TEACHING THE STORY: Sherrie Johnson, â€œThe Boy King,â€? Friend, Apr. 1986, 48, contains a simplified retelling of this story that could be used in a variety of ways:
–Give each child a copy of the retelling and have them write the verse numbers next to the sentence that describes the verse. This would be a good activity to do with a partner.
–Cut one copy of the story into paragraphs and pass around the papers. Have the students find the verses described on their paper and be prepared to read and explain them to the class.
–Give each child (or: each set of partners) an envelope with the story in it cut into paragraphs and have them arrange the strips in the correct order.
VISUAL AIDS: â€œJosiahâ€”Believer in the Scriptures,â€? Friend, Feb. 1998, 10, contains pictures that you could use in a variety of ways (flannel board, coloring page, puppets on sticks, etc.) to tell the story. You can include Huldah by using the woman from â€œScripture Figure,â€? Friend, May 1986, 43, or the figure of Esther from â€œEsther Saves Her People,â€? Friend, Sept. 1998, 39.
REIVEW GAME: Write the name JOSIAH, HULDAH, or EZRA on the board vertically. Throw a soft ball to one of your students and ask them to describe the person whose name is on the board with a word that begins with the first letter of his or her name. (For example, for Huldah you would need an â€˜hâ€™ word such as heroic, humble, etc.) Tell them that they will only have 15 seconds to think of a word; you may want to assign one of your students to be a timekeeper. If they think of a word, they can write it on the board. Then, repeat the process with a word beginning with the second letter of the name.
HIDDEN TREASURE ACTIVITY: Bring a large jar filled with rice, stones, beans, etc. Before class, hide strips of paper with the reference to ten of your favorite scriptures on them. Give each class member a chance to feel around in the jar (no peeking!) until they find a verse and then have them read it. Then, explain why that verse is one of your favorites. End this activity by telling your class that just as Josiah had to work a little bit to get to the scriptures and just as they had to hunt a little to find the scriptures in the jar, we usually have to put in some effort to study, ponder, and pray about the scriptures, but we will be blessed when we do so.