The Ten Commandments:
Summary of all workshops in this Rotation:
Note: These workshops were written for 1st through 6th graders though not all grades visit all workshops.
--for 4th-6th grade:
- Video: View Moses receiving the commandments & the story of the golden calf in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.
- Games: Play a game of “The Wheel of Fortune” to help students learn the Ten Commandments.
- Puppets: Use puppets to act out modern day scenarios of the Ten Commandments.
--for 1st- 3rd grade:
- Art: Create a take-home copy of the Ten Commandment tablets using a special molding product - Sculptamold.
- Drama: Creatively act out the story of the Law being given, and then forgotten.
- Music: Sing a song (with musical instruments) to learn the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:1-17, 32:1-35
Not all workshops cover the verses in chapter 32.
In preparation for this story skim Exodus 13:17–20:21, and 24:1–18, and 31:18–32:35.
Key Bible Verses:
The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17.
Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:
- Name that the story is found in the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus.
- 3rd grade and up: Locate the story in Exodus.
- Retell in his/her own words the story of Moses on Mount Sinai & the subsequent episode with the golden calf.
- Name an age-appropriate number of the Ten Commandments in his/her own words.
- Recognize that God uses the Ten Commandments not to punish us, but to teach us how to live as God’s people.
- Understand that God loves us, no matter how awful our behavior is.
What are the Ten Commandments?
The first four commandments show us how to live with God (Exodus 20: 3-11). The last six show us how to live with others (Exodus 20: 12-17). The connection between these two groupings is that in order to understand how to relate to our neighbor, we must first know how to relate to God. There are many translations and paraphrased versions of the Ten Commandments. Here’s what we’ll present to kids:
1st – Do not worship any god except me. 2nd – Do not make statues of gods (idols). 3rd – Do not misuse my name. 4th – Remember the Sabbath day.
5th – Respect your father and mother. 6th – Do not murder.
7th – Do not commit adultery.
8th – Do not steal.
9th – Do not tell lies about others.
10th – Do not long for what belongs to someone else.
A set of lessons written by folks from: First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI
Copyright 2008 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI. Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material.
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