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2020 Update: Neil has donated several of his Sunday Software programs to be downloaded free-of-charge by our supporting members. They include Joseph's Story, Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game, and also Sonsoft donated Fall of Jericho, as well, all listed below.  Learn more and get the software.


Software Choices for Teaching Joseph's Story


 

1. Joseph's Story 

I wrote this game program to take students through the entire story of Joseph. It's called Joseph's Story and it's now free to the supporting members of Rotation.org

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.

See my lesson outline and details in this post below.


 

2. Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD

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

Ann Wright's lesson BELOW 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 that summarizes an idea in the story.

 


 

3. Quiz Software - "Fall of Jericho"

Joseph is a huge story with many characters and episodes. Quiz software such as, Fall of Jericho quiz making software gives 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.

 


 

 4. Kid Pix 4 or the newer "3D" version ..."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.

This program is out of print but there's a Kid Pix 3D version out there, and many Sunday Schools that use computer software already have Kid Pix 4.

See Anne Wright's Joseph computer lesson using Kid Pix 4 in this post below.

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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 4 or the newer "3D" version 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 4 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 4 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


Presentation: 

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.

Overview
Distribute Bibles to each child or every two children.
Say:
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.
Say:
Before we view the slideshow, let’s review where the story is found in the Bible.
Ask:
Can anyone tell me whether this is in the Old or New Testament? Old
What about the book? Genesis
Say:
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 4 Application
At this time, the class will use Kid Pix 4 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 4 (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. 

Closing:
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.


References/Sources
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

God
Loving, forgiving
Listens to me
Makes me feel safe
Father

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 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

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Joseph's Story Software for PC

A Lesson Outline

This software program is now free-of-charge to the supporting members of Rotation.org. Learn more and download it here!

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Joseph's Story is a computer adventure game about the entire story of Joseph that takes place in the recently discovered "underground ruins of Joseph's lost palace." 

You can install it on one or more PCs, or show it to a group via LCD project or computer hooked up to a big screen. If you have more than 3 students and only one computer, invite them to come up and help you "play" (navigate) the game, stopping at various parts of the story to learn and discuss more as you wish.

Students navigate "Robin" a young teenage archaeologist through the ruins which mysteriously begin to treat Robin as if she is Joseph, causing her to experience the main events and people found in of Joseph's story.

The underground is a bit of a maze with story-puzzles and actions to perform in order to advance (consult the guide for details and solutions). 40-45 minutes to play. "Save Game" and "Jump Ahead" options.

Joseph's Story uses the same two main characters as Exodus Adventures software: Robin (whom your students navigate) and "Grandpa Dabs" (who provides navigational guidance, story content, and questions).

Age Range: Primarily for older children, 1st and 2nd graders will enjoy the story and visuals but will need lots of help navigating. The program can be projected to a group where the teacher or a player completes an area of the program followed by discussion before continuing on.

System: Windows 7, 8, and 10 -only.

Lesson Outline

Students will play through Joseph's Story software (as far as you want them to), and complete a worksheet to helps record what they've learned along the way (optional). See it attached to this lesson.

Be sure to preview your installation and become familiar with the game. Use the guide!

Decide how much time, and if you will use the software for one or two lesson times, and thus, what to skip or move quickly through (use the guide to help students quickly bypass/jump through areas of the game if needed).

 Be sure to print the Teacher's Guide. It has all the solutions to the various levels and challenges, and can help students keep moving.  Print the worksheet too if not for the kids then for the teacher's use,

Open

Welcome students and tell them what you hope they will learn today, and what they will be doing to learn it!

Play!

Jump into the opening of Joseph's Story. Be sure to explore some of the "explanatory" and "premise" content in the Dig Tent (see the Guide).

Debrief

The game guide has a number of things which the teacher can "add" to the lesson, including additional questions to ask and points to make.

Closing Prayer

Ask student "what would Joseph pray for?" "What has he discovered are the most important things in his life?" "Who would Joseph pray for?"


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