Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Activity (Series A4 - Lesson 3): Honesty Discussions

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Unit A4
Lesson 3: Barnabus Give, Ananias Lies (Acts 4:32 - 5:11)

As part of this lesson the children will discuss dilemmas:
Ahead of class, prepare some index cards describing a situation where a person would need to make a moral choice. (There are several books and card decks of this nature that can be purchased at Christian Book Stores). Lay out a several different dilemmas a person might face in life and asking how the students would respond in that situation:
- An example for younger children might look like this:  You are at a friend's house.  Your friend has a lot of toy cars, and has two of one kind that you have been wanting for a long time. Would you take the car since your friend has so many and has two of that particular one?
- For older children, the dilemmas should be more complex. For example: Say you received extra change back back from making a purchase at a big store. You didn't ask for the money; it was not your fault.  Would you keep the money or bring it back?

As you discuss the situations, have the student think about the consequence of their choices.  For example, keeping extra change given to you accidentally at a big chain store will not cause the store to go bankrupt, but what about the cashier whose drawer is short? What do they think happens when you add up mistakes over a course of a year, could prices for everyone be raised? For younder kids, will a child be asked over to a friends house again if their friend knows their toys might be taken?

For an added activity, have the children illustrate one of the scenarios with a drawing, illustrating a good choice for that particular scenario.

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