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As the World Turns
Teacher Guide - Day A4
"It's the ordinary people, the straight, the square
who account for the great stability and success of our nation." 
Gerald Ford

Spiritual Focus:

Heaven means freedom from handicaps.  Meanwhile, life on earth includes handicaps of various forms.   The students will explore various handicaps through simulation and a Bible game.

Memory Verse: 
Proverbs 1:7-9

Hymn:   #19 O Sing a New Song to the Lord   and #326  Open My Eyes That I May See

Student Activities:











  • United States page 633, section "Americans with Disabilities"
  • Blindfolds and "bandages" to help students to simulate handicaps.  Borrow a wheelchair and crutches if possible.
  • Character Cards

Class Explorations and Discussions:  Handicaps

Game: Who in the Bible was handicapped or disabled? 

Use the Character Cards for student use in playing "20 Questions."  If after 10 questions the character has not been guessed correctly, the student with the Character Card can act out the handicap or work with other students in performing a charade of the Bible story.  Then students may finish asking questions that can be answered with a YES or NO.

What rights do handicapped children have in our country today?

  • Are public schools required to take them? (YES)
  • Do they have to have wheelchair accessible schools and facilities? (YES)
  • What happens if they need special help in learning? (Special help must be provided)

It has only been since 1975 that handicapped children have been ensured access to public schools.  Some children with disabilities have been mainstreamed, or placed in regular classes.  Others have been assigned to small classes with specialized help.

Read United States page 633, the section "Americans with Disabilities." 

  • What did the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provide?
  • Should a kid in a wheel chair expect to play in a city's summer baseball program?  Should he or she have to follow the same rules as everyone else?

Pass out the Character Cards again.  Whatever the handicap, the bearer of that card assumes it for half a day (or length of time the teacher deems best).  For the other half of the day, the Character Cards can be give to other students.  Students who do not have a handicap should help those who do.

In summary, read Psalm 146.   (Arrange your students in a voice choir).