Beginning to Write Error Free

Scripture: 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Satan can still convince godly people to disobey God.
  • Students will learn David’s pride and perhaps lack of faith in God caused him to sin. We too can let our pride and lack of faith cause us to make poor choices.
  • Students will learn it is important to listen to godly people and take their advice when it too is godly.
  • Students will learn how to follow correct writing and spelling rules.

Guiding Question: How does disobedience affect our faith?

Materials: Area for students to write on a wall (whiteboard, chalkboard), cards with numbers on them

Procedure: Review the story of David counting his fighting men. Read Exodus 30:12 to students. It wasn’t just that David was proud or frightened and wanted to count his fighting men. It was also that he disobeyed a direct command from God. God was supposed to order any census or counting done in Israel. As part of the process, a “ransom” was also supposed to be paid for each person who was counted. God did not order the census David wanted and it doesn’t appear any “ransom” was paid to God for each person counted. This disobedience can lead to a lack of faith. It is important to surround ourselves with godly people who will help us stay on track with our faith when we make mistakes and sin.

Introduce students to the activity. Review how to write number words correctly. Divide students into two teams. Have each team form a line. You will hold up a number and the person at the front of the line must race to the board and write the number word correctly. First person at the board to do so correctly will get a point for the team. They will then go to the back of the line. Repeat until finished or all students have gone. 

Additional Questions: How can students recognize errors in sentences?

Supplemental Activity: Have students write a sentence with incorrect spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Then have a student swap with another student and see if they can correct their errors.

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