All the Genes

Scripture: 2nd Samuel 13-19

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn when people don’t follow God’s commands, their lives often become full of bad choices and consequences.
  • Students will learn pride can cause people to make poor choices.
  • Students will learn pride often leads to disaster.
  • Students will learn about the basics of genetics.

Guiding Question: Why does God want us to stay away from pride?

Materials: Found in the Procedures section

Procedure: Review the story of Absalom from the scripture above. Ask students why pride could lead to negative consequences and how they should act instead of being prideful. Remind students that all their success comes from God and that pride takes away from God’s glory. Knowing that success comes from God and living a humble life leads us to make better choices and serve as a godly example to those around us.

Introduce the activity. Remind students about Absalom’s hair and have students share why they think people have different kinds of hair: texture, color, no hair at all, etc. Tell students it all has something to do with genetics. Explain that genetics determines what kind of traits you will have such as hair texture and color and eye color. Genes come from your parents with their traits and before you are born, these genes create with type of traits you will have. Have the students create DNA models:

Additional Questions: How can students understand heredity?

Supplemental Activity: Have students practice heredity to understand different trait combinations:

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