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This thread is for posting workshop rotation lessons and ideas for teaching Deut 6 "Hear O Israel".

Please post the workshop name in BOLD at the top of your post.

The thread kicks off with several 'complete' lessons posted by member Staci Woodruff.




Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (NIV)


This lesson set used 4 rotations, but only 2 are posted:

  • Art - Children will make Scripture Jewelry (like Tefillin-Shrinky Dinks) to illustrate Deut. 6:8
  • Bible Skills - Children learn the Inductive Bible Study method.
  • Bible Games - Children play a buzzer game to review different commands from this Deut. 5 (10 commandments) and Deut. 6. (not included)
  • Drama - "Bring your Parents to Kingdom Adventures" - Parents and children will act out modern adaptations of Deut. 6:6-7 (not included)


Story

Our story begins in the wilderness. God had saved his people from slavery in Egypt. The Egyptians did not know God and did not do what God said to do. God did not want his people to be like the Egyptians or the other people who lived around their new land because they worshiped other gods. God wanted his people to love, honor and obey ONLY him. So God spoke to them and gave them the Ten Commandments. But there were many more rules for them to follow. Hearing from God himself was a pretty intense event, so God told Moses all the rules and laws the people were to follow. Then Moses summoned all the people of Israel to share with them what God had said.

Moses spoke to the people and said, “These are the commands, decrees and laws God directed me to teach you to obey. Hear, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you just as God promised you.
“The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Make sure you teach them to your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
“When things are going well for you, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who saved you.
“Serve God only. Do not follow other gods. Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the rules he has given you. Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight.
“In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the rules, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded us?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised our ancestors. The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees, so that we could be blessed. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

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Kingdom Adventures- Faith at Home
Art Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will learn about Tefillin and make their own scripture jewelry to tie on their arms.

Scripture Reference(s):
Deuteronomy 6 with emphasis on verses 1-3

Lesson Objectives: 

  • Through guided discussion, children will verbalize that God’s word is the guide for our lives.
  • By personalizing scriptures in the craft, children will understand that God’s word is personal, for each one of us.

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • 2-3 copies of suggested scriptures for older students
  • #6 plastic (clear) one piece for each student
  • Permanent markers in assorted colors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon (cut into bracelets that can tie around the wrist. Two 10-inche pieces per student.)
  • Toaster oven with extra trays (can be bought at Wal-Mart in disposable pan section)
  • Bibles (one per student)

Before class – prepare the plastic: Cut plastic into squares (use the flattest part). Punch a hole in two opposite sides (i.e. top and bottom or right and left side) of the plastic. Make a sample to test timing.



Lesson Plan 

Opening:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig:

Story/Lesson/Activity:

What is your favorite Bible verse or passage? Why?(Allow several minutes for this as it will come up again later.)

[When everyone has arrived and had opportunity to share, begin class with a prayer.]

This month we are studying about God’s people in the wilderness. They have been freed from slavery in Egypt and are camped at Mount Sinai. God wants to change his people’s hearts. He wants them to completely give up the false gods, and pagan practices of the Egyptians, and follow his laws and his ways. God wants to show them that his ways are best, and that he will provide for them if they will follow him. Can anyone tell me one way God provided for his people while they wandered in the wilderness? (water, manna, quail, won battles without fighting, plundered Egyptians, etc.)

As they camp, God begins to give them rules for living. Basically, a new system of government. Remember, they had been slaves to Egyptians. They had basically no rights. They also had not had anyone to teach them very much about the true God. They knew some things about him and they had not forgotten him, but God wanted to have a closer relationship with them. He had called them out to be his chosen, special people. Now he wanted to tell them everything that meant.

Because the Israelites are afraid of God, they have Moses talk to God and then tell them what God said.

[Read Deuteronomy 6. Have volunteers read or read it yourself. There is no story book for this passage. You may paraphrase the story if you wish, but make sure they understand you are paraphrasing and show the passage in the actual Bible.]

Look again at verses 6 and 7. God’s commands were to be on their hearts. What does that mean? (God wanted them to know and understand his laws, to love them, live them.)

Does anyone have any jewelry on that has writing on it? Perhaps a rubber bracelet from VBS or camp? (If yes) Without looking at it, can you tell me what it says? (yes) How is that possible? (accept answers) If you wear something and look at it every day, you remember what it says, right?

Look with me at verses 7- 9. [Have someone read it.] Why do you think God said to talk about them all those times and tie them as symbols to their arms and foreheads? (So they would remember them) Just like when you are trying to learn and remember something, you go over it and over it, God wanted his people to really think about his way of life and really live it.

God knew that he could change his people’s heart if they learned his word. And a good way to learn something is to have it in front of you all the time. The Jews had actual boxes they would store scripture in. [Show picture.] This is called a Tefillin. It is a little leather box that contains Scripture. It was a tradition for Jewish men, especially Rabbis to wear them. Jesus talks about them in Matthew 23:5.

Today we are going to make our own, modern versions of Tefilln. We are going to make Shrinky-Dinks of our favorite scriptures. Since these are to be symbols, you can either write the words or draw pictures to remind you of the scripture. You can decorate it any way you’d like as long as it reminds you of a scripture that speaks to you, that you want to have in your heart. We are going to personalize the scripture by putting our name in it. For example, if I want to Philippians 4:13, I would say, “I, Steve can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” If I want to learn Joshua 1:9, I would write, “Be strong, Staci, and be courageous, for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.”

[Make sure everyone understands how to make it personal.]

[Pass out plastic pieces and permanent markers.] 

Make Shrinky Dinks

Step 1 – Choose a scripture (younger children are going to use Deut. 6:5 “(name)________, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Step 2 – Write the scripture on plastic (pictures instead of words are OK) [Remind children to be careful not to get permanent marker on their clothes. There is only 1 piece of plastic per student, remind them to plan before they write or draw.]

Step 3 – Decorate around scripture as desired.

Step 4 – Bake in toaster oven 1-3 minutes. Watch closely, plastic will curl up then flatten out. Remove immediately. Plastic will be HOT! If it has not completely flattened, place a book on top (Quickly! It will only be pliable for about 10 seconds)

Step 5 – Attach ribbons. Fold one ribbon in half. Push folded end into hole, making a loop. Thread loose ends through loop and pull to tighten. Repeat for other side.

Step 6 – Tie ribbons around wrist.

[Be sure to leave enough time for closing!!]

[Bring students together and allow each time to tell his or her scripture choice, or to read their scripture aloud.] Why did God want his people to know his laws and decrees? (See verse 2! So that they would be able to keep his laws and enjoy a long life.)

Does God want us to know his word? (YES) Why is it important to know God’s word? (allow discussion, but the point is that the Bible, God’s word, is our guide – it tells us how to live the lives God would have us live.)

God wanted to change their hearts, and make them his special people. God wants us to have a special relationship with him, too. God wants us to know his word so he can guide us in our lives just like he did the Israelites. 

Closing:

Let’s close in prayer and ask God to help us learn his word.

(Lead a simple prayer such as: Dear God, please help us take your word, the Bible to heart. Help us to know your word, love your word and live your word. Help it to change our hearts and make us your special people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.)


Modifications for Younger students
Younger students will do the same verse (so they can look at the spelling, learn it together, etc.)

Modifications for Older students
Older students can choose their own verse. Older children can take turns reading the passages.


A lesson written by Staci Woodruff from: Jenks Church Children’s Ministry.
Tulsa, OK 

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The following lesson was posted as a "Bible Skills and Games Workshop". Reviewers really enjoyed Staci's teaching of the "inductive method" of Bible study...the skill.

The lesson needs GAMES to reinforce those concepts.

The "Game" Workshop in the Rotation Model originally made an extra effort to focus on Bible skills during each rotation. Kudos to Staci for taking that concept seriously!



Deuteronomy 6

Bible Skills Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will learn the Inductive Bible Study Method by applying it to Deuteronomy 6:1-3. 

Scripture Reference:
Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Lesson Objectives:

  • Children will be able to identify Egypt, Mount Sinai and Canaan on a map. Children will be able to find Deuteronomy in their Bible and know that it is one of the Old Testament books of the Law.

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Map of Egypt, Canaan, Mount Sinai
  • Inductive Bible Study Letter for Parents (one per student)
  • Inductive Bible Study Worksheet (one per student)
  • Inductive Bible Study Sample Worksheet (one) [These documents are available on request. ~sw]
  • Bibles (one per student)
  • Pencils


Lesson Plan 

Opening:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig:
Story/Lesson/Activity:

Pass out Bibles.

Our story this month comes from Deuteronomy 6, but most of the ideas are found in Deuteronomy 11 as well. God repeats himself sometimes. Why do you think he does that? (Allow discussion. Basically, he wants to make sure his people understand.)

[Go to Map wall.]
God had saved his people from slavery in Egypt. [Point to Egypt or have a child find it for you.] They were headed to the Promised Land, also called Canaan. [Point to Canaan or have a child find it for you.]

God defeated Pharaoh and his army at the Red Sea. [Point to Red Sea or have a child find it for you.]

As the Israelites camped at Mount Sinai in the wilderness, God continues to prepare them for their future as his holy nation. [Point to Mount Sinai or have a child find it for you.]

[Return to seats.]

Remember, the Israelites had been in Egypt, living under Egyptian rule for about 400 years. They had not forgotten God, but they had adopted many of the pagan practices of the Egyptians. The Egyptians did not know God and did not do what God said to do. God did not want his people to be like the Egyptians or the other people who lived around their new land because they worshiped other gods. God wanted his people to love, honor and obey ONLY him. So God spoke to them and gave them the Ten Commandments. But there were many more rules to the system of law God wanted to set up to govern his people in the Promised Land.

Hearing from God himself was a pretty intense event, and the people were scared so badly they begged Moses to go to God on their behalf. So God told Moses all the rules and laws the people were to follow. Then Moses summoned all the people of Israel to share with them what God had said.

Find Deuteronomy 6 in your Bibles. [Have volunteers read sections or read the passage yourself.]

1-3 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

10-12 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

13-19 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.

20-25 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

This entire chapter of the Bible, Deuteronomy 6, tells the Israelites that they need to learn God’s word and teach it to their children. They learned it and taught it so that they could live as God’s people in the land God was giving them. They didn’t have Bibles like we have. They had the Ten Commandments on tablets of stones from God, but they didn’t have one set for each family. Plus, God had other decrees, rules or laws for them to follow. So how did they learn God’s laws? (They talked about them and listened to them being read by Moses or the priests.)

How many of you have a Bible in your home? How many of you have your own Bible? (Make note if any child doesn’t have a Bible in their home.) We are so very blessed to have Bibles of our very own that we can read and study to learn what God says.

Today we are going to talk about a passage of Scripture, and learn how to study God’s word. If you can read, you can do this anytime, anywhere, all by yourself. If you can’t read yet, or don’t read well yet, you can do this with your mom or dad or big sister or brother.

Your objective is to learn to read the Bible as if God were personally speaking to you. Why? Because He is!

This type of Bible study is called an Inductive Bible Study. Anyone can do it.

[Pass out worksheets.]

This worksheet will help you understand the process. I will explain it as we go along. After this first time, you will not need a worksheet to do it. I will send the instructions home with you along with a letter to your parents.

The first step is to choose a Bible passage to study. We are going to choose the first part of the chapter we just read. Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Write that down on your worksheet.

Now that we have chosen our passage, let’s pray and ask God to guide us in our study. [Lead a simple prayer – an example: Dear God, please give us wisdom and help us learn what you are trying to teach us in this passage. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Now let’s dig in to the passage. [Read verses 1-3 again.]
What is the overall theme of this passage? (Allow a small discussion, then have the children write their answer on the answer line for #4 on their worksheet.)

Now it is time to ask some questions. Write the questions down on your sheet. Don’t worry about the answers yet. We use the “5 Ws & H” questions. (Allow the kids to come up with questions too!)
Who – Who is in the story or passage?
What – What is going on? What is the purpose of the law?
When – When was the law given?
Where – Where were these laws given? Where were they going?
Why – Why did God give the laws? Why was it a good idea to follow the laws?
How – How did God give them the laws? How did they teach their children?

#6 - Now, let’s answer the questions. (Discuss for a bit, but allow children to write what they want.)
(One possibility: This story is about God, Moses and all the Israelites. God is giving the law to the Israelites (and the future Israelites) through Moses. God set up the laws while they were camped at Mount Sinai in the wilderness after they had been freed from slavery in Egypt. The laws were given so they would have a system of government in the Promised land, and so that they would know how to love and obey ONLY God, the real, true, only God. God spoke the laws to Moses and Moses told the people. They were to teach their children. Since they didn’t have written Bibles, they passed them along by talking.)

Even though God’s laws in this passage were written to the Israelites, the WHOLE Bible is for us. Why is it important for us to learn the laws and decrees of God given to the Israelites?

[Read 2 Timothy 3:16, 17. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.]

On that line in #6 that says other passages that give insight, write down, “2 Timothy 3:16, 17.”

#7 – What universal principle is being taught? How does this passage apply to you? What speaks to you? [This may be difficult for children. Allow plenty of discussion time. Be sure they get the concept.] (A possible answer/lesson is: I need to study and learn God’s word so I can obey. Or, I need to obey God’s word so things will go well for me.)

[These will be personal, and may be very different. The point is to make sure they understand the concept.]

#8 – What is one thing you can do to apply this passage, the lessons you have learned, to your life? (Answers can vary greatly. Possibilities include: study my Bible more, tell a friend about Jesus to practice for later when I need to tell my children, etc.)

[Encourage them to write down one thing and plan to do it.]

[If you finish before time is up, allow children to work in their journals.]


Lesson Modifications for Older Students:
None. If writing does not go well, do it all orally, just discussing each part. (See modifications for younger students.)

Lesson Modifications for Younger Students:
Younger children can do the Bible study orally, and not write anything down. Have them draw a picture (in their journals) of themselves doing the one thing from #8.


Resources:
http://www.preceptaustin.org/t...tive_bible_study.htm


Inductive Bible Study Worksheet

Deuteronomy 6:1-3

1) Write down Bible passage to study: ________________________________________________________

2) Pray and ask God to guide you in your study. [an example: Dear God, please give us wisdom and help us learn what you are trying to teach us in this passage. In Jesus’ Name, amen.]

3) Optional: Write your own short prayer: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4) Now let’s dig in to the passage. [Read verses 1-3 again.]
What is the overall theme of this passage? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5) Now it is time to ask some questions based on the “5 Ws & H”. Review the questions then before answering come up with two of your own questions. Once you've come up with your own questions, answer all the questions.

Who – Who is in the story or passage?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What – What is going on? What is the purpose of the law?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
When – When was the law given?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Where – Where were these laws given? Where were they going?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why – Why did God give the laws? Why was it a good idea to follow the laws?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How – How did God give them the laws? How did they teach their children?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other questions I have are:

Question #1 -


Answer_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Question #2 -

 

Answer_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

6) What other scripture passages give insight, help us understand, our passage.
Write down what “2 Timothy 3:16, 17” says.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

7) What universal principle is being taught? How does this passage apply to you? What speaks to you?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8) What is one thing you can do to apply this passage, the lessons you have learned, to your life? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

A lesson written by Staci Woodruff for Kingdom Adventures Jenks Church Children’s Ministry
Tulsa, OK 

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