Alphabetizing Names

Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:14-20, Luke 5:1-11 and 27-32 and John 1:35-51

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Jesus has called all people to be his disciples.
  • Students will learn the Apostles were specially chosen disciples who learned at the side of Jesus.
  • Students will learn being a disciple of Jesus may mean giving up some earthly things, serving others, sharing our faith, obeying and worshipping God and taking advantage of the opportunities God gives us in life to serve Him. In some cases, it can also mean persecution, imprisonment and even death.
  • Students will learn how to alphabetize two words at a time.

Guiding Question: How can students learn to alphabetize first and last names.

Materials: Bibles, pencils, paper

Procedure: Review the stories of Jesus calling the Apostles, focusing especially on Andrew bringing Peter to Jesus. Explain to the students it is important that they act like Andrew and invite their friends and relatives to learn about Jesus. Brainstorm with students the different ways to invite people to learn about Jesus. Explain that sometimes we have to give up some parts of our lifestyle or comfortability to go and serve those God has called us to.

Introduce the activity. Review the skill of alphabetizing. Starting with the names of the apostles, give students various lists from the Bible to alphabetize, including more complex alphabetizing tasks like alphabetizing by last name, then first name, etc.

Additional Questions: How can students learn to alphabetize by city and country?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students alphabetize several cities in the Bible by city, country. The students will need to look up the country that each city is in.

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