Noah and the Ark
Science - Creation Exploration
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Laying out the dimensions of the ark, making a rainbow.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Dimensions - string/twine (some precut as described below)
- Yard stick
- Rainbow - water spray from hose of spray bottle or use a prism
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
How big do you think the ark was? (Take answers.) The Bible says that the ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. That’s pretty big, isn’t it? (Look for responses.) It’s probably easier to look at that in measurements that we know. Many people think that a cubit is about the same as 1 ½ feet. So that would be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. How tall are you? (Take answers.) 45 feet is a lot higher, right?
God gave Noah very specific directions on how to build the ark. God said how big it should be, how many floors it should have, and how to make the roof. God even told Noah where to put the door. Noah obeyed God and made the ark just the way God said.
Noah may not have been a carpenter before he started working on the ark. God chose Noah because he was good, not because of any specific skill. God gave Noah the skills he needed to make the ark.
We are going to measure this out in our parking lot using string. We already have a piece for the length and a piece for the width. You will get to measure a piece for the height. That will be 45 feet. (Measure against a yard stick to save time.) We are going to start by going upstairs and hanging the string you cut from the third story window. (Tie a small rock to bottom to help weigh it down if necessary. Tape top of the string to the wall. Make sure an adult does this as the open window may be a danger to the children.)
Have children stretch the strings across the parking lot under the window. Remind them to watch very carefully for cars. This should not be a problem because the service will be going on but it is always good to remind them to watch when they are in the parking lots.
Another big part of Noah’s story is the rainbow. God made a covenant with Noah and all the earth. Do you know what a covenant is? (Take answers.) It’s a promise. After the flood, God promised never to destroy all the life in the world with a flood again. When do we see rainbows? (Take answers - when it rains). The Bible says that rainbows remind God of this promise. They can remind us, too, of the promises God made. God does this because he loves us so much.
Have you ever made a promise? Write or draw about what reminds you to keep your promises.
Ask children to bow their heads.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us and making us your children. Guide us and help us to follow your directions like Noah followed your directions when he built the ark. In your name, Amen.
A lesson written by Rotation member Marce.
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