Stars Tell a Story

Scripture: 1 Kings 13-14

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God expects complete obedience from us.
  • Students will learn God sometimes gives us earthly consequences when we disobey Him.
  • Students will learn, just like Jeroboam, sometimes when people begin disobeying God, they continue to move farther and farther away from Him over time.
  • Students will learn about constellations and how they are formed.

Guiding Question: Why does understanding how to use the Bible help us know what is right and wrong?

Materials: Internet access, photos of Pleiades and Orion

Procedure: Review the story of Jeroboam from the scriptures above. Emphasize that some people will lie like the man did to the prophet and say “God says” or the “Bible Says” to make us think they are telling the truth. We need to know what the Bible says and check everything people (even preachers and teachers) tell us by what the Bible actually says. Explain that there are features of the Bible and places online that can help us explore the Bible and check to make sure what we are being told/taught is accurate.

Introduce the activity. Read Amos 5:8-9 and explain that Pleiades and Orion are constellations made of stars (shows students pictures). Explain that some stars we see in our sky are actually the other planets in our solar system. Take the students to a planetarium or show a film that will help them find the various planets in their night sky.

Resource for teaching constellations:

Additional Questions: How can students model their understanding of constellations?
Supplemental Activity: After reviewing different constellations, have students draw their own constellation, name it, and provide a story about the constellation.

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