Scripture: Acts 4:23-5:11
- Students will learn the early church was united and shared everything they had with each other.
- Students will learn God hates lies.
- Students will learn God expects us to be generous with our possessions.
- Students will learn how to make simple fractions.
Guiding Question: How can students use food to learn fractions?
Materials: Food items from procedure
Procedure: Review the stories and highlights of the Early Church, Ananias and Sapphira from the scriptures above. Emphasize that the early church was composed of many Christians who were united under the message of Jesus. These Christians embraced each other and shared everything they had with each other. Reinforce what these scriptures say about lying and how God detests lying. Ask the students if they have ever been lied to before and if so, how did it feel. Explain that God does not want us to lie because He wants us to be honest and kind to others. Lying is often secretive and can cause hurt to others. Emphasize that any lie is a sin – no matter how big or small.
Introduce the activity. Remind students that Ananias and Sapphira gave only a fraction of what they were claiming to give. Teach the students fractions using healthy snack items (check for student allergies). You can use graham crackers, packs of crackers, oranges, etc.
Additional Questions: How can students visually represent fractions?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students use a piece of paper to fold into equal parts and discuss fractions. Students will divide into halves, fourths, thirds, eighths.