Don’t Get Weighed Down!

Scripture: Exodus 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God has a plan, but sometimes bad things still happen.
  • Students will learn God is working even when bad things happen.
  • Students will learn sometimes things in our lives don’t make sense, because we are only one piece of a much larger plan of God’s.
  • Students will learn basics of weighing an object.

Guiding Question: How are events in our lives connected to God’s plan?

Materials: Scale, objects in classroom, paper, pencil

Procedure: Review the story of Moses. Discuss Egypt in the time of Moses including how pharaohs were viewed as gods and the Israelites were slaves. Explain that Moses’ birth and life as a child was a very important event. His life story may not have made sense but was part of a big plan God had for him and others. In our lives, we often do not understand things that happen or people that are placed in our lives. We must remember that God is working a much larger plan that is in our best interest, even if bad things do happen.

Introduce the activity. Ask students if they think Moses in the baby basket was light or heavy and why they think so. How do we weigh objects? Show students a scale and have them practice weighing different objects in the classroom. Have students make predictions about how much an object weighs before weighing it on a scale.

Additional Questions: How does weight affect is an object sinks or floats?

Supplemental Activity: Have a bucket of water large enough to place objects in. Bring in several items to test if they will sink or float. Have the students predict the weight of each object before it is weighted and tested if it will sink or float. Have students record the object name, prediction of weight, measured weight, and if it sank or float. Review notes and make comparisons at the end.

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