Which Is It? Annunciation, Ascension, or Assumption

Activity Objective

To distinguish between the Annunciation, the Ascension, and the Assumption

Lesson Outcome

The children will be able to define the words Annunciation, Ascension, and Assumption.


  • Paper
  • Pencils


  • Arrange the children into three groups.
  • Assign each group a word: Annunciation, Assumption, or Ascension.
  • Explain that these important faith events are often confused.
  • Instruct each group to refer to the Glossary in order to put together a clear explanation to share with the other groups.
  • In addition, instruct each group to write out questions about their assigned event that can be used to stump the other groups. (Example: What was the name of the angel who appeared to Mary?)
  • Allow sufficient time for the groups to complete their work. Then collect the questions.
  • Call on each group to send a representative who can tell everyone about their assigned event in detail.
  • Place the questions in a container and ask a representative from each group to come forward and, without looking, select a question. If the representative selects a question from his or her own group, another selection is made.
  • The representative reads the question and his or her group attempts to answer.
  • If an incorrect answer is given, the other group who did not develop the question gets a chance to answer. If the group gives the correct answer, their representative draws the next question.
  • This process continues until all the questions have been successfully answered.

Learning Styles

Word Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes


Depending upon the group, it may be more effective to send more than one representative to explain the group's word.