1. Students should be able to tell the story of Ruth.
  2. Students should know that Ruth was from the tribe of Moab, not Israel. The Moabites were the descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew.
  3. Students should know that Ruth was a direct ancestor of Jesus.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Scripture Reference: Ruth 1:3-8, 6-19, 2:1-12, 4:9-11. Remember that the Moabites were the descendants of the son of Lot, the nephew of Abraham.


  1. Learning Game: Matching Game. Give each student a set of index cards, on which are written the names of the major characters in the story: Ruth, Naomi, Boaz. In the pattern of Final Jeopardy, give a single clue out loud. Each student is to hold up the card of his answer and gets 10 points if right.


  1. Discuss the customs of marriage – in ancient Israel and today. Why did Ruth stay with Naomi? What is the role of the mother-in-law, then and now? How did Ruth meet Boaz? Why was Ruth in the fields? What custom made Boaz Ruth’s husband? How do we choose a husband today? Who cares for the widow and the elderly today? List the positive qualities of Ruth, of Naomi, of Boaz. Was Ruth the sort of person who did things to be noticed? Did she seem to have a lot to offer – win any battles, heroic acts? Why is it important that Ruth became an ancestress of Jesus?

  1. Make a sheaf of “wheat”: Take the straw provided, a bundle about 5-6 inches long for each student. Tie in center with ribbon; ribbon end will be the hanger.


  1. Close with prayer. Pray for the students to exhibit the positive characteristics of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.