Ark Kids Junior: Tools For School

Tools For School Week 3: Listen To Wise People!

Engineer Courtney doesn't know how to build an invention for the science fair. She learns it's okay to ask for help.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown From 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Music suggestions for this lesson include:

  • Welcome Segment: Various animal sound effects

  • Big Story: Soft instrumental music

  • Big Review: Game music

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Earmuffs
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter. The Co-Host is wearing large earmuffs or headphone.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! (Points to the Co-Host’s earmuffs) It’s not cold in here. That seems like an odd thing to wear.

Co-Host A bear! Where?! Run away.

Co-Host runs around the stage.

Host Jr. Conductors, did I say, “Bear?” No. I said, “Wear.”

Co-Host Hair? I have (color) hair. What color hair do you have, Jr. Conductors?

Host It seems like our friend is having trouble hearing. Why do you think he/she can’t hear me? (Pause) I think it’s those earmuffs. Let’s play a listening game. I’m going to play animal sounds. See if you can guess which animal makes that sound.

  • Play various animal sound effects. The Co-Host should guess all the wrong animals.

Co-Host I was really good at that game.

Host Jr. Conductors, do you think our friend is right?

Co-Host I do not bite. That’s rude. I only follow the rules.

(Co-Host exits.)

Host I think our friend has a lot to learn about listening. Thankfully that’s exactly what we’re discovering in today’s Big Point. If you are ready to help him/her, say, “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Earmuffs
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think Engineer Courtney has to build a submarine all by herself, or can she ask for help? (Pause) I agree. It’s a wise choice to ask.

Co-Host No, this isn’t a mask. These are called earmuffs.

(Host takes off the earmuffs.)

Host You aren’t listening very well. You keep mixing up all the words I say because you are wearing these earmuffs.

Co-Host I’m wearing them because I don’t want to listen to anyone else. I want to do everything by myself.

Host That’s what Engineer Courtney thinks, but we learned something different in our Big Point. Let’s practice it again, Jr. Conductors.

Host Listen To Wise People!

Co-Host No, wise people do everything by themselves.

Host That’s not what the Bible says. Listening is good. Let’s play a listening game. It’s a fun game called Simon Says. You must do what Simon says to do. If I say, “Simon says hop up and down,” should you do it? Yes. If I say, “Wave your arms,” don’t do it. Only do the things that Simon says to do.

Co-Host I’ll be good at this game, but I should probably wear my earmuffs.

  • Play the game. Go slow so that it’s easy for the kids to follow the commands. The Co-Host should fail to follow Simon’s commands but do the things that Simon doesn’t say to do.

Co-Host Did I win?

Host Jr. Conductors, did our friend play the game well? (Pause) No, you didn’t because you weren’t listening.

Co-Host It sounds like listening is important.

Host God wants us to listen to others because that’s how we learn things. It’s okay if you don’t know everything. God gives us helpers to teach us. Let’s see if Engineer Courtney can find a helper to teach her how to build a submarine.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Earmuffs, Blindfold, Target
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think that Engineer Courtney made a wise choice by asking Professor Beaker for help? (Pause) She followed our Big Point.

Host Listen To Wise People!

Co-Host I guess I didn’t make a wise choice when I wore my earmuffs and didn’t listen. Engineer Kelly’s verse from the Bible helped me learn that.

Co-Host Proverbs 12:15 (NIrV) says, “Those who are wise listen to advice.”

Host That’s true, but not everyone tells us wise things to do. We want to learn to listen to people who share wise words.

Co-Host That’s why it was wise to ask Professor Beaker to help build a submarine.

Host That’s right. He knows how to build things like rockets and boats that travel under water.

Co-Host We should listen to people who say the same kinds of things that we hear God tell us in the Bible.

Host That’s right! Let’s show you what it looks like when we listen to wise and unwise people. I’m going to set up a target on stage. (The target can be an actual target or any item) You will wear this blindfold.

Co-Host I can’t see. How can I find the target?

Host Your fellow engineers will help you. The only problem is that they are going to close their eyes, too. Listen and follow what they say.

  • Have the adult/teen volunteers close their eyes and try to guide the Co-Host to the target.

Co-Host I give up. I can’t find it.

Host That’s what happens when we listen to unwise people. They can’t tell us the right things to do. Let’s change something now and have the Jr. Conductors help you. This time, they will keep their eyes open.

  • Have the kids guide the Co-Host to the target by yelling directions.

Co-Host I found it! Thanks, Jr. Conductors!

Host They were like wise people. The Jr. Conductors could tell you exactly where to go. That’s why it’s important to listen to the wise people God gives us to help us. Let’s stand and worship God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and take a moment to pray our Big Verse. That means we are going to repeat the Big Verse and remind ourselves of what God teaches us in the Bible. Proverbs 12:15 says, “Those who are wise listen to advice.” So, repeat after me and say, “I am wise and listen to advice.” (Repeat two times) Now I will use that verse to pray for all of us. (Pray)

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host enters.

Host Did you enjoy traveling under the water with Engineer Courtney? Was the shark really scary? It’s a good thing she built a submarine to keep her safe. She wouldn’t have done it if she hadn’t followed our Big Point. Let’s practice it again,

Host Listen To Wise People!

Co-Host I wish that King Rehoboam had learned the Big Point. He didn’t listen to wise people and made a big mess.

Host Yeah, he listened to his friends who weren’t wise. We can talk about the wise people we know when we do the Big Do.

Co-Host The Big Do is to talk to your family about people you know who are wise. See if you can decide why they are good people to listen to.

Host Let’s look at some pictures of people we might meet and decide if they are wise or unwise people.

  • Ask the kids to give a thumbs up if the person is wise or a thumbs down if the person doesn’t seem wise. Explain why that person might or might not be wise.

  • Policeman
  • Teacher
  • Grandparent
  • Pirate
  • Pet
  • Parent
  • Pastor

Co-Host I’m thankful for wise people who help us.

Host Me, too. God is so kind to give us lots of help. I think we should practice the Big Point again.

Host Listen To Wise People!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say Listen To Wise People! or Don’t Listen To Wise People?

  • Let’s pretend to dive under the water. What kinds of things do you see? (Allow for answers) Who wanted to build a submarine at the Train Station today? Engineer Courtney Did she do it all by herself or did she have help? She had help Who helped her? Professor Beaker

  • Did the people ask King Rehoboam to let them rest or to make them work harder? Let them rest. They had worked really hard. Let’s stand up and pretend to work hard cleaning up the room. Let’s pick up the toys and then sweep the floor. Now let’s all sit down and pretend to take a nap. After we finish our work is a great time to rest.

  • I’m going to whisper different words. Let’s see if you can use your listening ears to hear what I’m saying. (Whisper different words) Did King Rehoboam listen to the wise advisors or to his friends? Friends Did King Rehoboam make a wise or unwise choice? Unwise

  • Let’s name some of the wise people that God gives us to help us. (Name different people) Is it a good choice is listen to wise people? Yes

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 12:15 (NIrV), “Those who are _____ listen to advice.”

    • Wise
    • Unwise
Materials:


Classroom / Midweek

Classroom / Midweek Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leaders
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders, take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Engage 2 Prep: Print 1 set of L3 Activity sheets for each small group.

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader

Hi, Jr. Conductors! Welcome to the Train Station. I’m glad you came by for a visit. We have been learning about wisdom and how God loves to give it to us. Everyone turn to a friend next to you and whisper, “God gives you wisdom.” (Pause) Good job. Did everyone listen closely as your friend spoke to you? It is important to listen when someone shares truth from God with us. It is time for us to go to visit Conductor Carl at the Train Station. To get there, we need everyone to say, “Choo-choo”. Are you ready? “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Box, Toy Animal (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • For this activity, you will put toy animals in a box where the kids can’t see them. Choose animals that make distinct sounds. Leader enters, he/she should bring the box center stage.

Jr. Conductors, are you good listeners? Let’s play a listening game. In my box I have many animals. You get to guess what animals are in my box by listening to the sounds they make. Each group is going to get a chance to guess. Let’s play!

  • Choose one group to go first. Make the sound one of the animals makes and let them guess what the animal is. After they have guessed correctly, show the animal. Move on to another group and repeat until all the groups have gotten a turn.

You all did a great job listening. I wonder if our Big Point has something to do with listening. Let’s all turn on our listening ears so we can hear today’s Big Point. I’ll see you in a bit!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Jr. Conductors, let’s all pretend to be in a submarine. First, we go down, down, down, into the ocean. Down here you can see all sorts of underwater creatures. What is something that lives under the water? Whoa! I see a shark. Can you put your hands over your head like a shark fin? There is a fish swimming by! Let’s all make a fish face. Engineer Courtney thinks that she has to build a submarine all by herself. Do you think that is true, or could Engineer Courtney ask for help? You’re right, she could. She needs to learn our Big Point. Let’s practice it again.

Listen To Wise People!

If you need wisdom, it’s wise to ask for it. Everyone say, “Please.” After we ask, we need to be sure to listen to what that person tells us to do. In your small group, you will play a game called Telephone. Your small group leader will whisper a sentence in someone’s ear. Then that person will whisper it in someone else’s ear, and over and over until everyone has whispered and listened. Everyone, turn to your small group and get ready to play!

Small Group Leader
  • Lead the kids in playing Telephone. You will probably need to direct them whose ear to whisper in next. At the end, have the last person tell the group what they heard. You can play this multiple times until the timer runs out. Some ideas of what to whisper: Conductor Carl is crazy cool, Train engines toot loudly, Listen to wise people, God loves it when you listen, etc.

Leader

It was fun listening to one another. Let’s see if Engineer Courtney will follow the Big Point and find someone wise to listen to.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Engage 2 Activity
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m so glad Engineer Courtney chose to listen to advice. She is following our Big Point. Let’s sing it together.

Listen To Wise People!

Professor Beaker shared the Big Verse with Engineer Courtney to help her learn what is true.

Proverbs 12:15 (NIrV) says, “Those who are wise listen to advice.” Wise people listen to advice because they know that others can help them. People all know different things, and they can help us when they share their wisdom with us. If you need help making a wise choice, should you ask your doggy? What about a baby? No! Doggies and babies don’t have wise answers. God wants us to choose carefully who we listen to. Let’s turn to our small groups and practice choosing wisely.

Small Group Leader
  • This activity gives the kids an opportunity to practice making a decision to listen to wise advice. You will show pictures and talk about them.

  • Scenario 1: You want to play ball. Your mom said, “Play with the ball outside,” but your sister said, “Let’s play ball inside.” Who should you listen to?

  • Scenario 2: You are painting a picture. Your dad told you, “Paint on the paper,” but your brother said, “Let’s paint the walls. It will be pretty.” Who should you listen to?

  • Scenario 3: You are eating ice cream. Your grandma told you, “Only eat one ice cream,” but your friend said, “Let’s eat another one.” Who should you listen to?

  • Scenario 4: You are playing on the slide. Your teacher said, “Go down feet first,” but your friend said, “I’m going down headfirst.” Who should you listen to?

Leader

Who made a wise choice? Good job! In our Big Story today someone is going to listen to the wrong people. Let’s pay attention and find out what happened!

Materials:
Small Group Leader

Let’s use the Big Verse to pray today. In Proverbs 12:15 it says, “Those who are wise listen to advice.” So now say, “I am wise and listen to advice.” (Repeat two times) Now, I will use this verse and pray for you. (Pray)

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Engineer Courtney built a really cool submarine! She never could have built it if she hadn’t followed our Big Point and asked Professor Beaker for help. Let’s sing our Big Point again.

Listen To Wise People!

This week’s Big Do will help us follow the Big Point at home.

Conductor Carl gave us the idea to talk to our families about people we know who are wise. That will help us know who to listen to! I’m thankful there are lots of wise people who can help us.

Materials:
Leader
  • Did our Big Point say Listen To Wise People! or Don’t Listen To Wise People?

  • Let’s pretend to dive under the water. What kinds of things do you see? (Allow for answers) Who wanted to build a submarine at the Train Station today? Engineer Courtney Did she do it all by herself or did she have help? She had help Who helped her? Professor Beaker

  • Did the people ask King Rehoboam to let them rest or to make them work harder? Let them rest. They had worked really hard. Let’s stand up and pretend to work hard cleaning up the room. Let’s pick up the toys and then sweep the floor. Now let’s all sit down and pretend to take a nap. After we finish our work is a great time to rest.

  • I’m going to whisper different words. Let’s see if you can use your listening ears to hear what I’m saying. (Whisper different words) Did King Rehoboam listen to the wise advisors or to his friends? Friends Did King Rehoboam make a wise or unwise choice? Unwise

  • Let’s name some of the wise people that God gives us to help us. (Name different people) Is it a good choice is listen to wise people? Yes

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 12:15 (NIrV), “Those who are _____ listen to advice.”

    • Wise
    • Unwise

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