Ark Kids Elementary: Tools For School

Tools For School Week 4: Work Hard!

Rusty's goofing off is out of control. What kind of consequences will he face when he sleeps through his big presentation.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Optional Music for this lesson

  • Welcome : Game music
  • Engage 1: Storybook music
  • Big Story: Soft instrumental music
  • Engage 3: Action music
  • Big Review: Game music
  • Question of the Day: What is the hardest chore you do at home?

Materials: Lab Coat (2), Bucket (4), Chair (4), Marbles, Water, Towel (4)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host are onstage with the kids in place for the game when the countdown ends.

Co-Host These kids have 60 seconds to grab as many marbles out of their bucket as possible. The challenge: they can only use their toes, and the water is icy cold.

  • Play the game. The kids drop the marbles onto the towel. Count each players’ marbles to declare a winner.

Host Great job to our winners! That was not easy.

Co-Host I heard they were going to sleep in that ice bucket, but then they got cold feet. Get it? Get it? Their feet were cold.

Host The important thing is that they pushed through and kept racing. Today we’re going to discover what wise people do when they have a big job in front of them. Stand to your feet. Turn to someone and tell him or her what kind of job you’d love to have when you grow up.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Ant Mask, Grasshopper Mask, Mad Lib
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Am I the only one who thinks that Rusty might not get his work done?

Co-Host I’m with you guys. He’s watching TV instead of working.

Host He’s doing the opposite of what our Big Point says. That’s not a wise choice. Let’s choose an assistant to reveal the Big Point.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host You can press that button after we count down from three and then read the Big Point.

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, Work Hard! I think we all know that we’re supposed to work hard, but some days it’s difficult to make yourself do it.

Host Maybe you’ve had a project in school that you waited until the last minute to work on. That’s not a peaceful experience. King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 6:6 (NIrV),

Host “You people who don’t want to work, think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise.”

Co-Host That reminds me of a story I heard when I was a kid, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” One works hard and the other goofs off.

Host I thought it might be fun to retell that story here, but do it as a mad lib. I need a volunteer to be the ant, and you (Co-Host) will be the grasshopper. I will call out the types of words I need and then read the story. As I do, the ant and grasshopper will act it out.

  • Have the two act out the scene as you read it. For fun, consider having them wear a mask or antennae headbands.

Ant and Grasshopper Mad Lib: One summer day a grasshopper sat upon a (Plant) playing his (Instrument). He noticed a small ant carrying (Food) on his (Body part). The grasshopper hopped down and asked the ant if he would like to play (Game). The ant explained that he had a lot of work to do to get ready for winter. The grasshopper laughed and (Type of dance) away while the ant worked. This happened day after day. The grasshopper sang (Song) and the ant worked. Summer turned to Fall and Fall into Winter. That’s when the grasshopper noticed he couldn’t see the ground. It was covered in (Something white). The wind was so cold that shivers ran up and down the grasshopper’s (Body part). He was cold and hungry and could not find a single (Food). The ant, on the other hand, was warm and toasty as he drank hot (Drink) by his fire watching (TV Show). The grasshopper stared through the ant’s window and wished he had worked a lot harder during the summer.

Co-Host I guess the same is true whether its school, sports, or anywhere. It pays to work hard.

Host Even better, it also honors God when we give our best work. Let’s see if Rusty will get up off of that couch.

Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host I’m worried that Rusty has still not moved off of the couch.

Co-Host I saw him drink a two liter of Pepsi. I’m really concerned. I think it would be better if he listened to the Big Point. Let say it together,

Co-Host Work Hard!

Host Proverbs talks about the value of hard work. Let’s see what the Bible says in our Big Verse. We need an assistant to help us reveal it.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host Hit the button as we count down from three, and then you can read the verse.

Co-Host Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV) says, “The desires of people who work hard are completely satisfied.”

Host There’s something wise people understand; it’s called cause and effect. The choices you make do have an effect on your life. Let’s take a look at some scenarios and see if you can tell us what kind of effect that choice will have on a kid’s life.

Host

  • Wait until the night before your book report is due to begin reading the book

  • Never go to baseball practice but show up for gameday

  • Start working on a science fair project weeks before its due

  • Doodle pictures on your paper during the first twenty minutes of a test

  • Turn in all of your homework assignments on time

  • Practicing your soccer dribble at home after practice

Co-Host Hard work brings good blessings, but laziness causes problems.

Host In the short term it might seem easier to goof off, that just creates problems and a way worse ending. The Bible says that we should work as if it’s for God and not for people.

Co-Host Our homework honors God. Wow, that changes the way I think about math problems.

Host It pleases God when we give our best. That’s something King Solomon did when he was in charge of a big project. Let’s give our best now to God as we stand to worship.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader

(Play Soft Instrumental Song) Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. We’re going to take a moment and think about some of the things you want. You might think about a friendship you’d like to see repaired, or a grade you want to see improve, or a room you’d like to see sparkling clean. You can have those things if you work hard. What I love about serving God is that we don’t work alone. He helps us, and I know He will help you. Take a moment to pray and ask God to help you work hard this week. Pick one area you know you could improve in and ask for God’s help. Let’s pray. (Pause) I believe that when you work hard and honor God you will see some great blessings. Let’s stand and worship God.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Game Supplies
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Rusty really missed out because he wouldn’t get off of the couch.

Host He had the brains to do the job, he just didn’t do it. God gave King Solomon all he needed to complete the temple, but it was up to Solomon and his workers to do the job. Thankfully, they did. It’s a great example of our Big Point,

Host Work Hard!

Co-Host You have the chance to make a different choice than Rusty when you do this week’s Big Do.

Host Clean your room, but do it the best you’ve ever done. Even clean under your bed and tackle that closet you are afraid to open. You can get your mom, dad, or aunt involved. Maybe they could tackle that garage everyone’s afraid to enter.

Co-Host Let’s try it out right now with a game. We’ve chosen two teams of kids to do a room cleaning relay.

Host Each kid will do a different cleaning task. When you’re finished, tag the next kid, and he or she will tackle the next chore. Keep going and work hard. The first team to finish all their tasks wins.

  • Play action music. Play the relay game with multiple chore stations for each team to complete. Options for the stations could be making the bed using an air mattress, cleaning up LEGO blocks, tossing clothes in a hamper, picking up trash, etc.

Co-Host Wow! If you guys clean like that this week, we’re going to have some parents who are really impressed with their wise kids.

Host Remember, you’re not just doing it for your parents; you’re also cleaning to honor God. 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.

  • How did Rusty’s laziness affect the lab? How did affect him?

  • Which part of Solomon’s temple would you have liked to work on? How do you think the workers felt when they saw the finished temple? How did their work honor God?

  • What is one area you can work harder in this week?

  • 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 Work _____!

    • Hard
    • Less
  • What did Rusty do instead of working?

    • Read
    • Watch TV
  • What building did God ask Solomon to build?

    • Temple
    • Gym
  • What material covered the temple?

    • Aluminum
    • Gold
  • Which insect did Solomon reference in Proverbs?

    • Grasshopper
    • Ant
  • Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV), “The desires of people who work hard are completely ______.”

    • Ignored
    • Satisfied
  • Why is it important to work hard?

  • God didn’t give Solomon enough materials to build the building.

    • True
    • False
  • Who do we honor with our hard work?

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



Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Lab Wars Prep: Prior to service, fill a plate with whipped cream for each team and have them ready on 2 skinny tables. It may be helpful to use a colored plate so you can see the whipped cream more clearly. Give each small group leader a garbage bag smock to put on the child they select to play the game.

  • Question of the Day: When you are older, what do you want your job to be?

Note:

Optional music for this lesson:

  • Lab Wars: Game Music
  • Big Story: Soft instrumental music
Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Hey, everyone, welcome to the Lab! Those of us who work at the lab do a lot of different chores to take care of this great space God’s given to us. We prepare supplies for experiments, sweep the floors, take out the trash, fix broken equipment, and the list goes on. Chores can be, well, chores. Would you rather do chores all day or play all day? I know I would rather play all day, but something tells me, that’s not the best choice. I am thankful God gives us wisdom, so we know how to spend our time. Let’s stand up and praise Him for His perfect wisdom.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Red Plastic Plate (1 Per Group), Whipped Cream, Skinny Table (2), Garbage Bag Smock (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

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

Who is ready for Lab Wars!? Lab Wars is when your team will have a chance to win 5,000 points! In this week’s war, we will be “cleaning” dishes. Your small group leader will choose one person to represent your team. Each player has a plate filled with whipped cream. They will have 30 seconds to eat as much of the whipped cream off their plate as they can. Whichever team has the cleanest plate at the end of 30 seconds wins 5,000 points! Before we start, let’s introduce our teams. (Introduce each team) Ok, get ready to begin. On your mark, get set, go! (Play game music)

Great job to our winners! (Award points) Raise your hand if you wish that was what doing the dishes was like in real life. Unfortunately, chores aren’t always as fun as this game, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them. Working hard is important. Let’s check in with our friends in the lab to see if they know the value of hard work.

  • Play: Herman and Rusty Act 1
Materials: Lab Coat, Blocks (10 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Do you think it’s wise for Rusty to just lay around on the couch all day eating potato chips? I don’t think so either! If he keeps this up, I have a feeling it’s not going to end well. I think Rusty could really benefit from hearing our Big Point. Let’s take a look at it,

Work Hard! I have a fun idea! Let’s do a challenge in our small groups that will take some hard work. You have five minutes to complete the challenge as a small group! Let’s see if you can get it done.

Small Group Leader

We have five minutes to complete this challenge! Let’s get it done!

  • Challenge:

    • Do 25 Jumping Jacks

    • Build a tower using all of your blocks

    • Sort everyone in your group in alphabetical order (For younger groups, help the kids finish this task or skip this one altogether)

    • Do 10 sit-ups

    • Sing “Happy Birthday” as a group

    • Sort everyone in your group from shortest to tallest

    • Have the tallest kid play your small group leader in Rock, Paper, Scissors until he/she wins

    • Do your group cheer (If you don’t have a group cheer, just put your hands in the middle and yell your team name)

    • Sit down quietly

Leader

I saw a lot of you guys working really hard to finish that challenge! What a fun way to practice our Big Point,

Work Hard! Working hard always pays off in the end, and it honors God! If Rusty understood this, maybe he would stop laying around and get to work on his science presentation. I really hope Herman can talk some sense into him. Let’s see what happens.

  • Play: Herman and Rusty Act 2
Materials: Lab Coat, Wooden Rectangle Blocks (think Dominoes) (10 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Man, Rusty is not listening to Dr. Herman! If he continues to ignore his presentation, he isn’t going to be prepared for the science convention. There is something wise people understand; it’s called cause and effect. The choices you make have an effect on your life. We’re going to do an activity in our small groups to help us understand this even more.

Small Group Leader
  • Each group has a set of blocks. Read the scenario and select a child to tell you the effect. If they get it right, they get to add a block to the domino train. At the end of all the scenarios, select a kid to knock over the first block. The goal is to talk about cause and effect while experiencing a fun visual.

  • You wait until the night before your science test to study – You will probably get a bad grade!

  • You never practice piano and show up for the recital – You will not be prepared and will probably mess up the song!

  • You work on your school project a week before it’s due – You will have plenty of time to complete it on time, and you may catch a few mistakes that you can fix!

  • You clean your room everyday – Your room won’t get super messy, and it will be already done when you’re asked to clean it or you have a friend over!

  • You turn in your homework assignment a week late – You will get a bad grade!

  • You doodle pictures on your paper during the first twenty minutes of a test – You won’t have time to finish the test!

  • You stay up late playing video games the night before a baseball game – You will be really tired and won’t be able to give it your all!

  • You help your mom with cooking dinner every night – You will learn to be a good cook; you will bless and have fun with your mom; you will learn to work hard!

  • You do your homework right when you get home from school – You will have more time to play afterwards!

  • You practice dribbling a basketball every day for 15 minutes – You become a better basketball player and will do a lot better in your game!

Leader

Hard work brings blessings, but laziness causes problems. In the short term, it might seem easier to goof off, but that just creates problems and a much worse ending. Our Big Verse paints a good picture of what will happen if we choose to work hard. I am going to choose a small group to help me count down from three to reveal the Big Verse.

(Choose a small group) Let’s count it down,

Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV) says, “The desires of people who work hard are completely satisfied.” When you work hard, good things come from it. This is exactly what King Solomon understood in today’s Big Story. Let’s listen to what it says.

Materials:
Leader
  • Play: Big Story Video

(Play Soft Instrumental Song) King Solomon understood the value of hard work. Because he and his people worked hard, they were able to complete the temple and honor God. I want you to think about some of the things you want. You might think about a friendship you’d like to see repaired, or a grade you want to see improve, a room you’d like to see sparkling clean, or something you’d like to buy. You can have those things if you work hard. What I love about serving God is that we don’t work alone. He helps us, and I know He will help you. Turn to your small groups, and let’s talk about this more.

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.

  • What is something you really want? It could be a new toy, to be good at something, to have more friends, etc.

  • Our Big Verse says, that if we work hard, we will see our desires satisfied! What is something you can do to work toward what you want?

  • When is it the hardest to work hard?

We are going to take a moment to pray and ask God to help us work hard. As we pray, think about one way that you could work hard and ask God for His help.

Leader

Following God is so amazing because He never leaves us to do things on our own. He is a perfect helper. I believe that when you work hard and honor God you will see some great blessings. Let’s check back in with Rusty to see if he finally learned his lesson.

  • Play: Herman and Rusty Act 3
Materials: Lab Coat, optional Big Candy for small groups
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Rusty really missed out because he wouldn’t get off the couch. He had the brains to do the job; he just didn’t do it. God gave King Solomon all he needed to complete the temple, but it was up to Solomon and his workers to do the job. Thankfully, they did. That’s a great example of our Big Point,

Work Hard! You have the chance to make a different choice than Rusty when you do this week’s Big Do.

Clean your room, but do it the best you’ve ever done. Even clean under your bed and tackle that closet you are afraid to open. You can get your mom, dad, or aunt involved. Maybe they could tackle that garage everyone’s afraid to enter. Now turn to your small groups to finish up. When your small group leader dismisses you, come on down and sit at the front!

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
  • Play game song. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says Work _____!

    • Hard
    • Less
  • What did Rusty do instead of working?

    • Read
    • Watch TV
  • What building did God ask Solomon to build?

    • Temple
    • Gym
  • What material covered the temple?

    • Aluminum
    • Gold
  • Which insect did Solomon reference in Proverbs?

    • Grasshopper
    • Ant
  • Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV), “The desires of people who work hard are completely ______.”

    • Ignored
    • Satisfied
  • Why is it important to work hard?

  • God didn’t give Solomon enough materials to build the building.

    • True
    • False
  • Who do we honor with our hard work?

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

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