Adding Up the Belongings

Scripture: Exodus 13-16

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God will provide what we need.
  • Students will learn God does not always give us what we want.
  • Students will learn God wants us to appreciate the gifts He has given us.
  • Students will practice adding 3 digit numbers.

Guiding Question: Why does God not always provide our wants?

Materials: Paper, pencil

Procedure: Review the story of the Escape from Egypt from the scripture above. Discuss with students how God was able to provide for the needs of the people as they escaped Egypt. Explain that there is a difference between wants and needs and that sometimes our “wants” may not align with God’s plan for us. We must learn that God works out all for the best and sometimes our “wants” are not for the best. He loves us and will always provide our needs so that we can continue growing and serving his Kingdom.

Introduce the activity. Remind students that during the escape, there was a large number of people, animals, and household belongings. Create different scenarios for adding 3 digit numbers.

Example: There were 310 people and 105 animals in a field. How many were there all together?

Additional Questions: How can students be supported in their understanding of place value and addition?

Supplemental Activity: To support struggling students, have students draw base ten blocks for adding large numbers. Draw a big square to represent 100, a vertical rectangle to represent 10, a tiny square for 1.

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