Computer Lessons, Ideas, and Activities for Teaching the Story of Joseph in Sunday School

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Computer Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities: 
In this workshop, the learners will review KEY VERSES* from Joseph's Story using Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD from Sunday Software.

*Editor's Note: The teacher may determine what these "key" verses are, but better yet, have the students search their Bibles for what THEY think are the key verses in the story.

You may also invite the kids to "Imagine that they wrote the story of Joseph" and MAKE UP their own "key verses" to put in Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD.

Teacher preparation:

  • The software will be loaded on all computers. You may want to try the program yourself to familiarize yourself with it. Basically, this lesson will be “learner driven” and you will need to be there to assist them if they need it. All the memory verses are printed for you in Attachment 2.

Supplies List:

  • Cal and Marty (Sunday Software)


Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs. 

Open with a prayer. 


Lesson Plan:

  1. Begin in the blue room. Have the children retell the story of Joseph (both parts). They can do this together, each telling part of it.
  2. Ask the children if they remember the other stories they have learned this past year. Have them begin naming them, and write them on the newsprint. See if anyone would like to recite any of the memory verses they learned. Allow them to do so if they wish.
  3. Tell the children that today they will review all the memory verses from all stories this past year, including this one. They will be using a computer program called “Cal & Marty’s Scripture Memory Game.”
  4. Have them choose a computer station and begin the game using the instructions in the attachment at each station. If there are more than 4 children, they will have partners and must take turns unscrambling verses. They can, however, help each other with the task.

When the children have reviewed all verses, or it has reached 10:20, have the children “End Game” and “Exit Game” and return to the blue room. Let them tell you some of their scores if they want. Ask for volunteers to say memory verses aloud, or choose some and say them together.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Ask the children to write the name of their favorite story from this year and tell why they liked it the best.

Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Gracious and loving God, we are glad we learned about you in our workshops this year. We know you are always with us, in good times and in bad times. Thank you for your presence and your love. Amen.

Have the children help you tidy up the workshop space, replacing the CDs in their cases and shutting down the computers. Dismiss them with instructions about where they are to go.

Adjustments for Younger/Older Children:
Younger children may need more help navigating the game. Be sure to help them with that as well as with the unscrambling of the verses.

Attachment 1

  1. Click on the “Cal & Marty” icon. Listen to the introduction. At the start screen, enter your name and click “Start Game.”
  2. Following Cal’s statement, click on “Help” and read over some of the instructions for playing the game. (Follow the instructions on the screen for navigating help.)
  3. Go back to the game and click “Select Verse.” Select “bhaven.txt” from the Verse Sets and select the memory verse you’d like to try. Follow Cal’s instructions and try as many memory verses as you can in the time allotted. Feel free to ask for Cal’s or Marty’s help, but remember, it will add to your score!

Editor's Note: The bhaven.txt verse file recommended in this lesson were created in the software by the teacher. You will have to do this as well. Better yet, have the KIDS identify key verses and edit them into the Cal & Marty Verse Editor, then take turns playing their own verse games, ...have your students switch computers to play other workstation's verse set. For more details about creating verse sets and teaching with them, consult the teaching guide to Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD from Sunday Software)

Cal & Marty’s Scripture Memory Game, c. 2002, Sunday Software and SONsoft.

 A Sunday School lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brookhaven Church.
Brentwood, TN. 

Original Post

My thanks to the Rotation Board for encouraging me to start posting some of my computer lab lessons and resources here at In the past, I've largely held off recommending my own stuff because of my role as Exchange Mechanic.

I am the author and owner of many of the following resource(s). I welcome alternative suggestions and improvements. I started teaching with computers in Sunday School at the same time I started doing Rotation (waaay back in 1990). You do not need to do Rotation in order to teach with software, and you do not need to have a computer workshop to do Rotation, but they do go great together!
<>< Neil

Software Choices for Teaching Joseph's Story

1. Quiz Software - "Fall of Jericho" OR "Bible Grand Slam"

Joseph is a huge story with many characters and episodes. Quiz software, such as, Fall of Jericho CD or Bible Grand Slam CD, give you the option to TEST and REINFORCE your student's knowledge of previously taught content.

The other nice thing about creating 30 questions about Joseph in a quiz program, is that six months or a year later you can have your kids GO BACK to REFRESH their memories of your content, and that's an essential step if forming long term memory.

2. Joseph's Story CD

I wrote this game program to take students through the entire story of Joseph. It's called Joseph's Story CD. In fact, I rewrote it as well...making an easier version 2 which I recommend.

Premise: This game functions in your lesson AS your Bible Study.
Students navigate a teenage archaeologist through the ruins of Joseph's "lost palace" and discover that Joseph has left his story behind for others to find.

Prior to diving in, print and give each student my free Student Worksheet. That worksheet functions like a lesson plan and can guide discussion afterwards.

Not gonna lie to you: if the teacher isn't much of a computer gamer, they might think the program is "gamey" (even though it stays ON story.) If the teacher doesn't "get it" or isn't comfortable with computer game, the younger kids could get lost. (Same thing in every other workshop, really. Imagine putting a tone-deaf teacher in the music workshop).

The device of an "adventure game" PULLS kids through the Bible content, exposing them to each key part of the Joseph story, and dropping background notes and discussion questions along the way.

We've made three distinct versions of this program. The first two were more difficult to play. The current edition is much easier and has many option to JUMP to certain parts of the story.

==It's essential that the teacher use the CD's free printed guide from my Sunday Software website (

==It's essential that you have plenty of CLASS TIME to play the game.

==It's essential that you have helpers when using the program with younger children. Teens helpers are a godsend. I have played Joseph with preschoolers! They just needed lots of help. The game's optimal age is 8-16.

SECRET: The student worksheet is really a LESSON PLAN. It's as much for your teachers as it is for your kids. The teacher's guide has even more teaching tips in it.

Now here's a bonus: The kids will want to play the game AGAIN and AGAIN. So now you have yet another way to reinforce the story down the road in your 'after class' free times. You can't do that with an Art project or Drama!!! ....sorry 

3. Kid Pix ..."powerpoint for kids"

This creative illustrating program can be used to create illustrations of KEY SCENES in the Bible story. If you have multiple computers, you can assign key episodes/scenes to different workstations. Work with the kids to do a good illustration, don't just stand back. Add text to the scenes that summarize the point of the scene. Print then discuss.

4. Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD

Gotta love the Reformer cut-ups in this CD: John "Cal" Calvin and Marty Luther.

Jan Marshall's lesson ABOVE in this forum is a good example of using Cal and Marty to follow up on your Joseph Bible Study with some fun interactive software.

I particularly like the idea of having the students SEARCH FOR KEY VERSES on their own from their Bibles, and then edit them into the Cal game (it has an easy to use verse editor), then playing the verse scramble/unscramble games with their verses.

I also really like the idea of kids INVENTING KEY VERSES of their own! ...a sentence which summarizes an idea in the story.

5. Play and Learn Children's Bible CD

This venerable older CD for preschoolers and 1st graders has two Joseph stories in it: "God Helps Joseph" and "Joseph's Secret Identity". The CD only works up through VISTA however.

The little guys will want to take turns going through each story twice. Pause and discuss the scenes AS YOU GO. Then do the Coloring page activities in the Game Room.

As of the date of this post the above programs are the only software programs available that have Joseph content (other than full Bible softwares). You can find other computer lab lessons on the Rotation Exchange which reference " CD" or "Amazing Bible Expedition CD" but those are long out of print, and no where near as good as the program approaches I've listed above.

<>< Neil

You can find these software programs and their associated free teaching resources at my website

Disclosure Statement:
I am the author of some of these CDs. I appreciate being invited to start posting some of my computer workshop lesson ideas. My work with Bible story software grew out of my work in Rotation. <>< Neil


Joseph in Canaan

Computer Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will learn the story of Joseph through a presentation using Lego characters. They will then use KID PIX to decorate Joseph’s coat. 4th through 5th grade will also write a poem to remind them of Joseph’s story.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1-6b

Memory Verse:
Romans 8:28a 

Key Concepts and Life Application:
The children will:

  1. Identify Genesis as the first book in the Old Testament; locating the story in Genesis
  2. Retell the story in their own words – identifying story characters and their feelings.
  3. Explain how jealousy erupted in Joseph’s family. Learn how feelings can separate us from family and friends.
  4. Learn that each of us is a favorite in the eyes of God.
  5. Understand that God loves us and is never separated from us, no matter what happens.

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Bibles – minimally one for every two children.
  • Projector. See Arrival Setup.
  • The Brick Testament, “Joseph is Ambushed,” Slideshow, installed on classroom PC. See references.
  • “Types of Poetry” handout, one for each 4th and 5th grader
  • Add Joseph’s Cloak to Kid Pix on each PC: To find a Joseph's cloak, use an internet search on "Joseph's Coat Coloring Page". Save it as a JPEG. On each computer, login to Kid Pix using a common username ("student"). Click on Add -> Import Background. Locate the picture. Select Fill Canvas without Shrinking/Stretching. Select Also Add To Library
  • Filler Materials: Add Romans 8:28 to Cal & Marty


Opening-Welcome and Introductions
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance, etc. This can all happen quietly while you are starting your lesson.

Distribute Bibles to each child or every two children.
We are learning about Joseph and his coat of many colors.
This week we are going to view the story in a little different way. I’ve got a slideshow for you from The Brick Testament. This is a website that shows different Bible stories using Legos.
Turn on the projector and start the slide show. You will need to click to make the slide show progress. Below is a script with a minimized picture of the slide show to help you discuss it.
Before we view the slideshow, let’s review where the story is found in the Bible.
Can anyone tell me whether this is in the Old or New Testament? Old
What about the book? Genesis
Genesis is the first book in the Bible. Let’s turn to Genesis, chapter 37, to see where the story is located.
Now, let’s watch the slide show while I read selected verses.
Note: Even though you’ll be reading the story to the students, the exercise of finding the story is still important. We will do this every week. Most 3rd through 5th graders have been given a Bible by Saint Andrews. Encourage them to bring it every Sunday.
Tell the 4th and 5th graders the verse you will be reading and encourage them to find the verse, even though you are reading excerpts of the verses.
All verses below are excerpts from the NIRV Bible. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Show the Brick Testament version of the story. This can be downloaded to your computer. I modified it to make it more Biblically correct but that is up to you. You do need to send a note to the website owner to request usage so he knows it is being used.

Kid Pix Application
At this time, the class will use Kid Pix to decorate Joseph’s coat. Walk the class through the following steps and then let them have fun.
Note for 4th and 5th grade: In addition to decorating the coat, have them write a poem about Joseph and add it to their picture. Give them the handout describing four simple poem types so they can be thinking as they decorate.

  1. Open Kid Pix (double click the icon or right click and select Open)
  2. Sign is using the "student" user name. This is the same name used in the "Materials" section. If you don’t use this user name, you will not find the “Joseph’s Coat” background
  3. Click on the background icon in “Paint Zone”
  4. Select the folder called “My Backgrounds”
  5. Select the Joseph’s Coat background image
  6. Decorate the coat. If they don’t like it they can start over as many times as they choose.
  7. 4th and 5th grade: Once they’ve decorated their coat, have them add a poem about Joseph to the page.

Filler Time (Use only if you need it)
Use Cal & Marty to practice the memory verse, Romans 8:28. After each child has practiced, they may play any other games on the PCs. 

End with a prayer.

Tidy and Dismissal:
Ask children to help tidy up. Close the door and turn off the lights. Store your materials back in the cabinet.

The visuals for the Bible story were obtained from:

Types of Poems:
Choose one of the following poem formats and write a poem about Joseph. Add this to your picture of the beautiful coat.

Acrostic: The first letters of each line are aligned vertically to form a word. Use JOSEPH for your word. An example is below:
Great and powerful
Over all the earth
Doing wonderful things

Cinquain: Five line poems with the following format with an example below it.
Line 1: Title (noun) - 1 word
Line 2: Description - 2 words
Line 3: Action - 3 words
Line 4: Feeling - 4 words
Line 5: Title - 1 word

Loving, forgiving
Listens to me
Makes me feel safe

Haiku: There are three lines with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second, and five syllables in the third. An example is below:
God is always near
He listens to my prayers
He forgives my sins.

Color Poem: Pick your favorite color from Joseph’s coat. Write about how that color makes you feel. An example is shown below.
Yellow is the color of the sun on a summer day.
Yellow is the sound of a busy bumblebee
Yellow is the taste of a big glass of lemonade
Yellow is the smell of a daisy
Yellow is the feeling of my puppy’s fur
Yellow is a color of energy!

A lesson written by Ann Wright from: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Raleigh, NC 

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