How Long Does It Take?

Scripture: Luke 1:1-25 and 57-80

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn nothing is impossible for God.
  • Students will learn God wants us to have faith in Him and His promises.
  • Students will learn God always keeps His promises.
  • Students will practice elapsed time math problems.

Guiding Question: Why is it important to lean on God?

Materials: Elapsed time task cards, pencils, paper

Procedure: Review the story of the Birth of John the Baptist. Remind the students that even when John’s birth seemed impossible, God made it possible because it was part of His plan for John to do great things for God’s Kingdom. God wants us to have faith in Him when life is both easy and difficult. God always keeps His promises to love and care for us through everything we deal with. It is important to lean on God and pray about the difficult things going on in your life so you can have strength and wisdom from God.

Introduce the activity. Tell the students that when people have children, a woman is pregnant for nine months. Once somebody finds out they are pregnant, they have to use elapsed time to know about when the baby will be born. Prior to the activity, make 15 cards with elapsed time problems on them around the room. Tell the students that there are 15 cards around the room with elapsed time problems on them. Have students go around the room solving the problems and check their answers when they are finished.

Example problems:

-Sara started her homework at 4:00pm. It took her an hour and a half to do her homework. What time did Sara finish her homework?

-Lucy traveled to Asia. She left in September and spent two months there. When did Lucy return home?

-Justin left for baseball practice at 5:15. He arrived home an hour and 15 minutes later. What time did Justin get home?

Additional Questions: How can students work with elapsed time?

Supplemental Activity: Have students work individually or in pairs to create a board game with questions about elapsed time. Have students play each other’s games when finished.

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