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Word of the Week Sample Lesson – perpetual

SAW Publishing’s Word of the Week (WOW) program is a vocabulary supplement built around hymns and Bible verses.  Each lesson contains a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition, Scripture reference, and examples to encourage students to use new vocabulary in daily life.  To find out more about the program, see our post from last week entitled Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary with our FREE Word of the Week. The following post is a sample lesson.  The program begins on Friday August 26.  To receive the FREE Word Of The Week lesson the Monday  before it is posted beginning on August 22, sign up for the WOW email.

Are you looking for a fun & easy way to stimulate your child’s vocabulary? Our Word of the Week sample lesson will demonstrate why WOW is the way to go.

The sample lesson for the word perpetual will give you an idea of what to expect from the Word of the Week series.  Dictionary definition lengths will vary, since some words require a shorter explanation than others.  We hope you’ll join us for this exciting journey through some of the great Biblical words of the English language!  **Click here for a downloadable PDF of the full lesson.

Word of the Week Sample Lesson


Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary


everlasting; endless

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

PERPET’UAL, adjective

  1. Never ceasing; continuing forever in future time; destined to be eternal; as a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute.[Literally true with respect to the decrees of the Supreme Being.]
  2. Continuing or continued without intermission; uninterrupted; as a perpetual stream; the perpetual action of the heart and arteries.
  3. Permanent; fixed; not temporary; as a perpetual law or edict; perpetual love or amity; perpetual incense. Exodus 30:8.
  4. Everlasting; endless.  Destructions are come to a perpetual end. Psalm 9:6.

All definitions are taken from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary from Volume 1 and Volume 2 and can also be found on Webster’s 1828 Dictionary online

Memory Verse

“And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”  ~ Genesis 9:12-13

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“Far as creation’s bounds extend,

Thy mercies, heavenly Lord, descend;

One chorus of perpetual praise

To Thee thy various works shall raise,

Thy saints to Thee in hymns impart

The transports of a grateful heart.”

– James Merrick (1720–1769), Far As Creation’s Bounds Extend

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples From Daily Life

“The moon orbits the earth,” Mr. Gravesend explained, as he walked along the beach with his children.  “The moon’s cycle is perpetual, and it is this cycle which controls the tides.”

“Oh, look,” said Philip, pointing across the harbour.  “That windmill never stops.  It’s arms go round and round in a perpetual circle!”

“I am always losing my socks,” Robyn remarked mischievously, as she buried her toes in the sand.   “It seems as if my search for them is perpetual!”

Printable Image With Short Definition and Memory Verse

Are you looking for a fun & easy way to stimulate your child’s vocabulary? Our Word of the Week sample lesson will demonstrate why WOW is the way to go.

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Bonus Activity

The word perpetual means endless, but there are several different ways that this word can be used.  When we say that God’s love is perpetual, we mean that it will never end—it will last through all eternity.  This is the meaning of perpetual given in Webster’s Definition 1.  On the other hand, when we say that a windmill is perpetual, we mean that it keeps moving without a pause.  We do not mean that it will continue eternally.  The second meaning of perpetual is seen in Webster’s Definition 2.

Beside each of the words below, write either eternal or continual to show whether they will last forever, or only for a time.

Water going over a waterfall


The moon orbiting the earth

The wheels on a car

Our souls

God’s Word (see Matthew 24:35 and Isaiah 40:8 if you have difficulty)

The four seasons

Robyn looking for her socks

The answer to each week’s Bonus Activity or Bonus Question will appear at the end of the next week’s WOW lesson. Since this is a sample package, the answer has been included below.

Answers to Bonus Activity

Water going over a waterfall – continual

Heaven – eternal

The moon orbiting the earth – continual

The wheels on a car – continual

Our souls – eternal

God’s Word – eternal

The four seasons – continual

Robyn looking for her socks – continual

How To Sign Up

Each week’s WOW lesson will be available on the Sheep Among Wolves blog on Friday morning.  We will be starting the series on August 26.

If you would prefer to receive the lessons by email, you can sign up below to have each new lesson delivered on the Monday before it’s posted (beginning August 22).  This gives you time to print out the sheet, and have it ready for the next week, as well as making sure you don’t miss any posts.  Email signup will include a high resolution copy of the image for those who wish to print it out in poster form.  Concerned that you have missed the first email?  Don’t worry, all emails contain links to previous lessons.  No matter when you sign up, you will receive access to all the Words of the Week.

For more information on the WOW program see our post from last week:

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to stimulate your child’s vocabulary? Our FREE Word of the Week (WOW) program is the perfect answer.

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