How Tall or Small

Scripture: Luke 19:1-10

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn there is no sin impossible for God to forgive if we repent.
  • Students will learn God wants us to repent of all of our sins as quickly and as honestly as possible.
  • Students will learn even though we are forgiven of our sins, we need to do whatever we can to make things right with the people we hurt with our sins.
  • Students will learn how to make estimations and find exact measurements.

Guiding Question: Why is repentance essential to growing and being forgiven for our sins?

Materials: “Paper” people of varying heights, rulers

Procedure: Review the story of Zacchaeus. Remind students that Zacchaeus was afraid to face Jesus because he thought that his sins were too much to be forgiven for. Explain to students that Jesus died for all sins of the world and that no sin is too big or small to be forgiven. God wants us to be honest in coming to Him and true repentance of sins is essential for God to forgive us. When we repent, we acknowledge that we have done wrong and need God to forgive us and help us learn/grow from that sin.

Introduce students the the measuring activity. Go over the ruler and how to make realistic estimations and precise measurements. have students estimate the height of paper people and then measure. Then have students predict which people can see over the top of the other people and then use the paper people to find out if they are correct. (Use scale measurements like 6 inches versus 9 inches for beginners)

Additional Questions: How can students practice measurement with everyday items?

Supplemental Activity: Have students make estimations of the length of 5 objects of their choosing around the room. Have students then measure those items and make comparisons between their estimations and actual measurements. Students can use inches and centimeters if appropriate.

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