Simple Patterns

Scripture: Exodus 3-4:17

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn that even when people sin, God can still use them later to do His will.
  • Students will learn sometimes God makes people take a long time to prepare for something He wants them to do.
  • Students will learn when God wants them to do something, He will provide what they need to accomplish His will.
  • Students will learn how to use a simple pattern.

Guiding Question: How can students learn simple patterns?

Materials: Cutouts of various types of sheep (enough for all students)

Procedure: Review the story of Moses in exile from the scripture above. Emphasize that God wants us to be a part of serving His Kingdom and be willing to help others who are in need. Explain that it is easy for us to want to give excuses for why we cannot or do not want to do something. This can be our way of trying to get out of doing something or helping someone. Explain that when God wants us to do something for Him, He will give us all we need for it and we just need to place our trust in Him. Tell students that God can use us for good no matter what our past is and can use our past mistakes to help others learn from them. We need to be open to what God has prepared for us and be patient for Him to prepare us for what He has called us to.

Introduce the activity. Remind students that Moses watched sheep while he was in exile. Some sheep are solid white, some are solid black and others are spotted. Teach students about patterns and how to guess what comes next in a pattern correctly. Giving them cut outs of various types of sheep have them pair up, create a pattern and the other student must guess which sheep comes next in the pattern 

Additional Questions: How can students identify simple patterns?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create a simple pattern and have another student identify what the simple pattern is.

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