Music Lessons and Ideas for Teaching the Story of Joseph in Sunday School

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Joseph, Egypt, Pharaoh, Joseph's Brothers, Coat of Many Colors, Well, Potiphar, Dreams, etc.
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This is a great song to teach kids the names of Joseph's brothers....sing to the tune of "1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Indians..."

Rueben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
Dan, Napthali, Gad and Asher,
Isachar, Zebulon, Joseph and Benjamin,
These are the sons of Ja-cob.

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In my 10 C's lesson I made sure to mention the one and only sister, Dinah. Maybe she should have her own verse about living with 12 brothers? big grin

One little, 2 little 12 little siblings
They are so male they make me dingalings,
The stampede starts when dinner bell rings,
I'm Dinah in the house of Ja-cob.

(just kidding!!  I made it up!)



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Music Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
In this workshop, the learners will review the story of Joseph and be able to tell the story through music.

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible story.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet.
  • Listen to the music.
  • Have the prompt for the journal writing written on a sentence strip or dry erase board.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Instrumental recording of songs “This Old Man”, “Shine, Jesus, Shine”, “Standing on the Promises”
  • tape/disc player
  • paper and writing instruments
  • journal writing prompt on a sentence strip
  • The Children’s Bible in 365 stories.

Lesson Plan

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. 


Lesson Plan:

  1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Review the story of Joseph (both parts).
  2. Tell the children you are going to write a song as a group to tell the story of Joseph, or one part of it if they choose.
  3. Brainstorm words and sentences that could be used in the story. Write the words as they say them on the erasable board. They might want to do this as a poem. You might want them to start with a chorus or something that would be repeated, like “Go, Joseph Go,” or “Pray, Joseph, Pray.”
  4. Tell the children they can fit their words to one of three pieces of music. Play the three pieces of music and let them choose.
  5. Fit the words to the music, adding and changing as needed.
  6. Sing the song until they have memorized it if time permits. If a recorder is available they may want to record their singing of the song. Keep the words they have selected and the music so that we can use them in the opening, or possibly present them to the congregation.

Sing the song together.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have the children complete the following:
One thing I learned from Joseph’s story is…….

Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Thank you, God, for showing us that you love us and are always with us even when bad things happen. Amen.

Have the children help you tidy up the workshop space. Dismiss them with instructions about where they are to go.

Adjustments for Younger Children:
Younger children may need more help making the words fit the music. Give them as much help as needed. Have them draw a picture for journal writing if they had rather.

A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brookhaven Church.
Brentwood, TN. 

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