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Pop up books and Great music: 

I found a great Bible Story Pop-Up books at the Dollar Store I plan to use with the little ones. Also plan to use Peter Spier's book for older children - I love it!
for music try - www.kididdles.com and check under Song Lyrics - The Arky Arky Song (Rise and Shine.) 

Noah Books:

 

We have been using the story of Noah all summer for rotation. Each week we read a different book about the story. My favorites are The Boat of Many Rooms by J. Patrick Lewis, which is done in verse; Noah's Ark illustrated by Peter Spier, which is only pictures so the children can tell the story; and A Prayer for the Earth - The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife - a midrash about Noah's wife's call by God, which is to save each plant on earth. The attendance this summer has been much better than last and we are glad that we continued rotation during the summer.

Noah through the senses:

An art project we did was using our 5 senses. We had the kids explore the different sounds, smells, sights, tastes, and feels ... everyone chose an animal and made as loud of sound as they could all at once (how many times are you allowed to do THAT in a "regular" Sun. school class?!), we had them nibble cheese and crackers, and we had them make an ark project including "natural" type textures - straw, sand, beans, etc.

For our younger kids we also used the video to Peter Spier's book (highly recommended) and our oldest kids watched a documentary on the topic of "was there really a flood" which gave proof there was.

Our preschoolers loved playing over and over each week with a Noah's Ark playset I found at the local Family Chrisitian Store.

We also had an adult dress the part of Noah on the first day we began the rotation, which was our second month rotating. The kids loved it.

Live Animals:

 

When we did Noah's Ark we did a couple of really neat things: one of our members works at the zoo, so she arranged for a couple of docents to bring live animals! We had snakes, a Great Horned owl, a bat, some skins, a rhino horn and some other things. It was great!

For our art project, we made beaded rainbows. It's a little tricky to do, but the kids loved it.

Rock Steady by: Sting

 

I found great book that had Story and Music together: Rock Steady by Sting. It use his song Rock Steady to tell the story of Noah it great. Hope you enjoy it.

ISBN:0-06-029231-8
(any store can order you the book with this code)

Noah Fact activities:

 

ChristianAnswers.net was a good place for us to find much "factual" information about Noah's Ark (i.e., how long a cubit actually was, how big that ark would really be in kid terms, how many animals could have likely been there, etc.) We used this information to play a variety of games, like Bible Jeopardy in our Temple School workshop. The culminating activity, which brought much attention to our groups each week, was the one that involved our taking the children out to the field behind our church and having the children estimate how big the ark was. Then, we stretched out crepe paper across the field to be the exact length of the ark - with children dotted along the line to keep it from dragging the ground. Their orignial estimates were always too short.

Does God Have a Big Toe? By: Marc Gellman

 

I have also used two stories from the book, "Does God Have a Big Toe?" by Marc Gellman and Oscar de Mehjo. One story is entitled, "Noah's Friends," which is good; my favorite is "The Bird-Feather Rainbow." Both stories are midrash, and are fun and humorous for children and adults alike. I highly recommend them.

Flood- Music by Jars of Clay

 

Well, I couldn't get Rock Steady in time for the class. But I came across a CD by Jars of Clay which had their hit "Flood." I used this for the older kids. First we listened to how they used music to tell the story, and then I had them tell the story using popular nursery rhyme tunes like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and Mary Had A Little Lamb. They had fun, and we put their songs up on the walls.

Science Ideas:

Posted by Meneta 

This was a fun idea: We tested several objects for sink or float-ability. Then we made small(open top) aluminum foil boats by folding the foil around the bottom of a small boat. We floated the boats then put animal crackers on them. We also tried to guess (then tested) how many animals crackers it would take to sink the boat. We discussed how ark really means "box" and what it would have been like to be in the ark tossing during the storm. Of course, we saved some animal crackers to eat! This science activity was a big hit with preschool through fifth grade groups!

From: Staunton, Virginia, USA


Posted by CathyW 

As part of our Science Station with the Noah story, we wanted to talk about baptism. One of our curriculum people remembers the general idea of a science experiment where you started with a cloudy liquid, added something (of course, he can't remember the crucial ingredient)and that turned the liquid clear. If anyone has heard of this experiment, we would appreciate hearing about it. Thanks.


Posted by mellick 

I do have a recipe for rainbow bubbles and bubble paints. I do not know if this is what yo are looking for but I am more than willing to share.

Melissa
email: mellicktoo@yahoo.com


Posted Wendy In Roch

Could this be what you are looking for?

http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/88360...866048121#2866048121

Storytelling Ideas:

One thing I thought of and I have written it for you below is a story of Noah's ark that builds. Feel free to adapt and add to this, the following is just a brainstorming creative session, not necessarily a final form. Divide the group into Noah, Noah's wife, the sons, the daughters-in-law, and then various animals that make noises. Give each part something to say when they hear their name in the story, such as: Noah might say "Yes God", Mrs. Noah "You must have heard wrong", the sons "aww dad", the daughters-in-law "amazing", and the animals each their respective sound. More than one child can play a role if you have a large group.

Now tell the story of Noah but tell it in steps adding a new character each time. Example: God said to Noah (Yes God), "Build me an ark Noah (Yes God)Make it big enough for (sound), repeat for all the animals..Noah (Yes God)Invite your family Noah (Yes God)It is going to rain and rain and only you and your family shall live. The first person he talked to was Mrs. Noah (I must have heard wrong) and then he told his sons (aww dad!) and his daughters-in-law(amazing)The ark began with the order, "Cut down the trees sons (aww dad)" and then "Gather up food for our family and all of the animals for several months Mrs. Noah (I must have heard wrong)and he asked what do you think of it daughters-in-law (amazing) When the ark was built God said, "Gather male and female of all the animals Noah (yes God)" Two by two the (sound) came (repeat until all of the animals are said). Then God said, "It is going to rain for 40 days and 40 nights Noah (Yes God)" Tell your family they must stay on the ark until the water has dried from the earth. The first person he told was Mrs. Noah (I must have heard wrong), then he told his sons (aww dad) and his daughters-in-law (amazing) After they were safely inside it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and flooded the whole earth. The family floated for many months but finally sent out dove (sound) who found an olive branch. After more waiting the waters finally dried up and the family left the ark, the site took the breath away from the daughters-in law (amazing). Mrs. Noah (I must have heard wrong) was told to let the animals out. Out came the (sound) (repeat until all are said.) The sons (aww dad) were told to build an altar and everyone praised God for saving them. God put a bow in the clouds and that promised he would never again destroy the world by flood. God said "Go forth and populate the earth Noah" (Yes God) The end.

 


Idea originally posted by SheilaB

Music Ideas

Posted by CathyW 

For our music station with Noah, our lesson writer came up with 2 "camp songs". She knows the words, but we need to find the music. The 2 songs are "Creature Praise" (Large creatures, small creatures....) and "All God's Critters" (got a place in the choir). Any help would be appreciated.


Posted by dsevertson 

Hi Cathy,
If you can't get your hands on the sheet music or a Scout Camp songbook, there are 2 books at Amazon.com with these songs and many more....

For 'Creature Praise' the book is "Primary Praise"; Lillenas Publishing. This book has 60 Scripture songs and is $9.99.

For 'All God's Critters' (one of my all time faves)is the same title as this song; Dutton Publishing; author, Bill Staines. For easier reference, the ISBN # is 0525444696.

Hope this helps! Sing on!
Debbie


Posted by Janelle Tibbetts 

There is also a song with lyrics - "Who built the Ark? Noah, Noah!" Check out http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/...t-the-ark-lyrics.htm for more info about the song.


Posted by TeriB 

This is not the song you were asking for, but it is really cute. Done to the tune of Old MacDonald

Mr. Noah built a boat, e, i, e, i, o.
and on his boat he had two (cats, dogs, etc.)
e, i, e, i, o. With a (meow, ruff, etc.) here...

I think you get the idea. My kids sing it all the time and when they learned Old MacDonald at the public school they shared their version with the others (Whitnessing in Kindergarten...Hmmm)


Posted by Jen Horning

...Suggested music: Jars of Clay, “Flood”, Sting “Rock Steady”, The Wiggles “Uncle Noah’s Ark”.

Have them tell the story using popular nursery rhymes, tunes like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Noah's Ark Song
To the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
http://www.dltk-bible.com/genesis/noah_song4.htm

Rise and Shine (The Arky Arky Song)
To the tune of "Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory"
http://www.dltk-bible.com/genesis/noah_song2.htm

This is our opening activity:
Making the sound of rain
Do the storm pattern activity. (Have children follow your lead. Start by rubbing your hands together. Next snap. Continue with clapping, patting thighs, and stomping. Then reverse order, ending with rubbing hands, and finally, silence. Make sure you wait for all the kids to be on the same motion as you before moving to the next motion.)

Use a rhythm pattern to tell the story in rhyme (The Rhyme Bible Storybook, “Safe in the Boat” My own copy). - Zonder Kids.
Start by clapping your hands then patting thighs. ({clap} GOD {pat} WAS {clap} VE {pat} RY {clap} VE {pat} RY {clap} SAD).

Jennifer
Trinity UMC, Milford OH

Science/Cooking Ideas for Noah:

Moved here to consolidate topic...

Jo Sumwalt


Our second summer rotation on Signs of the Faith includes a kitchen/science lesson on the rainbow. Does anyone have a good science experiement dealing with rainbows? I glean ideas from the lesson exchange all the time. You are all wonderfully creative! Thanks in advance for your consideration.


Lisa M.

How about studying rainbows using crystal prisms? You could use the prisms in a darkened room with flashlights to get the effect.
Take a look at the Science rotation for
Noah Lesson Set from Dove of Peace Lutheran.

Peace,
Lisa


cherylbp

I have done a similar experament having to do the the 5 senses. We used the prism/rainbow to discuss how God and work in our lives. I used the lesson found in "Amazing Science Devotions for Children's Ministry" from Group publishing.
This was a very effective lesson and the kids are asking for it again (I did it 2 years ago)


<Joan Sutter>

My cousin made a rainbow salad for a recent reunion and I thought then it would be a great idea in rotation. It is a "thick" jello so it is like the "jigglers" that are finger food. Here is the recipe.

Rainbow Gelatin Cubes:
4 pkgs (3 oz.) ass't flavors gelatin
6 envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided
5 3/4c. boiling water, divided
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 c. cold water

In a bowl, combine one pkg. flavored gelatin and one env. unflavored gelatin. Stir in one cup boiling water until dissolved. Pour into 9"x13" dish, coated with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate until almost set but not real firm (about 15 min.)

In a bowl combine the condensed milk and 1 c. boiling water. In another bowl sprinkle 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin over 1/4 c. cold water. Let stand 1 minute. Stir in 3/4 c. boiling water and add to milk mixture.
Pour 1 c. of creamy mixture over the 1st gelatin layer and refrigerate until firm (about 15-20 min.)

Repeat from beginning of recipe 3 times, alternating creamy layers with gelatin layers. Chill each layer before adding another. Refrigerate at least 1 hour after completing the last layer before cutting into squares. Yields 9 dozen one inch squares.
[Layers set in less time than they say and if you take too long the creamy mixture gets thick by the last layer!]


<glori>

I teach preschool and make Rainbow Stew every year in the Spring during our study of weather. At home make ahead this mixture: 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup cornstarch. Add 4 cups cold water. Heat until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly. Cool. Divide equally into 3 containers, add food coloring - one color per container- until the mixture reaches the color desired. (I make red, blue, and yellow.) Have the kids put about 3 spoon fulls of each color into a pint size freezer bag. (I try to buy the bags without a lot of writing on the front and you have to use freezer bags for strength.) Seal the bag and tape it closed. (I use colored duct tape.) Using a Sharpie, put their name on it. Have the kids knead their bag, mixing the colors into a rainbow stew. I like to tape them to the window for the 'Stained Glass' effect. You can really see how the primary colors mix together to make the other colors of the rainbow. This is REALLY fun!!!


<Christine McKinney>

I have two great Montessori ideas for you. I have only used them with the younger kids in our Godly Play class, but I bet older kids would enjoy them as well. I have a tray with three eye dropper bottles on it. In each bottle I have a different colored water: red in one, blue, and yellow (primary colors). I then have four small glass bowls. The children place a dropper full of red in one bowl and then add a dropper of yellow. They mix it with the small spoon on the tray to magically get orange. They do this with all the colors and make the secondary colors, also found in the rainbow. The fourth bowl is for experimenting. The other idea is from a book called "Nurturing the Spirit". Take a prism and mount it on a block. Place it on a white tray near a window. Have small, clear jars with the different colors of the rainbow on the tray also. (make these easily with food coloring and water) The rainbow from the prism reflects on the tray, then the children put the glass containers of colored water in the order of the rainbow shown by the prism.

Computer/Cooking/Art Ideas:

Posted by Kristin W

We have a 3 part rotation.

 

Computers: We used Play and Learn CHldren's Bible of CD-ROM for the kids K-5 and the 6-8th graders we used a scavenger hunt online for Noah's Ark information. We mainly used the website www.christiananswers.com and had fill in the blank type quetions.

Cooking: We built Noah's Ark.


Materials:

  • Pretzels (stick)
  • Frosting
  • Pound Cake
  • Twinkies
  • Animal Crackers

Place the twinkie on top of the pound cake and cover them in icing. Then take the pretzels and place them all around the 'Ark' to create a ship look. Then take the frosting and smear it all in front of the ark so that the animal crakcers will stand up in it. Then stick the animals in the icing.
**This went over really well and many kids can work on it at the same time. See picture to download below.

 

Art: We made puppets for our puppet show that we will put on for the adult Sunday school at the very end of the rotation. We have also been learning the song Rise and Shine so we can sing it for the adults as well.

**This has been a fun rotation and the kids have really enjoyed learning about Noah's Ark from a little different perspective than normal. We also read a story based on Noah before the lesson begins in each rotation.

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Stained Glass Suncatchers:

 

Our Noah's Ark rotation is under construction now: For the Art/Craft workshop we purchased rainbow "stained glass" suncatchers from Michaels and the paints separately (much cheaper than the kits), and suction cups. If you have access to stained glass artists, this would be a great workshop to bring a guest speaker in to demonstrate real stained glass art.

Game Ideas for Noah:

Posted by Girathryn

I am planning a Noah rotation for May and I'd like to do some kind of sport-like game (ie something that could require basketballs or just a lot of running around). I have a really active group of kids - many of which are teenage boys - who don't like sitting still and are "too cool" to dance.
Any ideas?!? Thanks so much!
 


Posted by <Maryke>

How about something like having kids pair up (as the bible story 2 by 2) and tying ankles together, then sending all out for a scavenger hunt (for related items, such as toy animals that have been hidden or portions of the memory verse to be put in proper sequence or perhaps a relay race of some sort). Or just a race, 2 by 2.


Posted by Lisa M.

Here's some high energy ideas.

  • Building the ark -- Have the children build an ark (wouldn't look like an ark, but it's the idea of building) in a relay situation. Run to one end, get a block, come back and put it on the "ark" run down, get another block... See who can get closest to 50 (the number of cubits high, I think)
  • 40 days and nights -- If you have basketballs and hoops, have the children shoot 40 baskets (individually or on teams) from exactly the same point on the floor. Did they get tired of shooting from the same spot until they got 40 baskets?
  • Instead of being the animals, try being the people cleaning up after the animals. Have several laundry baskets of small balls (ping pong or other small bouncers -- a different color for each basket, or different type of ball, would be nice). Tell the children that it is their job to put pretend like they are cleaning up after the animals by putting all the balls back in the correct basket as quickly as possible. Periodically as they work, dump out the baskets and have them start over again. Feeling frustrated? How would Noah and his family feel?
  • Branch hunt. Have children hide their eyes while you tell them you are hiding a branch. Children flap their arms like doves and look for the branch. If they get tired and want to stop flapping, they must return home. First time around, don't actually place it anywhere, they will have to come back without it. Second time, hide it so that they can find it and bring it back.
  • Rainbow relay. Use any objects. Run down and get the red, bring it back, get the orange, bring it back, etc.

    Hope this helps!
    Peace,
    Lisa

Posted by Girathryn

Well, we used both the basketball idea (for the older ones) and the ping pong ball idea (for the younger ones). Thought I'd share the success!

Both groups of kids thought the games were so fun at the beginning, but after about five minutes or so we started to get the negative comments... ("I'm bored," "I don't want to do this anymore," and the like.) Then we sat down and had discussions about it and they came to some really amazing conclusions about what life would have been like for Noah and his family. They realized right away that their frustration was an intentional part of the game and they were amazed at how Noah and his family could have done it for all those months.

For the ping pong ball game, I bought those plastic practice golf balls. They are VERY inexpensive, especially if you find the Wal-Mart brands or whatever, and they come in packages of about 10 for around $1.50. I got about 120, I think. We didn't use distinct balls but it seemed to work well anyway. My volunteer and I were animals (we let the kids pick which ones) and then we would periodically grab someone walking innocently by the gym and have them proclaim what animal they were and then come and dump out a basket. The kids had great fun squealing, "Oh no, here comes another giraffe!" or "Hurry, I think they'll have to go to the bathroom again soon!"

Afterwards, one seven year-old remarked, "And you know what? We only played for a little while and there was only a giraffe, a snake, a horse, and a kangaroo! Imagine what it would be like if ALL the animals were here! And what if they were really going to the bathroom? The gym would be really gross and WE would have to be the ones to clean it up!!!"

So I just wanted to say thank you. The kids got the message loud and clear and they had a great time.

Video Ideas:

 

Here is a compilation of ideas for a video about Noah.

I have looked through the lessons at this site on Noah and have watched a couple of the videos that are suggested. My feelings:

  • Hanna-Barbera's The Greatest Adventure stories from the Bible - horrible. The way they make the Hispanic character seem like a dummy, makes this video totally unacceptable.

  • The Beginner's Bible - useable but it seems to focus on how kind Noah was to the animals. (OK, if that is your focus). Best for younger kids - 2nd grade and under.

  • Stories to Remember - Noah's Ark (1989)
    This one is an adaptation of Peter Spier's book narrated by James Earl Jones. It doesn't include the part about Noah building an altar at the end of the flood. Also it shows kind of graphically how the flood kills people and animals. (Parts of the video you might wish to skip for younger kids.)

  • One other one that hasn't been used in a lesson (yet!)... I did not watch this one.
    Noah's Ark: Story of the Biblical Flood - an animated story. It is 52 mins. long.

    --Carol

Great Bible Discovery Series:

One of my favorite video series that happens to have a Noah video is called "Great Bible Discovery Series". One general description reads:

"Designed as a documentary for children, adults also will enjoy the Series as a wonderful learning tool for the home and classroom. Each episode features a lively interactive approach with live action mixed with storybook style animation, the simple and direct explanation of Scripture and a final quiz that serves as a learning summary. Recommended for children ages 6-12"

The "host", David Mead, reads the story as the storybook pictures are shown. He stops often, it cuts to him in some kind of related wacky costume and location, and he explains what's just been read -- always bringing it back to our lives. He's rather corny, but just enough so it's humorous. The video can be run straight through without stopping for discussion, as he is the teacher throughout, including a Q&A at the end.

I've borrowed some from our local lending library and have bought a few from www.creativecommunications.com.  I see it's now released in a volumes, and Noah is found in Volume 1, as pictured above.  Just do a search on their site for it.

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Video Idea:

 

I ended up using the DVD suggested by Jan. See my posted lesson at http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=120606712...111050512#3111050512 (scroll down for the video lesson).

Post your other thoughts on videos for Noah by using REPLY.
--Carol

Science Idea:

 

Science idea for Noah's Ark: I am using an experiment from www.stevespanglerscience.com called Seven Layer Density Column. The kids will work in teams using glass beakers and 2 oz portion cups to create a rainbow. This is an excellent website for science experiments and a great place to order supplies.

Rainbow Bibles:

 

In our rotation of Noah and the Ark, (Arts and Crafts) we had small, inexpensive Bibles and Duck tape of various colors. I bought all the colors of the rainbow plus a few of the animal print. We had all the children decorate their Bible with the tape. The children were very creative in their decorations and are so proud of their Bibles.

Editor's Note: Originally posted by Exchange Volunteer SheilaB. We retitled this as "sketches" instead of "lesson plans".

Lots of good ideas here.





Noah’s Ark

Scripture:

Genesis 6:11 –9:13

Memory text:

“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."


Summary of Workshop Sketches:

Movement and Music: retell the story with sound effects, plus a few games suggested

Science: have real animals come visit; prism rainbows

Storytelling: Using the Godly Play materials, tell the story of Noah’s Ark. It would be good if you could dress up as Noah or Mrs. Noah and tell it first person. Then do a puppet play.


Background by Father Don Jones:

Read the story over several times. I would hope that you can see the humor of the story, it was part of an oral tradition which means that it was told at a campfire. Imagine such a setting and it will help you “get into it”. If you have a tape of Bill Cosby’s version listen to it.
Children love stories and can take them at their own level. They can act the story out and even can ponder what it tells us about God.
For overall meaning I place this story in the midst of the Prayer Book. One can tell much about various religious traditions, by how they use the various texts of the Bible.
Both ELCA Lutherans and Episcopalians use the Flood story in the Easter Vigil. So it has meaning for Baptism. The story of eight in the ark “saved by water” as a type of baptism; the rainbow as a sign of the covenant has been interpreted as a figure of the new covenant of our Lord
Jesus Christ.
We use Psalm 46 as the response to this lesson. This can be used as an interpretation of the meaning of the Flood Story.
The Collect after the Vigil lesson of the Flood also can be helpful:
Almighty God, you have placed in the skies the sign of your covenant with all living things: Grant that we, who are saved through water and the Spirit, may worthily offer to you our sacrifice of thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Goals of the rotation:
1. Learn the story
2. Find it in the bible
3. Understand that God destroyed everything but he made a covenant that he would never do it again.
4. Learn about Noah’s faithfulness and obedience


Workshop: Mountain Movement and Music

Materials needed:

  • Name cards and tape with the following names on them: : Noah, Noah’s wife, Shem, Shem’s wife, Ham, Ham’s wife, Japeth, Japeth’s wife, Giraffe, Lion, Elephant, Dove Raven.
  • Rainsticks, musical instruments and materials to make rain noises.
  • Tape recorder and tape
  • Hulu hoop for trust game
  • 2 suitcases and clothes for pack the suitcase game


Room Set up:

  • If needed, set chairs in a circle.
    Shepherd box:
  • Name tags and supplies to decorate
  • Spiritual Journals
  • Pages for this week journal entry.
  • Kitchen alarm to set to remind time to clean up and finish, set to go off at 11:00 so have time for spiritual journals and ending prayer
  • Attendance sheet
  • New Student forms

As the children arrive/openers:

  • Introduce yourself
  • If this is first week, the Shepherd for the group will have the children make their permanent nametag, you can help with this while spending a few minutes getting to know the children. Supplies for this are in the Shepherd’s box.
  • If this is any other week, the Shepherd will pass out the nametags and take attendance and have any new child make a nametag. The nametag activity should last no longer than 5 minutes. You can mingle with the children getting to know them.
  • Play a name learning game called: Who am I
    This is how you play it: Place nametags with the following names on the children’s backs: Noah, Noah’s wife, Shem, Shem’s wife, Ham, Ham’s wife, Japeth, Japeth’s wife, Giraffe, Lion, Elephant, Dove Raven. The object of the game is to go around and have each person try to guess who they are. They can only ask “yes-no” questions of each other. When they are finished they should sit down. To make it easier use only animals.
  • over your expectations for today’s lesson and give a brief description of what the class is doing today.

Telling the story:

Paraphrase the story, focusing on the noises you might hear. You may read any version of the story as long as it keeps facts correct.

Responding to the story:
Suggestions for this room follow: You may pick one or more depending on time, you should be finished with cleanup by 11:05 so there is journal writing time. Please let Sheila know which you are planning to use so proper materials are on hand or you can buy own materials and turn in a receipt.

  • Assign sound effects to the students and retell the story letting them make the sound effects. Audio tape this.
  • With the younger students just make a rainstorm, audio tape this.
  • Play some trust and cooperation games focusing on how Noah had to trust God, here are some suggestions:
  • Blindfold lead
  • Trust catch
  • Pass the hoop
  • Pack the suitcase
  • Sing songs with the children.

This week’s Journal question is : Write or draw about a time when you had to trust someone without proof.

  • Shepherd will pass out binders and new papers for today, the students will spend time responding in their journal.



Take home message: Noah had to trust God and do what he said.

Closing prayer: Dear God, Help us to trust and obey those people who are in charge with out question. Just as Noah trusted and obeyed you even when he was ridiculed. (you may say any prayer you want or add to this one, this is just an example.)




Workshop: Journey's Inn

Telling the story:

For older students, give them a bible and challenge them to find it without help, with younger students give them guidance or show them where it is located. This is a long story so you can paraphrase it or read a book that tells it in story form. We suggest that you do it this way for this workshop:

Responding to the story:
Suggestions for this room follow: You may pick one or more depending on time, you should be finished with cleanup by 11:05 so there is journal writing time. Please let Sheila know which you are planning to use so proper materials are on hand or you can buy own materials and turn in a receipt.
and decorate their own rainsticks

Having real animals come visit
These would need to be handled by you, remember to protect the floor and furnishings if necessary. Give background and care information about each animal.

(Actually we had the zoo come and bring animals
and a physicist dressed as Noah and ended his intro with a prism rainbow experiment preceding the animal show)




Workshop: Ararat Acting Co.

We showed the movie Noah's Ark (animated)




Workshop: Wilderness Wonders

Telling the story:

Using the Godly Play materials, tell the story of Noah’s Ark. It would be good if you could dress up as Noah or Mrs. Noah and tell it first person. Do the wonder questions at the end.

Responding to the story:
Suggestions for this room follow: You may pick one or more depending on time, you should be finished with cleanup by 11:05 so there is journal writing time. Please let me know which you are planning to use so proper materials are on hand or you can buy own materials and turn in a receipt.

A visit from Noah:

Have someone dress up like Noah and come visit the room and talk to the children about life on the ark.

 Do a puppet play, one child narrates and the others take turns acting it out, video tape it if you want to show them later.

This week’s Journal question is :

Many times in our lives we will be asked to “build” things a certain way. Can you think of a time you have had to do this? Draw or write about it. How did that make you feel?

Shepherd will pass out binders and new papers for today, the students will spend time responding in their journal.

Take Home Message: Everything has directions and it is up to us to follow them. If we don’t it might not work.

Closing Prayer: Dear God, Help us to be aware of the directions in our lives. Support us as we try to follow them to the best of our abilities. Amen.


this messaged edited by exchange volunteer to add summary of the workshops

Lesson Sets:

 

Refer to Kirk of Kildaire's web site to see updated versions of their lessons on Noah.

Martha Ann Yamnitz posted:

Just a little plug for my book, Noah and Me.  It is both biblical and interactive helping parents or teachers ask questions that can help the children realize they have quite a bit in common with Noah.  https://thebibleandme.org/

Thanks Martha Ann and congratulations. 

I took a look and thought the kid life applications were nice and refreshing. 

More planned?

Yep!  Actually God Created It All and Me is already also available.  The Lost Son and Me should be out in July sometime, and then there are more in the different stages of publishing.  Self-publishing has been a huge learning process, but pray that it allows more families to explore the Bible together.

 

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