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Baby Moses & his sister Miriam

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The learners will watch three different presentations of the story of the birth of Moses (Moses/The Ten Commandments/The Prince of Egypt) and compare them to each other and to the story in the book "The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories". Note: includes two lessons - "Primary/Junior Lesson" & "Beginner".

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 2:1-10


Memory Verse:

Exodus 2:10:
“ When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”


Concepts:

  • God works through all persons, even those who have no obvious power.
  • Our faith sometimes forces a conflict between God and society.
  • God is present even in situations in which God seems absent.

 


Workshop for Primary & Juniors

Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will watch three different presentations of the story of the birth of Moses and compare them to each other and to the story in The Children’s Bible.

 

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan.
  • Gather the materials.


Supplies List:

  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  • dry erase board or chart
  • markers
  • popcorn, water,
  • pencils
  • The Prince of Egypt DVD
  • Moses DVD
  • The Ten Commandments DVD
    (See references below for DVD details).

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make the popcorn.
  • Have the first video ready to go.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles and popcorn.

2. Read the story from the Children’s Bible, pages 58 and 59 (story 45). Have the children look at the pictures and observe the way the artist draws the clothing and scenery. On the board or newsprint, list the events of the story from this reading and pictures and include details, such as:

  • What the basket was made from
  • They are all barefoot
  • Clothing worn.


3. Tell the children that they will be watching parts of three movies, all showing a presentation of this story. Tell them they are to watch for similarities and differences in the movies and in the story. Begin watching the three movies. For each of them, watch only the scenes of the baby being hidden and the princess finding him.

4. First watch the movie Moses. (BE SURE AND START THIS MOVIE FROM THE SCENE OF THE BABY BEING PUT IN THE RIVER, AS THE BEGINNING OF THIS MOVIE SHOWS GRAPHIC SCENES OF BOYS BEING THROWN IN THE RIVER AND OF CHILDBIRTH.)
Discuss the movie just as you did the story, making note of some of the details.

5. Watch the corresponding part of The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. Follow the same procedure as the previous discussions, making note of the details.

Closing:
Look at what is the same in each of the presentations of the story. Say, “This is one of the favorite bible stories of many people. It tells us about the birth of Moses and how people who seemingly had no power worked to save his life. Where was God in this story?” Accept any answer, but hopefully they would say something like God was working through these people even if God is not mentioned in the story. If they don’t, then you need to make that statement.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:


Loving God, thank you for having writers and moviemakers tell us the stories of your people. Help us to learn from them and remember that you are always there. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them complete the following:
I liked the way the author in ______________ (pick one of the videos or the bible story) told the story of Moses’ birth because ___________________.


References:

  • Moses DVD, Lions Gate Home Entertainment, #0012236162995, DVD (2005) (Originally shot as a 6-part TV mini-series in 1974 and then edited into a 141 min. movie version - Directed by Gianfranco DeBosio, Staring Burt Lancaster).
  • The Ten Commandments DVD, Paramount Home Video, Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Staring Charlton Heston, Anniversary Edition 9781415718636; Special Edition 0097361435145-cheaper (both Widescreen).
  • The Prince of Egypt DVD, by Dreamworks Pictures, 1998 - Paramount Home Video, DVD-2010, #9780783236742.
  • The Children's Bible in 365 Stories, by Mary Batchelor, Lion Children's Books, 1995, 9780745930688.



Workshop for Beginners

Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will hear the story of the baby Moses, watch a video presentation of the story, and make and do actions to the story in rhyme.

 

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • Preview the video.


Supplies List:

  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  • video The Prince of Egypt
  • popcorn
  • water
  • pencils.

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make the popcorn
  • Have the video ready to go.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles and popcorn.
2. Read the story from the Children’s Bible, pages 58 and 59 (story 45). Have the children look at the pictures and observe the way the artist draws the clothing and scenery. On the board or newsprint, list the events of the story from this reading and pictures and include details, such as:

  • What the basket was made from
  • They are all barefoot
  • Clothing worn.

3. Tell the children that they will be watching part of a movie that gives a presentation of this story. Tell them they are to watch for similarities and differences in the movies and in the story. Watch the beginning of The Prince of Egypt, through the part where the Princess takes the baby. Discuss the movie just as you did the story.
4. Tell the children you are going to read the story from another author and that they will think of actions for each line as you read the verses. Read pages 23-24 of 52 Bible Stories in Rhyme and Rhythm.
5. Read the verses again and let them do their actions with each.
6. Read the verses again and this time have them do the action and say the verse after you.

Closing:
Say, “This is one of the favorite bible stories of many people. It tells us about the birth of Moses and how people who seemingly had no power worked to save his life. Where was God in this story?” Accept any answer, but hopefully they would say something like God was working through these people even if God is not mentioned in the story. If they don’t, then you need to make that statement.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:


Loving God, thank you for having writers and moviemakers tell us the stories of your people. Help us to learn from them and remember that you are always there. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them do the following:
Draw a picture of the baby Moses in the basket.


References:
"52 Bible Stories in Rhyme and Rhythm" by Phyllis Vos Weezeman, Shining Star Publications, 1995, 9780382306464.

 



Lessons written by Jan Marshall  from Brenthaven Church

Nashville, TN

 

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