Name That Instrument

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 vocabulary about different instruments.

Guiding Question: What are the English words for various musical instruments?

Materials: Photos and or real musical instruments of your choice

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. Remind students that the lyre was an instrument that David played and show them a picture. Bring in photos or real musical instruments, sheet music etc. and teach the students the words for instruments. Allow students to play the instruments if time allows.

Additional Support: How can students recognize different instruments?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students play a matching game about instruments. Have two cards per instrument – one with a picture and one with the instrument name. Mix the cards up and have the students play a memory matching game.

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