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The following workshop lesson was originally posted by Rotation member Jan Marshall.
It could be either a Music or Art workshop.
Noah and the Ark
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will make rain sticks.
In this workshop, the learners will learn a song about Noah and the ark to remember the story and will participate in the song by making noises appropriate to the story.
- Read the Bible story.
- Read over the background material included in your teacher packet. This workshop was designed as a combination of an art project (making rain sticks) and music. Both parts of the lesson are important, so make sure enough time is allowed for both.
- Gather the materials.
- CDs with “stormy” music
- CD player
- Paper towel roll for each child
- Aluminum foil
- Brown paper
- Rice, beans, popcorn
- Pens, pencils.
Have music playing (CDs provided) from the time the children enter the room throughout the making of the rain sticks. Take time to review the selections so you can choose several that you like best for this part of the class. Don’t choose the loudest, harshest music for the youngest children in case any of them are afraid of storms. The older children will enjoy the more thunderous music!
Opening- Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
1. Tell the children that today they will hear the story of Noah and the ark and will learn a song about the story.
2. Read the story of Noah and the ark from the Bible or from the Children’s Bible (stories 7-10).
3. Make rain sticks. Separate instructions for making rain sticks are enclosed.
4. Depending on the age group, some parts of the rain stick may need to be put together ahead of time (the “caps” for the younger children). Make note of the suggestion that decorating the rain sticks for younger children may mean providing stickers rather than painting. That’s a good choice (the stickers) to make available to the younger children who aren’t as comfortable with paint pens or brushes.
5. While the children are making their rain sticks, talk to them about the story. Some things to remember:
Children hear the same language used in more than one story, so make sure they know the different “ark” stories. This is “Noah and the Ark” vs. “The Ark of the Covenant.” Think of some other words that mean more than one thing: a “plate” could be a dinner plate or “plate glass.” A “chord” could mean something musical but sounds like “cord” which is like a rope. The same goes for the ark.
Along those lines, reinforce our reference to the “Hebrew Scriptures” and the “Old Testament” as the same thing. Invite the shepherd to participate with the children and help those who need it on their rain sticks.
6. As they finish up their rain sticks, tell them they will use them learning a song. You will have the music to “One More River” and several other “arktype” (pun intended) songs. Have the children put their rain sticks down in front of them until they have learned the song. (The written music and music on tape will be provided.)
When they are learning the song, they can use their rain sticks at appropriate places in the song. Suggestion: Have the children shake their rain sticks ONLY on the line “There’s One More River to Cross.
Be aware of the time and decide how many verses of the song you have time to teach.
7. With the younger children, make it clear that if they use their rain sticks when they’re asked not to, they may lose the privilege of “playing” the rain stick when the time comes.
After the class has learned the song, sing it all the way through using the rain sticks in the appropriate spaces.
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Ask the children to complete the following:
My rain stick will be a reminder that __________________________________.
Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Loving God, we know you will be with us during our stormy times. We thank you for your love of us and for making us your covenant people. Amen.
www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/music/rainstick (For rain sticks.)
A Sunday School lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Pres.