Do You Have Change For Two Sheep?

Scripture: Genesis 21-23

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Abraham, God’s Promises and Isaac.
  • Students will learn Abraham bought a well for seven ewe lambs..
  • Students will learn/review how to identify and count money.
  • Students will participate in an activity to practice counting money.

Guiding Question: If given a purse of coins, how do you accurately count the money to pay for something you are buying?

Materials: enough fake coins to give each pair of students at least a dollar’s worth of change in each coin, an envelope or coin purse to hold the change, optional: a set of cards for each group with an item being purchased, it’s cost and the types of coins which must be used to purchase it)

Procedure: Review the story of Abraham focusing especially on the story of Abraham purchasing the well for seven ewe lambs. Discuss with students the idea of bartering versus using coins to purchase items. Teach/review the various coins, their value and how to count them to make a purchase. Pair students and give one of them the envelope or coin purse full of coins. If you have created cards, the other person should be given the set of cards. The person with the cards should read the instructions to or create a scenario for the student with the coins. The student with the coins must then correctly count the proper coins and “pay” them to the student with the cards (who checks the answer). Have students switch roles every five cards or challenges.

Additional Questions:

  • How does one pay for things when one has a mixture of coins and bills (paper currency)?

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students repeat the activity, but give them an assortment of coins and paper currency. Or give both students money and have one give the appropriate change to the other for a transaction.