Scope & Sequence for Grades 3 and 4
Year 1Year 2

Strong Kids for Middlers teaches students the Bible timeline from Genesis to Revelation.

Students understand how God’s plan unfolded in the past, what His plan is for today, and how His plan will unfold in the future. They’ll gain confidence by knowing how they fit into God’s plan.

Quarterly Emphasis

Year 1

  • Creation and Promises
  • Commands and Promises
  • Conquest and Potential
  • Conflicts and Problems

Year 2

  • Crowns and Prophets
  • Crowns and Prison
  • Christ and Provision
  • Church and Peace

BuildUP Themes

Here are the major emphases that are measurable in this age group:

  • Believe the gospel (23)
  • Understand Biblical ethics (26)
  • Internalize godliness (17)
  • Learn doctrine (34)
  • Develop life skills (24)
  • Uplift others (12)
  • Prepare to serve (14)

Learn more about measuring growth.

Year 1

Creation and Promises

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | God Creates the World

1 God Gave Us His Word John 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; James 1:22-25; 2 Pet. 1:21 God’s Word tells us about God and His world.
2 God Created the World Gen. 1:1–2:3 God created the universe from nothing in six days.
3 God Made Adam and Eve Gen. 1:26–2:25 God made people in His image.

Unit 2 | God Shows Grace and Mercy

4 God’s Grace Covered Adam’s Sin Gen. 2:9, 16, 17; 3; 4 God offers saving grace to all sinners.
5 God’s Grace Rescued Noah Gen. 6:1–9:17 God’s grace to Noah helps us understand saving grace.
6 God’s Mercy Preserved the Nations Gen. 10; 11 God can carry out His plans no matter what.

Unit 3 | God Begins His Salvation Plan

7 God Promised to Save the World Gen. 11:1–12:4; 15 God’s Son fulfilled God’s promise to bless the nations.
8 God Tested Abraham’s Faith Gen. 18:1-15; 21:1-8; 22:1-19 God teaches us to have faith in Him.
9 God Choose Jacob over Esau Gen. 25:19-34; 27 God is worthy of our trust no matter our circumstances.
10 God Taught Jacob about Trust Gen. 28:1-5, 10-22; 29:1–30:24; 32; 33; 35 God wants us to trust His plan.
11 God Used Joseph’s Brothers Gen. 37 God’s plans will always come to pass.
12 God Helped Joseph in Egypt Gen. 39–41 God’s plan includes His enabling presence.
13 God Preserved Life Gen. 42–50 God’s plan is always for the good of His people.

Commands and Promises

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | God Delivers His People

1 God Is Sovereign over All Exod. 1–2:22 God fulfills His plan no matter who tries to stop Him.
2 God Is the Helper from on High Exod. 2:23–4:17 God is both high above us and near to help us.
3 God Is Promise Keeper Exod. 4:18–7:13 God is trustworthy because He keeps His promises.
4 God Is Savior Matt. 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20 God’s Son is the only way of salvation from sin.
5 God Is True Exod. 7:14–10:29 God is the only true, living God.
6 God Is Redeemer Exod. 11; 12 God offers us redemption for our sins.

Unit 2 | God Teaches His People

7 God Is Wise Leader Exod. 13:17–15:21 God leads us with wisdom and power.
8 God Is Provider Exod. 15:22–17:16 God cares about and provides for us.
9 God Is Holy Exod. 19 God’s holiness separates Him from sinners.
10 God Is Instructor Exod. 20 God is the solution to the problem of sin.
11 God Is Glorious Exod. 24; 32:1–34:8 God’s justice, grace, and mercy are wonderfully amazing.
12 God Is Atoner of Sin Exod. 25; 35–40; Lev. 10:1-10 God offers us with the final solution for our sin.
13 God Is Gracious Giver Num. 13:1–14:38 God delights in giving gracious blessings.

Conquest and Potential

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | Israel Rejects God’s Grace

1 God Is Just Judge Num. 14:39-45; 15:32-41 God both judges sin and grants mercy.
2 God Is in Charge Num. 16; 17 God uses leaders to accomplish His will.
3 God Is Honorable Num. 20:1-13 God wants us to glorify Him with our lives.
4 God Is Merciful and Gracious Num. 21:4-9 God sent Jesus to be the final sacrifice for our sins.
5 God Is Unstoppable Num. 22–24 God’s will could never be stopped or changed.
6A God Is Praiseworthy Deut. 32–34 God always deserves our worship and praise.

Unit 2 | Israel Accepts God’s Grace

6B Fear and Faith in Jericho Josh. 1; 2 God is worthy of our courageous faith.
7 Israel’s Step of Faith Josh. 3; 4 God requires us to demonstrate our faith.
8 Faith in the Risen Christ John 18–20 God saves all who put their faith in Christ.
9 Faith Lessons around Jericho Josh. 5:13–6:27 God is faithful to His promises.
10 The Other Side of Faithfulness Josh. 7:1–8:29 God is faithful to punish sin.
11 Israel’s Lapse of Faith Josh. 9 God faithfully gives His wisdom to those who seek it.
12 Faith Is the Victory! Josh. 10:1-15, 40-43; 11:16-23 God’s faithfully enables us to do His will.
13 Joshua Challenges Israel’s Faith Josh. 13–24 God’s faithfulness should motivate us to obey Him.

Conflicts and Problems

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | Help for Kingless Israel

1 Israel’s Report Card Judg. 1:1–3:6 God is always faithful even when we fail to live by faith.
2 God Prodded Israel Judg. 3:7-31 God is always faithful because He is sovereign over all.
3 Deborah Shared Her Faith Judg. 4; 5 God uses faithful people to encourage our faith in Him.
4 Gideon Feared the Enemy Judg. 6 God teaches us to have genuine faith in Him.
5 Gideon Defeated the Enemy Judg. 7; 8:10-12 God expects us to take Him at His Word.
6 Jephthah Led Israel Sincerely Judg. 11 God wants us to serve Him sincerely.
7 Jephthah Judged Israel’s Insincerity Judg. 12 God sees our hearts and cannot be tricked or fooled by us.
8 God’s Sovereign Plan for Samson Judg. 13 God wants to use our lives for His glory.
9 Samson’s Strength and Weakness Judg. 14:1–16:3 God blesses us when we walk by faith rather than sight.
10 Samson’s Final Victory Judg. 16:4-31 God expects us to humbly submit to His truth.

Unit 2 | Hope for Kingless Israel

11 Micah’s Religious Feelings Judg. 17 God wants us to serve Him based on truth rather than feeling.
12 Dan’s Religious Greed Judg. 18 God wants us to serve Him rather than ourselves.
13 Benjamin’s Only Hope Judg. 20; 21 God wants us to rejoice in Shiloh, His final solution for sin.

Year 2

Crowns and Prophets

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | Samuel: God’s Last Judge

1 God Answered Hannah’s Humble Prayer 1 Sam. 1:1–2:11 God blesses us when we seek to give of ourselves.
2 Samuel Listened to God 1 Sam. 3 God is just in dealing with sin.
3 God Refused to Abandon Israel 1 Sam. 4–7 God remains faithful even when we are not.

Unit 2 | Saul: The People’s King

4 Israel Wanted a Warrior King 1 Sam. 8–12 God’s character is worthy of our complete trust.
5 Greedy King Saul Disobeyed God 1 Sam. 15:1-29 God desires our obedience above all else.
6 David Aimed to Defend God’s Name 1 Sam. 16:1-13; 17 God does great things through those who know Him well.
7 God Protected David 1 Sam. 18; 19 God does His will no matter what people try to do.
8 David Respected God’s Anointed 1 Sam. 24; 26 God is always good even when life gets hard.
9 Saul’s Reign Ended 1 Sam. 28:3-25; 31 God troubles those who reject Him.

Unit 3 | David: God’s King

10 God’s Royal Promise 2 Sam. 5–7; Ps. 89: God’s promises reveal His amazing grace.
11 Daivd Sought Forgiveness 2 Sam. 11:1–12:25 God offers to forgive us for our sins.
12 God’s Grand Temple 1 Kings 3:5–8:66 God’s name is greatly to be praised.
13 Solomon’s Unwise Choices 1 Kings 9:1–11:25 God warns us about the consequences of sin.

Crowns and Prison

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | Divided Kingdom

1 Israel Ripped Apart 1 Kings 11:26–13:34 God judges disobedience and blesses obedience.
2 Elijah’s Fire Proof 1 Kings 16:29–18:46 God hears us because He is real.
3 Ahab Paid for Stealing 1 Kings 21; 22:1-40; 2 Kings 9 God wants us to treat others with His love and kindness.
4 Isaiah Told of a Coming King Isaiah 7; 9:1-7 God will send Jesus to be the perfect King of Kings.
5 Elisha Revealed God’s Heart 2 Kings 2:1-14; 4:1-37; 5 God is the provider of needs.
6 Joash Stopped Listening 2 Chron. 22–24 (2 Kings 11) God desires our lifelong devotion.
7 Jonah Got a Second Chance Jonah God saves us according to His abundant mercy.

Unit 2 | Exile and Return

8 Israel Finally Fell 2 Kings 17; 18:9-12 God’s warnings about sin are serious.
9 God Answered Hezekiah 2 Kings 18; 19; 2 Chron. 29:13–32:23; Isa. 37:21-38 God hears and answers our prayers.
10 Judah’s Light Dimmed 2 Kings 22:1–25:30; 2 Chron. 25; 26; 36:1-21 God shows compassion to the humble.
11 Daniel’s Historic Interpretation Dan. 1; 2 God controls history as the sovereign over all.
12 Ezra Restored Jerusalem’s Worship Ezra 1:1-4; 2:2; 3:1–6:22; 2 Chron. 36:21-23 God offers us hope and forgiveness when we sin.
13 Nehemiah Restored Jerusalem’s Walls Neh. 1:1–4:23; 6:1-16; 8:1-9 God gives strength, courage, and wisdom to do His will.

Christ and Provision

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | Jesus, the Powerful Teacher

1 Jesus Is the Eternal Word Matt. 3; John 1:1-28 Jesus is the eternal Son of God.
2 Jesus Is Perfectly Holy Matt. 4:1-11 Jesus qualifies to be our Savior because He is perfectly holy.
3 Jesus Offers Eternal Life John 3:1-21; 4:1-42 Jesus provides the only way to eternal life.
4 Jesus Has Power over Diseases Matt. 8:1-3, 14, 15; 14:14; Luke 13:11-13; John 9 Jesus’ miracles proved He is the Son of God.
5 Jesus Has Power over Creation Matt. 21:18-22; Luke 5:1-11; Mark 4:35-41 Jesus commands His Creation.
6 Jesus Has Power over Demons Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 5:1-20 Jesus is more powerful than Satan and his demons.
7 Jesus Has Power over Death John 11 Jesus has the power to raise people from the dead.
8 Jesus Is a Friend of Sinners Matt. 12:9-14; 15:1-20; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 6:6-11 Jesus loves all people and wants them to be saved.

Unit 2 | Jesus, the Willing Sacrifice

9 Jesus Offered Himself Matt. 21:1-17; Luke 19:28-48 Jesus offers us true peace.
10 Jesus Received Sacrificial Service Mark 14:1-11 Jesus deserves our honor and sacrificial devotion.
11 Jesus Illustrated His Death Luke 22:7-30 Jesus gave us a way to remember His death.
12 Jesus Surrendored to God’s Will Luke 22:31–23:56 Jesus willingly died for the sins of the world.
13 Jesus Conquered and Commanded Matt. 28:1-10; Luke 24:36-49; John 21:1-17 Jesus commanded us to tell others about new life in Christ.

Church and Peace

Title Passage(s) Theme

Unit 1 | The Church Begins

1 The Church Caught Fire Acts 1; 2 Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us live for God.
2 The Church Prayed for Boldness Acts 3:1–4:31 The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to serve Him courageously.
3 The Church Feared and Flourished Acts 4:32–5:16 God wants us to serve Him out of respect for Him.
4 The Church Chose to Obey God Acts 5:17-8:4 God’s servants sometimes experience rejection and persecution.

Unit 2 | The Church Grows

5 Paul Saw the Light Acts 9:1-31 God will save anyone who trusts in Jesus for salvation.
6 The Gospel Spread Acts 10:1–11:18 God wants all people to be saved.
7 The Gospel Went Global Acts 13:1-5; 16 God directs us to people He wants us to reach.
8 Uproar in Ephesus Acts 19 The Holy Spirit helps us persevere in our service to God.
9 Broken Ship–Solid Faith Acts 21:1-6, 26-30; 25:10-12; 27; 28 God’s servants at times experience rejection and persecution.

Unit 3 | The Church and the Last Days

10 Jesus Will Rapture His Church 2 Cor. 5:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 5:1-14 Jesus will reward believers for their service for Him.
11 God Will Trouble the World Rev. 6:1–18:24 God will trouble sinners that they might accept His grace.
12 Jesus Will Return with His Church Isa. 2:2, 4; 11:6-9; Rev. 19:7–20:6 Jesus will reign as the perfect King of Kings.
13 Jesus Will Make All Things New Rev. 20:7–22:9 Jesus will judge sinners and create a new home for believers.