Welcome your students as they enter and begin a casual discussion on big surprises that have happened in their lives. Maybe an unexpected gift they received or a grade they were surprised they had achieved—maybe a surprise trip, etc. Share a surprise from your life too.
Handout paper and pens/pencils. Let’s start off today by doing a little guessing game. You’ll be given the name of five foods. Write down how they grow. For example, if “orange” is called out, you’d say it grows on a tree in a warm climate. If you don’t know, make something up! When we’re finished, we’ll watch a video that shows us the real story. You may choose to offer a prize to the winner or winners.
Read the following list of foods to your class. Allow time between each food for the students to write down (or guess) their answer.
When everyone has written their answers, watch this video to see how they actually grow [1:59]:
Five Foods That Grow in Unbelievable Ways
Go back through the answers after the video is over and see who got the most right; award prize(s) if you desire. Answers:
Cashews (seeds that grow out of the bottom of a cashew apple)
Chocolate/cocoa (seeds from a cacao pod that are dried and roasted)
Pineapple (on the ground. One pineapple per plant.)
Asparagus (on the ground. You eat the whole plant.)
Artichoke (it’s a flower. It’s harvested before it blooms.)
- Which plant was the most surprising to you? (Answers will vary.)
- Did you have any wrong ideas of how certain things grew? (Answers will vary.)
- Finding out how a plant grows is a small surprise. How do you handle a big surprise in life? What if something really turns your previous ideas upside down and you have to change the way you do things as a result? (It takes me a while to accept it when my ideas have to change. I get angry at first. I try to take it in stride, etc.)
It can be hard for us to adjust when things or ideas in our lives change, but we’re not alone. When God started setting things in motion to send His son to earth, a lot of people were in for some big unexpected changes. Let’s read about some people in the Bible who had a huge surprise.