2 Peter 1:12-15
Mary Rose had invited her classmates to come over for a Saturday study day before their big review in Bible class the next day. While quizzing each other over the activity pages from the Bible lessons that quarter they remarked about how much they had actually learned about honoring others and how to show that honor. They had been looking forward to this review week for a long time and really wanted to do well. Their teacher had a special review game planned.
They had never played it before but knew it would be a fun challenge.
They ALWAYS had fun Bible challenges.
It was called the “Fear Factor” Review Challenge.
Once in class each student was given a numbered category list. These categories were the same as their Bible lesson titles 1-12. There were 4 questions laid out on the table from each category/lesson. The question types were: short answer-10 Pts, true/false-5 Pts, multiple choice-5 Pts, or Bible fact-10 Pts. One question type in each category. This game could be played individually or with teams so Mary Rose and her classmates chose to be split up into teams.Their teacher began by asking team “A” what category they wanted a question from. One person from that team got to choose the category. A boy said, “Category number 8, honoring the Missionaries.” Another boy on the team got to choose the type of question and said, “Bible fact.” Worth 10 points! The teacher found the card, turned it over and asked, “What are the first 5 books of the Old Testament?” Team “A” discussed it among themselves and then a girl from that team held up her hand to answer. “Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy!” The points were added on the board under Team “A”. “Yay, they got it!” The whole class rejoiced. Then came the turn of Team “B”. This was the team Mary Rose was on. The category and type of question was chosen and then they listened very closely. It was a 10 point, short answer question. When they decided upon their answer it was Mary Roses’ turn to hold up her hand and give the answer. Oh. The answer was incorrect. 10 points were taken away from their score and then Team “A” got to see if they could give the correct answer and gain some extra points. Since it had been Mary Roses’ turn to give the answer for the team and it was incorrect, she also had to face the “Fear Factor Challenge”. She walked up to a box all covered in green, leafy, laminated paper with plastic bugs on the outside and words that had to do with all the weekly challenges they had been given in Bible class during that quarter. “What will be inside?” She wondered. She slowly reached inside the box to find and pull out a small 2×3 inch card that assigned her one of the challenges on the outside of the box. Among the many mixed up cards, there were also other things inside the box that would feel strange to touch which was part of the “FEAR” of the game. Mary Rose reached in the hole where black strips of cloth hung to help block the view of those reaching in as to what was inside. She touched what felt like marbles that rolled around, something wooden, and then another thing with soft bendable edges that felt like rubber bands sticking out of it. She finally pulled out a card. Map Quest. Their teacher had referred to several different maps during their class times together. Maps from the Patriarchal Age, Mosaic Age, and the Christian Age were displayed just like every other week. She was able to use the teacher’s special pointer to locate the Island of Cyprus found on the map of the Christian Age. The game continued and when class time was up team “B” had the most points and won! Mary Rose and her classmates had such a fun time preparing for and participating in this fun review.To feel the impact of the theme of showing honor to someone, their teacher hosted an “Honors Night” to honor all of her students for participation in achieving the Bible challenges set forth over their Bible class period together. The parents and the elders of the congregation came and brought food to share. 9 out of 12 students attended with their parents. What a wonderful time! The students had class pictures taken (serious and funny) and were first to go through the food line. They were smiling, laughing, talking, being silly and enjoying each other’s company! After the meal their teacher called each one up and handed out certificates and told what challenges each of them had achieved. She also took advantage of the opportunity and handed out information about the upcoming Bible theme and lessons for the next quarter. The special treat that topped off the meal was a soda pop float for each of them! The students were proud of their achievements and certificates and were looking forward to next quarter. As Mary Rose was going out the door with her parents she called out, “Hey, maybe we can play that review Game next quarter!” She smiled big and waved good-bye.
To my Sister Bible class teachers,
This was such a fun review and I wish you could have seen my student’s faces when we were playing. We used our whole class time for it was review. Since they had weekly challenges before they ended up being very comfortable with what they were being asked to do in review. The students enjoyed the weekly Bible challenges upon arrival and enjoyed the Bible verses in particular. Encourage your shy student to join in. It helps if they know what is expected of them before class. I do take all of my student’s personal non-likes and handicaps into consideration but also know they have to participate in school so why not in Bible class.
Supplies for “Fear Factor” box.
- Large shoe box with lid.
- Wrapping paper for lid, outside of box, bottom of box inside.
- Laminating machine
- Scissors – for paper, hole in top of lid.
- Clear Box tape
- Black fabric – enough to go inside around hole to hang down hiding contents of box.
- Hot glue gun
- Black paper for edging around hole on top of lid. (Optional)
- Plastic bugs
- Card Stock – lg & sm cards
- Small slips of paper
- Cut + laminate enough paper to cover inside bottom, lid, and outside of box.
- Draw circle center of lid large enough for your hand to reach through before covering lid. I used a lg. canning lid to draw around.
- Cut hole, set aside.
- Cover bottom inside of box with laminated paper. Trace box bottom onto back of paper and cut out shape. Lay paper flat inside box. Trim to fit. Tape edges to sides of box.
- Cover box outside + lid including hole, separately. Use laminated paper + clear box tape.
- Locate hole in lid covered with paper. Cut paper from center of lid hole to outer edge of hole making pie shapes. Turn shapes under to inside of hole and glue to underside of lid. makes a smooth outer edge around hole.
- If needed make an edge cover for outside of hole from contrasting paper and tape to box.
- Hanging cloth. Need enough fabric to hot glue/tape around inside edge of hole to hang down and hide contents in box. Cut strips around in cloth.
- Put lid on box to close. Tape closed.
- Add challenge cards and items to touch inside of box.
- Tape bugs and challenge words (italic) to outside of box.
The words on the box + cards inside were labeled with the red names below. There were 8 of each card inside:
- Finding the Good: (They had to tell a certain person in class something good about themselves.)
- Bible Dictionary Discovery: (Look up the person, place, or thing from the lessons on the card in the Bible Dictionary + read about them.)
- Point Penalty:(Team loses however many more points are shown on the card.) Sometimes a team may end up going “in the hole” with their score.
- Map Quest: (Locate the place named on the card from past lessons on the map with a pointer.)
- Time Line Warp: (Find a certain person on the timeline and tell what Age they lived in, etc.)
- Exercise unto Godliness: (Look up the scripture from the last question you missed and read the correct answer.)
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