COMPLETE LESSON SET: Moses, Plagues, Passover - FUMC Ann Arbor, MI

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Moses, The Plagues, and Passover

Summaries of all workshops in this Rotation:

  • Art - The Israelite’s were instructed to tell their children about the miracle of the plagues and Passover. Use drawings and paper sculpture to tell the story of “God with us”.
  • Cooking - Experience the making unleavened bread. Discuss the Passover and the Israelites’ departure from Egypt.
  • Games - Teams such as the Gnats vs. the Flies use the game wheel and a quiz game to learn story characters, sequence, and events.
  • Music/Movment - Learn the story through music and movement.
  • Video - Learn about the rescue of the Israelite people from slavery in Egypt while watching portions of the animated video, “The Prince of Egypt”.

Note: These workshops were written for 1st through 6th graders though not all grades visit all workshops. 

Scripture Reference:
Exodus 5:1-6:13, 7:1-12:42

Key Verse:
Exodus 6:5-6 (CEV)

Rotation Objectives --at the end of the Rotation, kids should be able to:

  • Locate Exodus (older students); Younger students: that the story is in the Old Testament.
  • Identify the characters in the story and sequence of events that led to the Exodus from Egypt.
  • Learn the ten plagues God sent upon Egypt and the Pharaoh.
  • Understand that the first Passover was celebrated in conjunction with these plagues.

Know that God is with us always, even in times of trouble.




Moses, the Plagues, and Passover
Art Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:
The Israelite’s were instructed to tell their children about the miracle of the plagues and Passover. Use drawings and paper sculpture to tell the story of “God with us”.

For Scripture, Key Bible verse and lesson objectives, see above.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Gather the materials
  • Using colored construction paper, pre-fold a paper sculpture “frame” for each student.
  • Write out this passage on a piece of paper that will fit into a Bible: “You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing among the Egyptians to prove that I am the Lord.” Exodus 10:2 (NLT). Use this paper to bookmark Exodus.
  • Write on the easel paper in large letters: “Remember and celebrate”.

Supplies List:

  • Bibles (for 3rd grade and up); A least one Good New Bible (TEV) for younger students
  • The Beginner’s Bible
  • Easel with paper
  • 9 x 12” white drawing paper (plan on 2 per student)
  • 18 x 24” colored construction paper (1 per student)
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Instructions on creating the paper sculpture “frame” (separate from this lesson- resources at end of lesson) and one completed frame to display.
  • Family take-home note (see end of lesson)
  • Paperclips (1 per student)


Presentation 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Art Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.

Say: Let’s begin with prayer. Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. A suggestion: “Gracious God, we know you love us, but sometimes we forget. It is especially hard when we see suffering in the world. We thank you for Bible stories that help us remember that you care about us. Amen.” 


Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Ask: When you get together with family or friends, do you ever tell stories?
Do you have family stories that are often repeated over and over?
[Be ready to share a short family story that your family often retells.]

Say: Thousands of years ago, before books were invented, people told stories so that stories would not be forgotten. What we now read as Bible stories were told as stories long before they were written down.
Ask: What would happen if a particular family story were no longer told?
Do you suppose people would eventually forget that story?

Say: Thankfully the people in Bible times kept telling their family stories, so that we can hear them today. Listen to what God had to say about one particular Bible story that is now part of the Old Testament

Hold open a Bible and read the verse written out ahead of time. [Note: It’s important to reinforce that this passage comes from the Bible by holding open a Bible and reading the verse from the paper you wrote out earlier. The wording of the NLT is helpful.]

Say: God was saying this to Moses during a time when Moses was in a tough situation. Moses was trying to free God’s people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt. But the king or Pharaoh in charge in Egypt, kept saying, “NO, I won’t let them go!”

Ask: You may have heard the story of what happened in Egypt. What miracles did God do in Egypt to free God’s people and to prove to everyone that he was Lord? (allow all answers but guide them to: plagues affecting Egypt)

Ask: Who knows what a plague is? (something really bad that causes a lot of suffering)

Say: There were a total of ten plagues. We can talk about what the ten plagues were a little later. For now let’s jump to the last plague.
Ask: Does anyone remember what the last plague was?
Say: This tenth plague was the worst. All firstborn sons of the Egyptians would die. But the Hebrew people, God’s people, would be protected because God told them what to do.
Ask: Does anyone remember what the Israelites were instructed to do? (kill a lamb and take some of the lamb’s blood to paint on the doorframes of their house)
Say: Let’s read about this in the Bible.

For 3rd grade and up:


Distribute Bibles.
Say: The story of Moses would have been taught to Jesus as a child.
Ask: Would we find such a story in the Old Testament or the New Testament?
Do you remember where in our Bibles we find the story of Moses?
Say: The book of Exodus is the second book of the Bible in the Old Testament.
Have everyone turn to Exodus 12:23-27. Have students take turns reading.

For 1st and 2nd graders:
Say: We find the story of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, in the book of Exodus.
Read to them Exodus 12:23-27.


For all students:
Say: God commanded the Israelites to remember their rescue from Egypt and to celebrate it every year. Jewish people today still remember and celebrate this rescue from slavery when they celebrate Passover.
Refer to the easel paper. Say: They remember and celebrate when God was with them. Today you have the chance to create a picture to remember a time when God was with you.
Ask: Can you think of a time when God was with you?
[Hints to help get them going: a best friend moved away or they moved, then they met a new friend.Someone was really sick in their family, and then someone brought over food. They were feeling down, and a friend or family member made them feel better. A time when they felt close to God. (Doesn’t have to be a time of trouble if they can’t think of one.)]

Say: Think about a time when God was with you and draw a picture of that time. When you are finished with your picture, you may place it in this special frame – it makes your picture look like it’s on a stage! It’s a way to remember a time when God was with you.
If you have time you may use the area inside these side doors to write about your picture, or draw more pictures. If you don’t have time for that part you may finish it at home.

Provide drawing paper and supplies.

When it appears that everyone has an idea and has started drawing, begin the “discussion” portion of lesson.

Discussion: (while the students are working)

  • Ask the students if they know what the other plagues were. Use pages 106-115 in The Beginner’s Bible to talk about the first nine plagues. Include information you learned in the overview material.
  • Ask: What do you suppose it was like for the Hebrews watching all those plagues? [They were unaffected by plagues 4-10.]
  • Ask: Do you suppose God was happy that the Egyptian people had to suffer? (God was probably sad that this had to happen, he probably wished Pharaoh would have listened)
  • Ask: Where do you suppose God was during the plagues? (there; caring for his people)
  • Ask: Where is God today when disaster strikes? (right there with us or with whoever is suffering. His presence can be seen through people who help those who are suffering. Example, Disaster relief workers)
  • Ask: When we go through difficult times, is it easy to forget that God is with us? (sometimes things happen that we might not understand, but we can trust that God always loves and cares about us)

    When drawings are completed, have the students glue their drawing on the inside of the frame opposite the frame opening. Provide them with paper to write their story (if time allows). If they complete the project, follow the instructions on creating the paper sculpture “frame” to glue end and side panels together.
    If students do not finish, paper clip the panels together with a parent note.


Closing:
Have students share their illustrations, briefly telling about their pictures.
Say: God commanded the Israelites to remember their rescue from slavery and to celebrate it every year. We can also celebrate the great things God has done in our lives. When we are faced with troubles, it helps to recall a time when God was with us. God loves and cares for you!


Ideas to help kids with their art:

  • Create a deeper or lighter color by varying the pressure placed on a crayon or colored pencil. Pressing hard creates a darker color, pressing lightly, a lighter color.
  • Drawing with the “side” (rather than the tip) of a colored pencil or marker creates a wider line.
  • Outline shapes with black marker. Then color within the shapes with crayon or pencils.
  • Fill an area using cross-hatching: draw closely spaced parallel lines then draw lines perpendicular to these lines.


The Take-Home Note

Today in the Art Workshop your child learned about a time when God commanded his people to Remember and Celebrate! Every year at Passover they were to remember and celebrate how God was with them and saved them from slavery in Egypt.

Today your child was given the option to draw a picture of a time when they felt God was with them. A special frame was made to highlight their picture, giving prominence to their memory. It is likely that we ran out of time to complete this project. A good family activity would be to help your child finish their picture. Talk about a time when you felt God was with you. Help them write a story about their picture and glue the story in one of the side windows. They may wish to write a poem. A suggested format would be a cinquain poem such as:

God
Loving, caring
Hears, answers, acts
Frees Israelites from Egypt
Miracles

When complete, glue end and side panels together.
Remember and celebrate, God with us!

 

Resources:

  • Instructions on how to make the paper sculpture frame from: “Crayola Dream-makers: Weaving What We Are.” 2002. Pages 26-27. Downloaded from www.Crayola.com (follow links to Dream-makers). (Updated 2013: This material appears to no longer be available.)  Here are a couple of pictures (sorry, not the greatest quality) from this lesson.

              Picture 8                                Sample2

          the paper is folded in such a way                    "Detail" of center drawing

        as to create a "stage."  The "doors"                   Note the paper clips holding

       on the side are to add additional drawings            things together.

       or writings about the incident.



Art supply note: An unusual size of construction paper is required for this lesson. Try your local teacher store.


Workshop Leader's notes: to save time, paste the paper that will be their center drawing onto the frame before starting. It was interesting to see the student's depiction of times when they felt God was with them. Most children did not finish the project but that was ok because it went home and got discussed with their families as they continued to finish it.

If you use this material, even in a modified form, please include the following reference:
Hulbert,Carol. "Moses, Plagues, Passover - Art Lesson." January 2005. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>. 




Moses, Plagues, Passover
Cooking Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Students will experience the making of unleavened bread. Discuss the first Passover and the Israelites’ departure from Egypt. 

For scripture and objectives, see above.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the project.
  • Gather the materials.


Presentation 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
No sense taking up space repeating fine lessons that are here at this site. We put together our games lesson by cutting and pasting from the following resource: “Moses, the Plagues, and Passover: Good News.” Faith Quest Lessons Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian. 2001. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/.../PlaguesGoodNews.htm

One thing we did do differently was the way we told the story. That portion of the lesson is included here:

Say: Today we will learn more about the story of how God saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
Ask: Who remembers learning about Joseph and his colorful coat?
Joseph had a run-in with his brothers and they sold him into slavery. What country did Joseph end up in? (Egypt)

Say: It was a long story but it ended up that Joseph’s brothers all became friends again and the whole family moved to Egypt. Our Bible story for today takes place in Egypt.

[Use pictures in the Read with Me Bible to tell the following story. Show page numbers as indicated.]

Say: Now it is 400 years since the time of Joseph. Joseph and his brothers have died but their descendants are numerous! [page 93] We call Joseph’s descendants “Israelites”. They were also called “Hebrews”.
The king in charge in Egypt, Pharaoh, said there were too many Israelites. [page 95] So he made their life miserable – he made them slaves. They had to make bricks from clay and straw. Pharaoh also said, “don’t allow any baby boys to live. Throw them into the Nile River.” About this time there was a boy born, named Moses. [page 97]

Ask: Do you remember the story of Moses?

[Briefly summarize that Moses was hidden in a basket in the Nile River, found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and grew up in Pharaoh’s palace. pages 98, 99 and 100]

Ask: When Moses was much older, 80 years old, God spoke to him. What did God use to get Moses’ attention? [page 102]

Say: God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God said, “I have heard my people in Egypt crying. I know they are suffering as slaves. I want you, Moses, to go and rescue them. Tell Pharaoh to let my people go!” Moses wasn’t so sure about this task, but he eventually went to see Pharaoh with his brother Aaron. [page 104]

Ask: What happened when Moses and Aaron said, “let my people go”? (Pharaoh said no)
Say: In order to convince Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to leave, God sent trouble on the Egyptians. God showed his power. He sent ten plagues on Egypt.

Ask: What’s a plague? (something really bad that causes a lot of suffering)
Say: You’ll be learning about all the plagues in other workshops. Today we are going to talk about the last plague.

Briefly discuss what this tenth plague was. Make the bread then, while it bakes, do the following:

For 3rd grade and up:
Distribute Bibles.
Ask: Do you remember where in our Bibles we find the story of Moses? (OT, Exodus)
Have everyone find Exodus 11:1 in his or her Bible. Ask someone to read this verse. [Have them keep their Bibles open.]
Say: This tenth and last plague was the worst of all. All firstborn sons of the Egyptians would die. But the Hebrew people would be protected because God told them what to do. Each family was to kill a lamb and take some of the lamb’s blood to paint on the doorframes of their houses.
Have everyone turn to Exodus 12:23-27. Have students take turns reading.

For 1st and 2nd graders:
Say: We find the story of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, in the book of Exodus.
Read them pages 117-120 in the Read with Me Bible, showing the pictures as you read.

For all students:
Say: That night, Pharaoh let the people go. In fact,he wanted them to hurry up and go!

Ask: Since they had to leave in a hurry, what do you suppose the people took with them? (allow a few answers)
Say: One of the things the people took with them was bread dough. We are going to make bread dough like the Hebrew people would have made. 

Closing

End with a prayer and have the children assist with the cleanup.


A lesson set written by Carol Hulbert from: First UMC
Ann Arbor, MI

If you use this material, even in a modified form, please include the following reference:
Hulbert,Carol. Lesson set posted at rotation.org:" Moses, The Plagues, And Passover." January 2005. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.

Note: If you really want my lesson, email me. 

Copyright 2005 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material 

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Moses, Plagues, Passover

Game Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Teams such as the Gnats vs. the Flies use the game wheel and a quiz game to learn story characters, sequence and events.

For Scripture, Key Bible verse and lesson objectives see first post above.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Bibles (for 3rd grade and up); at least one Adventure Bible
  • The Beginner’s Bible
  • Dry-erase markers for white board
  • Game wheel
  • Game questions

    Before Start of Class:
  • Decide what point values to assign to the four colors of the game wheel. You may wish to have one color represent “Lose a turn”. Write this info on the white board.
  • Cover the game wheel with a blanket so it won’t distract the students during the telling of the story.


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Games Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults. Pass around a basket to collect any offering. Remind everyone what the Missions & Me offering is for this month.

Say: Let’s begin with prayer. Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. A suggestion: “Dear Lord, You are so awesome! We thank you for giving us the Bible with such wonderful stories of faith and courage. Help us to remember that no matter what happens in our lives, you are with us and you will help us do even the things that are hard. Thank you most of all for loving us! Amen.”

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Say: Today we will learn more about the adventures of Moses. We’ll learn what happens when Moses says to Pharaoh: “Let my people go!”

For 1st and 2nd graders:
Say: We find the story of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, in the book of Exodus. The name Exodus reminds me of an EXIT sign. It is a good name for this book in the Bible because “Exodus” means “going out” and this is the story of God’s people exiting, or going out of Egypt.

For 3rd grade and up:
Distribute Bibles if needed. Encourage everyone to bring his/her Bible every week.
Ask: Would a story about Moses be found in the Old Testament or the New Testament?
Say: Moses lived a long time before Jesus did. We find the stories that Jesus learned as a child, in the Old Testament.
Ask: Do you remember where in our Bibles we find the story of Moses? (Exodus)
Say: The book of Exodus is the second book of the Bible in the Old Testament. “Exodus” means “going out.” The name Exodus reminds me of an EXIT sign. The book of Exodus tells how God’s people exited or went out of Egypt. Exodus is the second book of the Bible. Let’s find the story in our Bibles now.
Have everyone find the Exodus 5:1. Tell them that this is where our story begins.
[This exercise of finding the story is important; don’t skip this step!]

For all students:
Say: The story of Moses is a very long story. In fact it covers 40 chapters in Exodus! What we are studying is only a part of this large story. We are interested in the story of how God used Moses to save the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. First of all, let’s review who Moses was.

[Use the wording here as a guideline of how to tell/review the story. In later weeks of the Rotation, ask the students to tell you the story, asking, “What happened next?” Fill in any parts they leave out. Using pictures in the story Bible is recommended for younger students and may be helpful for older students at the start of the Rotation. Encourage older kids to look at the headings in their Bibles to help them see what comes next.]

Show the picture on page 94 of The Beginner’s Bible.
Ask: When you look at this picture what does it remind you about Moses? (his mother put baby Moses in a basket in the Nile River)
Say: Moses’ mother put him in a basket to protect Moses from the mean king, or Pharaoh, who ruled over Egypt.
Ask: Do you remember who ended up finding Moses in the basket? (Pharaoh’s daughter)
Say: Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s palace [page 96-97] and years later, when he was 40, he left to live in the wilderness in Midian. There he raised sheep. [page 98-99] Forty years later, when Moses was 80…

Show the picture on page 100.
Ask: Then what happened?
Say: God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God said, “I have heard my people the Israelites crying. I know they are suffering as slaves in Egypt. I want you, Moses, to go and rescue them. Tell Pharaoh to let my people go!”

Show picture page 104.
Say: So Moses went back to Egypt with his wife, Zipporah, and their two sons.
In Egypt, Moses and his brother Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Let my people go.’” [page 105]
Pharaoh said, “NO! Get back to work making bricks. You must need more work to do; from now on the people must find their own straw to make bricks.”
Well, the Israelites were not happy about the extra work. They complained bitterly to Moses and Aaron.
Moses called out to God, “Lord, why did you cause your people to suffer even more? Why did you send me? It has caused nothing but trouble and made things worse.”
God answered, “You’ll see. I have seen how my people are suffering and I will keep my promise to them and free them from slavery. Now I will force the Pharaoh to let my people go. In fact, he will drive them out of his land. Now you and Aaron must return to him and say as I command.”

Say: Each time Moses and Aaron asked, “Let my people go,” and Pharaoh said “no”, then God would send a plague – each one worse than the one before; A total of ten plagues.
Ask: Who knows what a plague is? (something really bad that causes a lot of suffering)

Say: For the first plague, Moses struck the surface of the Nile River with his walking stick and the water turned into blood. All the fish died. It smelled! [page 106] But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
[With each plague, pause after “But Pharaoh said...” and let the children say “NO!” They should catch on to the cue pretty quickly.]

Say: For the second plague, God sent a plague of frogs. [page 107] They covered the land and filled people’s houses. There were even frogs in the beds!
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 3: Moses struck his walking stick on the ground and God turned the dust into gnats: Nasty little bugs that flew into everyone’s eyes, and ears, and mouths. Ick!
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 4: flies. Cloud of flies buzzed around Pharaoh and the Egyptians. [page 108-9] But, in the region of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, no flies!
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 5: God sent a terrible disease, and all the animals of the Egyptians died — the cattle, sheep, and goats. In Goshen, none of the rest of the plagues would bother the Israelites. God was protecting his people.
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go. [page 110-111]
Plague number 6: Moses threw ashes into the air, and it settled on the Egyptian people and became boils – open sores all over their skin.
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 7: thunder and lightning and hail. The hail pounded people and plants.
It destroyed their crops. [page 112-113]
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 8: Locusts! Locusts that ate everything the hail hadn’t destroyed.
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.
Plague number 9: Moses lifted his hand toward the sky and there was heavy darkness throughout Egypt for three days. [page 114] The Egyptians could not see each other.
But Pharaoh said “NO!” … He would not let the people of Israel go.

Say: Then God said to Moses, “I will send only one more punishment on Pharaoh and his people. Then he will make you leave. Now tell the Israelites and to prepare as I direct you. Every family must choose a special lamb, kill it, and put some of the blood on the doorposts of their house. I will go through the land of Egypt and kill every first-born male, human and animal. But I will pass over the homes of the Israelites, if they are marked with blood on the doorposts.”
Moses warned Pharaoh but Pharaoh still said “NO!” So, at midnight, the tenth plague; all the first-born sons in Egypt, even Pharaoh’s son, died.
Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron: “Get out! Leave my country.”
The Israelites quickly packed their things and left. They had to leave in such a hurry that the food they took with them was bread dough made without yeast, for there was no time to let their bread dough rise.
After they left Egypt, God told the Israelites to remember the night when death passed over their homes. Every year they were to celebrate “Passover”. Even today, during Passover, Jewish people celebrate with a special meal and remember how God saved their people from slavery.

The remainder of this lesson (playing the game, game questions, and discussion) uses the following resource: “Moses, the Plagues, and Passover: Antioch Arcade.” Faith Quest Lessons Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian. 2001. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/...ns/PlaguesArcade.htm (See “application” and “reflection time”.)

Closing:


Say: God’s great power is what saved the Hebrews. They trusted and obeyed the one true God. Pharaoh believed only in himself, he thought his powers were just as great as God’s but that was false! God is mighty and awesome. God is in control. We may not understand why God allows certain things to happen, but we can trust that God loves us. No matter what happens, God is with you. God loves you!


Resources:

  • “Moses, the Plagues, and Passover: Antioch Arcade.” Faith Quest Lessons Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian. 2001. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/...ns/PlaguesArcade.htm
  • Crane, Amy. “Moses Leads God’s People.” 2001. (Story summary under background comments) http://rotation.org/
  • “State Street UMC G.R.E.A.T. Adventure, Games & Bible Skills Workshop, Moses #2: Plagues, Passover and Escape!” Lessons from State Street United Methodist Church. 2003.
  • The Beginner’s Bible. Brentwood, TN: Mission City Press, 1989.

 

Part of a Lesson Set written by Carol Hulbert from: First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI 

Copyright 2004 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI. 
Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material. 


If you use this material, even in a modified form, please include the following reference:
Hulbert, Carol. Lesson set posted at rotation.org:" Moses, The Plagues, And Passover - Games." January 2005. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.

 

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Moses, Plagues, Passover

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Watch portions of the animated video, “The Prince of Egypt”. Children will learn the background of the Moses story from the burning bush to the plagues and the rescue of the Israelite people from slavery in Egypt.

For Scripture, Key Bible verse and lesson objectives see first post above.

Video Reference:

The Prince of Egypt on DVD (A total of 26 minutes will be watched)

Note: this lesson is similar to one posted by Jan Marshall, however this lesson uses a DVD.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Preview the DVD and know how to cue to the correct starting place.
  • Gather the materials

Supplies List:

  • The DVD listed above. (A TV/DVD will have been reserved for your workshop.)
  • Bibles (for 3rd grade and up)
  • Read with Me Bible
  • Snack items: goldfish crackers, paper cups, napkins, water pitcher
  • Two sets of “Plague cards” – pictures depicting each plague


Before Start of Class:

  • Prepare snack.
  • Make sure you know how to use the TV/DVD, especially how to move by chapters and scanning forward within a chapter.
  • To save time, cue the DVD to be ready to start. From MAIN MENU, choose SCENE INDEX. Only four chapters are shown at one time, so use RIGHT ARROW to advance chapter choices until you see “15. Burning Bush” on the screen. Now you are ready!


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Video Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults. Pass around a basket to collect any offering. Remind everyone what the Missions & Me offering is for this month.

Say: Let’s begin with prayer.
Since time is short in this workshop, lead the group in prayer. A suggestion: “Our wonderful counselor and mighty God, Thank you for being with us always. Thank you for teaching us and leading us. Help us to listen closely for your word and to trust you always. Amen”

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Ask: How many of you have ever seen this video? [Show the DVD “box”]
Say: This video is the story of Moses. We find the story of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible. Today we will watch part of this video and learn more about the story of how God used Moses to save his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt.

[Use pictures in the Read with Me Bible to tell the following story. Show page numbers as indicated.
Note: Use the wording given here as a guideline of how to tell/review the story. In later weeks of the Rotation, ask the students to tell you the story, asking, “What happened next?” Fill in any parts left out. Using story Bible pictures is recommended for younger kids and may also help older students.]

Ask: Do you remember learning last year about Joseph and his colorful coat?
Say: When Joseph’s family moved to Egypt they numbered about 75 people. Now 400 years later. the descendants of Joseph have multiplied! [page 93] We call these people the “Israelites” or “Hebrews”. The king in charge in Egypt, Pharaoh, said there were too many Israelites. [95] So he made their life miserable – he made them slaves. They had to make bricks from clay and straw. Pharaoh also said, “don’t allow any Hebrew baby boys to live. Throw them into the Nile River.” About this time Moses was born. [97]

Ask: Do you remember the story of Moses when he was a baby?

[Briefly summarize that Moses was hidden in a basket in the Nile River, found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and grew up in Pharaoh’s palace. [98- 99]

Say: When Moses was 40 years old, he went to live in the desert in Midian. Moses worked as a shepherd and he married a woman named Zipporah.
Ask: When Moses was 80 years old, God spoke to him. Do you remember what God used to get Moses’ attention? [102]

Say: God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God said, “I have heard my people in Egypt crying. I know they are suffering as slaves. I want you, Moses, to go and rescue them. Tell Pharaoh to let my people go!” Moses wasn’t so sure about this task. He didn’t think he was up to the job. But he agreed to go to Egypt and see Pharaoh with his brother Aaron. Together Aaron and Moses asked Pharaoh to “Let my people go”. [104] Let’s take a look at the video. We’ll start with Moses at the burning bush.

[Have the Shepherd distribute the snack.]

[Assuming you cued as directed on page 1...]
Choose “15 – Burning Bush”.

Say: Now we will see Moses going off to work as a shepherd.
VIEW the story of the burning bush. When Moses returns to his tent…
Say: This is Zipporah, Moses’ wife.

When they leave on a camel…
Say: Moses returns to Egypt. Now we will see some of his people and the way they were treated as slaves.

CONTINUE VIEWING, a total of 9 minutes. PAUSE when Pharaoh lifts his hand to stop the music and dancing…
Say: This is Pharaoh.
Use right arrow to ADVANCE to chapter 19 (Moses and Pharaoh leave the main hall).
VIEW this scene (about 2 and a half minutes)
PAUSE when the doors close on Pharaoh (after he says workload will be doubled.)

Ask: Did you notice in the video, someone went with Moses to see Pharaoh? (his wife)
Say: But in the Bible it says that Aaron, Moses’ brother, went with him to speak to Pharaoh. The creators of video do not always follow Bible stories exactly. It is
important to read the story in the Bible to see what really happened.

Ask: Did Pharaoh let the people go? (no)
Say: In order to convince Pharaoh to allow the Hebrew people to leave, God sent trouble on the Egyptians. God showed his power. He sent ten plagues on Egypt.
Ask: What’s a plague? (something really bad that causes a lot of suffering)

For 1st and 2nd graders:
Use the “plague cards” to tell about plagues 1-9. With each mentioned plague, handout the corresponding plague card. If you have more than 9 students, pass out duplicates. Don’t worry if you have less than 9 students, but do talk about all 9 plagues.

For 3rd grade and up:
Distribute Bibles if needed. (Encourage everyone to bring his or her Bible every week.)
Ask: Do you remember where in our Bibles we find the story of Moses? (OT, Exodus)
Have them find Exodus 7:17-18. (Note: the exercise of finding these verses is important. Don’t skip.) Ask someone to read these verses.
Ask: What was the first plague? (river to blood) Who knows what the next plague is?
Continue to ask about each plague through #9 (darkness).
With each mentioned plague, handout the corresponding “plague card”. If you have more than 9 students, pass out duplicates. Don’t worry if you have less than 9 students, but do talk about all 9 plagues.

For all students:
Ask: Does someone have the first plague card? (river to blood)
Say: First we’ll see your plague.

Say: We’re going to skip some of the video.
[When you last paused you were at the end of chapter 19.]
Use CONTROLS option to SCAN FORWARD to where Moses walks toward the river.
VIEW this scene (about 4 and 1/2 minutes)
PAUSE after Moses says, “Believe. For we will see God’s wonders.”
Say: Now the video makes it look like the next eight plagues happen all at once. Each of you has a plague card. Watch to see if you see your plague.

PLAY (chapter 21 will start – the plagues).
VIEW this scene (about 3 minutes)
PAUSE when see Moses walking from the village towards the darkness

Ask: Did everyone get to see their plague?
How do you suppose it would feel to experience these things? (frogs in your bed!)
Why did God send plagues on the Egyptians? (steer them towards: God loved the Hebrew people so much that God didn’t want to see them suffering as slaves. God had to do something to try to convince Pharaoh to free them.)

Say: Now we are up to plague #10. This last plague would be the worst of all. At midnight God would go through Egypt and all firstborn sons would die, even the firstborn cattle. To prepare for this last plague, God gave Moses instructions on how the Hebrews could be saved. Listen…

Use right arrow to ADVANCE to chapter 23 (Moses says “God has come to me again").

PAUSE a few seconds after Moses closes the window blinds.
Say: We don’t really know what this plague of death looked like. The creators of this video decided to make it look almost like a windstorm.

PLAY (plague of death starts)

VIEW this scene (total about 2 minutes). [Do not watch the entire chapter.]
PAUSE after shows oil lamp in 2nd story window gets snuffed out. (Am trying to stop before it is obvious that a little boy is killed.)

Say: The first three plagues affected everyone: Egyptians and the Hebrew people. But starting with the 4th plague, only the Egyptians were affected. During the tenth plague the homes of Hebrews were passed over and no one died. With this plague Pharaoh said the Hebrew people were free to go.

Use right arrow to ADVANCE to chapter 24 and SCAN FORWARD (about 30 seconds worth of video) to when then Miriam starts to sing.
VIEW this scene (about 5 minutes).
STOP when shows overhead scene of people massed on the beach (Israelites have marched out of Egypt and music is stopping). [If you are running out of time stop sooner.]

Closing:


Say: God heard the suffering of his people in Egypt. He sent Moses to save his people. Now they were free after more than 400 years of slavery. Certainly for a long time, it didn’t seem like God was remembering the Hebrew people, but in time, God did keep his promises—and God keeps the promises made to us as well – to always be with us, even in times of trouble.


Resources

  • MacQueen, Neil. "A Brief Introduction to Teaching with Video." Sunday School Software web site. http://www.sundaysoftware.com/video-tips.htm
  • Marshall, Jan. “Exodus: Plagues and Passover: Video.” 2002. http://www.rotation.org/
  • “State Street UMC G.R.E.A.T. Adventure, Drama Workshop, Moses #2: Plagues, Passover and Escape!” Lessons from State Street United Methodist Church. 2003. (some discussion questions)
  • Where did the plague cards come from? Sorry I didn't keep track of this source. It was black and white line drawings of the 10 plagues, probably found with a Google image search.
  • The Prince of Egypt. DVD. DreamWorks Pictures. 1998.
  • Scripture quoted is taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1995 by American Bible Society. Used by permission.

 




Moses, Plagues, Passover

Music/Movement Workshop


For Scripture, Key Bible verse and lesson objectives see first post above.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Sound Effects (shakers, boom whackers)
  • Props (Frogs,, toy bugs, etc)


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


The workshop leader describes the lesson: I went through the basic background of Moses, then went through the plagues one by one as in the "Ten Plagues on Egypt" song. I brought props (toy bugs, frogs, etc) or sound effects (shakers, boom whackers) to dramatize each plague. At the end, we discussed why God would do such dramatic things to the Egyptians. My point was that God would do ANYTHING to protect his people.

Ten Plagues on Egypt (Parody of “Twelve Days of Christmas")
Lyrics by Karen Macke and Jaymie Derden, permission granted to use for individual church use only. Please credit authors and State Street UMC, Bristol, VA when using.

For the first plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
The Nile River red and blood-y

For the second plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Lots of frogs a-hopping

For the third plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Nasty gnats a-flying

For the fourth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Buzzing flies a-swarming

For the fifth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
(SLOWLY) Death to the cows…. Moooooo!

For the sixth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Painful boils a-stinging

For the seventh plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Hail and thunder crashing

For the eighth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Locust swarms a-chewing

For the ninth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Three days of darkness

(SLOWLY) For the tenth plague on Egypt my true God sent to thee
Death to first-born males.

 

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.


 

Part of a Lesson Set written by Carol Hulbert from: First United Methodist Church

Ann Arbor, MI 

 

Arranged by P. Stout

Copyright 2004 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material.

 

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We have just completed six weeks of studying the Plagues and Passover -- thanks to many ideas and lessons on this site. The children enjoyed "experiencing the plagues", watching and critiqueing part of "Prince of Egypt", baking unleavened bread, making a paper picture frame to "remember and celebrate" and learning three songs. Last Sunday they prepared the Hall for a "Passover Coffee House". They assembled all the Seder foods, set the tables, led the liturgy,& sang their songs. It was a lot of work to accomplish in an hour or so, but all the "big people" appreciated being taught by the kids and sharing the seder as well as a light lunch. A fitting beginning to Lent this week -- and the atart of our Last Supper rotation.
Blessings,
Hilary

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