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The Creation Story

Computer Lesson 

Software: Use the "Creation Story" found on the Awesome Bible Stories software to teach the children about the seven days of Creation.  

Awesome Bible Stories software program is now available FREE OF CHARGE to download here at Rotation.org to the supporting members of Rotation.org.
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Scripture References:

Genesis 1


Lesson Preparation:



Lesson 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Opening Discussion:
Begin by having the children think of something that they made. Have they helped their parents make cookies, or made a gift for a parent at school? Maybe it was a derby car for cub scouts. Ask them what was it like to make these things? Was it easy or hard? Why?

Ask students how it feels to make something creative. (We tend to love what we ourselves make, and grow from the creative process. Certainly Genesis 1 describes God's love for Creation and creative act too!)

Dive into the Software for Scripture and Activities

Go with students into Awesome Bible Story's Creation Story and complete the activities per the handout. 

Take a break from the computers to briefly discuss things on their handout.

Take a moment and describe how your church describes the Creation Story and its relationship to history. Do it in an age-appropriate way. The SOFTWARE takes the point of view from the very beginning that the Creation Story is a powerful poem praising God's creative love and creation. Genesis 1 tries to convey that excitement and grandeur and LOVE of God. As the software says, "it's more important than a history."  

Reflection

Finish by making a "Gabby Creation Power Poem" (an interactive reflection activity in the program). This activity invites the children to playfully identity the words and excitement of the Genesis 1 scripture and put them together onscreen, then PLAY THEM for the entire class to hear.

Close by having students create a "Creation Prayer" as a group using Gabby Talker, then play the prayer for your closing prayer.


 

A lesson written by Wendy Sempf with suggestions from Neil MacQueen

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Creation

Computer Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities: 

Using the Creation Story in Awesome Bible Stories (Sunday Software)

 This software is now FREE to the supporting members of Rotation.org! Learn more.

Comments:
The Genesis 1 story of Creation is one of the most beloved and quoted scriptures in the world. It is majestic and poetic. It is way beyond science, and attempting to interpret it or defend it as a scientific text does harm to the word. Doing so would be like treating a Matisse like a sheet of paint, or experiencing a sunrise with blinders on. Genesis 1 is a Hebrew poem in structure and style, but it is also more than that.

Genesis 1 is a song of love and joy, --a "Creation Psalm" to be more precise. It's inspired to find it right at the beginning of scripture. Creation's primary purpose is to nurture our sense of awe, respect and gratitude. That's the purpose of scripture too. What a great start.

Genesis 1 is meant to point us to God, --to be inspired by God's loving care in providing us with a world in which to know him. Genesis 1 also reminds us that we have been given a special role as stewards. The earth is the Lord's! ...and he has made it for us.

This is the point of view and emotional tenor I tried to infuse into my interactive retelling of the "Creation Story" in Awesome Bible Stories

I wish I could say there were other Creation Story software programs out there, but there aren't in this depth or quality. Maybe someday. That said, there are other ways to do the Creation Story in software and I mention them at the end of this post.

In this particular case, the CD is the Bible study.

Leader Preparation:


LESSON PLAN

Opening

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Tell them what you hope they'll learn today and how they will be learning it!

Ask what they already know about the Creation story.

Give them a copy of the Student Handout and show them what sections you want them to complete. (I've uploaded it; look for the link at the end of this post.)

Dive into the software's retelling of the Creation Story, and remember to dive WITH them.

As you go through the animated story, examine and discuss the various study notes that explain concepts and vocabulary that the children may be unfamiliar with. Check to make sure they are completing the handout.

Pause when they get to the end of the main story. Have them join you for a quick discussion based on the questions in the handout (depending on your rotation emphasis, and which week you are in, you may choose to focus on one question or another).

Go back to the software and have students work to create a "Creation Power Poem" using the software's "Gabby Talker" activity. Give them some instructions first.

The Gabby Talker Creation Power Poem onscreen instructions have several suggestions about what they might want to create. They will be selecting words from the story and dragging them onto a pallet, then [/b]]playing them back for all to hear[/b] using Gabby's fun voice.

Let them experiment. And let them know they don't have to use complete sentences. It's a Poem! (I've had children pick just two or three meaningful words and have Gabby Talk repeat them over and over.... "Good good good God God God". The words they choose and the way they order them are opportunities for the teacher to ask them "WHY" and "what" they were trying to express about God's Creation and creative power.

Tip: Sometimes their first "try" at making a power poem is less than stellar. Sometimes you just have to let them have their fun (they are excited!) and then ask them to do it again. Sit with them. Offer suggestions.

Closing:

Have your student groups create a Closing Prayer in Gabby Talker. Ask them to put highlight what they think the key concepts are, and what they are most thankful for (you could split that into two Gabby prayers. Give them 3 minutes and then have them play it for all to hear. Remind everybody that they are prayers, then finish their Gabby prayers with one of your own praising God for the world he has created to inspire us, nurture us, and bring us closer to him.

After the Lesson Activity

Have the kids play the fun "7 Days of Creation" matching game in the software.

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