Building With Shapes

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 identify and use 3D shapes.

Guiding Question: How can students use building to learn about three dimensional shapes?

Materials: Building blocks in various 3D shapes

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. Have the students identify the shapes used in building the Temple. Follow instructions to build a model of the Temple identifying the various shapes as you build it. Incorporate three dimensional shapes like cones, pyramids, etc.

Additional Questions: How can students learn to build using 3D shapes?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create a brand new Temple using only a certain amount of each 3D shape. For example, students can only use 4 cones, 3 pyramids, 5 cubes, etc.

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