The Five W’s

Scripture: I Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn the news of what God had done for Solomon had spread to many other countries.
  • Students will learn the Queen of Sheba was willing to travel a long way to learn from Solomon’s wisdom and praised God.
  • Students will learn when we let others see how God has blessed us and use godly wisdom, others will want to learn more about God.
  • Students will practice writing proper questions.

Guiding Question: How does godly wisdom influence others?

Materials: Story passages, paper, pencil

Procedure: Review the story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Explain that many people knew about what God had done for Solomon as it had been spread to many countries. This made people interested in God and want to know more about being a Christian. The Queen of Sheba was so interested in Solomon’s godly wisdom that she chose to travel a long way just to hear about God. Have the students share what kind of things in the world today people would travel a long way just to learn about, see, explore, etc. After sharing, explain how news about God is so important for all to hear and be influenced by. The good news is something all people can learn from. One way we can influence others is by giving godly wisdom and spreading the news of God. The more people it is told to, the more it will travel.

Introduce the activity. Explain that there are five main types of questions that can be asked and answered. Go over each type and the meaning with the students.

-What? – explain what something is

-When? – when something will happen

-Why? – give a reason

-Who? – what people will be involved

-How? – how will something get done

Next, show students a small passage appropriate to their academic level and model how to make questions for someone to answer about the passage. After modeling, give students a passage to make questions for. Assist students and allow to share if there is enough time.

Additional Questions: How can students respond appropriately to questions asked about a text?

Supplemental Activity: Give students a reading passage with the five main types of questions. Model how to respond appropriately to these questions and then allow students to practice their responses.

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