What’s the Area?

Scripture: Acts 18:1-28

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn sometimes people have only learned part of what God wants them to do.
  • Students will learn God wants us to help people learn everything God wants them to do and encourage them to do it.
  • Students will learn that sometimes if people refuse to hear what God wants them to hear our time may be better spent teaching others who will listen rather than spending all of our time with people who refuse to listen.
  • Students will find the area of various fabrics.

Guiding Question: Why does God want us to share Him with all people, even if they already know about God?

Materials: Pieces of cloth that are various sizes, rulers, pencils, paper

Procedure: Review the story of Aquila and Priscilla. Remind students that Aquila and Priscilla were dedicated in spending time serving God through sharing about Him with other people. There people sometimes even knew about God but only part of the story or knew part of what God wanted them to do. Ask the students to share why they feel it is important to share God with people who already know about Him. After students share, explain that some people may have heard about God, know who He is, and are trying to live a Christian lifestyle but may not know all God wants for them or may have been taught something incorrect about Christianity. Remind students they may encounter people who refuse to listen to the Word of God and for students to pray about how they can serve this person or if there time would be better spent ministering to someone open to hearing about God.

Introduce the activity. Remind students that to find the area of a square or rectangle, you need to measure the height and width and then multiply height x width. Model examples by measuring a piece of fabric and modeling how to find the area. After going through 2-3 examples, provide students with various fabrics with different measurements and have them find the area of at least ten different pieces of fabric. The students can work independently or with a partner. Assist students as needed.

Additional Questions: How can students build a home using area?

Supplemental Activity: Provide students with construction paper and have them use area to create the walls and structure of a model home.

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