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Video, A-V, and Theater Lessons, Ideas, and Activities for Teaching Moses in Egypt in Sunday School

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Moses and Pharaoh, Plagues, Passover, Crossing Red Sea, Genesis 5, 6, 7, 8, Frogs, Blood, Flies, Pharaoh, Nile River, Let my people go, Wilderness, Wandering, etc.

(Do not post Ten Commandment games in this thread, it has its own.)



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Different churches and their lesson plans/ideas break up the Story of Moses in different ways. Thus, you may find some parts of the story included with others her in our Exodus story forums.

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Movie - The Ten Commandments by Cecil B DeMille

Summary:
downloadable summary of scenes from movie.

Originally posted by member "CAW"

A Word document attached below.

For those interested in the Cecil B DeMille's 1956 classic "The Ten Commandments", I have summarized 36 min. worth of DVD scenes that depict Moses & Pharoah and the Exodus.

Just become familiar with the "search" button on the DVD's remote, and you can jump from scene/chapter to scene/chapter. Enjoy!

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Moses and the Plagues

Video Workshop

Movies:  "The Prince of Egypt" and "The Ten Commandments".

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Through the visual enactment of the plagues, children will see and talk about the power of God’s love for God’s people. Using clips from two famous Moses movies. Younger children will watch "Prince of Egypt" and older children will watch "The Ten Commandments".

Concept:
God watches over and cares for the oppressed.

Lesson Objective(s):
Through the visual enactment of the plagues, children will see and talk about the power of God’s love for God’s people.


Supplies List:

  • The Prince of Egypt DVD
  • The Ten Commandments DVD
    (Moderator Notes: Assuming they are using the Cecil D Demille Version and it looks like they used VHS - therefore use the post above to help with scene selection as it contains a downloadable file for Cecil D Demille - Ten Commandments listing scene summaries and timing.
  • paper, pencils, & crayons
  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories.

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the scripture.
  • Preview the sections on the plagues on both videos. It is on the 2nd tape of “The Ten Commandments.”


Presentation

Opening-Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:

Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible.

Hand out Bibles. Have children find page 63 in their Children’s Bible.

Tell them that we are going to read and talk about a story that is in the Bible that was told by many generations before it was written in the Bible. Moses is a character in the Bible that became a great leader of the Hebrew people. He was saved from being killed by the Egyptians by his mother and sister and was adopted by an Egyptian princess when he was a baby. He was raised as a brother to Rameses who was now the Pharaoh of Egypt.

BEGIN: We will begin reading our story on Page 63 - second paragraph, second column (Exodus: Chapter 7) line starts: "was called on by God to rescue the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery."

STOP: top at the end of page 63.
Point out that the writers of this Bible story book left the story of the stick becoming a serpent out so we will read that from the Bible
(Exodus: 7:10-13).

View the part of the film that deals with the story of the stick becoming a serpent and devouring the magicians’ sticks (serpents).

“The Prince of Egypt”: Beginners

START: after Moses enters Pharoah’s Palace and discovers Rameses is now the Pharaoh. Begin after the 2 magicians tell Rameses Moses is charged with crimes.

STOP: at Rameses saying “workload of the slaves will be doubled.”

FAST FORWARD: as you are discussing the questions below to the part where Moses sees Pharoah’s boat on the water.

“The Ten Commandments”: Primaries and Juniors

START: with the 2nd tape, after Intermission and Moses and Aaron enter the temple.

STOP: after Rameses says “So let it be written. Let it be done.”

FAST FORWARD: to the beginning of the scene at the Temple of the “Great God of the Nile.”

ALL - ask and discuss the following questions:

  • What did you see that was like the Bible story? That was different? * Talk about how people don’t always tell the story the same way but the main idea or meaning of the story may be the same.
  • Did you notice the snake of Moses swallowed up the other snakes? *What do you think that means? It shows the power over Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.


BEGINNERS ONLY:
Mention that the names of the gods of Egypt are at the first of the song.


PRIMARY & JUNIORS:
*Ask what signs that Egypt had many gods did you see?
*Watch for those signs in the next part.

ALL , Read (or retell but let the children know that this is from the bible) page 64 and the first column of page 65 from the Children’s Bible. Tell the children to watch for the plagues that are mentioned or shown.

“The Prince of Egypt”: Beginners

Watch the video through the water turning to blood and pause the video:
BEGIN: where Moses sees Pharoah’s boat on the water.
STOP: Stop at the end of the song.
FAST FORWARD: to palace scene where Moses is telling Rameses that something is coming much worse that anything before.

“The Ten Commandments”: Primaries and Juniors

BEGIN: at scene at the temple of the “Great God of the Nile.”
STOP: when Pharoah says he has summoned Moses.
While discussing the following questions:
FAST FORWARD: “The Ten Commandments” to Moses entering Pharoah’s Chamber.

ALL - ask and discuss the following questions:

  • How was this part like what we heard from the Bible?
  • How was it different?

Tell the children that the water from the Nile was something the Egyptians could not do without or they would die. Point out that the Hebrews were warned that this and some of the other plagues would happen and were able to get water and in other plagues were not harmed by them.

In “The Ten Commandments” only: Point out that the black statue that had blood run from it was one of the Egyptian god’s and . . .
ASK: Does it seem that God was more powerful than the Egyptian god? Tell them that the part you fast-forwarded through was Rameses’ wife teasing him about being too weak to stop Moses’ people from leaving.

Ask what the first plague was and write on the overhead the first plague was “water to blood.”
ASK: the children what other plagues they heard mentioned.

List the other plagues and talk about what happened in them. They do not have to be listed in order but they are:

1. Water to blood
2. Frogs
3. Gnats
4. Flies
5. Livestock Diseased
6. Boils
7. Thunder, hail, and fire
8. Locust
9. Darkness
10. Death of the Firstborn (list after this is viewed)

READ: Children's Bible - Page 65 - second column. If time is getting short just summarize this.

“The Prince of Egypt”: Beginners

Continue the video.
FAST FORWARD: through video after the Idea of the plague is established (no need to watch all of the plagues).

START: after Pharaoh covers his dead son’s face.
STOP: after Pharoah says, “Leave Me.”

“The Ten Commandments”: Primaries and Juniors

START: as Moses enters Pharoah’s chamber
STOP: when Moses says “so let it be written.”
FAST FORWARD: to part where Joshua is at the window.

Listen to what he says.

FAST FORWARD: after he says, “. . . angel of death may pass you by.”
FAST FORWARD: through the vapor around the moon.
START: Play a little of this plague.
FAST FORWARD: through Moses in his house
START: Pharoah on the balcony
STOP: Pharoah goes inside (leaves the balcony), through the scenes of Rameses’ son’s death.
START: where Moses enters Pharoah’s chamber and they begin to speak. STOP: when Moses starts to pray.

ALL - ask and discuss the following questions:

  • Ask why they think God sent the plagues?

Steer them in the direction of how God loved the Hebrew people so much that God didn’t want to see them suffer as they were suffering as slaves in Egypt. God had to do something to try to convince Pharaoh to free them.

  • How do you think the people endured such things happening to them?
    They probably begged Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go and realized that God was more powerful and cared more for God’s people than the gods the Egyptians worshiped cared for them. Bring up the topic of Pharaoh’s magicians and how they kept trying to top God’s power.
  • Who was more powerful, God or Pharaoh? 
    Pharaoh’s magicians could not top God’s power.


ALL, if time, ask:

  • How they think it would feel to experience these things?
  • Did God’s plan work?
  • Do you think God was happy that the Egyptian people had to suffer?
    God was probably sad that this had to happen to any people.
  • Where was God during the plagues?
    There caring for his people.
  • Where is God today when disaster strikes?
    God’s presence can be seen through people who help those who are suffering, e.g., disaster relief, Second Harvest Food Bank, donations to Ronald McDonald House, through which we, ourselves, are showing God’s love when we participate in these projects.
  • If time: (there was not enough time for this when it was taught. This was left in case time for the class changed to give the teacher an idea of a good activity to follow this lesson. Have them think about how they would tell about what happened during the plagues and illustrate one of the plagues or God caring for God’s people.

Closing:
Conclude by asking what they think the main thing to remember about this story is. God cares for us just as God cares for the Hebrew people and is sad when people have to suffer. God is with us during good times and bad.

Journal Writing:
Say: God loves all people just as parents love their children.

Young Children--Have them write or draw about this statement: God loves me so much, God would . . . (They may just want to draw some of the plagues and that is okay. It is their journal and should reflect whatever they are thinking about.)

Middle ages: Compare God’s love for us to your parents’ love for you. Can you think of a time when your parents did something to protect you?

Older children: God loves all people, but why does God let bad things
happen to people? Does suffering serve a purpose? Can you learn from it? Can it make you stronger?

Say a closing prayer, or use the following:
Thank you, God, for loving us so much that you will help us get through the tough times.
Give us strength through your love to overcome anything that is hard for us. Amen.


 

A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian
Brentwood, TN

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

 

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"Other" Exodus Video Suggestions 
originally posted by Neil MacQueen

  1. "Moses" from Nest Entertainment. An animated 30 minute video of the story of Moses in Egypt, includes Baby Moses, Burning Bush, and Escape through Red Sea. Ages 5-12.

  2. Exodus: "Let My People Go" from the "What's in the Bible Series" of DVDs.
    Parts 1 and 2 of this video are 26 minutes each. Use Part 2 if you're short on time.
    I've posted my free outline of the "Let My People Go" video below."

  3. "Prince of Egypt" (90 minutes) Animated. A good movie. Show clips to fit in lesson time.
    PDF worksheets from various educational sources about the Prince of Egypt video link.

  4. "Moses" --the 1995 version starring Ben Kingsley has Moses. 2 hours. Show various clips. (I prefer the CB DeMille version to this one.)

  5. Cecil B. DeMille Charleton Heston "Ten Commandments" movie is still a good choice for kids. Just need to skip to the sections you want to use. It does include virtually all the parts of the Exodus story from Baby Moses to Sinai Wanderings, to Mt Sinai and beyond.

Here is a complimentary copy of my exclusive guide to the "Let My People Go" DVD from the What's in the Bible series. I like that fact that this DVD doesn't just teach the story of Exodus, but digs into its meaning as part of God's plan for salvation.

Outline to Part 2 of the "Let My People Go" Video

Chapter 1: The World is Sick (33:30 minute mark)

(In the DVD menu, this is Part 2 Chapter 1, but when you advance through chapters using your DVD remote it will shows up as Chapter 6)

Michael in the car, a short humorous interlude. (29:50)

Phil and Buck, then Opening Theme Song

34:20 Phil summarizes the end of Genesis where God is beginning his rescue plan.
Sunday School lady describes the 3 things God wants to save us from:
1. Stain of Sin (wash us so we can be with him) 2. Power of Sin over us and live with peace, love, joy. 3. Save us from the presence of sin ...redeem all creation.

36:35 Sunday School lady says God will make a new heaven and new earth

37:00 Phil: "When we ignore sin, we forget why we need to be saved."


Chapter 2: The Book of Exodus (38:05 minute mark) (Chapter 7 in DVD menu)

Sunday School lady introduces the story of Exodus.

Chuck Wagon sings about Exodus.

39:30 What the word "Exodus" means. And the Exodus story is told.


Chapter 3: Who is Moses? (41:53 minute mark) (Chapter 8 in DVD menu)

Video clips of children discussing Moses.

Chuck Wagon, Sunday School lady sings/talk about Moses and the escape from Egypt.

44:00 God speaks to Moses in Burning Bush. Plagues.

47:00 Explanation of the sign of the lamb.


Chapter 4: God's Covenant with Israel (48 minute mark) (Chapter 9 in DVD menu)

48:40 The rest of Exodus is about God making Covenant at Mt. Sinai. Old Promise, New Promise, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom.

50:35 God gives instructions, Ten Commandments explained.

52:30 Story of Golden Calf


Chapter 5: Bibleland! (53:14 minute mark)

Sunday School lady sings about worshipping idols... "sometimes we're no different at all....we worship money."

55:10 Tabernacle is built. Payment for sins. Day of Atonement.

Buck: "If only there was a way we could be close to God without dying for our sins!"

Phil: Are we crazy for believing it's true?

Detailed guides to all the "What's In The Bible Series", written by Neil MacQueen, can be found in the Supporting Members Only Resources.

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What's in the Bible Series Vol. #2 - Part 1 (Elementary)

 

We also have used the What's In the Bible series for teaching during the Moses rotation.  I've included our workshop lesson along with a review game that we play with the kids to focus their learning.  

 

For our teaching time we have decided to focus on different segments of the video for each age group due to the time we have available and also because we feel it better compliments the age of learning and what kids are already doing in other workshops.  

 

There would be no reason that your group couldn't watch the entire film with all ages if you would prefer.

 

Read & Share Bible - Vol. #2 (Preschoolers)

Lesson plans also included for preschoolers using 3 - (3 min clips) on Moses as a Baby, Moses and the Burning Bush, and Moses Parts the Water.

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DVD - “Let My People God: The Story of Exodus" (New Superbook Series)Let My People Go Superbook-DVD-Cover

When Chris and the others talk about their favorite Superbook adventures, they have a hard time deciding which adventure was the best. Suddenly, Superbook appears to whisk them away on the adventure of a lifetime. They experience, first hand, Moses leading the Exodus out of Egypt! (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

[From watching the trailer it appears to cover (or touch on): Moses killing the Egyptian, Burning Bush, Plagues, and the Red Sea Crossing.]

See Rotation.org reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link).

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Moses, God's Servant

A three minute animated overview of Moses' story from Saddleback Kids. Suitable as a Bible study intro or use in worship.

A list of all Saddleback Kids' free videos on Moses:

Moses, God's Servant (Exodus-Deuteronomy) an "overview" -https://youtu.be/5aFw8D3Degc

Baby Moses (Exodus 1-2) - https://youtu.be/vf-4x4iefQE

Moses and the Burning Bush - https://youtu.be/8kNTUX0mWP8

Moses and the Exodus (Exodus 4-14) - https://youtu.be/rzcYLCYItuc

Moses in the Wilderness (Exodus 14-24)  - https://youtu.be/ogfVBP35U-U

Free videos on the Plagues

Stronger Than Egypt's Idols - covers the first nine plagues. Almost 7 minutes long.

Primary Year C Quarter 1 Episode 1: "Stronger Than Egypt's Idols" from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


 

A Night to Remember - the tenth plague (Passover). About 5.5 minutes long. 

Primary Year C Quarter 1 Episode 2: "A Night to Remember" from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


 

See the GraceLink Sabbath School website for lessons and activities to go with their videos.

 

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This short video (4 minutes) from Crossroads Kids' Club ties together the sacrificial lamb from the Abraham/Isaac story, Passover, and Christ dying on the cross. 

God's Story: Preparing for Jesus from Crossroads Kids' Club on Vimeo.

 

"Throughout the Bible, God prepared us for his son, Jesus, the one who rescued us from all the wrong things in the world. We see examples of this in the story of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19), the Passover (Exodus 12:1-30), the prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 53), and the Last Supper (Luke 22)."

 

Moses and Jethro video -- Good advice, Exodus 18

A short video with a fun a catchy song advising the listener to be like Moses (after Jethro's coaching) and ask for help.

From "The Good Advice" Album by Jamie Soles, his website:  https://www.solmusic.ca/music/goodadvice/

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