Use this activity to raise preteens' awareness of what the media
values in advertising. Before this activity, record various prime
time TV commercials. (Hint: Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to
get the newest commercials.)
Before class, write each of these words on a separate sheet of
paper: beauty, health, money, popularity, and God. Tape the sheets
to the walls throughout the room. Show the commercials one at a
time. After each video clip, have kids determine what the message
of the advertisement is and go stand under that word. Have kids
explain why they felt the ad communicated the message they
Afterward, discuss with kids whether God was left out of the
commercials they watched. Have kids form groups to develop a
commercial for God.
is a link you can use to view Super Bowl commercials.
Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and
prices are subject to change.