David & Goliath (Grade 4-6) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
November 8, 2009 Grade 4-6 David & Goliath

1 Samuel: 17

God doesn’t look at your appearance or age. He looks at your heart.

Introducing the Big Idea/Getting Their Attention (7 minutes)

Paper Giant

Using a roll of white or butcher paper cut a section 9 feet long. Draw a giant, complete with full armor as described in 1 Samuel 17, on the paper and hang the paper from the wall. The drawing will be done and hung up prior to class. Have each child stand beside the giant and mark his/her height on the paper. Explain to the children that the giant in our bible story today was at least this tall if not taller. Talk about each piece of armor – see below. How many of them would like to take him on?

Goliath’s Armor:

Bronze helmet

Coat of bronze armor – 125 lbs. (compare weight to something they know, like two kids together)

Bronze shin guards

Bronze javelin on his back

Huge spear with a tip weighing 15 lbs. The shaft of the spear probably weighed between 20 and 50 lbs. The spear was likely very heavy!

Had a “shield bearer” walking in front of him (a lightly armored soldier carrying a protective shield, who often accompanied a soldier of a higher rank)

Telling the Story (10 minutes)

Have the children sit in a circle on the floor (or whatever works best for you, but make it so they are close enough to listen and pay attention to the story) so you can read them the story of David & Goliath, 1 Samuel:17, from the Bible. You can either read them the story from the Kids Devotional Bible (included), or show them where the story comes from, but read the re-telling version accompanying the lesson. 456rs should be able to pay attention long enough for you to read the story from the Bible, but if you think not, the re-telling is available.

Retell the Story – DVD (10 minutes including follow-up discussion)

Prepare the kids to watch the DVD by saying:

Recall that David is Jesse’s son. David’s older brothers have gone to join Saul’s army as the Philistines and Israelites prepare to meet in battle. Jesse sent David to the battlefield to bring some food to his brothers. The DVD we will watch begins when David arrives and hears Goliath’s taunts.

Watch the David and Goliath cartoon-style DVD (YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhZjatHjKfk&feature=related

Talk about the story.

David was young when he slew Goliath. Some people have estimated his age to being between 12 and 16 years old, though the Bible does not give his age. Some of you are 11 or 12 years old. Can you imagine fighting a giant like Goliath?

David defeated Goliath, even though it seemed impossible. How was he able to do this? (yes, there was the sling-shot, but we want the bigger, more important reason here)

How did David’s oldest brother act when he saw David at the battlefield? Why do you think he acted this way?

Samuel was a man God used for many different purposes. God sent him to David’s family so he could anoint (choose and set apart for special service) David as Israel’s next king. When Samuel was meeting each of David’s brothers to find out who God wanted him to anoint, God said to him in 1 Sam. 16:7, “the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” What does this mean?

Think about David, who he was and what he did in this story. What is there to learn about God  from this story? (God is in control. God can use you, no matter how small you are, to do great things, etc.)

Reinforce – Play David & Goliath Board Game (10-15 mins)

Instructions will be with game. Split kids into two teams. Kids work together to help their team win the board game.

Editors note: Sorry I do not have the instructions she used with the game

Memory Verse (5 mins, or 10-15 mins if using option 2)

This is week three of the memory verse, so go over this in small steps, repetitively. We will do this for 3 weeks.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Two options for the memory verse. If you are short on time, practice it using actions as the kids have done before. If you have time, split the kids into groups of three. Give them 8 – 10 minutes to create either: 1) new actions to go with the words; or 2) a hip-hop, country, or pop/rock tune to go along with the words. They will share their creations when they have finished.

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