After students have gathered in your classroom, share that “family name” is another phrase to use in place of “last name” or “surname.”
Animals—just like people—aren’t designed to live life all alone. You may have heard of a “school of fish,” or a “pride of lions,” but let’s take a little quiz and see if you know what these other animal families are called. Are you ready?
Have the following link ready for you to read information and ask students to guess the family names (no googling allowed!) for each animal you share. Share as many of the nineteen animal names as time allows. Your students may know a few of these, but most of them will be unfamiliar.
“These are the 19 Weirdest Names for Groups of Animals”
Discuss the following questions with your class:
- Can you think of any animals that live completely alone? (Let students try to identify any solitary animals.)
- Why do you think God created animals to live in groups? What advantage does a group have that a single animal might not have? (Students might identify protection, reproduction, survival, companionship, or other benefits.)
- How are people a lot like animals in this way? What do people gain from living in a family as opposed to living on their own? (People need community, companionship, accountability, instruction, spiritual training, and many other healthy benefits of living in a group.)
- Are there ever difficulties living with a family? What are some challenges that everyone faces? (It can be hard to share spaces, learn how to manage conflicting schedules, deal with different personalities, and so forth. Let students share some of their conflicts, and be prepared to share appropriately yourself.)
The Bible teaches us about families and how God uses them to make us better and stronger! Let’s take a look at some good instruction that will make your family relationship better than ever.