Ark Kids Elementary: Tools For School

Tools For School Week 1: Get Wisdom

Myers wants Rusty in a new show about Rusty getting hit in the head with different objects. It's up to Herman to help him discover why that isn't a wise idea.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Question of the Day: If you were Aladdin and found the Genie’s lamp, what would be your number one wish?

Note:

Music Suggested for Engage Segments Includes: "Game Show Theme Music"

Materials: Lab Coat, Game Show **Host** Costume, Large Box (3), Large Prize, Medium Prize, Gag Gift,), Small Prize
Leader
  • Play Game Show Music Host and Co-Host are on stage with a kid. The Co-Host is dressed as a classic game show Host.

Co-Host Welcome to everyone’s favorite game show, “Get Wisdom!” Let’s give a round of applause to our first contestant.

(Introduce the kid.)

Host We’re on a game show? I thought we were welcoming everyone to the lab.

Co-Host Nope, this is the game where contestants try to, let’s say it together,

Co-Host “Get Wisdom!”

Host That’s what we’re talking about today.

Co-Host Exactly! Because I’m going to offer you (the kid) an opportunity to find wisdom. I have a (Small prize) that you can take back to your seat. Or you could trade this prize in for one of the three prizes before you. Will you take what is in Box 1, Box 2, or Box 3? Maybe you need to get some wisdom by asking the audience which one they would pick.

  • Have three boxes with different prizes inside. One large prize, one medium prize, and one gag gift. Play this segment up like classic “Let’s Make a Deal!” Allow the kid to choose and reveal the other prizes.

Co-Host Great job! / Better luck next time. If you want to...

Co-Host “Get Wisdom,” then make sure to bring a studio audience with you wherever you go!

Host A studio audience might be helpful, but they can’t be depended upon for wisdom. Don’t worry, by the end of the day, you’ll know all about it. The good news is that the Bible is clear on where we do get wisdom. Stand to your feet and tell someone nearby which box you would have chosen. Let’s check in on Herman and Rusty.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Game Show **Host** Costume
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think Myers’ idea for the new TV show is a good idea for Rusty? Why not?

Co-Host He is going to be on TV. Isn’t that worth it? I’m trying to get on TV as a game show Host.

Host I don’t think so. In fact, money isn’t nearly as valuable as the subject of our new series, wisdom.

Co-Host I don’t recall many game shows giving away wisdom as a prize.

Host In Proverbs 3:14 (NIrV), the Bible says, “Wisdom pays better than silver does. She earns more than gold does.” Wisdom always beats silver or gold. In fact, that’s the subject of your next game. (Play Game Show Music)

Co-Host Oh right! I almost forgot. It’s time for another fabulous game on our game show, “Get Wisdom!” In this game we’re going to show you something that a celebrity actually purchased, and you get to guess how much they paid for it.

Doghouse for a Social Media Star’s Dog -$25 -$1,000 -$50,000 -$300,000

Solid Gold Bathtub for a Boxer -$10,000 -$100,000 -$500,000 -$2,000,000

Singer’s Humidifier -$200 -$2,000 -$20,000 -$2,000,000

A Dinosaur Bone for an Actor -$20,000 -$275,000 -$500,000 -$1,000,000

A Barbie Doll for a Singer’s Child -$10 -$500 -$15,000 -$80,000

Co-Host That’s not the wisest use of money. What do you guys think?

Host Money without wisdom is a disaster. Your life without wisdom is a disaster. That’s why we want to do what our Big Point says. 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, you can press that button and then read the Big Point. 3…2…1!

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, “Get Wisdom!” That’s a great name for a game show.

Host It’s also great advice. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom. God wants us to be wise because doing things His way will lead you to good things. In fact, wisdom is the key tool to help you have a great year at school.

Co-Host Maybe Rusty will rethink this whole show idea. Let’s see.

Materials: Lab Coat, Game Show **Host** Costume
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Rusty seems to be going to full steam ahead with this show idea. Does it seem wise to star in a show based on throwing things at your face? I don’t think so, either.

Co-Host Sometimes we make those same kinds of ridiculous choices, like following a group of kids at school that you know are starting trouble. Thankfully you can make your year at school a winning year when you

Co-Host Get Wisdom!

Host Let’s check out our Big Verse for a clue on how to actually get wisdom.

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

Co-Host We’ll count down from three, and then you press the button and read the verse. 3, 2, 1!

Co-Host Proverbs 9:10 (NIrV) says, “If you want to become wise, you must begin by respecting the Lord.”

Host Respecting God is important. It’s basically acknowledging the truth that God is the smartest, greatest, most powerful, most kind and loving, and only God in the entire universe. If you think that anyone or anything beats God in any of these areas, then you’re not respecting Him. You’re being foolish, rather than wise.

Co-Host That will lead to disaster because you’re not believing and following what is true or using wisdom.

Host It makes sense to listen to and respect God. He’s the expert on wisdom, since, you know, He created it.

Co-Host That brings us to our next game on our game show,
(Play Game Show Music)

Co-Host “Get Wisdom!” In this game, you choose between this and that. Which person is the expert?

Traveling to the Moon: Neil Armstrong or The Actor Who Played Neil Armstrong

Acting: Neil Armstrong or The Actor Who Played Neil Armstrong

Frogs: Zoologist or Kermit the Frog Puppeteer

Puppetry: Zoologist or Kermit the Frog Puppeteer

Flying: Air Force Pilot or Superman Comic Book Artist

Drawing: Air Force Pilot or Superman Comic Book Artist

Host When you want to know about something, you go to the expert.

Co-Host God is the true expert when it comes to wisdom. If we want to get wisdom, we start by asking God for it.

Host James 1:5 says, “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you.” God promises to give us wisdom if we ask. Wisdom begins with God. That’s a great reason to stand and worship.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader

I’d like everyone to bow your heads and close your eyes. This is a time for you to be really honest with God. Have you been acting wisely or foolishly? Have you done things your way or God’s way? Talk to Him about that, and then ask God for the same thing that Solomon did: a wise and understanding heart. Pray and ask God to help you make good choices that honor God so you can do things His way. Take a moment to pray at your seat. (Pause) Now I want to pray for all of us that God will help us to walk wisely.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Game Show **Host** Costume, Building Items
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m glad that Rusty told Myers, “No.” It saved him from getting demolished.

Host He learned that there is something more valuable than money, and it’s found in our Big Point,

Host Get Wisdom!

Co-Host Our Big Story is a great reminder of why it’s a good idea to ask God for wisdom. That’s exactly what you’re going to do in this week’s Big Do.

Host Gather together as a family and have each person share one area where you need wisdom, then take turns asking God to give you wisdom.

Co-Host That’s important because wisdom is like the foundation of a great school year. No wisdom, and the building falls over. Get wisdom, and it stands tall. (Play Game Show Music) That’s our next game on our game show,

Co-Host “Get Wisdom!”

Host We have two teams on stage who are going to compete to build the tallest tower in 60 seconds. Make sure you build a good base for it to stand on or it might fall. Go!

  • Play the game using any building toys such as: Lego blocks, Magna-tiles, Cardboard Bricks, or 1’x1’ Cardboard boxes.

Co-Host Great job to our winners! I hope you’ve had a great time on “Get Wisdom!” 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.

  • Why was it not wise for Rusty to participate in Myers’ new show? Do you agree that wisdom is more valuable than money? Why?

  • If you were Solomon, what would you have asked God to give you? Why was wisdom the best choice?

  • What are some wise choices you might make this school year?

  • 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 Get ______!

    • Wisdom
    • Money
  • Who wanted Rusty to be part of his new show?

    • Slater
    • Myers
  • What was the name of the king in our story?

    • Saul
    • Solomon
  • What did God offer to give Solomon?

    • Wisdom
    • Anything
  • What did Solomon ask God to give him?

    • Money
    • Wisdom
  • Complete the Big Verse: Proverbs 9:10 (NIrV), “If you want to become wise, you must begin by ________ the Lord.”

    • Ignoring
    • Respecting
  • How can making wise choices help you have a good year at school?

  • God wants to give you wisdom.

    • True
    • False
  • What happened to Solomon because he asked for wisdom?

    • He was smart, but broke
    • God blessed him
  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?



Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Engage 1 Prep: Each small group needs a ball with small notes of the following scenarios taped all over it.

Wise and Unwise Scenarios:

  • Not listening to your mom
  • Playing videogames instead of doing your homework
  • Listening to your teacher the first time
  • Cleaning your room every day
  • Starting your day out with prayer
  • Sitting with kids at school who aren’t a good example
  • Being kind to your brother/sister
  • Hiding something from your parents
  • Telling the truth even if you’ll get in trouble
  • Being rude to someone who is rude to you
Note:

Engage 2 Prep: Each small group needs a set of "Expert Cards" from the lesson plan printables printed and cut apart.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters

Welcome to the Lab! By now, you guys have probably gotten into the new swing of things at school. I am sure your backpack is filled with new school supplies to help this year be a success. Everyone, yell out your favorite school supply! (List some tools that you heard) Those are all very helpful, but did you know that those aren’t the only things you’ll need? Tonight we will discover something that is even more helpful than a brand-new eraser! This tool doesn’t come in different colors or sizes, and you can’t go get it from the store. It comes from God, and trust me, you’re going to want it. It will help you in every area this school year, like making good friends, getting good grades, and even getting along with your family at home! God is so good to give us the most helpful tools this school year. Let’s stand up and praise Him for giving us exactly what we need!

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Backpack (1 Per Group), Foam Letters
Leader
  • Leader Enters

You guys did a great job worshipping God! It’s time to break up into your small groups. Go ahead and turn to your small group leaders now. (Split into groups)

Each week we will give you guys an opportunity to win points for your group in what we like to call “Lab Wars!!!” Here is how your team can win 5,000 points. Each small group has a backpack with some letters in it. As a team, you must take those letters and unscramble them to discover the helpful tool God has for us this school year. Get your backpacks ready. On your mark, get set, go!

  • Play the game. Each bag should have all the letters needed to spell out the word W-I-S-D-O-M. Suggestion: You can purchase foam or cardboard letters from Amazon, or an art supply store.

Great job to our winners! (Award points) Your group spelled out the word “wisdom”. Wisdom is an amazing tool that comes from God, and it’s what our Big Point is all about! I will choose a group to help me reveal what it is. (Choose a group) Your group can help me count down from three and then read the Big Point.

Let’s all say it together, Get Wisdom! God wants us to be wise because doing things His way leads us to good things. Practicing wisdom is the key to having a great year at school. Let’s tune in with our friends at the Lab to see if they will follow our Big Point.

Materials: Lab Coat, Red Beach Ball (1 Per Group), Activity (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters

Do you think Myers’ new TV show is a good idea for Rusty? I don’t think so either. Sometimes we make those same kinds of ridiculous choices, like following behind a group of kids at school that you know are starting trouble. Thankfully you can make your year at school a winning year when you...

Get Wisdom! But how do you know if a choice is wise or unwise? I have an idea that I think will help. Let’s play a game in our groups. Each group has a ball with words written on it. When you catch the ball, read the scenario written where your thumb lands, and tell your group if the choice is wise or unwise!

Small Group Leader

When I pass you the ball, read the words written where your thumb lands. Then tell us if the choice is wise or foolish! (Play the game with your group. After they read the scenario, remove that label from the ball.)

Wise and Unwise Scenarios:

  • Not listening to your mom - Foolish
  • Playing videogames instead of doing your homework - Foolish
  • Listening to your teacher the first time – Wise
  • Cleaning your room every day – Wise
  • Starting your day out with prayer – Wise
  • Sitting with kids at school who aren’t a good example – Foolish
  • Being kind to your brother/sister – Wise
  • Hiding something from your parents – Foolish
  • Telling the truth even if you’ll get in trouble – Wise
  • Being rude to someone who is rude to you - Foolish
Leader

You guys did a great job! It’s helpful to recognize when a choice is wise or unwise. The problem is that sometimes you know the right decision, but doing what is right can still be really difficult. Thankfully God is there to help us every step of the way. Let’s check back with Rusty to see if he has recognized that saying, “Yes” to this show was not the wisest call.

Materials: Lab Coat, Button, Headbandz (1 Per Group), Activity (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters

Rusty seems to be going to full steam ahead with this show idea. It doesn’t seem like a wise choice to star in a show based on throwing things at your face. Maybe you have been in similar shoes as Rusty. You want to be a wise person, but you seem to always make the opposite choice. You know God wants you to have wisdom, but where do you start? How do you get wisdom? I think our Big Verse can help. I am going to choose a small group to reveal the Big Verse. (Choose a group to read the Big Verse) Count down from three and then read the verse with me.

Proverbs 9:10 (NIrV), “If you want to become wise, you must begin by respecting the Lord.”

Respecting God is important. If you think that God is beneath you or anyone else, then you’re not respecting Him. When we respect God, we recognize the truth that God’s way is the best way. He is the ultimate expert! This reminds me of a fun game. Raise your hand if you have ever played the game called Headbandz. We are going to play a version of that game. Your small group leader will pick someone in your group, and that person will wear the headband. On it will be the name of an expert. As a group, you will either act out or give clues to get your teammate to guess the expert on their headband. Turn to your small groups now!

Small Group Leader
  • Pick a child to go first. Give him or her the headband to wear and place one of the expert cards on their band. Decide for your group whether you will act it out or try to explain who the expert is. When the child guesses correctly, pick a new child and play as many rounds as time allows.

    Expert Cards:

    • Plumber
    • Doctor
    • Vet
    • Pilot
    • Teacher
    • Farmer
    • Chef
    • Artist
    • Mechanic (Older child)
    • Carpenter (Older child)
Leader

When someone is an expert, they know everything there is to know about what they do. God is the true expert when it comes to wisdom since, you know, He created it. So, if you find yourself making choices that are not wise, I suggest you ask the expert. Our Big Story today is about a young boy who understood who the true expert is. Let’s check out his story.

Materials:
Leader

Our prayer for you is that you have the best school year, and honestly, the choice is yours. It’s up to you whether or not you choose to follow our Big Point and Get Wisdom! We are going to pray and discuss this in our small groups. This is a time for you to be honest with God and with each other. Turn to your groups now.

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 truly listening, responding with love, and showing them what it looks like to be a friend and follower of Jesus.

I want you to know that this small group is a safe place. We all love each other and want to become more like Jesus.

  • Think quietly for a moment about your experience at school so far this year. Have you been acting wisely, or foolishly? Raise your hand if you’d like to share. (Allow the kids to share their good choices and their bad choices.)

  • When is it hardest for you to act wisely? At home with siblings, at school when you are around your friends.

  • Why do you think God wants us to act wisely? Because He loves us and wants what is best for us.

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 have been making foolish choices, talk to God about it. He loves you so much and wants to forgive you! (Give them a moment to do this) Now we are all going to do what Solomon did in our story and ask God for a wise and understanding heart. Pray and ask God to help you make wise choices that honor Him, so you can do things His way. (Give them a moment to do this, then pray over your group.)

Leader

Just like God answered Solomon’s prayer in our Big Story, He will answer you. You can have your best year yet because God wants to help you follow our Big Point,

Get Wisdom! I really hope Rusty learned all we did today about wisdom and that he decided to drop out of Meyers new show. Let’s see what happened.

Materials: Lab Coat, Big Candy
Leader
  • Leader enters

I’m glad that Rusty told Myers, “No.” It saved him from getting demolished. He learned that there is something more valuable than money, and it’s found in our Big Point,

Get Wisdom! You can practice getting wisdom by doing this week’s Big Do.

Gather together as a family and have each person share one area where you need wisdom, then take turns asking God to give you wisdom. Turn to your small groups, and when your small group leader dismisses your group, come up to the front.

Small Group Leader
  • Small Group Closing Ideas:

    • 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 Get ______!

    • Wisdom
    • Money
  • Who wanted Rusty to be part of his new show?

    • Slater
    • Myers
  • What was the name of the king in our story?

    • Saul
    • Solomon
  • What did God offer to give Solomon?

    • Wisdom
    • Anything
  • What did Solomon ask God to give him?

    • Money
    • Wisdom
  • Complete the Big Verse: Proverbs 9:10 (NIrV), “If you want to become wise, you must begin by ________ the Lord.”

    • Ignoring
    • Respecting
  • How can making wise choices help you have a good year at school?

  • God wants to give you wisdom.

    • True
    • False
  • What happened to Solomon because he asked for wisdom?

    • He was smart, but broke
    • God blessed him
  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?

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