Value of Numbers

Scripture: 1 Samuel 14

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn nothing is impossible if it is part of God’s Plan.
  • Students will learn God can often use people to do things they did not think they were capable of doing if they trust in God and obey Him.
  • Students will learn godly people sometimes suffer the consequences of the ungodly decisions of other people.
  • Students will review the value of numbers.

Guiding Question: How can students review how numbers have different values?

Materials: Decks of cards

Procedure: Review the story of Jonathan attacking the Philistines. Emphasize that Jonathan had enough faith and trust in God to know that God would would protect Him and do the impossible if it was part of His will. Tell the students that God is with us no matter how big or small the problem is. God is all powerful and His will comes to pass (but we don’t always get our way). Share this verse with the students –  “I Samuel 14:6b “Perhaps the Lord will help us. If He does, it won’t matter how many or few of us there are. That won’t keep the Lord from saving us.”. Ask them how they feel that God could use them to help others and serve Him? How could God’s power and strength be used to help them serve others and get through anything they are struggling with?

Introduce the activity. Give each pair of students a deck of cards. Divide the cards evenly between the students. Have them flip cards one at a time and compare the values of the two cards. The student with the larger number wins both cards.  You can make the game more difficult by having each student flip two cards at a time, add the sums and compare the two,sums to see which student has the larger number and wins all of the cards. 

Additional Questions: How can students review multiplication?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students play the game in the procedure but each student in the pair lays down two cards and must multiple the cards. Whoever gets the large value takes their partner’s cards.

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