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Noah and the Ark

Newsroom Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will dress in biblical costumes and conduct a news broadcast about Noah.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Memory Verse:

“God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations; I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'" Genesis 9:12-13, (NLT)

Lesson Objectives:

  • understand the strength Noah displayed by building the ark

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • read the scripture passages and lesson plan.
  • 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
  • 'man on the street' scene

Supply List:

  • Movie camera with fresh tape
  • Microphones
  • TV
  • biblical costumes
  • life vests
  • umbrellas


Presentation:

 

Opening- Welcome and Introductions:
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 story of Noah and the Ark from a neighbor's perspective. You will enact a news broadcast about the "crazy man, Noah" and his boat.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Scripture/Bible Story:
Paraphrase the scripture: Genesis 6-9. (Encourage the children to use their Bibles to look up the passage.

Talk about what people may have thought and felt about Noah and his plan. What might they have thought when they saw the animals coming and what they might have thought about when they saw the first drops of rain.

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

director: Lights!……Camera!……Action!

narrator: Today's head line story is about one crazy man's attempted
depletion of our trees. Stay tuned for FUMC TV News at 10.

nephilim: Shalom. Later in today's broadcast, we will go live to Noah
to hear why he is depleting our forests. I'm Neph L. Em, bringing you all the news that is the news! But first, let's get an update from Gene.

gene: And I'm Gene E. Sis. Years ago, when Noah first began
cutting down a few trees, our citizens took little notice. When he told people he was building a boat, most people just thought, "Whatever". But after several years of tree clearing, people are growing worried about the long term effects of losing so much forest land. There is a national concern for the changing weather and possible soil erosion.

nephilim: (looking at Gene) Thanks for that update, Gene. (turns to face
camera) We go remote now to Cain's Orchard, Salad Bar, and Grill where Naamah is standing by for a live interview with the public. (pause) Naamah can you hear me?

naamah: (looking at camera with hand pressed to ear) Yes, Neph, I can
hear you fine. Thanks. I am standing here inside Cain's Orchard, Salad Bar and Grill where I have learned of a new skit that is performed daily for the patrons. It appears to be a spoof on Noah and it is growing in popularity. The actors are awaiting our cue so they can perform a small sampling of the skit for our viewing audience.

nephilim: (responding to Gene) Oh, now this should be fun! (speaking
into camera) Give them the cue, Naamah, we are ready to be entertained.

naamah: (signals 'actors' with a finger snap and pointing finger)

psuedo-god: Hey, Noah.

psuedo-noah: Hunh, who's there?

psuedo-god: It's me, god.

newscrew: (giggles and laughter)

psuedo-noah: Hey, god, what's up?

psuedo-god: The water will be soon. So, you need to build a boat.

psuedo-noah: (wide-eyed stupid voice) OK, am I going on a cruise?

psuedo-god: Well, you might say that.

newscrew: (more giggles and laughter)

psuedo-noah: Great. Can I take the Mrs, the old ball and chain?

psuedo-god: Sure. Take your whole family.

psuedo-noah: Sweet! I hope it's a family cruise to Disney World!

psuedo-god: No, it's more like a zoo cruise.

newscrew: (snickers and grins)

psuedo-noah: Sounds exotic.

naamah: As you can see, people are diving right into the spirit of this
skit. Everyone is in on the act! This God-requested-boat building has made Noah the object of everyone's jokes. But as those who have known him for years say, "he has never really fit in. He has never been like the rest of us. He has always talked about his God being better than ours and he doesn't know how to have fun like we do!" Noah isn't very well respected in these parts. (pause ~ speaking to the camera) Thanks, and now back to you, Gene.

gene: (speaking neph & chuckling) Now that is a funny skit. I would
like to go see it in its entirety after work tonight.

nephilim: (speaking to gene) Me, too, Gene, and I'm buying.

gene: That will be a first. (turns to camera) FUMC TV News at 10
prides itself on its unbiased reporting. So in our efforts to be fair, we have Jubal standing by for a live interview with Noah, himself!

nephilim: (speaking to camera) Jubal, can you hear us?

Jubal: (speaking into camera) Yes, I can. (pause) This is Jubal
reporting live. I am standing here with the man who has been on everyone's minds (speaking sarcastically) as a joke that is. (turns to Noah) Noah, would you like to tell us in your own words just how this 'little' project of yours got started?

noah: (wearing a life vest and holding an umbrella over his head)
Shalom. Thank you, Jubal, I would like that very much.

jubal: Very well, then, please feel free to begin. (act very disinterested and bored with Noah's story)

noah: I have always tried to be a righteous man and to follow
God's ways. I have stood alone among my peers who are corrupt and filled with violence. Then one day, God said to me, "I am going to put an end to all people...I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark…" and he gave me VERY detailed instructions on how to build it.

jubal: God talks to you? (make the crazy sign as Noah continues)

noah: God talks to everyone who listens. Oh, look, here they
come now. (animals are marching to the ark. make animal sounds) I would love to stay and tell you more about God, but I have His instructions to follow. It's time for my family and me to board the ark. (sounds of the approaching storm) Good bye.

jubal: Wow, this water is getting deep! Hey, Noah, can I use your
life vest?

noah: You're too late…about 120 years too late!

(noise of door slamming)

jubal: (to the camera) Well, since Noah has left us and boarded his
boat, this concludes our interview. We'll go back to the studio now for the rest of our broadcast. (says to himself) Man, this water is getting deeper by the minute! (speaking to camera) Back to you, Neph.

neph: Thanks, Jubal. That was an interesting report!

gene: Well, I think that Noah person is all wet!

neph: He is certainly a strange bird!

(loud clap of thunder and lots of static before power outage and broadcast goes off!)

narrator: CUT!

End of script

Allow children to view their work!

 

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  

 

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

 

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"Noah's Radio Show" Drama Workshop

View and print the attached PDF of the lesson

Open and play a recording of 3rd and 4th graders performing the script attached to this lesson.

Note: Though the lesson title includes "Babel," this lesson is just about Noah.

Summary:

  • Scripture: Genesis 6-9:17
  • Focus:  Noah's faith in God in the face of many questions!
  • Memory Verse: “Call out to me. I will answer you. I will tell you great things you do not know. you will not be able to understand them.” Jeremiah 33:3


Activities:
 Students will record a "Noah Radio Show" complete with a conversation with God, storm and animals sound effects. 

Additional Suggestions:  This could also be a drama with "off camera" sound effects and narrators. The actors "lip sync" and act out their lines being read to them (fun technique).

For the life application questions, add questions about "what big things does God ask US to do?"  What big problems need solved in this world? How can the church help?  Is this something we should do alone (like Noah) or ask for help? 

The "life application" of Noah's story could be quickly dramatized like this: A student could be hammering on a piece of wood when someone asked them "what are you working on?"  The student's response: stop bullying at school, end hunger, help kids who are hurting in our town (etc etc). "How you going to do that?"  Well first of all I could use YOUR help?  More people come and ask the question and get asked to help until a whole group of people is hammering away on the problem. THAT'S THE CHURCH.   (Again, have the narration off-camera so the actors just have to act out what they're hearing.)

You are welcome to use it in part or entirely. In addition to printing the PDF, you can copy the text from the PDF by dragging it with your mouse and copying/pasting into your own document. You can quickly save the PDF to your computer, then upload the PDF to https://simplypdf.com/ and convert it to a Word doc for easy editing in Word.

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