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Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, Genesis 2
 
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Note: The following Sunday School lesson could be used for Drama or for Puppets (see notes below). Also, refer to the forum for Creation Puppet lessons and ideas.


The Story of Creation

Drama Lesson

Tape Recorded Sound Effects Performance 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The students use their imaginations to consider God's creativity as they recreate the cacophony and harmony of the six days of creation in this tape recorded sound effects performance. If time permits, the lesson may be extended to include the creation of stick puppets and artwork for a puppet parade illustrating the creation.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a

Lesson Objectives:
At the end of the session, the students will be able to

  • Locate Genesis and identify it as the first book of the Bible.
  • Relate the story of God's creation in six days in sequence and know that the seventh day of creation is a day of rest.
  • Know God calls us to be stewards of the earth, and talk about what that means.
  • Think about the process of creating: imagination is a gift from God.

Background comments on the story:

  • God speaks creation into being from chaos. He is an artist.
  • The first chapter of Genesis is written in a poetic, liturgical form. It is not meant to be science. It is a statement of faith.
  • God valued the world. He saw that it was good, and He trusted it to us. God did not create the world and then abandon it.
  • Read Genesis 2: 4b-25. Note that a different storyteller tells another version of the creation story, with more focus on the creation of humans. The stories don't conflict, they just have different emphases.

Lesson Preparation:

  • Read the scripture from Genesis and background materials ahead of time.
  • Read the script ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Tape recorder
  • Blank tape
  • Copies of script for everyone
  • Pencils
  • Whistle
  • Objects to make sound effects (aluminum pie pans, poster board, sticks, dried beans, cups, cardboard tubes, rocks, cans, PVC pipe, paper plates, ......, plus hands, mouths, and plenty of imagination)
  • Flip chart
  • If you choose to extend the session, collect materials to make puppets/artwork for the six days of creation (markers, scissors, glue, stapler, posterboard, craft sticks, construction paper, large pieces of nylon net, crepe paper streamers, glitter, sticks, leaves, feathers, ...) and a big blanket or some sort of screen to form a "backstage" area.


Lesson 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Early arrival activity: make shakers (paper plate folded in half with beans stapled inside, decorate with markers, and shake) or kazoos (decorate toilet paper tube, then use rubber band to hold wax paper on one end; hum or buzz into the other end);
optional: have play dough for the children to manipulate and create animals and other things. If you are extending the session, the students can begin making puppets/artwork for the six days of creation (see below). 

Dig-Main Drama Lesson and Reflection 

Bringing the story to life: Tape recorder play/sound effects (accompanied by an optional puppet parade if time permits)

Group time:
Open with prayer.
Read the scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a

Discuss before acting out the story:
Characters: God, all of creation
On the flip chart, list things that were created, in order by day.

Warm-up exercises:

  • Interpretive movement: talk about what chaos would have been like, and then let the children feel and create the movements and sounds they think embody chaos. Have a whistle handy to stop the activity when it becomes too chaotic!
  • Experiment with all of the sound effects objects. Come together as a group and agree what sound(s) is appropriate for each day of creation. Decide who will be responsible to make each of the sounds for the taping. (Try to use sounds, not words, to make the noises for the things created.)


Assign parts and record the script. Listen to the tape. Ask, "Does it sound the way we want it?" If time permits, reassign parts and sounds and tape it one more time.

Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

  • What did God create?
  • What does it mean that we are made in God's image?
  • I wonder what it feels like to create? What did we create today? Is our imagination part of being created in God's image?
  • A steward is someone who manages another's property, finances, or other affairs. Read Genesis 1:28b-30. In what ways have we brought the earth and all that is in it under our control (TEV)? I wonder how we can be good stewards of the earth and all God has given us?


Optional Activity to Extend the Lesson:
Create visuals: allow students to look at creation picture books and listen to the tape recorded script. Decide who will create stick puppets/sculptures/artwork for each day of creation.

Dramatization: play the tape while puppeteers manipulate visuals to dramatize the creation: Two people hold up the blanket and the others gather behind it ("backstage"). The puppeteers come out from behind the screen at the proper time, cross the stage showing the audience their puppet or artwork, and return backstage at the end of the "day." 

Closing: 

Closing Prayer: (Explain, "We will pray a circle prayer; each of you in turn may say something God created for which you are thankful. I will close the prayer after a moment of silence.")
Dear Father, thank you for the amazing world that you created and gave to us. We thank you for _____. Please help us remember to be good stewards of your creation. Amen.


The Creation Drama
Tape Recorder Play/Sound Effects Script
adapted by Amy Crane from Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Today's English Version

(Spaces are left for the students to write in the sound effects they feel would create the appropriate noise, mood, or effect. Use noisemakers, rhythm instruments, objects and voice, but no words.)

All: A story from the Book of Genesis.

Reader 1: In the beginning, when God created the Universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness.

Sound effect:

Reader 2: The power of God was moving over the water.

Sound effect:

Reader 2: And God said,

God: Let there be light.

Sound effect:

Reader 1: And there was light!

Reader 2: And God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the first day.


Reader 3: God separated the water with a dome, and he named the dome "sky."

Sound effect:

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the second day.

Reader 2: Then God commanded

God: Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that land will appear.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: And it was done.

Reader 3: God named the land "earth" and the water "sea."

Reader 2: And God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Then God commanded

God: Let the earth produce all kinds of plants.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: And it was done,

Reader 2: and God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the third day.

Reader 3: Then God commanded

God: Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: And it was done,

Reader 2: and God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the fourth day.

Reader 3: Then God commanded

God: Let the water be filled with many kinds of living things,

Sound effect:

God: and let the air be filled with birds.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: And it was done.

Reader 2: And God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the fifth day.

Reader 3: Then God commanded

God: Let earth produce all kinds of animal life.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: And it was done,

Reader 2: and God was pleased with what he saw.

Reader 1: Then God commanded

God: And now we will make people; they will be like us.

Sound effect:

Reader 3: So God created human beings, and made them to be like himself.

Reader 2: And God blessed them

God: Have many children, so that your children and grandchildren and their grandchildren will live all over the earth and bring it under their control.

Reader 2: And it was done.

Reader 3: And God looked at everything He had made, and he was very pleased.

Reader 1: Evening passed and morning came. That was the sixth day.

Reader 4: And so the whole universe was completed in six days.

Reader 3: On the seventh day, God stopped working.

Reader 2: God blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day.

Readers 4,3,2,1: And that is how the universe was created.


Resources:
Scripture taken from the Good News Bible in Today's English Version - Second Edition, Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. 

Smith, Judy Gattis. 26 Ways to Use Drama in Teaching the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1988. (An excellent resource!) 

Books for sharing before and after class: there are many picture book versions of the Creation story available in the public library. Ask your librarian for help, or look for God's Gift by Jean Richards focuses on the second creation story — creation of man and woman.
Genesis with art by Ed Young: abstract/impressionistic paintings accompany the creation story and may inspire some sound effects for this lesson.
The Story of Creation, illustrated by Jane Ray.


  

A lesson written by Amy Crane for Camp Feliciana in Norwood, Louisiana 

Original Post

Interactive Audience Participation Storytelling/Drama

The Exchange Volunteer notes: I am moving this thread of questions to this lesson as another idea for using sound effects in a creation drama.

Melanie Vaughn had asked:

quote:
Years ago, I found a skit online (maybe through this website even) that told the story of creation in a humorous and repetitive way, using people to represent the different things that God created each day. For instance, the person portraying the Sun would say "Beam, Beam" over and over again during the skit. The Moon might have said "Glow, Glow". The Stars might have said "Shine, Shine". The kids loved it! The story came alive for them. Does this sound the least bit familiar to anyone? I could rewrite the skit, but if it's out there somewhere already written...? Thanks if you can help!



Luanne's answer...
The only thing I can think of that it might be is "In the Beginning" by John Cosper, Jr.?
Dramatix.org

Luanne, that is very close to what I was looking for!! Thank you! With a few revisions it will work perfectly. I'm adding more sound effects for most of the "creations" and a couple of extra animal roles. Going to have some adults and youth be the "actors" and elementary children be the "audience". Then if we have time, we'll switch places. Needed it for this Sunday, so your timing is perfect!
Thanks again!!!

Creation

Drama Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

This is a newsroom skit.

Scripture:

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

Memory Verse:

"You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created." Revelation 4:11 (NLT)

Purpose:

The children will dress as angels (since man had not been created yet!) and perform a Heavenly News Broadcast about the "six days". On the "seventh day", they will rest and enjoy their production.

Additional Objectives:

  • Know that angels were created before humans
  • Humans are above angels (higher in rank)
  • Angels are to help us

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan: read Psalm 19.
  • Learn the memory verse.
  • Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located.
  • Preview the cameras and know how to operate them.

Room Set-up:

  • Anchor desk
  • Angel on the cloud scene

Supply List:

  • Movie camera with fresh tape
  • Microphones
  • TV
  • Angel costumes
  • Pictures or objects to represent days of creation


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself as well as any new child.

Open with prayer

Explain the purpose of this workshop: "Today you will experience the Creation Story from an angel's perspective. Angels were created by God before our Creation story begins. You will enact a 'Heavenly Broadcast' dramatization of the six days and then rest on the seventh as you view your work!"

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Scripture/Bible Story:
Read the scripture: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3. (Encourage the children to use their Bibles to look up the passage. Talk about how "Genesis" means beginnings and it is the first book in the Bible.)

The word angel means messenger. Talk about the non-gender of angles (they are neither male nor female), but only male names have been stated in the Bible (if the angel was named at all). Say, "Angels were created before humans and they are with God. Many times, God has sent angels to help mankind. They are to help and serve us, and we will be made higher than them in Heaven. For this reason, God commands angels to help mankind. Their primary function is to help serve God's people and to strengthen, encourage and protect" us.

Script:
(This script is only a suggestion, you may prefer to have the children write one of their own!)

*Special note: You may need to demonstrate the Taco Bell hand gesture. With elbow bent, hold hand parallel to floor. Make circle gesture with hand by rotating towards the body and ending with arm fully extended and hand parallel to floor.

Newsroom Skit

director: Lights!……Camera!……Action!

narrator: We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you
this late breaking bulletin! God has been in His shop for the past six days working on something entirely new! Let's go now to the studio for a live broadcast.

anchor angel 1: Hark! Harold the angel here reporting to you from our
Heavenly Hosts Studios. We are happy to interrupt our regular program to bring you this special message about God's Creation! (turns to anchor angel 2) Well, Gabriel, the Lord God Almighty has been busy for six straight days.

anchor angel 2: (responding to anchor angel 1) That's right, Harold. (turns to
camera) Our research shows that on day one, God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. He made day and night. God saw that this was (make Taco Bell hand gesture) good to go. (turns back to Harold) Kinda' out of the box, huh Harold?

anchor angel 1: (looking at Gabe) Why, yes, it is Gabe. (turns to face camera)
On day two, God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." And He called it sky.

anchor angel 2: (looking at camera) Then on day three, God said, "Let the
water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." God called the dry ground "land" and the gathered waters "seas". (turns to Harold) God saw that it was (make Taco Bell hand gesture) good to go. (turns back to camera) And this was a busy day for our Lord, God also said, "Let the land produce vegetation". (turns to Harold) And it did!

anchor angel 1: (responding to Gabe) Cool beans! (speaking into camera) On
the fourth day, God said, "Let there be lights to separate the day from the night and let them serve as signs for the seasons." (turns to Gabe) And it was so! (turns back to camera) He made the sun and the moon and the stars. And God saw that it (make Taco Bell hand gesture) was good to go!

anchor angel 2: (whistling "This Little Light of Mine" looking at Harold) Catchy
little tune, don't you think? (turns to camera) On the fifth day, God said, "Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth". And God saw that is (make Taco Bell hand gesture) was good to go!

anchor angel 1: Things are just swimming right along! We are up to our
sixth day, now. And God said, "let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds". And it was so. (turns to Gabe) Guess what God saw!?

anchor angel 2: It was (make Taco Bell hand gesture) good to go!

anchor angel 1: That's right, Gabe!

anchor angel 2: I know, I was there. But now, we are going live on
location to Cloud Nine Studios where Michael is standing by.

Michael: Thanks, fellow flying dudes. How are you today?

anchor angel 1
anchor angel 2: (together) Fine thanks, and you?

Michael: I'm a little excited. Day number six isn't over yet and
rumor has it that God will speak some more! (pause to listen to ear mic) Wait! What's that? (speaking into camera) The rumor is correct, God is getting ready to speak, again!

God: (big booming voice) "Let us make man in our image, in our
likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

anchor angel 1: (very excitedly) Sweet! Will you look at that? Can you see
them, Gabe?!

anchor angel 2: (awestruck) Yes, Harold, I see them. But, that's not what
we look like; they don't look like us! I thought God said to make man in our image! Did God mess up? Did he get too tired after all of his hard work and make a mistake!?

Michael: (rolling his angel eyes) No, Gabe, God did not mess up! God
does not make mistakes. When He said "in our image", he didn't mean we would look alike, he meant that mankind would have free will just like us! (speaking kind of under his breath) Feather Brain!

anchor angel 1: You know, mankind will have the freedom to choose right
and wrong actions…just like us and those, those, those (looks around nervously) fallen angels.

anchor angel 2: Oh. (pause) Well, let's just pray and do our part to make
sure as many people as possible choose wisely! We have to help and protect them from those 'other ones'.

anchor angel 1: (speaking to Gabe) Very nicely put, Gabe. (looking into
camera) God expects us to serve and protect the humans.

anchor angel 2: (speaking to archor 1) So, let me get this straight. God just
spoke a few little words and poof! He created everything?!

Michael: That's correct, Gabriel. God speaks and things are created
out of nothing. Just like that!

anchor angel 2: That's amazing. That's a miracle!

anchor angel 1: (speaking to anchor 2) No, Gabe, that's a God-thing! We and
everything else can only create things out of something that already exists, but not our Lord! (speaking into the camera) So, Michael, any news on what God has planned for tomorrow, the seventh day?

!Michael: As a matter of fact, yes, Harold. God will rest from
his work tomorrow. He has blessed the seventh and made it Holy. And mankind and we are to honor it, too! This is Michael live from Cloud Nine Studios signing off.

anchor angel 2: Thanks, Michael. Your report has been very enlightening!

anchor angel 1: As we close this special broadcast and return to our
regularly scheduled program, let us call to one another,

all: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is
full of his glory."

narrator: CUT!

End of script

Let the children practice the Sabbath by "resting" and watching their production!

Closing:

 

Close with prayer

Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy the room. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.


 

A lesson written by Cissy Green from: First UMC

Beebe, Arkansas

 

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Luanne Payne posted:

Interactive Audience Participation Storytelling/Drama

The Exchange Volunteer notes: I am moving this thread of questions to this lesson as another idea for using sound effects in a creation drama.

Melanie Vaughn had asked:

quote:
Years ago, I found a skit online (maybe through this website even) that told the story of creation in a humorous and repetitive way, using people to represent the different things that God created each day. For instance, the person portraying the Sun would say "Beam, Beam" over and over again during the skit. The Moon might have said "Glow, Glow". The Stars might have said "Shine, Shine". The kids loved it! The story came alive for them. Does this sound the least bit familiar to anyone? I could rewrite the skit, but if it's out there somewhere already written...? Thanks if you can help!



Luanne's answer...
The only thing I can think of that it might be is "In the Beginning" by John Cosper, Jr.?
Dramatix.org

Rotation Friend posted:

Luanne, that is very close to what I was looking for!! Thank you! With a few revisions it will work perfectly. I'm adding more sound effects for most of the "creations" and a couple of extra animal roles. Going to have some adults and youth be the "actors" and elementary children be the "audience". Then if we have time, we'll switch places. Needed it for this Sunday, so your timing is perfect!
Thanks again!!!

Hi Rotation Friend,

I'd love to use your revised version of the script for this year's VBS!  Thank you in advance!

Hi Nancy,

When we did the "In the Beginning" by John Cosper, Jr. we followed his script as written at  Dramatix.org.

We did it at an inter-generational service at our church and I pulled people (adults and kids) randomly from the pews. This would also work for VBS.

It involves 21 kids, plus two narrators (teachers).  

If you want to increase the number of participants from 21, I would simply add more animals, fish, trees, etc.. So for example if the script calls for two animals, you could do four instead (just print the script and adjust the numbers as desired).

We added some costumes, for our two animals, one got a rubber cat nose and the other a rubber pig nose, and those where the animal sounds they made.  With additional animals you would just do the same. (Some simple costumes are an adaption I added - see attachment for details.)

In the attachment are my notes from when we did it, that may be of help to you. They contain:

  • Props/Costume/Actions Chart
  • Additional notes and a short Intro to the skit
  • Sign to print - It was Good!
  • Layout of where to position participants. I wrote up cards and taped to the floor so as narrator I could quickly see where to place people.  If any props or costumes were involves they were also place by the cards when setting up.  We did this at the front of our church so were able to do layers of participants using the choir loft so everyone could be seen easily by the audience. But, it would still give you an idea of placement even if you did it on a stage.

I would also incorporate Neil's email suggestion, which is a good one. He said, "The only thing that seems missing from the Dramatix script is a modicum of reflection or meaning, which I would look to add if I were doing it."

Any questions on the attachment let me know.

Hope this helps.

Luanne

Attachments

Luanne,

This is awesome!  Your additions to the original script are so well organized and easy to follow.  I can imagine our "Fire, Earth, and Wind" - Elements in the Bible VBS participants really enjoying this engaging play.  

Thanks to you, and John, for your generosity in sharing, and thank you Neil for your thoughtful comments on reflection. Your wonderful work is much appreciated!

Epiphany blessings,

Nancy

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