COMPLETE LESSON SET: The Ten Commandments - FUMC Ann Arbor, MI

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

A set of lessons written by folks from:

First United Methodist Church

120 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Copyright 2008 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.

 

 

Summary of all workshops in this Rotation:

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

 

 

--for 4th-6th grade:

  • Video: View Moses receiving the commandments & the story of the golden calf in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.
  • Games: Play a game of “The Wheel of Fortune” to help students learn the Ten Commandments.
  • Puppets: Use puppets to act out modern day scenarios of the Ten Commandments.


--for 1st- 3rd grade:

  • Art: Create a take-home copy of the Ten Commandment tablets using a special molding product - Sculptamold.
  • Drama: Creatively act out the story of the Law being given, and then forgotten.
  • Music: Sing a song (with musical instruments) to learn the Ten Commandments.

 

 


 

 

Scripture Reference:

 

Exodus 20:1-17, 32:1-35

 

Not all workshops cover the verses in chapter 32.
In preparation for this story skim Exodus 13:17–20:21, and 24:1–18, and 31:18–32:35.

 


Key Bible Verses:

 

The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17.

 


Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:

  • Name that the story is found in the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus.
  • 3rd grade and up: Locate the story in Exodus.
  • Retell in his/her own words the story of Moses on Mount Sinai & the subsequent episode with the golden calf.
  • Name an age-appropriate number of the Ten Commandments in his/her own words.
  • Recognize that God uses the Ten Commandments not to punish us, but to teach us how to live as God’s people.
  • Understand that God loves us, no matter how awful our behavior is.
 
 


 

 

What are the Ten Commandments?


The first four commandments show us how to live with God (Exodus 20: 3-11). The last six show us how to live with others (Exodus 20: 12-17). The connection between these two groupings is that in order to understand how to relate to our neighbor, we must first know how to relate to God. There are many translations and paraphrased versions of the Ten Commandments. Here’s what we’ll present to kids:

 

 

1st  –  Do not worship any god except me.    
2nd –  Do not make statues of gods (idols). 
3rd  –  Do not misuse my name.               
4th –   Remember the Sabbath day.    

5th – Respect your father and mother. 6th – Do not murder.
7th – Do not commit adultery.
8th – Do not steal.
9th – Do not tell lies about others.
10th – Do not long for what belongs to someone else.
 

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

VIDEO WORKSHOP

 

SUMMARY OF LESSON ACTIVITY: View video clips from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. Watch Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and the episode with the golden calf. Total viewing time 14 minutes, 20 seconds. [Note: 4th – 6th graders visited this workshop. I would not recommend showing this video to younger than 3rd grade.]

 

 

A lesson written by Carol Hulbert from:
First United Methodist Church
120 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Copyright 2008 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.

 

 

Scripture Reference & Key Bible Verse & Objectives: 

 

Refer to first post in this lesson set.

 

 


 


Leader Preparation:

 

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

Gather the following materials

  • Easel; appropriate maker
  • Bibles; One Adventure Bible with tabs (Law, History, etc.)
  • The video: Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. Paramount Pictures, 1956.
  • The TV/DVD will have been reserved for your workshop
  • Sticky-Tack (to hang easel paper on the wall)
  • Snack items: goldfish crackers or popcorn, cups, napkins, and water pitcher

 

 

Before Start of Class:

  • Prepare snack and cups of water.
  • Write the key Bible verse on the easel.
  • Make sure you know how to use the TV/DVD, especially how to move by scanning backward within a chapter.
  • Insert the DVD, Disc 2. From the main menu, choose “Scene Selection.” Then choose “13-15.” This is where this video will be started (on chapter 14).
  • Write out the Ten Commandments on easel papers. (Use the list posted above.) Post them on the wall using Sticky-Tack.
  • Make a “Things to Watch For” poster for Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments
    • People: Moses, Aaron, Joshua
    • How Israelites felt when Moses was gone?
    • What they did?
    • Listen for the Ten C.
    • How Moses reacted?
    • What was God’s punishment?

 


 

Opening – Welcome & Lesson Introduction:

 

Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the video workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.
[Note: The Shepherd will quietly take attendance, etc. while you are starting your lesson.]
Say: Today we’ll watch a video about when Moses went up the mountain to get the Ten Commandments, but first 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 God, Thank you for wanting to have a special relationship with each of us. Thank you for your gift of the Ten Commandments – the rules that help us know how to live. Be with us each day as we try to follow your commandments. Amen”

 


Dig - Main Content & Reflection:


Ask: What kind of rules do you have at your house? (allow a few answers)
Who makes most of the rules at home?
Why do parents have rules? (because they love us, because rules make life easier)
What happens when you don’t obey the rules?
Do parents still love you if you break the rules? (yes!)

Say: A long time ago, God gave the Israelites rules for the very same reason your parents make rules for you. God loved the Israelites so much that God wanted to be a part of their lives. God gave Moses, the leader of the Israelites, the rules we call the Ten Commandments. [Refer to the posted list of the Ten Commandments, but don’t take the time to read them now.]

Ask: Where do we find the Ten Commandments in the Bible? (in the OT, in Exodus)

Distribute Bibles.
Review the fact that Exodus is the 2nd book of the OT. (Genesis, Exodus)
Have the kids find Exodus, chapter 20 in the Bible.
Point out that in this chapter is a list of the Ten Commandments.

Say: The book of Exodus includes the list of the Ten Commandments, as well as the story of how Moses received the law. The part of the story that we will look at is interesting – Moses had only just gotten the Ten Commandments from God and right away God had to show that he still loved the people and would forgive them, even when they broke the rules – because they were really breaking the rules!

Have the kids find Exodus, chapter 32, verse 1 in the Bible.

Say: Before we read in the Bible about what happened, let’s review the characters and setting.

Ask: Who led the Israelites to freedom? (Moses)
Where were they slaves? (in Egypt)
Who chased after them when they first left Egypt? (the Pharaoh)
What happened at the Red Sea? (it parted)
The Israelites managed to escape. Where were they headed? (the Promised Land)
Did they get there quickly? (no, it took them 40 years)

Say: The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. But their wanderings are another story. Let’s back up to about three months after they’d crossed the Red Sea.
Ask: Who knows the name of the place where God gave the people the Ten Commandments? (Mount Sinai)

Say: Moses goes up the mountain to get the Ten Commandments from God. He leaves his brother Aaron, in charge of the people waiting at the base of the mountain. Let’s read.

Have students take turns reading Exodus, chapter 32, verses 1–5.
Ask: Does anyone know which of the commandments they broke? [One & two, maybe three; refer to the Ten C poster and discuss these commandments a bit.]

Continue with reading verses 7–8, 15–16, and 19–20.
Have the students keep their Bibles open to Exodus 32.

Refer to the “Things to Watch For” poster.
Say: As we watch the video, look for these people and events. [Briefly go over the list: Aaron is Moses’ brother, Joshua is Moses’ right-hand man.]

Say: At the place where we’ll start this movie, Moses has been up on the mountain a long time – 40 days and 40 nights. They people are getting nervous.

Show the Video:


Have the Shepherd distribute the snack.

 

 

TimeAction
1:13:13Using the DVD, from the menu previously cued to, choose chapter 14, “Mount Sinai.” VIEW scene of about 5 and 1/2 minutes.
1:18:40PAUSE after God says, “Thou shalt not kill.”

 

 

Ask: What is happening at the top of the mountain?
What is happening at the base of the mountain?
How did the people feel? (afraid, Moses gone long time, who will lead them?)
What did the Israelites do to show their fear? (make an idol – a god to lead them)
Have you heard any of the Ten Commandments? (6 so far)

 

Point out the 6 heard so far on the Ten C poster.

Say: The people are already breaking the Ten Commandments and Moses doesn’t even have all ten yet. Let’s see what happens next.

 

 

TimeAction
1:18:40Press PLAY. VIEW scene (total of about 9 minutes).
1:23:25POINT OUT Joshua when he is shown waiting for Moses who is coming down the mountain.
1:27:34STOP after the narrator talks about people’s punishment of wandering in the wilderness 40 years… and says “until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was consumed.”

 

 

Ask: How did Moses react when he came down the mountain? (he was angry)
In the movie the tablets lit the golden calf on fire –is that what it said happened in the Bible? (no, in the Bible it says tablets broke, that Moses burnt the calf in a fire) [If the kids don’t see this, have them check their Bibles – Exodus 32:20. Part of our purpose in having Video Workshops is to teach kids to question what they see in videos.]

Say: Sometimes the makers of videos add to the scenes to make them more dramatic. It is good to check with the Bible to see what it says.

Ask: God was angry that the people had broken his commandments. Do you suppose that God gets angry with us when we break his commandments? (accept all answers)
How did God punish the people? (made them wander in wilderness 40 years)
[If the kids missed this, use the CONTROLS option to SCAN BACKWARD and replay this scene.]

Say: Even though the people had disobeyed, Moses pleaded to God and asked God for forgiveness, and God forgave them.

Ask: Does God forgive us when we do wrong? (yes!)
Do you suppose that it is possible to perfectly keep all of these commandments? (no)
Do these Ten Commandments even apply to us today? (yes)

 


Closing:


Say: Even though these rules are over 3000 years old, they still apply to us today. These Ten Commandments show us how we need Jesus. Just as Moses interceded for the people, Jesus died for us, so that our sins are forgiven.

 

Resources:


DVD Reference:
“Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments”. Paramount Pictures, 1956 [total viewing time 14 minutes, 20 seconds.]

 


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If you use this material, even in a modified form, please include the following reference:
Hulbert, Carol. "The Ten Commandments: Video Workshop." Feb. 2008. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.

 
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The Ten Commandments: Games Workshop

Teaching Method: Play a game of Wheel of Fortune to help learn the Ten Commandments. [Note: 4th – 6th graders visited this workshop.]

No sense taking up space to repeat fine lessons that are here at this site. We put together our games lesson by cutting and pasting from the following resource: Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church – Games lesson.

 

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

 
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The Ten Commandments: Puppets Workshop
Written by Carol Hulbert for First United Methodist Church
120 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Copyright 2008 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

Teaching Method: Take turns in pairs, using two puppets to act out modern-day scenarios. Discussion follows on what commandment is broken in each scenario and what should the puppets have done if they’d followed the commandment. [Note: 4th – 6th graders visited this workshop.]

Leader Preparation:
Read the scripture for this lesson.
Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
Gather the following materials
  • Two puppets (could be handle-bag type of puppets, we used hand puppets. The kids didn’t care that two of the puppets that I’d offered were animals! They had animals talking the parts.)
  • A puppet stage
  • Puppet Scenarios [Note: scenarios are very short and require no props or scenery. There are more scenarios than you’ll probably have time for.]
  • Bibles; One purple Adventure Bible with tabs (Law, History, etc.)
  • Bible tab writing kit: tabs, fine-line Sharpie pen
  • An easel with appropriate marker
  • Sticky-Tack or Push-pins
  • A means of attaching the scenarios to the puppet stage so that kids don’t have to hold them.

    Before Start of Class:
    Write out the Ten Commandments on sheets of easel paper. Write large! Write them out separating them as shown above (the first 4 and the last 6). To display all the commandments use a combination of the easel, Sticky-Tack to apply sheets to the wall, or push pins to hang them on the bulletin board.

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

    [Note: The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance, nametags, and any visitor cards]

    Say: Today we are going to use puppets to talk about some important laws. Let’s start 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. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God, Thank you for caring so much about us. Thank you for the plan you have - for us to lead a life that is full of joy and peace and love. When we understand and follow the laws you gave to Moses, we will experience that fullness. We do not always keep your commandments. We ask for your forgiveness. (End with everyone joining in on the Lord’s Prayer.) Amen.”

    Dig In:
    Ask: What are some laws that we have in our society? (allow a few answers)
    Why are those laws important or necessary?
    Can our laws ever be changed? (yes)
    What are God’s laws? (the Ten Commandments)
    Can God’s laws ever be changed? (no)

    Say: A long time ago, way before the time of Jesus, God gave the Israelites rules called the Ten Commandments. If you remember your Bible stories, the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt until Moses led them to freedom. Remember about Pharaoh, and “let my people go?” Remember about the plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea? Our Bible story today catches up with the Israelites after they’ve crossed the Red Sea. God loved the Israelites so much, that God wanted to be a part of their lives. God gave them rules, to show them how to live.

    Ask: If Jesus learned the Ten Commandments as a child, where would we find them in the Bible? (in Old Testament)
    In what book of the Bible? (Exodus)
    Say: The Bible is divided into two testaments – the Old Testament and the New Testament. Besides being divided into two testaments, the 66 books in the Bible are further divided into collections. We say that the book of Exodus is part of a collection of Bible books called “Law.” Law books include the first five books of the Bible. It is appropriate that God’s laws are located in the collection known as Law! If you have your own Bible today, be sure you receive a tab for the “Law” section of your Bible. [Show the classroom Bible with tabs. Have the Shepherd do tabs for students who bring their Bibles. Use the classroom Bible with tabs as an example.]

    Ask: Who can name the first five books of the Old Testament? (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

    Distribute Bibles.
    Have the kids find Exodus, chapter 20, verse 1.

    Early in the Rotation (week 1, maybe week 2):
    Ask a student to read Exodus 20:1-3.
    Then ask students to take turns reading a commandment from the displayed list.

    Later in the Rotation:
    Ask the students if they can name the Ten Commandments (without looking at the posters!)
    [Have everyone find Exodus 20 even if they know the commandments. It’s good practice in using their Bibles.]

    [Enforce the “raise your hand to be called rule” so that everyone has a chance to contribute. If the kids have any questions about any of the commandments you can answer them now or wait for the discussion that goes with the puppets.]

    Ask:
    Are the Ten Commandments still important today? (yes!)
    What happens when we don’t obey God’s laws? (sin; sin is anything that separates us from God)
    How does it make us feel when we don’t obey God? (allow a few answers)

    Say: God is saddened when we sin but he is always willing to forgive us if we ask. There is a story that involves God needing to forgive the Israelites just as they were getting the Ten Commandments. It’s the story of the golden calf. We don’t have time to cover it today but read it at home in Exodus 32.

    [Refer to the Ten Commandment displayed.]

    Say: Let’s use puppets to act out some situations and see if any commandments are broken.

    If necessary, explain how to use the puppets. (see the Kurt Hunter book for instruction on using handle-bag puppets.)

    The Scenarios:
    Distribute a scenario to a pair of students. (Don’t distribute them until it is their turn). Have each pair act out their scenario with puppets. Tell students to listen carefully to each scene as we will decide which commandment has been violated and how, and discuss what could have been done in each situation that would have been in keeping with that commandment. (Some scenarios might violate more than one commandment.) Refer to the posted list of the Ten Commandments as each scenario is discussed.

    When you have about 4 minutes left, stop:
    Ask: Why did God give Moses the Ten Commandments? (God knew that the people needed rules to help them get along with each other and to help them know how to love God.)

    [Refer to the posted commandments.]

    Say: The first four commandments show us how to love and honor God. The last six commandments talk about ways to love others. God wants us to obey these commandments so that our days will be filled with loving behavior. We do not have to obey God to earn our way to heaven because God has given us our way to heaven as a gift for believing in Jesus. We obey him because we love him.

    Say: The Ten Commandments were written a long time ago but we still try to follow these laws. God loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how to worship God and how to get along with other people. When we follow these laws, we are living the way God wants us to.

    Closing:
    Say: The Ten Commandments were written a long time ago but we still try to follow these laws. God loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how to worship God and how to get along with other people. When we follow these laws, we are living the way God wants us to.

    If you have extra time
    Continue with more scenarios and discussion.

    Resources:
  • Desoto Presbyterian Church, Desoto, TX. “The Ten Commandments Lesson Set: Stage Trek Productions.” 2001. http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4196068121/m/9996068121 (source of scenarios)
  • Hunter, Kurt. Puppets, Kids, and Christian Education. Augsburg Fortress, 2001.
  • Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, Cary, North Carolina. Faith Quest Lesson Sets at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. “The Ten Commandments: Praising Puppets.” 2002. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/quest/FQlessons/TenCommandmentsPuppets.htm

    The puppet scenarios
    See the lesson set written by DeSoto Presbyterian for scenarios. (Scroll down to STAGE TREK PRODUCTIONS.) Note that we didn't use all of the scenarios and modified others to fit our church situations.
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    If you use this material, even in a modified form, please include the following reference:
    Hulbert, Carol. "The Ten Commandments: Puppets Workshop." Feb. 2008. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.
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    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

    ART WORKSHOP

     

    SUMMARY OF LESSON ACTIVITY: Each student will create a keepsake copy of the Ten Commandment tablets using Sculptamold -- "A substance that combines the best features of clay, plaster, and papier mâché. When wet it adheres to almost any surface. It is lightweight like papier mâché, but doesn’t shrink. It models and casts like clay, and sets up hard like plaster." (Taken from the advertisement for this product).

    Sample project

     

     

    A lesson written by Carol Hulbert from:
    First United Methodist Church
    120 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Copyright 2008 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.

     

     

     

    Scripture Reference & Key Bible Verse & Objectives: 

     

    Refer to first post in this lesson set.

     

    Click on photo to enlarge 

     


     

    Leader Preparation:

     

    Read the scripture for this lesson.
    Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson. Note: Access to warm water is required for this project.

    Gather the following materials

    • Easel; appropriate maker
    • Bible story book: The Praise Bible; for 3rd grade and up: Bibles
    • AMACO Sculptamold (about 3 oz by weight per student) & warm water to mix (Important note: Warm water is required.)
    • Green plastic laundry scoops to measure, need two
    • Quart-size, zippered, plastic storage bags (one per student)
    • Corrugated cardboard cut into a double tablet shape about 10 by 8 inches (one per student)

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    • Sample completed tablet
    • Paint shirts
    • For younger kids: preprinted papers with the Ten Commandments
    • For older kids: blank paper and pens to write the Ten Commandments
    • Pens to write name, glue sticks, paper towels, Newspaper
    • Extra activity sheets (coloring sheet or word search/maze – optional)

     

    Before Start of Class:

    • Make a sample tablet so that you know how material works.
    • Access the Internet for the in/not in statements (see resources).
    • Spread newspaper over the tables.
    • Write the key Bible verse on the easel.
    • On weeks when 3rd grade and up visits, distribute Bibles around the tables.

     



     

    Opening – Welcome & Lesson Introduction:

     

    Greet your students warmly. Introduce yourself and any other adults.

    Say: When we are in the kitchen we usually cook, but today we won’t be cooking – we’ll be doing a messy art project that requires the sink. First, let’s start 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. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God, Thank you for bringing us here today to learn about following you. Help us to understand the meaning of your commandments for our lives today. (End with everyone joining in on the Lord’s Prayer.) Amen.”

     

     

    Dig - Main Content & Reflection:

     

    Say: Today we are going to talk about some very important rules.
    Ask: Who can tell me one important rule that you have at school? (allow a few responses)

    Say: God gave us some very important rules to follow. God gave us these rules because God loves us very much. God wants us to be happy and live a long life.
    Ask: Does anyone know what God’s rules are called? (the Ten Commandments)
    Say: Commandment is another word for law. The Ten Commandments are laws for living, given to us by God. We can find the Ten Commandments in the Bible.

     

    1st and 2nd graders:

     

    Ask: If Jesus learned the Ten Commandments when he was your age, where would we find them in the Bible? (Old Testament)
    Say: The Bible is divided into two testaments – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is stories that Jesus learned as a child. The New Testament tells us the story of Jesus’ life and the start of the church after Jesus’ death and resurrection. We find the Ten Commandments in the second book of the Old Testament, the book of Exodus.

     

     

    For 3rd grade and up: (who visit after week 1)

     

    Ask: Where do you suppose we’d find the Ten Commandments? (in the OT, in Exodus)
    What are the first two books of the Old Testament? (Genesis, Exodus)

     

    Say: The book of Exodus includes the story of the exit of the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been slaves.
    Ask: Do you recall the stories we’ve learned about Moses?

     

    Distribute Bibles.

     

    Ask the students if they can name any of the Ten Commandments.
    Have the kids find Exodus, chapter 20, verse 1 in their Bibles.
    [Have everyone find Exodus 20 even if they know the commandments. It’s good practice in using their Bibles.]
    Say: This passage of our Bible “story” is actually a list of the Ten Commandments.

     

    Have them leave their Bibles open. We will return to them later.

     

    For all students:
    Say: I will read to you the story of God giving Moses the Ten Commandments, from this story Bible. Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt. They have crossed the Red Sea and have now reached Mt. Sinai.

    Ask the students to count on their fingers the Ten Commandments as they hear them read.
    Read them the story on pages 120-124 in The Praise Bible. Show the pictures as you read the story.

    Show the students the picture on page 125 of The Praise Bible.
    Ask: What are these kids doing in this picture? (playing soccer)
    Are the Ten Commandments something that these kids should pay attention to? (yes)
    What about kids such as yourself, should you follow the Ten Commandments? (yes)
    Why did God give the people the Ten Commandments?
    Was God trying to punish the people by giving them the Ten Commandments? (no)
    Say: God knew that the people needed rules to help them get along with each other and to help them know how to love God.

    Introduce and explain the art project:
    Ask: Who knows what the Ten Commandments were first written on? (on stone)
    Say: To help us remember the story, today we are going to be making tablets. We’re not using stone; we are making tablets out of a product that dries to look like stone. [Have a sample to show.]

    Pass out pieces of shaped cardboard – one per student and pens. Have the kids write their names on one side, near the center.

    Say: We can put the Ten Commandments on our tablets and shape the stone-like product around the edges. They won’t be dry enough for you to take home this week but next week when you take your tablets home, keep them where you can look at it every day; it can remind you of how God wants us to follow these rules for living.

    For younger students: pass out the pre-printed papers with the Ten Commandments written on them. Allow older kids to write the commandments on their own paper. Explain that we’ll be forming the stone-like product around the edge of the paper so allow room. Glue the paper to cardboard (on the side without their name).

    When the first child is ready…
    Hand out old shirts as smocks. (Warn kids that this is messy!) Have everyone roll up sleeves. Move into the kitchen taking their piece of cardboard.

    In the Kitchen:
    Assign a spot for everyone at the table. (Ask the Shepherd to help you.) Have them put their cardboard in their spot.

    Give each student a quart-sized zip-bag. You and the Shepherd each take a green laundry scoop and a job – measuring wet product or dry.
    [Suggest you have kids line up by freezer and come by sink for warm water and then distribute Sculptamold by disposal. It mixes better if you add dry material to water already in bag.]

    Into each zip-bag, measure one half of a scoop (about 1/2 cup) of warm water and two scoops of Sculptamold (about 3 oz by weight). Have the kids’ zipper the bag closed and gently kneed the bag to mix the ingredients. [It mixes fairly easily but it also sets up – thus it can’t be premixed ahead of time.]

    Have the students return to their spot to kneed the bag. When mixed, have students open the bag and using their hands, shape the material on their cardboard to create their own tablets. When finished have them place completed tablets on the prepared drying surface.

     

    The project done by a 1st grader

    Done by a 1st grader

     

    Excess Sculptamold must be removed from hands by paper towels first, before washing hands in the sink. Please try not to have the Sculptamold go down any drains!

    Leave the Shepherd with those still working and return to the Social Hall with those who are done, to start the discussion. Allow those who finish later to join in the discussion.

    Discussion:
    To ask (in any order) while waiting for everyone to be finished:
    • Who can tell us one of the Ten Commandments? [or ask the 3rd graders to look for a commandment in the Bible.]
    How can that commandment be applied to our life today?
    • Which commandment do you suppose that people need to hear and obey the most?
    • Is there a commandment that you need to hear?

     


    When everyone is done with the art project:
    Continue the discussion as started above if it is going well. You may also consider playing a game of “In/Not In.” Explain that the children are going to hear some statements and will have to tell whether the statement is one of the Ten Commandments. They’ll have to think carefully, because sometimes a statement might not sound like one of the commandments but it is really the same idea put into different words. Other statements are good advice, but they’re not one of the Ten Commandments.

    Use the list procured from the Internet, and feel free to add your own ideas. Read off a statement and have the kids identify it as “in” (one of the 10 Commandments) or “not in” (not a 10 Commandment). Discuss why each statement falls where it does.
    If you’d like: vary the game by having everyone who thinks statement is “in” go to one side of room, “not in” go to other side. This form of the game is not recommended for a large group as you’re sure to loose several in all the excitement of moving!

     


    Closing:
    Say: The Ten Commandments were written a long time ago but we still try to follow these laws. God loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how to worship God and how to get along with other people. When we know the Ten Commandments so well that we are not even thinking about them, they become a guide to the way we live, and we’ll always know right from wrong. When we follow these laws, we are living the way God wants us to.

    Extra Activities (For those who finish early)
    Pass out the coloring pages and/or the word search/maze puzzles. Note: it turns out that these weren’t needed. We have 45 minutes for our lessons.

     


    Resources:

    • Faith Quest Lesson Sets at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. “The Ten Commandments: Antioch Arcade.” 2002. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/...mmandmentsArcade.htm
    • MacQueen, Neil. Posting at rotation.org: “Miscellaneous Ideas for Ten Commandments.” Sept. 24, 2001.
      http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve...6068121/m/7196068121 (source for “in/not in” game)
    • Thomas, Mack. The Praise Bible. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1998.
    • Weingart, Liz. “Big 10 - The 10 Commandments - Thou Shalt!: Art Workshop.” 2002.

    • Best price on Sculptamold was to purchase from Joann’s at www.joann.com. Your local JoAnn’s may carry this product.


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    The Ten Commandments: Drama Workshop
    Written by Carol Hulbert for First United Methodist Church
    120 S. State Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Copyright 2008 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

    Teaching Method: Enact a drama that is script-less of the story of The Ten Commandments: the Law Is Given and Forgotten (story of Moses on Mount Sinai and the subsequent episode with the golden calf). [Note: 1st – 3rd graders visited this workshop.]
    WARNING: this workshop takes a lot of work to prepare! Ask folks to help out.

    Leader Preparation:
    Read the scripture for this lesson.
    Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
    Gather the following materials

    • CD player
    • CD of background music to play during the drama
    • A stopwatch to time scenes
    • Read with Me Bible (for 1st and 2nd graders)
    • For 3rd graders: purple Adventure Bibles
    • Props in labeled tubs (corresponding to scenes):
      Tub #1: baskets, sacks (traveling “luggage&rdquo
      Tub #2: gold scarves or fabric, gold garland, large black bucket
      Tub #3: black scarves or fabric
      Tub #4: multi-colored scarves or fabric
    • Other props for Leader to use:
      Golden calf
      Broken tablets that can appear as whole
      Cymbals

      Before Start of Class:
    • Make a golden calf. Take a medium sized piñata and “shave” off (rip off) the tissue paper covering. Spray paint it gold. Before painting cover the bottoms of the legs so that the hoofs stayed black (assuming that they are black!) and the head so that the eyes and nose stayed intact.
    • Create a music CD. Give this project to someone who loves music and has a large collection of CD’s. Ask them to pick out music to match each of the moods in the story. For a list of the music that we used see the Resources section of this lesson.
    • Create broken tablets. To make ours, I cut a double-tablet shape from ½ inch Styrofoam insulation board. I then broke/cut the piece in-half in a jagged way but so that it could be held in such a way to look like a solid, unbroken tablet. (But would instantly "break" at a key point in the story.) Then I painted it with a coat of acrylic paint, using grey, white, black and dark blue paint, kind of semi-mixed to give the piece depth. I scratched what looked like Hebrew lettering in the tablets.

      Opening:
      Gather everyone in the storytelling tent. Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Drama Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.

      [Note: The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance, nametags, and any visitor cards]

      Say: Today we’ll be acting out a story about the Ten Commandments, but first 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. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God. Thank you for giving us the Ten Commandments, so that we know how you want us to live our lives. Help us each day to follow your ways. (End with the Lord’s Prayer) Amen.”

      Dig In:
      Ask: What kind of rules do you have at your house? (allow a few answers)
      Who makes most of the rules at home?
      Why do parents have rules? (because they love us, because rules make life easier)
      What happens when you don’t obey the rules?
      Do parents still love you if you break the rules? (yes!)

      Say: A long time ago, God gave the Israelites rules for the very same reason your parents make rules for you. God loved the Israelites so much that God wanted to be a part of their lives. God gave Moses, the leader of the Israelites, rules called the Ten Commandments.

      Ask: Where do we find the Ten Commandments in the Bible? (in Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament)
      Say: The book of Exodus includes a list of the Ten Commandments, as well as the story of how Moses received the law. The interesting part of the story is that Moses had only just gotten the Ten Commandments and right away God had to show that he still loved the people and would forgive them, even when they broke the rules – because they were really breaking the rules! Before we read in the Bible about what happened, let’s do a bit of review.

      Use pictures in the Read with Me Bible to help review. Page numbers to show the students are in brackets [ ].

      Say: [95] Abraham’s descendants were slaves in Egypt.
      Ask: [98] Who was going to lead the people out of Egypt? (Moses)
      When he was a baby?
      Say: [121] No, when he grew up he led the people to freedom from their life as slaves in Egypt.
      Ask: [124] Remember how they crossed the Red Sea?
      Say: [131] About three months after the people cross the Red Sea they reach Mount Sinai. Moses goes up the mountain to talk to God. He leaves his brother Aaron, in charge of the people waiting at the base of the mountain.
      Let’s read what happens next.

      For 3rd grade and up:
      Distribute Bibles (purple Adventure Bibles).
      Have the kids find Exodus, chapter 32.
      Say: Moses has gone up Mount Sinai to get the Ten Commandments from God. The people are waiting at the bottom of the mountain with Moses’ brother Aaron in charge.
      Ask the students to follow along, as you read to them.
      Read Exodus, chapter 32, verses 1–4.
      Point out the picture of the golden calf at the bottom of the page.
      Read Exodus 32: 5-7, and 15–16, and 19–20.

      For 1st and 2nd grade:
      Read the story on pages 135 – 139 in the Read with Me Bible.

      For all students:
      Say: Are you ready to act out this story? Let’s move out into an open area of the room.

      Say: As we act out this story, you won’t need any scripts; just follow my lead. Let’s start with some warm-up exercises.
      • Pretend you are Moses carrying the tablets. (Are they heavy?)
      • Pretend you are dancing around a golden calf.
      • Now let’s practice being the people grumbling: “where’s Moses?”
      • And practice saying: “we will do everything that the Lord has said.”

      Ask: Where is this story taking place? (the Israelites’ camp at the foot of Mount Sinai)
      Where should we say is the foot of the mountain? (an open area of the room)
      Who are some of the characters in the story? (Moses, God, Israelites, Aaron)
      Where is “up on the mountain” where Moses is? (in the tent)

      Say: We will now enact our story about the golden calf. There will be background music to set the mood for each scene.

      [For your actual lesson, skip to “Scene 1, Act 1” shown in bold below. This is just a summary of the scenes.]
      Scene Summary –
      Note: times shown below for music indicate how long a song is. You’ll want to
      finish a scene or act before a song is up, i.e. in the time shown. However, it
      is more likely you’ll move to the next scene before a song is finished. (Just skip to next track on CD.) Use your judgment as to how timing is going. Scene 1: Act 1: Israelites traveling to get to Mount Sinai. Act 2: God speaks. Moses goes up the mountain. Scene 2: Israelites wait for Moses, and wait, and get worried. Create golden
      calf. Scene 3: God is angry. Moses breaks tablets. Israelites ask for forgiveness. Scene 4: God forgives the Israelites. People praise God and celebrate the 10 C.

      Scene 1, Act 1:
      Start CD at track 1. Music playing is Bach. Total running time is 7:23.

      Say: For this first scene you may use anything you want to from box #1. You will be the Israelites traveling through the desert.
      Encourage kids to “travel” in this portion of the room.

      Say: Long, long ago, before the time of Jesus, the descendants of Abraham – the Israelites – were slaves in Egypt. God heard the Israelites cry out for help. God called upon Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom. It was quite an adventure story. Moses and his brother Aaron were finally able to help the Israelites escape, through the Red Sea, and into the desert. But, there was much more traveling. And soon there was grumbling.

      Allow kids to “travel” around the room, grumbling “Are we there yet?”

      Say: After three months of wandering in the desert, the Israelites arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai, and made camp.

      Allow more “acting.”

      God told Moses what to say to the people. God said, “You saw what I, the Lord, did to the Egyptians. You saw how I cared for you as an eagle takes care of her young. Now, if you obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my chosen people.”
      And the people answered together, saying, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”

      Encourage everyone to repeat, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”

      Scene 1, Act 2:
      Jump to tract 2 on CD. Music playing is “Lawrence of Arabia Overture.” Length: 3:44.

      Say: The mountain was covered in a thick cloud. There was thunder and lightning. The people trembled with fear.

      Encourage kids to show fear. Point at “the mountain.” Clash the cymbals for thunder.

      Say: God called Moses to come to the top of the mountain.

      Assign someone to be Moses and to wave goodbye as they go up the “mountain.”

      Say: Up on the mountain, God spoke to Moses, saying: “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.

      Do not worship any god but me.
      You must not worship images, or bow down to idols.
      Do not misuse my name.
      Remember the Sabbath day.
      Respect your father and mother.
      Do not murder.
      Do not commit adultery.
      Do not steal.
      Do not tell lies.
      Do not long for what belongs to someone else.

      Say: The Lord gave Moses these ten laws. Moses told the people all of the Lord’s commands. They said, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”

      Encourage everyone to repeat, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”

      Scene 2:
      Jump to tract 3 on CD. Music is loud at first so turn sound lower for about first 25 sec.
      Music playing is “O Fortuna” Length: 5:19

      Say: Moses has gone back up the mountain. It has been 40 days and 40 nights since Moses left. The people get restless and worry. “Where is Moses?”

      Encourage everyone to repeat, “Where is Moses?”

      Say: When the Israelites saw that Moses had not come down from the mountain, they were afraid. They turned to Aaron.
      Designate someone to be Aaron.

      Say: It’s been forty days! We do not know what happened to this Moses. What if he never returns? Who will lead us?

      Have everyone grumble, “What if he doesn’t come back? Who will lead us?”

      Say: Now you may use anything you want from box #2.

      Allow everyone a chance to gather items from box #2.

      Say: The people said to Aaron, “You must make a god to lead us.”
      And Aaron answered, “Bring me your gold jewelry.”

      Say: And Aaron melted their gold jewelry, and made a golden calf.

      Allow kids to act the scene. Produce the golden calf at the appropriate moment.

      Say: And the people said, “This is our god now!” They made offerings to the calf, bowing down to it. They had a great celebration while they sang and danced around the golden calf.

      Allow kids to act the scene. When music reaches a 2nd frenzied peak, clash the cymbals. Stop CD or turn down sound. [This 2nd peak will start at 3:10, ends at 3:23. If you miss that there’s a third peak ending at 4:17.]

      Scene 3:

      Say: Now you may use whatever you want from box #3.

      Jump to tract 4 on CD. Music playing is “The Death of Timmons.” Length: 2:25.

      Say: Meanwhile, up on the mountain, God is angry. The Lord said to Moses, “Your people have rejected me. They have made a gold calf, and are worshiping it! Don’t try to stop me, for I am angry.”

      Allow everyone to act fearful. God is angry for their bad choices!

      After 50 seconds from start of track 4…
      Say: Moses pleaded with the Lord, “Do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your promise to Abraham, that you would give him as many descendants as the stars in the sky.”
      So God did not destroy the Israelites. He forgave them. And Moses went down the mountain, carrying the two stone tablets with the commandments written on them.

      Give “Moses” the broken tablet pieces, pretending they are whole.

      1:30 min. into song…
      Say: When Moses came close enough to the camp to see the gold calf and hear the singing and see the dancing, he became furious! There, at the foot of the mountain, he threw down the tablets he was carrying, and broke them.

      Have Moses “break” the tablets”

      Say: Moses took the gold calf and melted it.

      Have Moses take away the golden calf.

      Say: The people were sad for their bad choices and they asked for forgiveness.

      Allow everyone to act sad, remorseful. If song is close to be done (2:20) stop CD.

      Scene 4:
      Jump to tract 5 on CD. Music playing is “I Will Follow Him” from the movie Sister Act. Length: 3:14.

      Start with music playing softly.
      Say: The next day, Moses said to the people, “You have committed a terrible sin. But now I will go up the mountain to the Lord; maybe I can get him to forgive your sins.” Moses went to the Lord.

      Say: Now you may use whatever you want from box #4.

      Pause the CD while choosing is happening.

      At 1:00 minute into the song Say: The Lord forgave His people. God again wrote the commandments on two stone tablets. The covenant was renewed with the Israelites, God’s chosen people. The people were very thankful for God’s forgiveness. They promised to follow God.

      Turn up sound on CD. Allow kids to dance about, showing thanks for God’s forgiveness.

      Discussion:
      Gather the students back under the tent.
      Ask: Which commandment did the Israelites break when they made the calf? (1 & 2)
      I wonder why Aaron helped them?
      Are the Ten Commandments still important today?

      Say: The Ten Commandments are still important today. They tell us how to love God.
      Ask: What is the first commandment? (Keep God as #1 in your life)
      What are difficulties you might encounter with keeping commandment number one?
      What is the second commandment? (do not make statues of gods – worship only God)
      What are difficulties you might encounter with keeping commandment number two?
      Is it possible for us to always follow all of the commandments? (no)
      What should we do when we break a commandment? (ask for forgiveness from God)

      Closing:
      Say: God loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. He always offers us another chance when we mess up. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how to worship God and how to get along with other people. Obeying God’s commands shows that we love God.

      Resources:
    • Crane, Amy. “The Ten Commandments: the Law Is Given and Forgotten: A creative dramatics exploration of God’s forgiving love and grace.” 2001. http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve...6068121/m/1006088121
    • “The Great Escape: Exodus & the Ten Commandments: Moving to the Bible Activity.” Bloomington, IL: Potter’s Workshops, 2001. (Used some of their music suggestions. I participated in a workshop at the annual conference in Chicago in 2002 in which this workshop was explored. Copies of this workshop were not passed out so I haven’t broken copyright, just made use of a great idea!)
    • Read With Me Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1993.

      CD information: Here is what I used (based mostly on what I could get my hands on)
      Track
      1 Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” from “St. Matthew Passion” from the album Classic Yo-Yo - track 11. (about 7 minutes long).
      2 “Lawrence Of Arabia Overture” John Williams & London Symphony, from the album The Hollywood Sound. (3:44 minutes long)
      3 “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: I. O Fortuna” from the opera Carmina Burana, composed by Carl Orff. (about 5 minutes)
      4 “The death of Timmons” from the soundtrack of the movie Dances With Wolves. (2:25 minutes long)
      5 “I Will Follow Him” by Lauryn Hill, from the soundtrack of the movie Sister Act. (about 3 minutes long).

      Tips for the Story Telling while kids create drama:
      • This type of drama – your telling the story while kids act it out – allows kids to concentrate on what’s happening in the story: the actions and the emotions. It frees them from having to read (and worry about whether they’re getting the words right).
      • The success of this hinges on your involvement – prompt the kids by getting involved with the actions. Bring the story to life with your movement and emotions as well as the words. Cower along with the people when there is thunder on the mountain. Take a few steps and wave an imaginary tambourine when the people dance around the calf. Get angry right along with Moses and stomp your feet.
      • Remember that there is no right or wrong way to act this out.
      • When speaking for God, hold yourself erect and tall and speak in a “godly” voice.
      • Use your best (worst?) whinny “Mommy, I’m hungry!” voice for the Israelites complaining while waiting for Moses. Invite your listeners to grumble along with the Israelites.
      • When telling the story, look up and make eye contact and interact with your listeners while you are reading, which will help bring the story to life for them.

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    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

    MUSIC WORKSHOP


    SUMMARY OF LESSON ACTIVITY: Use a simple song & gestures to teach children about the 10 commandments. [Note: 1st – 3rd graders visited this workshop.]

    A lesson written by B. Moore and Carol Hulbert from:
    First United Methodist Church
    120 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Copyright 2008 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.



    Scripture Reference & Key Bible Verse & Objectives:
    Refer to first post in this lesson set.



    Leader Preparation:

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

    • Easel with large pad of paper and appropriate marker to write out words to the song; appropriate maker
    • Story Bible: On-My-Own Reader Bible
    • Sticky-Tack
    • Any musical instruments, piano (optional)
    • For 3rd graders:
      Bibles; One Adventure Bible with tabs (Law, History, etc.)
      Bible tab writing kit: tabs, fine-line Sharpie pen
    • Music/words to teach the books of the Law (see resources)


    Before Start of Class:

    • Learn the gestures that go along with the song. (see lesson)
    • For 3rd graders: Write the names of the first five books of the Old Testament on a sheet of easel paper. Flip the page so that the students can’t see it. (You’ll display it later.)
    • Write out the following words to the song on the easel sheets. Use Sticky-Tack to apply the sheets to the wall.
    Learn the Ten Commandments.
    They’re the rules that come from God above.
    Learn the Ten Commandments.
    They’re the rules that are the rules of love.
    God is first, don’t have idols, do not swear
    Keep the Sabbath, show your folks you care, don’t murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, or covet what belongs to your friends and neighbors, be faithful unto God!



    Opening – Welcome & Lesson Introduction:

    Greet your students warmly, introducing yourself and any other adults. Welcome everyone to the Music Workshop.

    [Note: The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance and nametags; This can all happen quietly while you are starting your lesson.]

    Say: Today we’ll be hearing about how God gave us rules to help us learn to live better with God and with other people around us.
    Ask: Who can tell me what these rules are called? (the 10 commandments)

    Say: Before we get started, 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. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God, Thank you for giving us rules to guide us so that we can learn how you want us to live. Help us learn these rules today and help us learn to live by them in the future. (End with everyone joining in on the Lord’s Prayer.) Amen.”



    Dig - Main Content & Reflection

    Ask: If Jesus learned about the Ten Commandments as a child, where would we find this story in the Bible? (in Old Testament)

    For 3rd grade:

    Say: The Bible is divided into two testaments – the Old Testament and the New Testament. Besides being divided into two testaments, the 66 books in the Bible are further divided into collections. We find the Ten Commandments in the book of Exodus.

    Ask: Who can tell me what collection Exodus is in?
    Say: Exodus is part of a collection of Bible books called “Law.” Law books include the first five books of the Bible.

    Ask: Who can name the first five books of the Old Testament? [flip the easel sheet w/ list]
    Say: Let’s learn a quick song to help us learn the first five books – the books of Law.

    Sing a couple of times the first four measures of the song “Books of the Old Testament.” [See note in Resources at end of lesson, about adapting this song.]

    Distribute Bibles.

    Say: Let’s find the book of Exodus in the Bible. If you brought your Bible to class and you need a tab for the books of “Law” you may receive a tab today. [Have the Shepherd use the Bible tab writing kit and the purple Adventure Bible with tabs (to use as an example) to give any students a “Law” tab.]

    Have everyone find Exodus, chapter 20, verse 1.

     

    For 1st and 2nd grade:

    Say: We find the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament in the 2nd book of the Bible, the book of Exodus.



    For all students:

    Say: Let’s see if you can tell me the story that leads up to our story.

    Show the students the picture on page 53 of the On-My-Own Reader Bible.

    Ask: Do you remember Moses?
    Say: God talked to Moses through a burning bush. God told Moses to go to Egypt and to bring his people on an exodus out of Egypt. There’s that word – Exodus – that’s the name of the Bible book where we find our story! God wanted Moses to exit Egypt, to save his people from slavery.

    Show the picture on page 57.

    Ask: Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. What happened when they got to the Red Sea?

    Show picture on page 59.

    Say: That’s right – God opened the Red Sea so that they could cross. About 3 months later they had all come to Mt. Sinai. This is where our story starts.

    Read the story on pages 60 - 63. Show the pictures as you read.

    Ask: Did you hear 10 Commandments?
    Say: Let’s learn a song that will help us remember the 10 commandments.


     

    Learn the song:

    Ask: Who knows the tune to the TV show The Flintstones?
    Hum (or sing) it through once. (A link to the words to the original tune is at the end of the lesson. If this helps you to remember the tune.)

    Say: Now let’s try to sing that tune with different words that will help us remember God’s laws

    Have everyone stand up. Spend some time singing the tune with the new words. Go slowly at first. [Refer to the easel sheets.] Incorporate a few “gestures”. Try the following:


    Learn the Ten Commandments,Hold up 10 fingers.
    they’re the rules that come from God above.Point to the sky.
    Learn the Ten Commandments,Hold up 10 fingers.
    They’re the rules that are the rules of love.Cross your palms over your heart.
    God is first,Hold up 1 finger.
    don't have idols,Hold up 2 fingers and then bend them over as though they were bowing down.
    do not swear.Hold up 3 fingers and cover your mouth with them.
    Keep the Sabbath,Hold up 4 fingers and stomp your foot.
    and show your folks you care.Hold up 5 fingers and hug yourself.
    Don’t kill.Hold up 6 fingers and then make a gun shape with 1 finger pointing at the other 5
    Don't commit adultery,Hold up 7 fingers then take the 2 right fingers and make a ring shape around ring finger.
    steal, lie, or covet what belongs to
    your friends and neighbors,
     
    be faithful unto God!Bring your hands together like praying.
      

    lie, or covet what belongs to
    When you feel that the kids have the song down, you could add some musical instruments (optional).

    Discussion:
    Ask: Does anyone have any questions about any of these rules or what they mean?
    Can you find ten rules in this list? (refer to the words to the song)

    If time allows (leave time for other discussion questions & closing) run through the Ten Commandments as found in the song, matching them to their meaning.
    You don’t need to cover all of them – perhaps just the ones the kids have questions about.
    Or bring up specific ones, like number 2: What kinds of things (or idols) do we put before God today? Toys, video games, or money? An idol doesn’t just mean a statue. Things that we mistakenly think are more important than God can be an idol too.
    Number 3: what should we say to people who always say “Oh my God…”?
    Number 4: what are ways that you can keep Sunday’s special?


    Words in song        Commandment          Which means…          NumberGod is first          1       God is #1. Keep God first in your life.Don’t have idols      2       Worship only God. Don’t love other stuff.Do not swear          3       Respect God’s name.Keep the Sabbath          4       Keep Sunday special.Show your folks you care    5       Respect your parents.Don’t murder          6       Take care of human life.Don’t commit adultery         7       Applies to adults – married adults are          to keep promises made to each other.Don’t steal          8       Respect what belongs to others.Don’t lie          9       Be truthful.Don’t covet          10       Be content with what you have.


    Ask:
    • Are some of the commandments more difficult to keep than others?
    Many answers are possible, may include:
    a. Do not lie —even cheating is a form of lying
    b. Do not covet – is hard when friends have something we like too
    c. Sometimes it is hard to come to church every Sunday
    • What happens when we break one of these commandments? (if we ask for forgiveness, God will forgive us)

    Say: We didn’t have time to read another story about the Ten Commandments. It involves a case where the people broke some of these commandments. This happened before they had even received the Ten Commandments written on stone! The people worshiped a golden calf. God was angry and wanted to punish the people. Moses asked for forgiveness and God gave it to them. We have something that makes it easier to have a loving relationship with God – Jesus. God sent his son Jesus to die for our sins.

    Closing:
    Say: In closing, we learned a lot of things today. The Ten Commandments were written a long time ago but we still try to follow these laws. God loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how to worship God and how to get along with other people. When we follow these laws, we are living the way God wants us to.

    Resources:
    On-My-Own Reader Bible. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2004.
    Noel, Robin. Sheet music for the song: Books of the Old Testament. 2005.
    http://www.ebibleteacher.com/c...he_old_testament.htm (Note: Modify the tune slightly: Place a CLAP on the rest in measure 5 to signify the end of the books of Law. End the song at that point. Repeat to learn!)

    Words for the 10 commandments song to the Flintstones tune from an idea posted at rotation.org http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve...6068121/m/6996048121
    Words for the Flintstones theme song from http://www.lyricsondemand.com/...intstoneslyrics.html

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    Moore, B. and Carol Hulbert. "The Ten Commandments: Music Workshop." Feb. 2008. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.

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    (during these two verses you can act like you are your friends and neighbors, picking things up from around you and tucking them in your arms) 

     
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