Scripture: Numbers 10-11

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God organized the Israeiltes to journey towards the Promised Land.
  • Students will learn God gives us other people to help do His work.
  • Students will learn sometimes God will give us what we want, even though we don’t need it, in order to teach us important lessons.
  • Students will learn about vocabulary used when talking about birds.

Guiding Question: What words can be used to describe birds and how they live?

Materials: Posters, drawing utensils, pencils

Procedure: Remind students that God had just delivered the people from horrible slavery. Discuss what the people should have been grateful for instead of complaining. Ask the students how all of the complaining might have affected Moses and Aaron and their leadership. What about Joshua, who was in training to become the next leader? What about the people themselves? Ask the students what things they complain and whine about a lot. What should they be grateful for instead? Explain that sometimes God wants to teach us important lessons so sometimes he gives us something he knows we need to deal with or grow through in order to learn a lesson. God will provide us with the provisions and people we need in order to get through tough times and we should be grateful for that.

Introduce the activity. Bring in photos of birds or take students to an aviary. Teach them the words for various birds – especially birds that are seen in your area and/or are used for food. Have the students create a poster of what the birds in the area and facts about them.

Additional Questions: How can students apply the information they have learned about birds?

Supplemental Activity: Have students research about different birds in your area. Have students create a birdhouse that will attract that type of bird.

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