. Here is Bethlehem
(where Jesus was born), Here is Jerusalem (where Jesus died,
Take out piece, place on mat
Point to Galilee,
then give the descriptive words.
“This is Galilee-“An angel appeared to
Point to the Sea
of Galilee-“Jesus fished.”
Now remove the Galilee piece and
the Sea of Galilee if it is a separate piece.
“This part is Samaria- “Jesus walked through
Remove the Samaria piece and put it on the mat.
“All along Samaria and Judea is the Jordan River-“empties
into the Dead Sea, which is very salty – this is where Jesus was baptized. The Jordan River.”
Remove River and place on mat.
“Across from Judea is Peraea - Jesus taught
and healed in Peraea”
“Over here all of this blue is the Mediterranean Sea – it was a rich resource
for Israel. Mediterranean is huge this is only the part by Israel.”
“We can put it back now”
“Judea, Galilee, Samaria
Waterways- “Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Dead Sea”
“I am going to take them out again and you can put it back together.”
2nd period lesson-
“I’ll name places you put them in.”
“Can you put in big piece, Judea?” (“can you find Judea,” (waterways are
easier to identify), “orange one” etc.
“Galilee where Mary lived?”
“Waterways, now Peraea, Samaria,
where Jesus walked”
At a later time
“We are going to look at the puzzle map again.
Now we have flags that we are going to put on the regions of the map.”
“This is Judea, the orange region.”
Give child flag and have them place
the flags on the map
invite the children to match the
flags to the control map and place them. When they are done, read them to the
child and celebrate their work
possible songs- Holy Ground, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Children’s Work with the Materials:
work with puzzle
make their own map
write in names on map
produce own artwork