Tricky Serving Sizes

Scripture: I Samuel 28

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn it is wrong to use witchcraft as it gives power to someone other than God.
  • Students will learn Saul had stopped trusting in God and was desperate for anyone to tell him what he wanted to hear.
  • Students will learn God’s will does happen eventually, even if we don’t like it.
  • Students will learn about common “tricks” on food packaging.

Guiding Question: How can food packaging be deceiving?

Materials: Several food items of your choice with labels and nutrition information


Review the story of King Saul and the Witch of Endor, being careful not to make it sound too scary. Explain that the fact that she could call up Samuel seemed to surprise even the “witch”. Tell students that today many people have carefully watched people who pretend to talk to dead people and/or tell the future and have realized that they use tricks and not real magic.

Introduce the activity. Explain that food packaging has tricks like serving sizes, calories, (a package the average person would eat in one serving, label says is actually three servings so instead of the large calorie number of 210 calories you think you are eating you are actually eating 630 calories), hidden sugar, etc. Then give each student a different food label and see if they can find any “tricks” on it.

Additional Questions: How can students identify tricks on food labels?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students look up information on food and create a food label for it with “tricks”. Have another student to try identify what the tricks are.

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