Word Strips

Word strip activities can help your students become very familiar with, and memorize, the scripture mastery scriptures. Usually it is best to use word strips with the longer scripture masteries scriptures that they may have gone over already.

To save you a ton of time in your preparations, I [John Bushman] have placed the text of the Old Testament scripture masteries BELOW IN THIS WORD DOCUMENT. That way you can just find the scripture you want and print that page only. Then you can just make the number of copies you need, cut them up, and place them in envelops. Since it is a Word document, you will also be able to modify it. Starting out you probably just want to have the word strips as long as the row would be when you print that page of the Word document. Later as your class becomes more proficient, you can cut the rows in half to increase the difficulty. Here are some activities and games you can do with scripture mastery word strips.

Up & At ’em

A team comes up and each team member is given a word strip that they hold up in front of them as if showing the class. Then they have to run around and stand in the right order so the class can read the scripture mastery left to right. If there are more strips than team members, some will have to trade around and hold two strips out. Make your team sizes appropriate for how many strips that scripture has.


Here you would make multiple copies of the same word strips of the scripture mastery scripture. Each team is at a table and is given an envelope with that scripture mastery in it. When you say go, each team dumps the strips out of their envelop onto their table and try to put the scripture together in one long row. First team to finish correctly wins. In order to maximize participation, teams should not be much bigger than 5. Have them mix them up again and try to get faster. This can be a fast scripture mastery activity that you do for a few minute before the lesson.


Here you would have multiple stations set up around the room (the number or stations would depend on how many kids in your class). Between 3 and 5 is an ideal student group size. On each station table you would have an envelope containing the word strips to one of the longer scripture masteries you have already become familiar with in class. When you say go, each station will empty the word strips from their envelop and try to put it in order as fast as they can. If you want to add an element of competition, then say “go” when the second hand is at the top of the clock and start counting seconds. When a team says they have it, you call out to them how many seconds it took them and they record down their score. Then when each team has done each station, have them add up their combined score. Lowest score wins.

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