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Illumina Bible Software Idea

Originally posted by "revshannan"

Computer Lab Lesson:
Ilumina Worksheet
for Noah
5th-8th Graders

Illumina is now out of print: http://www.sundaysoftware.com/ilumina/

((NOTE: This program is now out of print, but many Rotation churches have it))

I'm pleased to report that our kids got the discussion going with this, and it piqued the teacher's interest too!

Go to the Encyclopedia section of Illumina
Group #1 (Computers 1 & 2)
Read up on The Flood and be ready to report back to the group about what it was, with at least 4 interesting facts
Group #2 (Computers 3 & 4)
Read up on the Epic of Gilgamesh and be ready to report back to the group about what it was and what effect this might have had on the story of Noah being in the Bible
Group #3 (Computers 5 & 6)
Read up on who Noah was and take a look at the attached worksheet about how after the flood, what families/generations in the Bible came from his sons. Why are they important, what notable people came through them? Look up the genealogy (family history) of Jesus at the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew. Where do you see the link? Why then is Noah important in the whole history of the Bible?
Group #4 (Computers 7 & 8)
Look up Sin. What does sin have to do with the flood?

Come back together as a group; report in about the things you found out.

Go to the Atlas Section of Illumina
There is no known date for when the events of the Flood and Noah occurred. Why do you think this is? Look below at what was happening in the world during the earliest parts of the Bible in Technology, World Power, Culture, Religion & Philosophy, and Beyond the Middle East. Think about the things above you learned about. Today we have a whole different understanding of a flood because we know so much about science, weather patterns, etc. Why do you think people then attributed all of this to God or wrote a story about a Flood?
If the story isn’t factually true, what can we know about God from it? Just because the story might not be factually true does not mean there is not something in it to learn about God!

If time is left, Cal and Marty’s Scripture Memory Game CD (Sunday Software)

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Noah and the Ark

Game Workshop

Keeping Promises

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses broken sticks as a symbol for broken promises.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Lesson Objectives:
Kids will learn how keeping promises is important – and how hard it actually is to “repair” a broken promise.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Bibles
  • Sticks
  • Scotch tape


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Begin with a brief prayer asking God to help us be obedient.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Tell each of the kids to pick a stick of their choice – remind them that they are NOT to be used as a weapon!

 

Explain to the children that their stick represents a promise – and then have them break their sticks – representing the breaking of promises.

 

Then pass out the scotch tape – let the kids know that now they have to “fix” their stick. This will take a while!

 

Talk with them about how easy it was to “break” a promise and how hard it is to “repair” a broken promise.

Ask the following questions:

  • How easy was it to break the promises?
  • How hard was it to “fix” a broken promise?
  • Have you ever broken a promise? How hard was it to fix that promise?
  • What promise did God make with Noah?

Ask for a quick show of hands on how many of the kids remembered the story of Noah you read earlier in the class? Read Genesis 6:11-14 and say, Noah must have thought it strange that God told him to build the ark when the weather was just fine! NO RAIN!

 

  • What do you think would have happened if Noah had said NO to God?
  • Why is it really important that we listen to God and do as he says?
  • How can we find out what God wants us to do?
  • How do you think you would respond if you were asked by God to build an Ark?
  • Could you have handled the teasing from others?

 

A lesson written by rotation member NancyDir.

 

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Noah and the Ark

Computer Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the Noah and the Ark software (Sunday Software)

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9.


Commentary from Neil about Teaching the Story of Noah:

Like many, I don't believe Noah is "history" as we think of it, and this is true of some other things in the Bible. Jonah, for example, is a Hebrew short story. Jesus told stories that were not history, --but they were very true.

Teaching the story of Noah is a great opportunity to teach our children how to read the Bible. And we've learned that when we don't do that, many grow up thinking the Bible is against history and science and critical thinking. It's not. A story like Noah doesn't have to be historically correct to be theologically true. Take the parables for example, nobody debates whether or not the Prodigal Son ever exists. It was a story that Jesus made up. But it is probably the most true story about God and prodigals and "other sons" ever told.

Taking our tip from Jesus, I think the best way to explain Noah's story to kids (and most people) is that Noah is a parable. Our job as teachers, then, is to help our kids figure out where WE are in the story.

  • Which character are we in the story?
  • What is God calling us to do in the story?
  • What arks are we called to build?
  • What will the people say about us?
  • What are we called to save?
  • How do we prepare ourselves to persevere?
  • And what signs tell us that God with us?

This approach also answers the age-old disturbing question about the "factualness" of God killing all the people of the world in a flood. That detail is storyteller's hyperbole. It is designed to make our eyes and minds and memories snap wide open. Take the Prodigal Parable for example. Jesus says the Father not only killed the fatted calf, he gave the son new clothes and new shoes and put a ring on his finger. Noah's story exudes hyperbole: --the flooding of the "entire" world", the killing of "everything". The building of a ridiculously enormous ark. 40 days and nights of rain. Got your attention yet?

About the Origins of Noah's Story:
The following is something I've shared with teachers and with older children and youth.

Scholars have long pointed out that "world flood" stories are found in many cultures and works of ancient literature, including some which pre-date the Hebrews. It was a logical explanation for the presence of marine fossils on the tops of mountains. The inspired writers of Genesis embraced this ancient story and reworked it into a story of obedience and hope. In the past decade, geologists have also added this intriguing theory. Geological evidence indicates that Middle Eastern flood stories may have preserved a old memory in that region of an actual cataclysmic flood which occurred around 7600 BC when the Bosphorus straits burst open and allowed the Mediterrenean Sea to flood into what eventually became the Black Sea. A National Geographic exploration led by famed undersea Robert Ballard found underwater archaeological and geological evidence to support the theory.

Whether a flood happened or not, however, doesn't diminish the truth of Noah's story: God wants his people to be obedient. God wants to save them. God has had a plan for salvation since the days of Noah that would one day culminate in the building of a new wooden ark, ....this time in the shape of a cross.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Noah and the Ark (Sunday Software)

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the software ready to go when the children arrive.


Presentation

Attached to the bottom of this post is my Student Worksheet. It functions like the central part of a lesson plan. Here are the "bumpers" to it

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Gather students into separate groups and give them two minutes to come up with a list of all the parts of the Noah story in the most correct order. As you go over their lists, begin sharing your church's point of view on how we read this story. Share that some Christians read it as a historical fact, but that we can read it as a parable, a story that has truth. And the question is: what is the "truth" of this story? What does God want us to learn from it? Make some suggestions: Is it about cute animals? Is it that God wants to kill sinners? What do you think? The software today will help us answer that question.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Dive into the Noah and the Ark CD using the Student Worksheet. They are at the bottom of this post.

Closing:

Gather your students around the table where you have placed at least six sheets of brown paper in the shape of an Ark. Make your concluding remarks about the story as you slowly reshuffle the brown pieces of paper into the shape of a Cross. (the movement will help focus their attention) You can write the following statements ON the brown papers to help you. Say:

1) The Story of Noah and his Ark tells us that God wants to save us and the world we live in, when he could just as easily wipe it all out.

2) The Story of Noah and his Ark tells us that God wants us to be obedient and follow his commands no matter how hard they might seem (the ark was huge!).

3) The Story of Noah and the Ark is one of many stories in the Bible which tell us about God's Covenant, that he promises to always be our God no matter what.

4) The Story of Noah is one of many that reminds us to worship God with thanksgiving for what he has done for us.

5) And the Story of Noah eventually becomes the story of Jesus Christ, who came into the world to build us a different kind of ark that would save us from our sins.

6) That ark is called the cross, and we can carry it in our hearts. (Yes, even the closing is a story to snap our eyes and hearts wide open.)

Let Us Pray: God of Noah, thank you for the way you teach us and save us, and call us to do the right things in our lives. Thank you for your Ark, for the cross which saves us. Help us to bring others aboard to hear and obey your message. And all the sons and daughters of Noah say, "ay-ay!"

See my "Science/Storytelling" Workshop in this Noah forum for my "ark-boat building/floating parable project"

Alternative software for Noah:

Noah's story is found to a lesser degree in the Play and Learn Children's Bible CD for Preschoolers-1st. A nice retelling of the story is also found in the Charlie Church Mouse CD. Neither has nearly as much content as Noah & the Ark CD, or as wide an age range.

Please resist the temptation to "cute-i-fy" this Bible lesson with a meaningless animal crafts or computer animal pictures projects.
THIS STORY IS NOT ABOUT CUTE ANIMALS. It's about people, obedience, and their true salvation.


A lesson written by Neil MacQueen from: Sunday Software  

Venice, FL


Disclosure: I have been the distributor of this CD. The Rotation Board has encouraged me to post my free lesson plans and I'm happy to do so. My work with CE software grew out of my work with the Rotation Model. <>< Neil

 

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Noah & The Ark

Computer Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the Noah and the Ark Computer software (Sunday Software).

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

 

Lesson Objective:

Explorers will learn to recognize signs of the covenant (rainbows) in all of their life.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Computers (with CD drives)
  • Copies of Noah and the Ark CD (Sunday Software)

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the software loaded and ready to go when the kids arrive.


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Find Memory verse in Bible, review.

 

Introduce explorers to computers. (10 minutes). Explain purpose and use of computers.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Explorers take turns to do different parts of CD

 

Start with “The Great Flood” (20 minutes). Explorers find answers to questions and use scavenger hunt.

 

Explorers not playing on CD at the time can watch for clues and answer questions. They can take turns looking over list

 

Discuss the answers and the covenant. What are other rainbows or signs of God’s care in your life?

 

Next, explorers take turns navigating “Discovering the Bible” and/or the Hall of fame (20 minutes). Explorers takes notes on what they think is important.

 

Next have two to four groups play the Bible quiz section.

 

Do Bible Memory (under games) as time allows.

Take turns working through THE GREAT FLOOD section of the CD. There are 10 sections to this part. If there are five persons at your station, each can operate the mouse through two of them, etc. While one person takes a turn with the mouse, two others can be scribes. One can read the questions and record the answers. The other can read the scavenger hunt and record the answers. Switch rolls each time you switch the person operating the mouse.

Questions:

1. In Noah’s time some families didn’t know or care about God. What did these families do?
2. What did God decide to do about these families? Why?
3. How did God work through Noah to save others? Why?
4. What did God want Noah to save besides his family? Why didn’t God do this?
5. How high did the flood waters rise?
6. What is the name of the mountain that the ark landed on?
7. What two birds did Noah first send out of the ark, why?
8. What did the third bird bring back to Noah? Then what did the bird do?
9. About how long after the rains began did the flood water go away?
10. What sign did God give to Noah and why?

Answers and Further Questions for Leaders
As they discuss questions


1. Discuss. Also ask if there are people like those described who are alive today.What about us?
2. Discuss
3. Discuss. Also ask, how does God work through us today? Are we supposed to save the world like Noah? Why or why not.
4. Discuss. Also ask, should we try to save the animals today? Why or why not? How?
5. Answer: Higher than the highest mountain.
6. Answer: Ararat.
7. Answer: Raven, Dove. They were sent out to see if they could find dry land.
8. Answer: Olive leaf. The dove went out again and did not return.
9. Answer: About one year.
10. Discuss. Also ask, what are other signs of God’s love that we see today?

Scavenger Hunt

Take turns being the scavenger hunt scribe. This person calls out what you are looking for and writes down the answer.
1. What is the color of the “man eating” can?
2. Where is the beaver hiding?
3. Where is the monkey hiding?
4. What kind of fruit dances?
5. Which window on the ark shows Noah?
6. What two characters hug?
7. What color flowers pop out of a vase?
8. What color is the vase that yawns?
9. Which animals eyes fall off when they sneeze?
10. What animal goes under the ground?

Scavenger Hunt Answers

1. The can is the color blue.
2. The Beaver is hiding in the log.
3. The monkey is hiding behind a bush.
4. The dancing fruit is the banana.
5. Noah is in the middle left window on the lower windows.
6. The two characters that hug are Noah and his wife.
7. The flowers that pop out of the vase are the color purple.
8. The vase that yawns is the color Blue.
9. The animals whose eyes pop out when they sneeze are the snakes.
10. The animal that goes underground is a ladybug.

More Ideas for Leaders:

Under part 3 under PLAN: tell the explorers to check out the “I wonder why” questions. They are found by clicking on the open book that appears in some sections of the “Discover the Bible” part of the CD. The questions include:

  • Why did God flood the whole earth?
  • Does God see everything we do?
  • Does God sit up in heaven just waiting to zap people when they do something wrong? (see Lamentations 3:32)
  • Does God really care that I try to obey him? (see 2 Chronicles 16:9)
  • I wonder why the Israelites sacrificed animals?
  • Why doesn’t God kill all the evil people on earth?

Discuss these questions as time allows.
 

During Part 4: explorers could take turns trying to remember the memory verses.They could help each other out when someone gets stuck. 


Other group activities include the matching game, or the connect the dots game. Explorers could try to guess what the picture will be as the dots are connected. This last part can be used if time allows.

 

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.


 

 

A lesson written by Will Heyward from: Smyrna/Hermitage Presbyterian Churches 

Waynesboro, VA

 

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Noah and the Ark

Computer Workshop

Grades 3-6

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the Noah's Ark Powerpoint & Amazing Expedition software.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Lesson Objectives: 

  • Students will understand that the story is in the book of Genesis
  • To learn that Noah obeyed God
  • To learn how baptism is like the flood story

Teacher Preparations:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Preview the software.
  • Have the computers on and the software running – Have software installed prior to class.

Supplies List:

  • Bibles TEV
  • The Bible for Children by Walter Wangerin, Jr. ISBN 052911699-5
  • Journals and pencils
  • Computers
  • Headphones for each person for the game
  • Power Point Presentation on Noah –
    http://bibleforchildren.org/la.../english/stories.php 
  • Noah’s Ark Deluxe game loaded on each computer from cd and activated – popcap.com (this is just a matching game - see it played here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLMYhBLzTmo.
  • CD-Rom “The Amazing Expedition Bible” (out of print)
  • Journal Time sheets
  • Crossword puzzle sheets available if the lesson runs


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children warmly and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students every week who may not know you.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bible Verse: Let’s say the Bible verse for this month together before we pray: “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13 NRSV

Pray something like this: Heavenly Father, Thank you for coming to us today in your Word by giving us the chance to get to know Noah a little better. Help us to obey you as Noah obeyed. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

Say: This month we are studying the story of Noah. It’s a story about a man and his family who obeyed what God wanted them to do despite having other people laugh at them and make fun of them. Noah didn’t have an easy job, it was hard work but he kept building the ark even when I’m sure many time he felt like just quitting. What would have happened when the rain started had Noah quit building the ark? [everything on earth would have been destroyed.] Just think, had he quit building the ark, you and I would not even be here today!

Bible Story:
Say: The story of Noah and his family takes four chapters in the book of Genesis. Let’s take a minute to look it up in our Bibles. Genesis 6:1 – 9:28. Rather than taking time to read the story from the Bible, a man by the name of Walter Wangerin, Jr. has written it in a shorter version especially for young people. (Read to students, pages 27-31, showing pictures as you read).

Computer Time:

Power Point Presentation: Have the students take turns reading each slide.

Amazing Expedition Bible: 

  • Run
  • Movies
  • A Deserts water supply (play button then stop button)
  • Return (at bottom)
  • Main menu
  • Stories
  • Noah & the Flood

Take turns reading the story

Remove the cd’s from the drive carefully and put it away.

Question Time:

1. In Noah’s time, most people didn’t know or care about God. What happened to these people? (they were drowned in the flood)
2. How did God decide which people would be allowed on the ark? (Noah and his family were the only ones who believed in God and obeyed what He wanted them to do)
3. How many people were on the ark? (8)
4. How many animals of each kind were on the ark? (a pair of each species but 7 pair of the ritually clean species) [ritually clean animals were the animals that God had said were fit for people to eat]
5. After the flood was over and Noah and his family were back on dry land, God did something really special that we still have with us today. Who remembers what that was? (rainbow)
6. Why did God give us the rainbow? (as a covenant or promise that He would never again flood the earth like He did at the time of Noah.)

Baptism:
Say: When a baby is brought to our baptismal font in church, we ask that God pour out his Holy Spirit so that the one being baptized may be given a new life. We ask that God wash away their sin of those and that they may become a part of God’s glorious kingdom.

Think of the story of Noah...Before the flood, there were a lot of people doing bad things all over the world. There was a lot of sin. When God sent the flood, God washed the earth clean from all that sin. In baptism, God washes people clean of their sins.

God saved Noah and his family because they were faithful to God. God saves all the baptized believers.

God gave Noah a new life on a newly cleaned world. In baptism, we are given new lives as children of God. That was probably a very difficult time for Noah. He had to work really hard to prepare everything before the flood came. Then, when the flood did come he was shut inside the ark with only the animals and his family. Noah even lost his friends in the flood. But, God took care of him and his family. Even people who are baptized may have hard times. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. In fact, he helps us get through these times like when he took care of Noah. God made a promise to Noah. This promise was that God would never again flood the earth. God makes a promise to people who are baptized, too. This promise is that baptized believers will be a part of God’s kingdom. The sign that God gave so that everyone would remember the promise made to Noah was the rainbow. Whenever you see a rainbow, you can remember that God will not let the rain fall forever because God promised not to flood the earth again.

Something special also happened to you on the day that you were baptized. You were also marked with the sign—the sign of the cross. This is God’s promise to you that you are God’s child. Just as God took care of Noah and his family, God has promised that He will take care of you.

At each baptism, Pastor Dean asked the children who came up for the children’s sermon to do something special every morning. Does anyone remember what that was? He asked you to remember your baptism every morning when you wash your face—remember that you are God’s child. Before you dry your face with the towel, why don’t you take a little bit of water on your finger and make a small cross on your forehead just like the Pastor did when you were baptized.

Journal Time:
Begin by writing the bible verse for this month on top of the page. “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13 NRSV I’m passing out a sheet of paper with a bunch of numbers and Bible verses on. Look up the verse in the Bible and write down what the number was.

Closing:

Encourage the students to come back next week when they’ll have a new room and to bring a friend with them who does not go to church or to Sunday School.
Ask if anyone has any special prayer requests and incorporate that into the closing prayer. Remind the children to also remember those requests during the week during their prayer time.

End with a prayer.

Dear Lord,
Thank you Heavenly Father for sending your saving Noah and his family from the flood and for sending your Son, Jesus, who washed away our sins and promises us eternal life. Thank you for being with us as we follow you and as we, like Noah, seek to obey you.
Hear our prayers as we bring before you . . . . . . . .
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Optional Game:

There is a Noah’s Ark game on each computer. There are three different ways the students can play this simple game. Let them experiment—they may even want to play against one another for the highest score. I would recommend them using the headphones if you want any hearing left by the end of the month.


Lesson adapted from: Noah Lesson Set from Dove of Peace Lutheran, and Kirk of Kildare.


 A lesson written by Diane from: Augustana Lutheran Church 
St. James, MN

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Noah and the Ark

Games/Mission Workshop
Grades K-2

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses a matching game to fill the ark.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9.

 

Lesson Objectives:

  • To show the students that ALL people and animals are important to God.
  • To show the students that having faith in God can sometimes be difficult.
  • To teach the students that even though people appear very different from each other, we are all the same in the eyes of God.

Leader Preparation:

  • Measure and determine your checkpoints to show the dimensions of the ark.
  • Read the Scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • A set of animal cards, printed pictures of animals on index cards, or a deck of playing cards.
  • A toy boat
  • Blindfolds
  • Pieces of rope to tie legs together
  • Big bag of M & M’s
  • Paper cups
  • Markers or crayons


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the students when they arrive. Ask the class if they have ever had to do something that they were scared to do? Did anyone make fun of you when you did this thing that made you scared? Tell the class that today’s story is about Noah and the faith he had to show in God even though God asked him to do something that would cause other people to laugh at him.

Opening Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being a loving God who loves everyone exactly the same. And all God’s children said: AMEN.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Read the story:

This is a story that most children will be familiar with. If you decide to read the story to them, use a Children’s Bible. Using a standard Bible the story becomes quite long and, since you are dealing with younger children, you may have a difficult time keeping their attention.
Otherwise, have the children tell the story to you. Use the following questions as a way of keeping the story flowing in the proper sequence and to make sure that the important point are presented to the children. You may pick and choose the questions you ask the students based on how well they are able to tell the story to you.

1) Why did God send the flood? GOD WAS SAD AT HOW WICKED MAN HAD
BECOME

2) Who was Noah supposed to bring on the ark? HIS WIFE, HIS THREE SONS
(SHEM, HAM, & JAPHETH), THEIR WIVES, AND EVERY KIND OF ANIMAL AND FOOD

3) How old was Noah when the flood came? 600 YEARS

4) How long did it rain? 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS

5) How high was the water? MORE THAN 20 FEET ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS

6) How long was the water on the earth? 150 DAYS

7) After the water went down, where did the ark come to rest? ON THE
MOUNTAINS OF ARARAT

8) What did Noah send out to see if the earth was dry? FIRST A RAVEN AND
THEN A DOVE

9) What happened to the dove? FIRST IT CAME BACK WITH NOTHING, THEN
IT CAME BACK WITH A FIG LEAF, AND THEN IT DID NOT COME BACK AT ALL

10) What did Noah do when he was back on dry ground? HE BUILT AN ALTAR
AND MADE A SACRIFICE TO GOD

11) What is a covenant? A PROMISE

12) What sign did God give Noah to remind him of the covenant they had made? HE
SENT A RAINBOW

13) How old was Noah when he died? 950

Remind the students of how much faith Noah had to have in God. Noah had to listen to people making fun of him for building the ark. He probably had to listen to this for several years. Many people would have lost faith. But Noah trusted God and was eventually rewarded for it.

Activity:

Tell the students that God wanted Noah to bring the animals in pairs onto the ark. By the time all the animals were on board, the ark must have been pretty full. Show the class the “ark” that you have brought. This can by any type of toy boat. Tell the class that today we are going to try to fill our ark with animals by playing a matching game.

Ideally, a set of animal cards would work best. Another option would be to print pictures of animals off the computer. These could be cut out and put on the back of index cards or small pieces of cardboard. This would require a little more work. A third option, if all else fails, would be to use a deck of cards. The children could list several animals. Each animal would be assigned to a certain card in the deck.

Have the shepherd spread the animal cards face down on the table. About 30 cards or 15 sets of animals would be a good number. Each student takes a turn flipping over 2 cards. If they get a match, they can put the pair into the ark. If they do not get a match, the cards should be flipped back over face down. This should be a non-competitive game. The goal is for the class to fill the ark. If the children are having a difficult time getting matches after 4 or 5 turns, allow the cards to remain face up for the rest of the game.

Have the shepherd give each student some M & M’s in a paper cup but tell them not to eat them right away. Tell the students to think about how God wanted EVERY kind of animal on the ark. Have the students look at the M & M’s and all the different colors they come in. Ask the class, “How are all these M & M’s alike? THEY ALL HAVE CHOCOLATE ON THE INSIDE. Tell the class that we are like M & M’s to God. God cares about what is on the inside(in our hearts). And just like the insides of the M & M’s, in this way we are all the same. We all love God the same way. The students can now eat the M & M’s.

If you have time at the end of the matching game, here are some other suggestions to fill up the rest of the time:

 

  • If weather permits, take the students outside and show them the dimensions of the ark. The ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and had 3 decks that were a total of 45 feet high.
  • Have the shepherd take half of the class to one of the designated areas you have chosen. Take the other half of the class to the other designated area. When both groups reach their respective spots, wave to each other and look at how far apart you are. This represents the length of the ark. You will most likely have to cross a street to get to the appropriate length. Be sure to watch the children closely. If a shepherd is not present, walk the students to one designated spot and then to the other spot. The church can be used as a scale to show the height and width of the ark. 

You can also have the children play a variety of games to that require them to pair up(like the animals) or to trust(like Noah).

Games requiring pairs could be a three-legged race where the students tie one of their legs together or a blind-folded race where one student leads another student who is blind-folded. This would also fall under the category of a trusting game.

Another trusting game is to have one student stand with his or her back to the other student. That student than falls backwards and has to trust that the other student will catch them. Make sure you pair students up of similar size

Journal:

Have the shepherd write the memory verse in each student’s journal. Have the students draw a rainbow to remind them of God’s promise to never send a flood that would destroy the earth. Then have the students draw a picture of their favorite animal.

 

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.

Dear God, help us to be faithful to you just as Noah was in our Bible story today. And all God’s children said: AMEN.


Resources:

  • www.rotation.org (The Ideas & Lesson Exchange-Main Categories; Noah)
  • Sunday School Curriculum Bible Basis by Pastor Dean E. Larson

 

 

A lesson written by Rick from: Augustana Lutheran Church 

St. James, MN

 

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