What’s the Time?

Scripture: Joshua 10-11, 18

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God keeps His promises.
  • Students will learn partial obedience to God is not obedience and can bring consequences.
  • Students will learn the choices people make can affect future generations.
  • Students will practice telling time with analog and digital clocks.

Guiding Question:  Why is obedience essential to living a godly lifestyle?

Materials: How to make a sundial: https://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2015/06/how-to-make-sundial-clock/

Procedure: Review the scriptures from Joshua. Remind students that God loves to keep His promises and will always do that for us. Provide personal examples that are applicable for the age group. Have the students share what happens if they are disobedient to a family member, teacher, or other adult. After they share, explain that just as they have consequences for disobeying adults, there are also negative consequences when disobeying God that can also affect others. Share examples appropriate for the age (lying, stealing, who you are friends with, etc). Explain that obedience to God is important to living a Christian lifestyle because obeying God (praying, worshipping, reading the Bible, serving others, etc.) helps us know what God wants us to do with our lives and how to live the best life possible.

Introduce the activity. Tell the students that they are going to learn/review how to tell time. Explain that they are going to use sundials in order to tell time and then practice on analog/digital clocks. Use the resource in the Materials section to make sundials and take outside to practice telling time. Then give students various analog and digital clocks and have them practice telling time.

Additional Questions: How can students use their bodies to tell time?

Supplemental Activity: Use chalk to make a large clock outside and write the numbers. Have two students become the “hands” and make different times. When students make a time with their bodies, have other students write the time digitally (example: 3:42) on the ground.

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