What’s the Size? (Basic)

Scripture: Jonah

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God expects us to obey Him.
  • Students will learn God expects us to warn people of the consequences of disobeying Him.
  • Students will learn God wants us to be happy when people turn away from their sin, even if we don’t like them.
  • Students will learn how to find area and perimeter.

Guiding Question: How can we find the area and perimeter of objects?

Materials: Rulers, paper, pencil, props/tape for setting up pretend cities

Procedure: Review the story of Jonah from the scriptures above. Emphasize the importance of obeying God to show honor and love to God while also avoiding negative consequences. Explain that God desires the best for us and wants us to always obey Him even when we do not understand His plan. God wants us to live the best life and be joyful in following Him. As Christians, we should love others and also warn them of the type of consequences they may have for disobeying God. By helping others and warning them, we can help them turn away from their sin and turn toward God.

Introduce the activity. Explain that one way to find measurements of objects is through finding area and perimeter. Give several examples of finding area and perimeter and have students help you solve. Then set up various sized “cities” around the classroom. The students must measure the cities and figure out the perimeter and area of each city.

Additional Questions: How can students find area and perimeter of different shapes?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create different shapes with unit cubes or one inch blocks and find the area and perimeter of the different shapes they make.

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