Fortifying the Foundation

Scripture: Matthew 13:31-35

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn it is important to build their spiritual foundation on solid ground.
  • Students will learn what it takes to build a strong spiritual foundation.
  • Students will participate in a service project to help birds and residents at assisted living facilities.
  • Students will learn how to use vocabulary associated with building and tools while building a model home.

Guiding Question: How can we make our spiritual foundation solid?

Materials: Model building items

Procedure: Review the story of the Wise and Foolish Builders. Ask the students what they think is the difference between and wise builder and a foolish builder. After students share, elaborate on their answers by explaining what makes a person wise or foolish. Tell the students that foundations are meant to keep something upheld and sturdy/strong. We also have a foundation when it comes to our faith and relationship with God. Explain that there are things we can do to keep our foundation in God strong such as praying, reading the Bible, worship, being in community with other believers, etc. Explain how these actions help maintain a solid foundation.

Have students share what they think a builder needs in order to give a building a strong foundation. After students share, show students various model building items and have students build a “house” while learning and practicing words (brick, cement, stone, glass, wood, nails, hammer, saw) for building materials and tools. When students are done, have them write a paragraph or two describing how they built their homes using the vocabulary they learned.

Additional Questions: How can using blueprints develop vocabulary?
Supplemental Activity: Have students research various blueprints and then create a blueprint for a model home using building and tools voc

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