Food For Many

Scripture: Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:5-14

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God cares about our needs.
  • Students will learn nothing is impossible for God if it is in His will.
  • Students will learn God can take what we give Him and do amazing things with it.
  • Students will practice multiplication and division with various word problems about food.

Guiding Question: How can God show His faithfulness?

Materials: Paper, pencil

Procedure: Review the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 from the scriptures above. Explain how difficult it can be to feed a lot of people when budgets are tight. Discuss that even when things are difficult or money seems tight to get food, nothing is impossible for God and He will always provide. Tell the students about how homeless shelters, food banks, and churches often provided food for those in need. Explain that sometimes this can be difficult as food can get expensive.

Introduce the activity. Explain that students are going to practice using multiplication and division based on the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. Example: If we had to serve food to 5000 people today, how much would we need? If a loaf of bread feeds 5 people, how many loaves of bread would we need, etc.

Additional Questions: How can students work together to solve multiplication and word problems?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students form into groups. Give students a multiplication or division problem to solve. Have the students solve and then raise their hand to answer the question. Give each group a point if they answer correctly. Continue until finished.

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