A lesson sketch for an Elijah and Elisha
originally posted by Neil MacQueen
Summary of Lesson Activities:
You'll play a series of games that help students SEQUENCE the Elijah-Elisha story and reflect on key ideas.
Basic lesson plan:
- Read story out loud.
- Set-up and explain game by walking through it with them.
- Play Game
- Spend time after the game reviewing the reflections they wrote on the game cards.
We're going adapt a familiar Youth Ministry RELAY RACE game to the story.
Kids split into two or three teams. The story is broken into five "stations" which the kids race to one at a time. At each station they must do something related to the story then move on. Their next team mate cannot go until the other teammate has completed all the stations (aka, 'the race course') and passed off Elijah's cloak to them. Each team's total race is TIMED. (ie, you'll need a timekeeper).
At each station they must complete a fun activity and then look for their name on a 3x5 card. IF they find their name on the card, they must flip it over and answer the question and give it to the teacher before moving to the next station.
THUS.... with five stations and five kids on a team, each station will have a name of one of the members of EACH team at it. The idea is that everybody must complete at least one reflection/question card during their turn. You can adjust these numbers according to your class size and schedule.
You the teacher will have to take the suggested questions (see below) and write them on card and place them at their appropriate station. Then once your students arrive, write their names on the cards.
These question cards are worth 5 to 20 seconds off the team time depending on the quality and clarity of the answer. IF you have time, you can let the teams SEE the questions ahead of time and discuss possible answers to create more discussion.
The Five Game Stations Are:
1. Mt Carmel
Activity to accomplish: Pile a set of sticks and place stuffed animal on it and shout "O Lord light my bull on fire."
Suggested Question: What does the Mt. Carmel story tell you about Elijah's character?
2. Running away
Activity: Run backwards in a circle around a chair three times saying "Jezebel and Ahab are after me. O Lord I can't go on." Collapse and eat a piece of bread and drink cup of water.
Suggested Question: How does God care for us even in our defeats?
3. Being called from the cave
Activity: Crawl under a table that's covered with a blanket and shout "Nobody listens to me, I don't want to be a prophet anymore."
Suggested Question: In what ways does God speak to people?
4. Go find Elisha
Activity: Find a KEN doll in a blow-up pool filled with crumpled newspaper. Say "I anoint you Elisha to be prophet when I'm gone."
Suggested Question: What is a prophet?
5. Chariots of fire
Ride a tricyle or bigwheel around a chair three times shouting "I'm Elijah going up in a Chariot of Fire." :-) And then bring a blanket/cloak to the next person on your team.
Suggested Question: What issues could kids your age be prophets about? What dangers will you face like Elijah did?
Make these activities as zany as you want. If you have extra time, play the game again, and let the teams come up with their OWN questions for each station that the other team must answer. YOU the teacher should preview these!
In Closing...spend time on the the written comments going back to interesting thoughts the students wrote down.
Games Workshop Idea
originally posted by Linda Norem
Summary of Lesson Activities:The 5 W’s Game
II Kings 2:1-22
- Large die - with Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? written on it
- Glue different colored card stock on each side of a small ‘cube’ cardboard box (colors corresponding to the set of cards)
- Write the 5 W’s with marker on the six sides – (Who?, what?, when?, where?, why?, how? - one per side, on coordinating colors)
- Set of cards - with questions in each of the categories –colors matching that on the die
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
How to play:
- Divide into 2 teams or play ‘each man for himself.’
- Players take turns rolling the die, then answer a question from the corresponding pile of question cards.
- Determine ahead of time there will be a point value to the questions, (ex: 3 points for correct answer, 2 points if help needed from teammates, 1 point if need to look it up in the Bible.)
- If cards run out in any category, pick a question from a different category.
- Tell the kids to pay attention to the other questions. Sometimes 2 questions are very similar.
Who questions: (Red)
- Who said to Elisha, “Do you know the Lord will take your master away from you today? (Companies of prophets, students of the seminary)
- Who shouted, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their horsemen! (Elisha – he had seen Elijah being taken from him.)
- Who wanted to go look for Elijah after the Lord had taken him? (Prophets at Jericho)
- Who said he would not leave Elijah’s side? (Elisha)
- Who came to Elisha and said that the water of their city was bad and unproductive? (The men of Jericho)
- Who healed the water at Jericho? (Elisha, with God’s help)
What questions: (Blue)
- What is a mantle? (A cloak or coat)
- What appeared to separate Elijah from Elisha when Elijah went to heaven? (Chariot and horses of fire)
- What does it mean to “pass the mantle”? (Give it to someone else)
- What did Elisha say to Elijah when Elijah told him to stay in Gilgal? (I will not leave you.)
- What was Elisha’s answer when Elijah said, “What can I do before I am taken from you? (Leave me a double share of your spirit.)
- What did Elisha do after Elijah had ascended in the chariot? (Tore his clothes, shouted, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their horsemen!
When questions: (Green)
- When did Elijah say to Elisha, “What can I do before I am taken from you? (After crossing the river on dry ground.)
- When did the prophets realize that Elisha now had the power that Elijah had before? (When Elisha parted the river.)
- When did the chariot and horses of fire appear? (As Elijah and Elisha were walking and talking together.)
- When did Elijah say Elisha would inherit a double portion of spirit/power? (When and if Elisha was able to see when the Lord took Elijah.)
- When did Elisha say, “Didn’t I tell you not to go?” (After the 50 men came back and had not been able to find Elijah.)
- When Elijah struck the Jordan River with his mantle, what happened? (The water divided.)
Where questions: (Purple)
- Where were Elijah and Elisha leaving? (Gilgal, Bethel, or Jericho)
- Where did God tell Elijah to go? (Bethel)
- Where did Elijah take off his coat, hit and divide the water? (The Jordan River)
- Where did Elisha heal the water so that it would no longer cause death or miscarriage? (Jericho)
- Where did the 50 prophets go to look for Elijah? (Mountains and valleys)
- Where was the Lord going to take Elijah? (Heaven)
Why questions: (Yellow)·
- Why didn’t Elisha want to talk about God taking his master that day? (He didn’t want Elijah to go.)
- Why did Elisha tear his clothes after Elijah was gone? (To show how sad he was.)
- Why did Elisha let the 50 men go look for Elijah? (He no longer had the heart to say No, and this way the authority and truth of his words would be confirmed/understood.)
- Why did Elisha throw salt in the water at Jericho? (To cleanse and heal it.)
- Why did Elisha say, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” at the river? (To show that he now had the power that Elijah had had.)
How questions: (Orange)
- How did God take Elijah to heaven? (By a whirlwind, a fiery chariot and horses of fire.)
- How many times did Elisha say, “I will not leave you?” (3)
- How did Elijah say Elisha would receive the double share? (By seeing Elijah taken from him.)
- How did Elisha heal the water at Jericho? (By throwing salt into it – with God’s help.)
- How many prophets at Jericho went to look for Elijah? (50)
- How many days did the 50 prophets look for Elijah? (3)
End with a prayer.
Idea from Cindy Merten @ rotation.org
Questions and revisions by Linda Norem – for non-profit use
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