Line Them Up

Scripture: I Samuel 15-16

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God sometimes chooses seemingly unlikely people to do special things for Him.
  • Students will learn there are often earthly consequences for disobeying God.
  • Students will learn God may give us a hint about something special He wants us to do for Him, but He may take years to prepare us, just like He did David.
  • Students will learn how to use ordinal numbers?

Guiding Question: How are ordinal numbers used when counting?

Materials: Multiple stuffed animals or objects

Procedure: Review the story of how David was anointed by God from the scriptures above. Emphasize how God can use anyone to do good for His Kingdom. Explain that sometimes life can feel unfair. Remind the students that David was the youngest of seven and it surprised many that David was chosen instead of his older brothers. Ask the students how they would have felt if they were the oldest brother and were not chosen by God to be king. Explain the godly attitude we should have about how to treat others and how to wait patiently for God to prepare us for what we will do for His Kingdom.

Introduce the activity. You will begin by introducing ordinal numbers: first, second, third, fourth, etc. and when to use them. Then practice by asking which son was David? First? Second? Fifth? etc. Then use stuffed animals and other objects to help them practice. Which object is Third? First? Sixth? 

Additional Support: How can students use movement to practice ordinal numbers?

Supplemental Activity: Have five students stand up front in a line. Ask questions such as which student is first? Second? Fourth? Etc. Then have the students switch places or add more students and repeat. 

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