Numbers Everywhere

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 learn the numerals and number words for numbers through 5000.

Guiding Question: What do we need to do for God to help us with any problem?

Materials: Post it notes, pencils, paper

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. God can help us when life is difficult whether that is at home, in school, at work, or anywhere and any problem! We just need to turn to Him for help and be serious about wanting His guidance and love.

*Prior to the activity, write different numbers on post it notes and hide around the room. Introduce the activity. Write numbers 1-15 on the board. Have the students take turns coming up and identifying the number and writing the number word next to it. Explain that there are numbers much higher that are used when counting a great amount of something. Put the numbers 235, 670, 982, 2486, 4153, and 5000 up on the board. Have students think about and share when they would use those numbers. Then have students help you spell the number word for each of those numbers. Next, have students go on a number hunt. They need to find as many hidden numbers as they can before time is up (decide what an appropriate amount of time would be for the students). Have the students then come back together and identify the numbers and practice writing the number words together.

Additional Questions: How can students use art to help them apply knowledge about numbers?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create a poem, song, or riddle about identifying numbers or about counting.

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