Creating Compound Words

Scripture: Acts 19:1-41

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God does not want us involved in sorcery or evil deeds.
  • Students will learn some Gentiles rejected Christ because they made money off of those who worshipped the false gods.
  • Students will learn sometimes Christians need to be wise like Paul and stay away from situations where people are too worked up and violent to listen to God’s message.
  • Students will learn how to create compound words.

Guiding Question: How can the students apply knowledge of compound words?

Materials: Paper, pencils

Procedure: Review the story of Paul and the Silversmiths from the scriptures above. Emphasize that Paul’s teaching against idols was done in order to help lead others toward the one true God who they could fully devote themselves to. Tell the students that idols are distracting and can be anything that we put as a priority over God. Remind students that the silversmiths were upset because they were afraid that Paul’s teaching would destroy their business and they would have to find a new job. Even if God puts us in a place where we feel uncomfortable, He will always provide. 

Introduce the activity. Explain what compound words are. Explain that they are two words that come together that make one word such as sunshine, rainboots, and hot dog. After explaining, have students give examples and create them create a list of compounds. Then, have the students create a story using their compound words.

Additional Questions: How can students connect pictures and words to create compound words?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create compound words and draw pictures underneath the compound word that represent each word in the compound word. For example, ladybug and the students would draw a lady and a bug.

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