Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors Lesson Set


Summary of Workshops in this lesson set:

  • Art: create a windsock of many colors. (We call this workshop our "Creation Station.")
  • Cooking - Younger kids: A jealousy object lesson: some kids get better snacks than others.
  • Video - Younger kids: Uses the video The Beginner’s Bible, The Story of Joseph and His Brothers.
  • Video - Older kids: Uses the video Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Universal Studios.
  • Drama - Younger kids: Yeah/Boo melodrama.
  • Drama - Older kids: Bible times news report.
  • Computer- Younger kids: Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD.
  • Computer - Older kids: Editor notes: use Joseph' Story CD.


Scripture References:

Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36; 45:14-15

Memory Verse: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”  1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible.
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, and favoritism (for younger students: “playing favorites”).
  • Discover that showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hate him. When we are jealous, we can hurt people’s feelings.
  • Recognize that God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do. God’s helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.



Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors

Art Workshop - for older children

Summary of Lesson Activities:

In this workshop, we will focus on Joseph’s coat of many colors and have the children create a windsock of many colors. They will also learn that colors can evoke certain feelings when you see them, and that colors also become symbols used in the church seasons calendar.

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read the selected scripture and prepare to paraphrase parts that are not read aloud.
  • Read over background material on Joseph.
  • If using paper tubes to make a windsock, paint them white.
  • Review the Color wheel and the Church Season Colors.
  • Gather the following materials.


Supply List

  • Toilet tissue tubes and white acrylic paint or ^^
  • Hole punchers
  • Paint smocks
  • Paint/brushes
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Many ribbons; cut to length would be helpful
  • yarn
  • The Church Season Poster/materials


Lesson Plan: Opening

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Have the kids introduce themselves to each other, ask them all to say what school they go to.

Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another even when we have bad feelings for someone.


Dig

Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the lessons from the age appropriate Bibles brought in by the kids. Have the older children take turns reading the verses.

Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible.

Application through Art:

Say “ Colors can become symbols or make you feel certain feelings when you see them. Has anyone heard “Green with envy?”” Do people really turn green? Discuss how colors can make you feel different ways:

Red=angry
Black=sad
Blue=calm, soothing, nice
Yellow=happy

Refer to the Color chart provided on different emotions.

Ask the kids for their ideas of colors and what feelings that they make.
Ask them about their bedroom colors, how does it make them feel?

Briefly discuss how colors are used for symbols also. In the Church we use colors during the Church Seasons. Refer to the poster and briefly introduce the concepts. What season color are we in now? (Green- the season of Pentecost, until we enter into the season of Advent, the season color of Blue).

Point out the color wheel on the wall. Show the primary colors (Red, Blue and yellow). Ask the children if they know how to make the secondary colors. (Mixing the primary colors: yellow + red = orange...).

The children will make colorful windsocks to give to someone they love. Pass out the plain toilet tissue tubes (pre-painted white will save drying time). Have a pre-made windsock hanging for an example.

  1. The kids will punch out 3 holes at the top of the tube. Be careful to leave some space from the edge. This is where they will place the yarn to hang the windsock. Have them tie the yarn on, gathering it at the top to form one piece. A “hoop” would be nice on top.
  2. The kids will then punch out holes equally around the bottom of the paper tube. This is where the many colors of ribbon will be tied.
  3. Have the children choose from the many colors of ribbon while you discuss Joseph’s beautiful coat of many colors that made his brothers jealous. Have the kids tie the ribbons onto the tube. Patience, assistance & encouragement are great!
  4. Carefully have the children decorate the tubes now. Paint will look the best. Markers may be used. A picture from the lesson would be nice. The children may use stickers to decorate if they would like to.


Closing Prayer:

Close with a prayer of your own, or use the following: Dear Father God, Thank you for all of the colors in our world. We recognize that colors may make us feel a certain way and sometimes those feelings can result in hurtful actions. Help me to know how to control my feelings so that my actions won’t hurt anyone. Help me do what you would want me to do. Amen.

A lesson written by Cathy Weygandt
for "The Disciple Builders" of Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, OH; July 2003

 




Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors

Cooking Workshop - for Younger Kids


Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will learn to be happy with the things they have, not envious of other people's things by learning about jealousy using an unfair distribution of snack - either a brownie or a cracker.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read the selected scripture and prepare to paraphrase the story parts that are not read aloud.
  • Read over background material on Joseph.
  • Gather the following materials.


Supply List

  • Brownies
  • small crackers
  • paper
  • markers
  • crayons
  • napkins


Lesson Plan: Opening

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Have the children introduce themselves and say something interesting about themselves.

Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: Families should love one another and forgive one another.

Open with a prayer. 

Dig:

Joseph Story in a nutshell:
Genesis 37 begins Joseph’s story and ends in chapter 50.
He was Jacob’s (Israel’s) favorite son from a family of 12 sons and 1 daughter. Jacob gave Joseph a special robe as a sign of favoritism. Joseph’s brothers were envious of him and plotted a story to tell Jacob that Joseph had died. They returned the coat, bloodied to ‘prove it’. His brothers sold Joseph meanwhile, into slavery to Potiphar.
Despite all of these tragic events, God blessed Joseph. Joseph eventually found favor by Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler.
After a terrible famine in Egypt, Joseph brothers came to Joseph for help. He forgave them and through God’s plan, Joseph’s family reconciled.

Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the lessons from the Bible. Have the 1st & 2nd graders take turns reading if they are able.

  • Youngest kids use The Beginner's Bible pp73-77; please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 90). He brought his family together again by God’s love.
  • 1st & 2nd grade use The Read With Me Bible, pp74-86; Joseph’s Beautiful Coat- Joseph’s Dream. Please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 92). He brought his family together again by God’s love.
  • Say “Those brothers felt a lot of envy because Joseph's dad liked him best. Joseph got a bright-colored coat and his brothers didn't. Sometimes we feel envy just like Joseph's brothers when we don't get what we want.
  • Give the children a chance to say things that make them envious. For example, when a friend gets a new toy and they don't. Then tell them they're going to change envy into a good feeling. Tell kids you'll stand up and say some sort of good news, then sit down.
  • After each bit of good news, kids are to stand up and say, "I'm glad for you!" then sit back down. Examples:
  • Look! My dad just gave me a brand-new skateboard. "I'm glad for you!"
  • My grandma is coming to take me to the zoo! "I'm glad for you!"
  • My mom lets me stay up late on Friday nights. "I'm glad for you!"
  • Add some of the situations the children may have previously said that made them envious. After each item they say, encourage the children to say, "I'm glad for you!"

Say “Sometimes it isn't easy to be glad for others when they get something we'd like, but that's what God wants us to do”.

Food Application:
1. Look at My Snack:

  • Gather the children in a circle and pass out snacks. Half of the class receives a brownie; the other half receives a cracker. Say: A brownie for you, a cracker for you as you pass them out.
  • You'll likely hear protests from the cracker receivers, but just bear with them.


2. See How I Feel:

  • You'll need brownies and small crackers. Have the smiley face & the sad face with a huge frown cutout ready.
  • Hold up the smiley face and ask “How many of you felt like this when I gave you a snack?” “ Why?” Let kids respond with "I love brownies." Or, "They taste great."
  • Hold up the frown cutout and ask “How many of you felt like this?” “Why?” Let them respond with "I like brownies better than crackers." Or, "The brownie was bigger. I was hungry."
  • Give crackers to the children who already received brownies and brownies to the children who already received crackers. Say “Remember, all good things come from God”.
  • Tell children that there's a word to describe our feelings when we want something someone else has. Its called envy. We feel envy when we want others' things instead of thinking of our own blessings.


3. Envious Faces:

  • Let everyone practice smiling and frowning. Then say, “I'm going to read some situations. If one makes you happy, show me a big smile. If one makes you feel sad, angry or full of envy, show me a big frown”. Pass the cutout faces around to the Children allowing then to take turns with answering.
  • Read these situations:
    • Your sister just got a brand-new bicycle, and you didn't get anything.
    • A friend is eating a juicy red apple; he gives you one too.
    • *Your baby brother is surrounded by aunts and uncles who are oohing and aahing. Nobody notices you.
    • A next-door neighbor is playing with a brand-new red truck in his brand-new sandbox. He doesn't ask you to play.
    • You're holding your favorite book. You offer to show it to your friend.
    • Your teacher tells you you're going to hear a good Bible story.


4. Joseph Rap: Use for the youngest group of children
Give the children a stretcher break with the following rap. Have the children kids follow you in doing the actions.
Smile, (Stand and smile.)
Frown; (Bend your knees and frown.)
Smile, (Stand and smile.)
Frown; (Bend your knees and frown.)
Now it's time to sit back down.
My Blessings:

  • For each child, you'll need a piece of paper, markers or crayons.

Pass out paper to the children. Tell them each to draw a picture of a blessing-a favorite toy, pet, or somewhere nice they've been on vacation. When they finish, let them share their pictures with the others.

  • After each child shares, have everyone else stand up and say "I'm glad for you!" Emphasize that God blesses all of us with gifts. None of us should envy others.


Love Is Not Envious:

  • Have kids learn this memory verse 1 Corinthians 13:4: " Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
  • Have kids repeat the verse with you using the motions. Work with them until they can say it by themselves with you just leading the motions.

Love (Hug yourself.)
Is kind (Draw a smile on your face with both pointer fingers.)
And is not (Shake your head "no.")
Envious (Make a frown on your face.) 

Reflection:

End with a prayer: Thank you, God, for all our blessings. Take envy away and make us happy for others. Amen.

References:

  • Ray and Cindy Peppers, Permission to reprint this lesson granted for local church use. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 481, Loveland, CO 80539

A lesson written by Cathy Weygandt
for "The Disciple Builders" of Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, OH; July 2003

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Joseph & the Coat

Video Workshop - Younger Children 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses The Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Joseph and His Brothers video. 

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36, 45:14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible.
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • The children will hear that Jacob was Joseph’s father who loved Joseph the most. Showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hates him. When we are jealous, we can cause pain to others. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do to separate from God. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.
  • In this workshop, we will learn that even though we can hurt others with jealousy & envy, God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another. Joseph’s lesson can show us that even unhappy times in our relationships (in families & friendships) can be resolved when we forgive and love one another.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read the selected scripture and prepare to paraphrase parts that are not read aloud. Read over background material of Joseph. Preview the video. There is filler material always available in the resource room along with any supplies you might need.
  • There is the Goody Cart of filler material in the Resource room for the preschoolers.


Supply List:

  • The Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Joseph and His Brothers video, Sony/wonder, 1996
  • Popcorn


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

  • Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear nametag. Have the kids introduce themselves to each other, “What school do you go to?”...
  • Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another even when we have bad feelings for someone.


Dig:

Scripture/Bible Story:

  • Read the lessons from the age appropriate Bibles brought in by the kids. Have the older children take turns reading the verses. You may use a picture/storybook from the Resource room for the younger children after the first week. We do want to emphasize Bible use and where the lessons are from.
  • Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Usually a circle on the floor up front works well.
  • Youngest kids use THE BEGINNERS BIBLE, pp73-77; please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 90). He brought his family together again by God’s love.
  • 1st & 2nd grade use THE READ WITH ME BIBLE, pp74-86; Joseph’s Beautiful Coat- Joseph’s Dream. Please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 92). He brought his family together again by God’s love.


Application: (Video) “The Beginner’s Bible, The Story of Joseph and His Brothers”

  • Tell them that we will watch a movie version of this story. The story is in cartoon form and lasts about 30 minutes.
  • Pass out the popcorn (provided by the Young adults of our Church). The containers are to be collected at the end. They are re-used each week.


Questions for discussion:

  • What did you like about the video?
  • What did you not like?
  • What did you see that was like the Bible story? What was not like the story?
  • Do you think Joseph was aware of the way his brothers felt?
  • Did the brothers care how Joseph’s father felt when they told them the bad news about Joseph?
  • Did they care what happened to Joseph?
  • Do you think jealousy could ever make you act this way?
  • Why did Joseph’s brothers get jealous of Joseph? (Father’s favoritism, the coat...).
  • Point out that this is not the end of the story of Joseph and we will learn about him some more at another time. Point out that through God’s plan, Joseph became a Ruler of Egypt and forgave his brothers later. God allows us to forgive and support one another. Even though we may fight with the people we love in our lives, through God’s help we can learn to love one another and forgive.
  • Review the memory verse. Ask:” What is love?”


Reflection:

Closing Prayer:
Close with a prayer of your own, or use the following: God, help me to know how to control my feelings so that my actions won’t hurt anyone. Help me do what you would have me do. Amen.


References:

  • The Idea and Lesson Exchange: http://www.Rotation.Org
  • “Coat of Many Colors” from Brookhaven Church, June 2003
  • Cathy Weygandt, Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, Oh., July 2003



Joseph

Video Workshop- Older Children 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” video from Universal.


Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36,45: 14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible.
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • The children will hear that Jacob was Joseph’s father who loved Joseph the most. Showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hates him. When we are jealous, we can cause pain to others. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do to separate from God. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.
  • In this workshop, we will learn that even though we can hurt others with jealousy & envy, God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another. Joseph’s lesson can show us that even unhappy times in our relationships (in families & friendships) can be resolved when we forgive and love one another.

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read the selected scripture and prepare to paraphrase parts that are not read aloud.
  • Read over background material of Joseph.
  • Preview the video. There is filler material always available in the resource room along with any supplies you might need.


Supplies List:

  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” video from Universal.
  • Popcorn


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

  • Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear nametag. Have the kids introduce themselves to each other, “What school do you go to?”...
  • Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another even when we have bad feelings for someone.


Dig:

Scripture/Bible Story:

  • Read the lessons from the age appropriate Bibles brought in by the kids. Have the older children take turns reading the verses.
  • Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Usually a circle on the floor up front works well.


Application:

(Video) “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” video from Universal.

  • Tell them that we will watch a musical version of this story. The story is set with children in an auditorium having the story told to them as though they were in Sunday School. Have them watch for ways the writer tried to bring the story up to a more modern time.
  • Start the video at the part where the narrator is walking up the aisle to begin the story. Stop or continue letting it run until she speaks but ask, “Why do you think the writer chose to show students in modern dress in an assembly.” Lead them to see that it shows the difference in Bible times and modern times and the students being there give the feel of a live performance and of a Sunday School class or a class where they are being taught the lesson.
  • Tell them that one-day Joseph was sent to find his brothers because they had been gone so long. Meanwhile the brothers were plotting how to get rid of him. One wanted to kill him but another suggested throwing him into a pit, which is what they did. They paid no attention to his desperate cries for help.
  • The brothers went on to eat a meal and while they were eating they saw a caravan of traders coming toward them. They sold Joseph to the traders for 20 pieces of silver. Rueben, the brother that suggested putting him in the pit came back to rescue him and found him gone. The other brothers explained what they had done. They decided they would tell Jacob that Joseph had been killed.
  • Suggest that as the video continues they watch for ways the musical is different from the Bible story.
  • Continue the video. Be sure they notice the hats of the women. Ask, “Why does the writer do that? Is that realistic?” Accept any answers.
  • Stop the video when the narrator says Joseph was sold and taken to Egypt. Let the children know we will continue Joseph’s story at another time.


Questions for discussion:

  • What did you like about the video?
  • What did you not like?
  • What did you see that was like the Bible story? What was not like the story?
  • Do you think Joseph was aware of the way his brothers felt? Do you think Joseph was overconfident (too sure of himself)?
  • What did you think of the funny way they told the father of Joseph’s death?
  • Could you see the pain the “death” of Joseph caused his father?
  • Did the brothers consider the consequences (what would happen) of their actions?
  • Did the brothers care how their father felt?
  • Did the brothers care what happened to Joseph?
  • Do you think jealousy could ever make you act this way? Can you think of anytime when you felt jealous? What did you do about it? What were your consequences?
  • Ask, What were two things that caused the brothers to be jealous of Joseph? The coat and the dreams.
  • Point out that this is not the end of the story of Joseph and we will learn about him some more at another time. Point out that through God’s plan, Joseph became a Ruler of Egypt and forgave his brothers later. God allows us to forgive and support one another.
  • Even though we may fight with the people we love in our lives, through God’s help we can learn to love one another and forgive.


Reflection:

End with a Prayer:
Close with a prayer of your own, or use the following: God, help me to know how to control my feelings so that my actions won’t hurt anyone. Help me do what you would have me do. Amen.


References:

  • The Idea and Lesson Exchange: http://www.Rotation.Org
  • “Coat of Many Colors” from Brookhaven Church, June 2003
  • Cathy Weygandt, Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, Oh., July 2003



Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors

Drama Workshop -Younger Children 

Summary of Workshop Activities:
A melodrama presentation. 

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36, 45: 14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • Showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hate him. When we are jealous, we can hurt people’s feelings. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read and study lesson.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies:

  • Have “Yeah” & “Boo” signs.
  • Chalk
  • Cutout puppets
  • HOME BASE Blocks
  • Ball & buckets


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear nametag. Have the children introduce themselves and say something interesting about themselves.

Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: Families should love one another and forgive one another.

Warm-up Fun: Set out buckets. Have the children take turns throwing a ball into the buckets. Tell the children they will be learning about a boy name Joseph who was thrown into a deep, deep hole.
Pit Fun: Again explain to the kids that they will hear about a boy who was thrown into a deep pit. Have the kids take turns using the building blocks provided to build up and around one child. Remind the children that God helps us to get along. 

Dig: 

Joseph Story in a nutshell:
Genesis 37 begins Joseph’s story and ends in chapter 50.
He was Jacob’s (Israel’s) favorite son from a family of 12 sons and 1 daughter. Jacob gave Joseph a special robe as a sign of favoritism. Joseph’s brothers were envious of him and plotted a story to tell Jacob that Joseph had died. They returned the coat, bloodied to ‘prove it’. His brothers sold Joseph meanwhile, into slavery to Potiphar.
Despite all of these tragic events, God blessed Joseph. Joseph eventually found favor by Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler.
After a terrible famine in Egypt, Joseph brothers came to Joseph for help. He forgave them and through God’s plan, Joseph’s family reconciled.

Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the lessons from the Bible. Have the 1st & 2nd graders take turns reading if they are able. After the first week of Rotation, you may choose to use one of the many Bible story picture books we have to re-tell the lesson.

  • Youngest kids use THE BEGINNERS BIBLE, pp73-77; please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 90). He brought his family together again by God’s love.
  • 1st & 2nd grade use THE READ WITH ME BIBLE, pp74-86; Joseph’s Beautiful Coat- Joseph’s Dream. Please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 92). He brought his family together again by God’s love.


A Melodrama Presentation:
Adapted from "Joseph, the Dreamer" by Steve and Brenda Klusmeyer. Permission granted to use for non-commercial purposes. (Note: the original version of this melodrama is no longer at this site.)

Read the story, pausing between sections to allow the children to respond appropriately with YEAH-H-H or BOO-O-O; while holding up the right sign. Allow children to take turns holding the “YEAH” & “BOO” signs. You may use cutout figure puppets to enhance the story.

Joseph and his older brothers took care of the sheep for their father, Jacob.
(YEAH-H-H)
One time when Joseph got home, he told his father that his brothers hadn’t been taking very good care of the sheep. This made his brothers very unhappy with him.
(BOO-O-O)
His father, Jacob gave Joseph a very beautiful coat of many colors
(YEAH-H-H)
because he loved Joseph more than the other children.
(BOO-O-O)
One morning, Joseph told his brothers about a dream that he had the night before.
(YEAH-H-H)
They were all out in the field, gathering and bundling wheat. Joseph’s bundle stood up tall while the brother’s bundles gathered around Joseph’s and bowed down. This dream made the brothers mad again.
(BOO-O-O)
Joseph had a second dream that he told to them.
(YEAH-H-H)
He said, “ I dreamed that the sun and the moon and eleven stars all bowed down to me.” This time Jacob said, “ Do you think your mother and father and brothers will all bow down to you?” The brothers hated him even more and were very jealous of him.
(BOO-O-O)
Jacob sent the 10 older boys to pasture the sheep in a place called Shechem. After they had been gone from home for quite a while, he sent Joseph out to check on them. Joseph was to find them and see if everything was all right. Then he would come back with a report for his father.
(YEAH-H-H)
Joseph traveled towards Dothan to find his brothers and the sheep.
Joseph’s brothers could see him coming towards them from quite a distance. They were angry when they saw him coming, and started planning what they could do to get rid of him.
(BOO-O-O)
One of them said, “Let’s kill him and throw his body in a pit and tell Father a wild animal got him!” But Ruben heard them planning and said, “No, let’s not kill him!
(YEAH-H-H)
Let’s just throw him down in a pit and leave him.”
(BOO-O-O)
Ruben planned to come back to get Joseph out of the pit when the others were away.
(YEAH-H-H)
When Joseph got close to his brothers, they jumped on him, took off his coat of many colors, and threw him in an old dried up well.
(BOO-O-O)
The brothers sat down to eat supper, leaving Joseph in the well. While they were eating, a caravan of merchants from Gilead came by. Judah said to the other brothers, “Let’s not kill Joseph,
(YEAH-H-H)
let’s just sell him as a slave to these merchants.
(BOO-O-O)
The brothers were worried about feeling guilty if they killed Joseph.
(YEAH-H-H)
The brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him for twenty pieces of silver, ten pieces less than the current value of a slave, because they didn’t cared what they got for him, they just wanted to get rid of him!
(BOO-O-O)
The brothers thought they would never see him again. But God was in control of Joseph’s life.
(YEAH-H-H)
The brothers took Joseph’s coat of many colors, dipped in goat’s blood, and returned it to their father. When their father saw the coat, he was sure that a wild animal had killed Joseph. He cried and put on sackcloth and ashes
(BOO-O-O)
Years and years went by, and Jacob thought Joseph was dead. But all the time he was alive in Egypt. God would guide his life and he would become a great leader to save his people.
(YEAH-H-H)

Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

  • Who was Jacob?
  • Who was Joseph? What troubles did he run into?
  • Did you like the “Boos” & “Yeahs”?
  • Review objectives and discuss.


Filler Fun:
If it is nice outside, have the children use colorful chalk on the blacktop outside, on the lower level. Keep the children carefully guided closer to the building/playground area (Dumpster) to keep them away from traffic. They could illustrate Joseph and his Coat of many colors. Have the Shepherd chalk out the memory verse. 

Reflection:

Closing Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for all that you have given us with, our families, our homes and our friends here at church. Thank you for our brothers and sisters, Moms & Dads who love us and forgive us as we forgive them. Through your Son’s name we pray, and all God’s children say AMEN!


References:

  • The Idea and Lesson Exchange: http://www.Rotation.Org
  • Cathy Weygandt, Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, Oh., Summer 2003
  • “Color Coated” Joseph The Dreamer, Building disciples for the 21st century
  • Petersburg Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Ohio



Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors

Drama Workshop- Older Children
 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will perform a newsroom drama.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36,45: 14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible.
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • The children will hear that Jacob was Joseph’s father who loved Joseph the most. Showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hates him. When we are jealous, we can cause pain to others. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do to separate from God. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.
  • In this workshop, we will learn that even though we can hurt others with jealousy & envy, God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another. Joseph’s lesson can show us that even unhappy times in our relationships (in families & friendships) can be resolved when we forgive and love one another.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.


Supplies List:

  • Copies of the drama
  • Costumes/Props


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

  • Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear nametag. Have the kids introduce themselves to each other, “What school do you go to?”...
  • Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: God’s grace and His plans for us can help us to forgive and love one another even when we have bad feelings for someone.


Dig:

Scripture/Bible Story: 

Joseph Story in a nutshell:
Genesis 37 begins Joseph’s story and ends in chapter 50.
He was Jacob’s (Israel’s) favorite son from a family of 12 sons and 1 daughter. Jacob gave Joseph a special robe as a sign of favoritism. Joseph’s brothers were envious of him and plotted a story to tell Jacob that Joseph had died. They returned the coat, bloodied to ‘prove it’. His brothers sold Joseph meanwhile, into slavery to Potiphar.
Despite all of these tragic events, God blessed Joseph. Joseph eventually found favor by Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler.
After a terrible famine in Egypt, Joseph brothers came to Joseph for help. He forgave them and through God’s plan, Joseph’s family reconciled.

  • Read the lessons from the age appropriate Bibles brought in by the kids. Have the older children take turns reading the verses.
  • Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Usually a circle on the floor works well.


Activities:

Perform a skit depicting a Bible time News Report about the strange disappearance of Joseph: (see News Report reference sheet).

  • Talk about the different characters needed for a play.
  • Assign parts or have students choose which part they want to play.
  • Do a run through of the news report and practice until you feel comfortable with the presentation.


Worksheet/activities: There are many filler worksheets available on top shelf of filing cabinet in resource room. “Joseph and His Brothers” will be with your binder. Discuss how much Joseph was sold for (shekels) and look at money chart. Ask the children how much they would sell a sibling for today! 

Reflection:

Clean up: Have the kids tidy up space and don’t release them until 10:15.

Closing Prayer: Provide a closing prayer
Encourage the children to come back next week for the next workshop, and to invite their friends.


Resources:

  • Copyright © Kid's CREW, (News Report play) Steve and Brenda Klusmeyer, All rights reserved. Permission granted for non-commercial use.
  • Cathy Weygandt, Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, Oh 45840, Summer 2003
  • Copyright © 2000-2002 SundaySchoolResources.com (Biblical Chart of measurements). Permission granted for non-commercial use.

Set detail:

Set up for two on-site locations for broadcast of a special News Report:
1. At Jacob’s tent.
2. On the road from Dothan to Egypt. 

Supplies:
Costumes: robes, beards...for the brothers, News Reporter suits 

News Report

(The number of Joseph's brothers will depend on the number of kids available for the skit.)

Announcer: This is Omar Adamson. I am on the site of a mysterious disappearance. Here at Jacob’s Tent, Jacob’s "favorite" son, Joseph, is missing, and has been presumed killed by viscous animals. Here with us today are Joseph’s older brothers, (put in names). Guys, can you tell us what has happened?

Brother # 1: Well, we were walking home from Dothan, where we had been tending Father’s sheep, when we found a bloody, torn coat along side the road.

Brother # 2: We brought the coat home to Father and asked him if it looked like the one he had given to our brother Joseph. Father had sent Joseph out to check on us, but I guess he didn’t make it.

Brother #3: Father started crying and said that wild animals must have killed our brother. He put on sackcloth and ashes and went into mourning.

Omar: Tell me, how did you guys get along with Joseph?

Brother #__: I guess you could say he wasn’t our favorite as he was Father’s. He had a dream about all of us gathering stalks of wheat in the fields. He said that his stalk stood up while ours bowed down to his. And then he dreamed that the sun, moon and 11 stars bowed down to him! What a guy. Did he think we would all bow down to him? It made us plenty mad!

Brother #__: And then there was that fancy coat of many colors that Father gave him! A beautiful coat like that should have gone to the oldest brother as a sign that he was the father’s heir – not to the next to the youngest!

Brother #__: We won’t be missing him too much.

Omar: Thank you boys. Wait, I’m getting word that we there may be more to this story than we have heard. Now for and on the spot report, we go to Deborah Isaacs. Tell me, Deborah, do you have something to add to this story?

Reporter: Yes, Omar, I am speaking to Nathan Mizzah, here on the road from Dothan to Egypt. Nathan, can you tell us what you saw?

Nathan: I was traveling back home from a business trip when I came upon a caravan of merchants traveling to Egypt. In the distance, I saw 9 men lift one young man out of a pit and take what appeared to be silver coins in exchange for him. Later, one man came back to the pit, looked around, and ran away looking disturbed. When the caravan got closer to me, I saw a young man I am sure was Joseph Jacobson chained up and being led along with others I assumed to be slaves. I was unable to get close enough to the caravan to secure his release.

Reporter: What an interesting development! And now back to Omar at Jacob’s Tent.

Announcer: Brothers, you have heard what Mr. Mizzah had to say. Do you have anything to add to your stories?

Brother #__: (Backing away and looking guilty) No…. No….. I don’t think so……

Brother #__: No.. No.. I have no comment at this time!!! (The brothers leave hurriedly)

Announcer: Hmmmm. I wonder why they were in such a hurry? This has been Omar Isaacs, coming to you from Jacob’s Tent. We will continue to follow this story and will report again, as more details become available.

At this point, reiterate to the children that the story of Joseph does not end here- but that he became a great leader and eventually reconciled with his brothers.



A lesson set written by Cathy Weygandt for "The Disciple Builders" of 
Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, OH.
July 2003

Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors
Computer Workshop- Younger Kids 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the Play and Learn Children's Bible Software. 

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36, 45: 14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible
  • To learn these key words: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • Showing favoritism can cause hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hate him. When we are jealous, we can hurt people’s feelings. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read and study lesson.
  • Have the computers turned on, all open to the “Bible Stories” screen. Enjoy
  • Gather the materials.


Supplies List:

  • Play and Learn Children's Bible (Sunday Software)

Lesson Plan 

Opening:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear nametag. Have the children introduce themselves and say something interesting about themselves.

Explain the purpose of today’s scripture in one sentence: Families should love one another and forgive one another. 

Dig: 

Joseph Story in a nutshell:
Genesis 37 begins Joseph’s story and ends in chapter 50.
He was Jacob’s (Israel’s) favorite son from a family of 12 sons and 1 daughter. Jacob gave Joseph a special robe as a sign of favoritism. Joseph’s brothers were envious of him and plotted a story to tell Jacob that Joseph had died. They returned the coat, bloodied to ‘prove it’. His brothers sold Joseph meanwhile, into slavery to Potiphar.
Despite all of these tragic events, God blessed Joseph. Joseph eventually found favor by Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler.
After a terrible famine in Egypt, Joseph brothers came to Joseph for help. He forgave them and through God’s plan, Joseph’s family reconciled.

Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the lessons from the Bible. Have the 1st & 2nd graders take turns reading if they are able.

  • Youngest kids use THE BEGINNERS BIBLE, pp73-77; please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 90). He brought his family together again by God’s love.
  • 1st & 2nd grade use THE READ WITH ME BIBLE, pp74-86; Joseph’s Beautiful Coat- Joseph’s Dream. Please paraphrase that later Joseph became a powerful leader of Egypt and he forgave his brothers (pg. 92). He brought his family together again by God’s love.


Early arrival activities:
1. Look at a map on the wall of the Ancient World and mark the path traveled by Jacob and then his son, Joseph.
2. Spend some time looking at books to discover details about life in Joseph’s’ time.

Application:

  • Use The Play & Learn Children’s Bible on CD-ROM loaded on all of the computers.
  • Click until on screen “Bible Stories”
  • Click on “Beginnings”, then click on “Esau & Jacob Are Born”. This will give a short background on Jacob, leading to Joseph’s story. The screen will read “Will you like us to read the story to you?” Preschoolers will want to choose the Left triangle “Yes” (Dog is pointing this direction). 1st & 2nd graders will want the challenge to read perhaps.
  • When the kids are done, click on the picture of Jesus with the children, this will take you to the menu again. Click on “Bible Stories” again
  • Click on “God Helps People”, and then click on “God Helps Joseph”. This story begins right after Joseph is put into prison after being sold into slavery. The software does not mention the jealousy/favoritism aspects we are conveying with this lesson. Please emphasize this area when reading the Bible lesson with the children.
  • This story emphasizes the dreams Joseph has and mentions that Joseph will be a great ruler someday.
  • Continue to click in bottom right corner to “turn” the pages. Click until back to “God Helps People” menu page. Click on “Joseph’s Secret” It is the story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers later in life.
  • Story ends; discuss what they have read and listened to.


Extra Fun Filler:

  •  Click on the picture of Jesus with the children, this will take you “The Game Room” where the children have many choices to learn from. The song area and coloring site are very nice. We will not be printing the pages from the coloring sites.
  • You may want to use the Older Children’s lesson starting with “Pictures” if the children want a deeper aspect of this lesson.


Some Help Notes:

  • It is better to have 2 or3 children on a computer at one time; we are learning about relationships.
  • Each story contains SEVERAL clickable screens with read-aloud text. All the stories contain a question for discussion.
  • It will take the average five year old about 5 minutes to get through each story.
  • If a teacher is present to encourage discussion and patience, each story will take about 10 minutes. Kids like going back over the story again.
  • Each story page contains about 4 clickable hotspots that trigger cute animations. Have children share "clicking" responsibilities.
  • Always remember the “Goodie” cart for the preschool group- filled with materials and snacks to keep busy.


Reflection:

Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

  • Who was Jacob?
  • Who was Joseph? What troubles did he run into?
  • Review objectives and discuss.


Closing Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for all that you have given us with, our families, our homes and our friends here at church. Thank you for our brothers and sisters, Moms & Dads who love us and forgive us as we forgive them. Through your Son’s name we pray, and all God’s children say AMEN!


References:

  • The Idea and Lesson Exchange: http://www.Rotation.Org
  • The Play & Learn Children’s Bible, PC Media 1997
  • Cathy Weygandt, Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, Oh., Summer 2003



Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors
Computer- Older Kids 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the Joseph's Story Software (Sunday Software). 

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:2-11, 16-36, 45:14 & 15

Memory Verse:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4 

Workshop Objectives:

  • Children explore the story of Joseph and have a good sense of its outline.
  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible; review the lineage of Abraham>Joseph
  • To discuss these key concepts: jealousy, envy, relationship, favoritism
  • Showing favoritism can hurt relationships. Jacob’s favoritism of his son Joseph made Joseph’s brothers hate him. When we are jealous, we can hurt people’s feelings. God loves everyone and is with us no matter what we do. God’s plans helped Joseph and his brothers to be family again later.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read the selected scripture and prepare to paraphrase parts that are not read aloud.
  • Read over background material of Joseph. There is filler material always available in the resource room along with any supplies you might need.
  • Gather the materials.


Supply List:

  • Joseph's Story Software (loaded on computers), CD's printed guide.
  • Clipboards
  • Pencils/markers


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this time of gathering with our friend at Trinity help us to become forgiving people so that we may have better relationships with our families. Through your Son’s name we pray, amen. 

Dig:


Have the children tell you "Joseph's story in a nutshell".
Ask them what they know about the "Coat of Many Colors".
Ask them if they've ever felt jealous over a gift their parents gave another sibling (such as at Christmas).
Ask them if they think there is any favoritism in families by parents, by siblings. Discuss. 

Scripture/Bible Story:

  • Have the children take turns reading the scripture. Help paraphrase (see above ‘nutshell') the missing chapters of Joseph. Present the synopsis and let the children know we will study other portions of Joseph’s life later.
  • Look on the map on the wall and find the paths where Jacob>Josepf were. Where is Egypt?


Dive into the Joseph's Story CD.
Depending on the amount of time you have, you may not get through all of it. The story of the siblings jealousy of Joseph is really described by THREE story elements: The Coat, and the two dreams (wheat and stars). The software briefly provides content on each element. On a worksheet given to the students, they must answer "what they think each of the three things means" ...and "if you were the brothers, what would you have thought about your younger brother?"

After you get to the Well part of the software, stop and ask "what is the appropriate ways to handle "Favoritism" and "Jealousy" ??

Note: Favoritism exists! And sometimes favoritism is misunderstood, existing only in the mind of the unfavored. Who should the kids talk to about their feelings? How would Jesus talk to them?

Discuss how God turns the brothers' sins of jealousy into an opportunity for redemption. Ask the students to consider how the "favoritism and jealousy situation" they may be facing could be turned around and made right. And even if is it unresolved, how could the student themself learn from the problem and become a better disciple?

Closing:
Wind things up with the kids and discuss what they have learned.

Closing Prayer:
Close with a prayer of your own, or use the following: God, help me to know how to control my feelings so that my actions won’t hurt anyone. Help me do what you would have me do. Amen.


A lesson set written by Cathy W. for Disciple Builders of Trinity Lutheran Church
Findlay, Oh.  

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