Scripture: Daniel 5
- Students will learn God expects everyone on earth to worship and obey Him.
- Students will learn God will not allow other gods or religions to replace what He has given us.
- Students will learn God sometimes gives earthly consequences for rejecting Him.
- Students will learn how to read food labels.
Guiding Question: What kind of information is provided from food labels?
Materials: Variety of food (your choice) with food labels that students can gather information from
Procedure: Review the story of the writing on the wall. Remind students that the writing meant nothing to the king until Daniel told him what it meant. Explain to students that the Bible was not originally written in English. Ask students if they know what those three languages were. Explain that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek with some Aramaic and Hebrew. The other reason the Bible is sometimes hard to understand is that it uses words we don’t use in our everyday conversations. So even though we hear words like “faith” and “salvation” at church, we may not hear them many other places. We may even think we know what they mean, but if we can explain them in our own words, then we probably don’t really understand what they mean.
Introduce the activity. Explain that sometimes, reading food labels can be difficult just as the Writing on the wall in the story was difficult to understand. Bring in lots of food labels and teach students how to read them. Teach them what the information tells them about the food, etc. and have students practice reading/gathering information from the labels.
Additional Questions: How can food labels support recipe creation?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a recipe using the foods you bring in. In the recipe, have the students provide nutrition information gathered from the food labels.