Ark Kids Elementary: Tools For School

Tools For Schools Week 2: Discipline Is Good!

Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia are crushed when Herman offers some helpful correction. (Note: This lesson presents God’s gift of salvation. Every church presents the Gospel with slight variations and nuances. Read through the steps before teaching. Present the Gospel in a way that is consistent with the scripture and God’s leading.)



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

(Note: This lesson presents God’s gift of salvation. Every church presents the Gospel with slight variations and nuances. Read through the steps before teaching. Present the Gospel in a way that is consistent with the scripture and God’s leading.)

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Question of the Day: What is the worst kind of punishment a kid could receive: no phone/internet/TV or can’t go out to play/participate in activities.

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Suggested musical selections for this lesson include:

  • "Action Music"
  • "Musical Chair Music"
  • "Soft Instrumental Music"
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Before the lesson begins, mark the stage with 9 X’s in a circle using spike tape.

Materials: Lab Coat, Dude Perfect T-Shirt, Hat, Hula Hoop
Hosts
  • Play Action music Host and Co-Host enter the stage with a kid. The Co-Host is dressed in a Dude Perfect T-Shirt and a backwards hat.

Co-Host Welcome to my new action sports YouTube channel. Light that hula hoop on fire! I’m headed to the roof.

(Co-Host turns to leave.)

Host What are you doing? This isn’t a YouTube film studio. This is the lab, where we learn truth from God’s Word.

Co-Host We’re totally going to do that. But first I’m going to climb on the roof of the church and jump through a flaming hula hoop.

(Co-Host turns to leave.)

Host Have you ever practiced this before? Wait, are you trying to be like Dude Perfect? I see the DP on his/her shirt.

Co-Host Sort of, but this is not Dude Perfect. The DP stands for “Dude/Dudette Pretty Good.” No one’s perfect. To answer your question, no I haven’t. The guys on Dude Perfect get it right all the time on the first try. As the clips play, I want you to cheer loudest for your favorite trick.

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Dude Perfect Video

Host Those guys are definitely good at what they do, but they don’t get it right the first time. They try and fail and learn from it. That’s how they get good enough to nail the tough shots. The Dude Perfect guys admitted one trick shot took them two days to get down.

Co-Host What?! Ugh! That’s not fun. I just want to get it right all the time, on the first try.

Host Everyone gets it wrong at some point, but wise people listen and change direction. They learn and grow. That’s what we’re going to discover about a king in the Bible. Let’s stand to our feet. Turn to someone and tell them which trick was your favorite.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Dude Perfect T-Shirt, Hat, Chocolate Milk, Small Chair (10), Spike Tape
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think that Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia are overreacting?

Co-Host That’s usually how I react when I’m disciplined.

Host Have you guys ever reacted that way to your parents or teachers? Do you think that’s a helpful way to act?

Co-Host They’re right; it usually makes things worse.

Host Let’s check out our Big Point. I think it’s going to surprise a lot of you guys. Let’s choose an assistant to help us reveal it.

(Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.)

Co-Host After we count down from three, press that button and then read the Big Point.

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, Discipline Is Good! Bleh! I can’t believe I just said that. Yuck! Why did you make such vile words come out of my mouth? I need to gargle with some chocolate milk to get the nasty taste to go away.

(Co-Host takes a drink of chocolate milk.)

Host It is good because discipline helps you become a better person.

(Host pushes the Co-Host)

Co-Host Hey! What did you do that for? That was kind of jerky.

Host Do you agree that wasn’t nice for me to push him/her? How do we know pushing isn’t kind?

Co-Host Well, obviously, I did it when I was little and found out that was wrong. (Pause) Wait, you tricked me!

Host That’s the value of discipline. It helps us grow and learn. Let’s change our view of discipline with a little game. I call it “Musical Timeout Chairs.”

(Choose kids to play the game.)

Co-Host What are these tiny chairs for?

Host They’re timeout chairs, and you’re not allowed to get out of a timeout chair early. When we play the music, you have to stand up, holding your chair, and walk around these X’s. When the music stops, sit your chair on the spot. The person who doesn’t get a spot is out.

Co-Host Way to go. Let’s see if the gang at the lab change how they view discipline.

  • Play the game. (play musical chair music)

Co-Host Way to go. Let’s see if the gang at the lab change how they view discipline.

Materials: Lab Coat, Dude Perfect T-Shirt, Hat
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Did Herman deserve to be treated like that by his lab mates? Was Herman being mean when he told them the things that needed to improve at the lab?

Co-Host Sometimes when I was a kid it felt like my parents or coaches were being mean to me. That feeling made me feel really bad about myself.

Host Have you guys ever felt bad about yourself when someone corrected you? If you made a wrong choice, like hurt someone or you were disrespectful, that in itself might make you feel sad. God wants you to know that you don’t have to stay that way.

Co-Host He wants us to learn and do things differently, right? I guess that’s why our Big Point is true,

Co-Host Discipline Is Good!

Host The Bible says in Hebrews 12:11 (NIrV), “No training seems pleasant at the time. In fact, it seems painful. But later on it produces a harvest of godliness and peace.”

Co-Host Discipline has a lot of benefits.

Host It does IF we listen to it. Let’s check out some scenarios in which a kid might be corrected. You tell us how it will benefit that kid later on. You also can share your own experience, if it’s happened to you.

Co-Host Correction and discipline can definitely pay off. Our Big Verse explains what you must do so that it will pay off. Let’s choose an assistant to help us.

(Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.)

Co-Host Once we count down from three, hit the button, then read the verse.

Host Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV) says, “Listen to advice and accept correction. In the end, you will be counted among those who are wise.” Wise people listen to parents, coaches, and teachers. They don’t think, “I’m always right.” They learn.

Co-Host It’s most important that we receive correction from God. He will never steer us in the wrong direction.

Host Yep, wise people definitely listen to God. That’s the challenge a king faced in the Bible, and we’ll hear more about him in our Big Story. But first let’s stand to our feet and worship God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play Soft Instrumental Music

Accepting correction is like admitting you can’t get it right every time by yourself. That’s exactly what God wants us to admit if we want to be a follower of Jesus. The first step is to admit we’ve made the wrong choices and ask Jesus for the help only He can give.

If you have never said, “Yes, I want Jesus to forgive me, be my best friend, and I will follow Him for the rest of my life,” then today is your day! I’d like everyone to close your eyes and bow your heads, so no one is distracted. If you have said, “Yes” to Jesus, give me a big thumbs up. Awesome! You can put your thumbs down. If you’ve never said, “Yes” to Jesus before, and you want to say, “Yes” to Him right now and ask Him to forgive you, raise your hand. We’re going to pray altogether. Those of you who are already friends and followers of Jesus can join in, too. Repeat after me, and let’s pray...

Dear God, I know everyone needs a Savior, and I know I can’t save myself. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins and God raised You from the dead.

Right now, I say You are my Lord, my Savior, and the One who forgives me. Thank You, Jesus, that You are my best friend, because I’ve said “Yes” to You. Amen

If you said “Yes” to Jesus for the first time today please talk to one of our adult volunteers before you leave this room. We are so proud of you and we want to help you take the next step.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Dude Perfect T-Shirt, Hat, Nerf Gun, Target
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I think they would have avoided a lot of problems if they had just listened to Herman’s correction from the beginning.

Host That’s what David did when Nathan confronted him. He had messed up about as big as a person can mess up, but when God confronted David, David listened and changed. That’s a great example of what it looks like to follow our Big Point,

Host Discipline Is Good!

Co-Host That’s exactly what we can practice in this week’s Big Do.

Host Try something new you’ve never done before. You can write a story for the first time, attempt to fix something, learn a new skill, or try a new sport. Then ask someone to help you learn to do it better.

Co-Host Why don’t we try that now with our very own “Dude/Dudette’s Pretty Good” challenge? We’ve chosen two teams of competitors. You will try to knock down as many targets as you can in 60 seconds, and you will get triple points if you face away from the target and shoot over your shoulder. Each team will have a chance to play.

  • (Play Action Music) Play the game, allowing each team to take turns shoot at the targets.

Host Great job to our winners! Let’s turn and connect with our small groups and talk about what we’ve learned.

Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Gather the kids into small groups and discuss the following.

  • Have you ever reacted like Rusty, Ethel, or Sophia when someone disciplined you? Why? Was it the right choice?

  • Do you think it was hard for Nathan to confront King David? Were you surprised to see how David reacted? How did King David’s response help him?

  • How can you respond differently when you are corrected this year in school?

  • What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do?

Materials:
Leader
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says Discipline Is ______! Bad Good

  • When Herman offered correction, his team thought he was being _____. Helpful Mean

  • How had King David dealt with his sin? Hid it Told others

  • Who did God send to confront King David? Nathan Solomon

  • What did David do after talking to Nathan? Kill the prophet Admitted what he did

  • Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “Listen to advice and accept correction. In the end, you will be counted among those who are ______.” Foolish Wise

  • Discipline always feels good. True False

  • God disciplines you because He doesn’t like you. True False

  • What happened to David after he admitted his sin? He was forgiven He was killed

  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?



Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson PlanSg Activity
Leader
Note:

Lab Wars Prep: To play the game, tape a target on the stage and mark a line where the kids will throw from. Feel free to make it difficult, even possibly throwing across the room. Make sure the bean bags are either different colors or are labeled with each team name. Allow each kid to throw. Whichever team comes the closest to the bullseye, wins!

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Engage 2 Small Group Activity Prep:

Download, print, cut apart a set of Small Group Activity Cards for each group.

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Music Suggestions include:

-Game Music -Soft Instrumental Music

Materials:
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Welcome to the Lab! Raise your hand if you like it when someone corrects you! (Ask the question enthusiastically) There are barely any hands in the air. Receiving correction can be really hard. I think we all have been guilty of not responding perfectly when someone told us we were doing something wrong. Tonight, we will discover that discipline really isn’t as bad as we think. When we know we are loved, it’s a lot easier to respond the right way. So, let’s stand up and praise God for His great love for us!

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Tape, Bean Bag
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I love getting to worship God with you guys. It’s time to break up into small groups. Go ahead and turn to your small group leaders now. (Split into groups)

Each week we give you guys an opportunity to win points for your group in what we like to call, “Lab Wars!” I need your small group leader to send up two representatives from your team who will throw a bean bag and try to hit the bullseye! (Give the kids a moment to get in place) Before we get started, let’s introduce our teams! (Introduce each team. As each team is introduced, show the slide of their team character)

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Play Team Slides

Who thinks your team will be the winners?! When it is your team’s turn to throw, make sure you cheer them on!

  • (Optional play game music)To play the game, tape a target on the stage and mark a line where the kids will throw from. Feel free to make it difficult, even possibly throwing across the room. Make sure the bean bags are either different colors or are labeled with each team name. Allow each kid to throw. Whichever team comes the closest to the bullseye, wins!

Great job to our winners! (Award points) Hitting the target was really difficult. It can be hard getting something right the first try, whether you are playing a game like this one, or learning how to treat your friends. Everyone gets it wrong at some point, but wise people listen to correction and change direction. They learn and grow. When someone corrects us or helps us see where we missed it, that’s called discipline. Let’s check in with the gang at the lab and see what they are learning about discipline.

Materials: Lab Coat, Blank Puzzle for each group
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Wow, they really overreacted to Herman’s correction! Ok, be honest, have you ever responded to discipline that way? Sadly, I have as well. Acting that way never makes the situation any better, in fact, it makes the problem much worse. It seems like everyone has trouble handling correction at some point. I wonder what God thinks about discipline. I will choose a group to help me reveal the Big Point. (Choose a group) Your group can count down from three and then read the Big Point.

Let’s all say it together, Discipline Is Good!

You might be thinking, “Yeah, right! There is no way discipline is good!” I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Let’s turn to our small groups to do a puzzle to help us understand this. But let me warn you, it’s a tricky one.

Small Group Leader

Ok, we have five minutes. Let’s see if we can get this puzzle done together as a group!

(Each group has a blank, white puzzle. As a group, try to complete the puzzle!)

Leader

Time’s up! Who was able to complete the puzzle? What made that puzzle more difficult than normal? That’s right; it was blank! You had no instruction or picture to follow! Puzzles are a lot harder when you don’t know what your goal is. Sometimes in life, our own understanding can be very small, kind of like this puzzle. Thankfully we have people in our lives who can see the bigger picture. When our coaches, teachers, or parents correct us, it’s not because they are trying to be mean, they are trying to help us succeed. That is why our Big Point is true,

Discipline Is Good! Let’s check back in with Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia to see if they have realized this truth.

Materials: Lab Coat, Prepared Engage 2 Activity Cards
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Do you think Herman deserved to be treated that way? I don’t think so either. Herman wasn’t trying to be mean when he told them the improvements that needed to be made in the lab. He was trying to help them become better scientists! I think if they stopped and thought for a moment, they could see how Dr. Herman was trying to help. Now it’s time to turn to our small groups and do a fun matching game that shows us the same thing. All the cards will be turned face down. Each time you find a match, your small group leader will read the scenario and discuss how discipline made each person better. Go ahead and do that now.

Small Group Leader

We are going to play a matching game! When you find a match, hand it to me and I will read the scenario.

(Each card is labeled. When a match is found, read the corresponding scenario.)

  • Scenario 1: Brandon and Bethany are fighting over their toys. They start screaming at each other. They both get sent to their rooms. How can this discipline help Brandon and Bethany become better? Discipline can help teach them how to treat one another better.

  • Scenario 2: Bethany was told not to run in the auditorium, but she did it anyway! The teacher told her sit to out for five minutes. Was the teacher being mean? No. How do you think this correction could help Bethany become a better person? It keeps her and other people in the room safe and can teach her how to obey.

  • Scenario 3: Ben’s mom told him no more dessert for the day, but Ben snuck into the freezer and ate some ice cream. His mom found out and he was grounded for two weeks because he disobeyed. How could this discipline help Ben become better? Discipline can help Brandon learn to listen and obey. This can help him obey his teachers better and even obey God!

  • Scenario 4: Marissa’s coach pulled her aside after practice. He told her that the reason she was missing her shots is because her form was off. He gave her some tips. Was Marissa’s coach being mean? No. How do you think this may help her in her next game? Marissa could score and help her team win!

  • Scenario 5: Ariel was working on her math homework with her dad. He noticed she wasn’t understanding it well. He showed her how she was doing it wrong. Is Ariel’s dad trying to be mean? No. Should she listen to him? Yes! Why? Because he is trying to help her become a better student.

  • Scenario 6: Carlos was told to put the video games away and go to bed. He stayed up and played longer, and now he is falling asleep in class. He ends up failing his test. How could he learn from this experience? He could realize that because he stayed up late, it caused him to be too tired and fail his test. He could remember that when his mom corrects him, she is trying to help him.

  • Scenario 7: Kayden turned in his first draft of his short story, and his teacher wasn’t pleased. There were lots of misspelled words and his grammar wasn’t correct. She gave him some notes on how to improve. Should Kayden listen to this correction? Yes! What will happen if he does? He will learn how to become a better writer. What could happen if he doesn’t? He wouldn’t get any better and may continue to get poor grades.

  • Scenario 8: Anna’s mom noticed that she was not treating her friend Melissa with kindness, so she sat her down and told her what she was doing was wrong. Anna chose to listen to her mom. What do you think happened because Anna listened? Anna became a better friend and now knows how to be more kind.

  • Scenario 9: Brandon was talking back to his mom. When she put him in time out, he threw a huge fit. Now he is grounded for two weeks. How do you think his mom’s discipline could help Brandon? It could teach him that he shouldn’t respond the way he did. It could help him not only now, but in the future, at home, at school, and when he has a job!

Leader

It’s important to remember that discipline helps us learn and grow. It may not be fun, but it makes us better. Let’s take a look at our Big Verse to see what happens when we listen to correction. Which small group would like to reveal the Big Verse? (Choose a small group to reveal the Big Verse. Have them hit the button and read the verse together)

Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “Listen to advice and accept correction. In the end, you will be counted among those who are wise.” Wise people accept correction, not only from people, but also from God. Let’s listen to a story from the Bible about a king who had to make the choice whether or not to accept discipline.

Materials: Lab Coat,
Leader

(Optional Play soft instrumental music) Accepting correction is like admitting you can’t get it right every time by yourself. That’s exactly what God wants us to admit if we want to be followers of Jesus. The first step is to admit we’ve made wrong choices and ask Jesus for the help only He can give. This time in your small groups is a time for you to be really honest with God and with each other. I want you to know, your small group is like a little family and your small group leader really cares about you and wants to help. So, turn to your groups and talk about how we can remember that

Discipline Is Good!

Small Group Leader
Note:

The goal in this segment is to create a place where kids can openly share and to bring accountability to becoming more like Jesus. Do this by listening, responding with love, and showing them what it looks like to be a friend and follower of Jesus.

  • How do you respond to correction? Have you ever responded life Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia?

  • Why do you think it’s important to accept correction? Because if we do, we will grow and become better. We will become wise.

  • Next time you are disciplined, how could you respond better?

I am going to give you an opportunity to pray. Everyone, bow your heads and close your eyes. This is a time to be really honest with God. If you haven’t been responding to discipline well, take a moment while we pray to ask God to forgive you for how you have acted. (Pause, allowing them to ask God for forgiveness.) Now you can ask God for help. Ask Him to give you the strength and the ability to respond better next time. (Pause and allow them to pray. When enough time has passed, pray over your group.)

Leader

We all mess up. We get things wrong or treat people poorly. It’s up to you how you will respond. Will you ignore correction and refuse to change? Or will you choose to listen to correction and grow? I hope you will always remember our Big Point,

Discipline Is Good!

Materials: Lab Coat, optional Big Candy for small groups
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Seems like they would have avoided a lot of problems if they had just listened to Herman’s correction. That’s what David did when Nathan confronted him. He had messed up about as big as a person can mess up, but when God confronted David, he listened and changed. That’s a great example of what it looks like to follow our Big Point,

Discipline Is Good! Our Big Do is a great way to practice our Big Point.

Try something new you’ve never done before. You can write a story for the first time, attempt to fix something, learn a new skill, or try a new sport. Then ask someone to help you learn to do it better. Now turn to your small group leaders to wrap up tonight’s lesson.

Small Group Leader
    • Pass out the Big Do for this week.

    • Pass out the Big Candy.

    • Have a post-game huddle with your group. Pray for them, do a little cheer, whatever you decide is a good way to end your group.

Materials:
Leader
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says Discipline Is ______! Bad Good

  • When Herman offered correction, his team thought he was being _____. Helpful Mean

  • How had King David dealt with his sin? Hid it Told others

  • Who did God send to confront King David? Nathan Solomon

  • What did David do after talking to Nathan? Kill the prophet Admitted what he did

  • Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “Listen to advice and accept correction. In the end, you will be counted among those who are ______.” Foolish Wise

  • Discipline always feels good. True False

  • God disciplines you because He doesn’t like you. True False

  • What happened to David after he admitted his sin? He was forgiven He was killed

  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?

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