Building With Angles

Scripture: I Kings 6-8 and 2 Chronicles 2-7

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God keeps His promises.
  • Students will learn God often has very specific commands and He expects us to obey them exactly as given.
  • Students will learn God expects us to praise and worship Him.
  • Students will learn how to use right angles.

Guiding Question: How can students learn the importance of using right angles when building?

Materials: Copies of a drawing of the Temple from the story, pencils, paper, protractors

Procedure: Review the story of Building the Temple from the scriptures above. Explain that the temple was built as a place to worship and praise God for His goodness and kept promises. Solomon was so grateful to God for keeping his promise to become king and for keeping past promises to David. The temple was a symbol of gratitude. Explain to students that just like this command that Solomon was asked to obey, God also asks and wants us to obey His commands which are found throughout the Bible. He does so because He wants us to have the best life possible.

Introduce the activity. Teach the students how to measure angles. Give each student a drawing of the Temple. Have them measure the angles in the picture. Explain that in a building, right angles are often used. Have them try to draw the Temple using any angle that is not a right angle and see how difficult it is to build structures without right angles. 

Additional Questions: How can students make visual representations of right angles?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create a replica drawing of their church building or home, labeling where the right angles are in the drawing.

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