Silly Synonyms

Scripture: Proverbs 1-4,8-9,26,30

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God wants us to follow godly wisdom like that found in Proverbs.
  • Students will learn there were several wise, godly men who taught people when Solomon was alive, but the majority of the Proverbs in the Bible were written by Solomon.
  • Students will learn any wisdom given us outside of the Bible should be compared to the Bible, to make sure the advice is indeed wise.
  • Students will learn how to use synonyms.

Guiding Question: How are literary devices used in the Bible?

Materials: Paper, pencils if needed

Procedure: Review the Proverbs of wisdom and foolishness. Emphasize Proverbs 1:20-33. Reread these verses and ask students what seems strange about how they are written. Who is the main character? Wisdom. Explain that personification is giving human characteristics to nonhuman things. It is important to understand literary devices such as this in order to better understand the Bible.

Introduce the activity. Explain that students are going to learn about synonyms. A synonym is a word that means the same as another word. Provide examples of common synonyms. Ask how many synonyms the students can come up with for wisdom and foolishness. Then have the students take turns thinking of a word and others have to list as many synonyms as they can think of for that word.

Additional Questions: How can students group similar words?

Supplemental Activity: Have students draw a french fry box and write a word such as “big” on the box. Then have the students create french fries in the box, each fry being a synonym for the word on the fry box.

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