Summary of Lesson Activities:
Making tambourines like those of Miriam & Moses.
"What do we praise God for?"
From this rotation the children will learn more about the stories of Moses and Miriam.
Exodus Chapters 14 & 15
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Try the project.
- Paper Plates
- Hole Puncher
- Navy Beans
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the students and tell them that during this rotation we are continuing to study the stories about Moses from the Old Testament. Ask the students what they know about the story of Moses – they are likely to know about the story – praise them for knowing about the important story of Moses and the 10 Commandments.
Ask the children if they remember about Moses and the Hebrews crossing the Red sea. Remind them how God parted the waters so that the Hebrews could go through the sea, but then closed the waters and drowned the Pharaoh’s army that was chasing them.
Tell them that after the Hebrews were saved from the Pharaoh’s army Moses and Miriam (Moses’ sister) sang a song of praise to God.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Read Exodus 15: 1-21 Miriam/Moses Song (the children can take turns reading)
1. What does it feel like to get to the end of a long journey?
2. To win a big game?
3. To past an important test? Turn in a school project?
4. When we praise God in worship, what are we glad is over? turned out right? didn't happen?
5. Do Moses and Miriam know the journey is over? Do the people?
6. What's ahead of them?
7. So WHY are they praising God?
8. What's that commandment about the Sabbath? (Point out that God knew we needed "relief" about every 7 days. We were to stop worrying, planning, working, and relax, and praise God.
We are going to make tambourines like those of Miriam and Moses.
Give each child two strong paper plates and tell the children to decorate using markers the paper plate on both sides with pictures or words from the events of Moses and the Exodus.
Have them pick a KEY VERSE or IMAGE out of Miriam/Moses' Song and put it on one side of the plate. Use words as well as images. On the other side, suggest they do a SELF PORTRAIT of themselves relieved, rescued, ready for the next step in their journey.
After both sides of the paper plate are decorated, have each child punch with the hole puncher 10 holes around the edge of the plate (as equally spaced as they can).
Give each child 10 bells and some colorful thin ribbon. The children can tie the bells to the paper plate with the colorful ribbons. The ribbon also holds the two plates together.
Prior to tying the last few ribbons through the holes, give children some small hard beans (navy beans work) and put in between plates. Then seal.
After all students have finished making their tambourines, read Exodus 15:1-18 again, with the children sounding their tambourines between each verse!
Conclude by saying a "list of things worthy of our praise". Have the children "vote" on these things by shaking their tambourine, or shaking their heads 'no'. Use differences in voting as an opportunity for discussion.
Tambourine Question Examples:
- God is with us through all our troubles! (shake!)
- We should pray to God when we're in trouble. (shake!)
- We should ask God to save us from doing difficult things (no! explain)
- We give God praise by serving others (shake)
- We give God praise by the way we act to our family members (shake)
- We give God praise by show people how good we are (no!) ...explain.
Other things to turn into Tambourine Questions:
- Should we thank God for smiting our enemies?
- By what we wear?
- Which church we go to?
- By hanging out only with good people?
- By knowing answers to the teacher's questions?
--keep going on this list!
Have the children assist with the cleanup and end with a prayer.
A lesson written by rotation.org member "Rev Jeff".
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