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Noah and the Ark
Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video "Noah and the Ark" video "The Greatest Adventures" Series

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

 

Memory Verses:

Nahum 1:7, Genesis 6:22, and Genesis 9:13.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • "Noah and the Ark" video.
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn


 

Preparation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and Introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Talk about covenant – what it means and what it includes. (See reference sheet: The Covenant, God’s Nature Revealed - A Biblical Explanation). This is the most important part of the lesson. Be sure to give special emphasis to the information included.

Show Video: Noah’s Ark, The Greatest Adventures (Show clip from video, @ 5 minutes. Start where Noah releases the Raven, about 20 minutes into the video, and go to the end. The rainbow appears and the narrator quotes the scripture.) NOTE: There are extra characters in the video that you will want to point out as not a part of the true story.

Bible Passage: Review the story from your choice of the passages. Always tell the children where in the Bible the story is found. NOTE: Special emphasis should be given to the promises made to Noah by God.

Discussion Focus:

  1. God placed a rainbow in the sky and promised that he would never destroy the earth with a flood again. Do you think God will keep His promises?
  2. What do you think might be one reason a dove and olive branch are used today as symbols of peace? How do you think Noah felt when he saw the dove return with the olive branch?
  3. Today, the rainbow is used as a sign of hope and healing. What do you think about when you see a rainbow? What do you think Noah thought when he saw the first rainbow?
    NOTE: The symbol that God used to show that he would be faithful to His covenant was "a bow in the cloud" (9:13). The Hebrew word for "bow" refers to a weapon. So, Israel did not view the rainbow as a beautiful sight in the sky to remind them of God’s promise. They viewed it as a weapon of God’s wrath that he had put away forever, a reminder to Him that He would never use it again for destruction.



Show Film Strip: The Great Escape, Farm Yard Capers (@ 12 minutes)

Discussion Focus:

  1. Why do you trust people? When do you trust information that people give you? How do you act when you believe what you are told?
  2. Why did some ants believe Willie and why didn’t the others? Why did some ants choose to go to safety? What kind of ants stayed behind?
  3. What are similarities between this story and the story of Noah?
  4. How do you think Willie felt when some of the ants wouldn’t believe him? How would you feel if you were asked to work for 120 years to build a large boat in the middle of the desert? How would it make you feel if all of your friends and neighbors made fun of you?
  5. Why was it important for the ants to follow directions immediately? Could the people in Noah’s day get on the ark after it started to rain? Why not? Why is it important for us to follow God’s directions now?


Reflection Time: Shepherds will work with the children on their prayer journals and close with prayer.

 

Closing:

Prayer: Encourage the children to come back next week for the next workshop, and to bring their friends.


 

A lesson written by Steve Klusmeyer.

 

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Noah & The Ark

Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the video "Noah and the Ark" video "Greatest Stories Ever Told" Series (available on Amazon)

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9


Lesson Objectives:

  • The children will be able to retell the story of the Great Flood.
  • The children will be able to tell the meaning of the rainbow.
  • The children will be able to tell that the story of Noah comes from the first book of the Old Testament - Genesis
  • The children will know that God is faithful to all humanity.
  • The children will know that God cares for all God's creatures and expects people to also.

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Video
  • Memory verse to hand out
  • Bible
  • Popcorn and drink (optional)

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Holy God, we thank you for our leaders. Help us to hear in the story of Noah, your words for us. Remind us, over and over, that you are always faithful and will never leave us. Lead us to live knowing this, in faith and confidence. in Jesus' name. Amen

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
 

  • Go over memory verse
  • Show video
  • Discuss (use Lesson Plans as needed.)

Adaptations:

Children:

  • For younger children be careful of the language
  • Be sure they understand what words mean.

Older children: 

  • Use more difficult discussion questions

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Introduce Video: We will be seeing the story of Noah and the Ark. Does anyone know where in the Bible this story is found? Old Testament - first book of the Bible - Genesis. The story begins in Chapter 6 and continues through Chapter 9. (Show them where that is in the Bible and tell them if they do not know)
 
Show Video:

  • While you watch the video -- you will hear about a covenant -- be thinking of what that word means. We will discuss this after the video.
  • You will see three people in this video that do not belong in the story. They are there to narrate and guide us through the story. They are Derick, Margo, and Mokey. 
  • Give out popcorn and drink at this time and begin video -- 30 minutes.

Discussion Questions Following Video:

  • Why did God save Noah and his family? Because Noah and his family were righteous -- (This does not mean they were without sin -- but they were faithful to do what God commanded). 
  • Why did God destroy mankind and the earth? Because of the sin, wickedness, violence, and corruption.
  • Who closed the door of the Ark? God -- the hand of God, etc. 
  • Can you name the people on the Ark? Noah and his wife, his three sons, Ham, Shem, Jepheth and their wives.
  • How long did it rain? 40 days and nights

Questions for the Younger Class:

  • Have you ever gone on a long trip in the car with your family? 
  • How did you feel?
  • How do you think you would feel if you were one of Noah's sons and you were shut up in the Ark with your mom, dad, two brothers, and all those animals?
  • What do you think it smelled like in the Ark?
  • What kind of noises would you have heard?
  • How do you think Noah and his family felt when the rains kept coming down day after day?

Questions for the Older Class:

  • What bird did Noah first release? A raven
  • What kind of bird did Noah send out the second time? Dove
  • How many times did he send the bird out before it returned with evidence that there was land? two
  • What did it return with? Olive branch
  • How do you think Noah felt when the people wouldn't listen to him? 
  • How do you think people felt when they saw the door of the ark being shut?
  • How do you think Noah felt as he watched the people as it began to rain?
  • Noah and his family knew the ark was a place of safety for them. Do you think they would have complained? What about?
  • What do you do when God helps you in some special way? What can you do to thank him?
  • How do you feel when someone thanks you for doing something? How do you think it makes God feel when we thank Him?

Covenant:

  • God made a Covenant with Noah and all people -- What was that Covenant? That he would never again destroy the earth and all of its inhabitants. 
  • What sign did he show Noah of this Covenant? Rainbow
  • What is a Covenant? An agreement -- a promise between two people or God and man.

History of Covenants:

  • Throughout history, God has made Covenants with many people. The Covenant he made with Noah is an Everlasting Covenant. An Everlasting Covenant is one that God made with Noah and his family, but the promise extends to us and our families.
  • Next month we will be talking about the Easter story -- this involves the Covenant of Grace. Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection established this covenant.
  • Why are covenants still important to us today: Because of his Covenant of Grace, he has provided a way for us to escape judgment if we are willing to hear and obey his words.

Closing:

Closing Prayer:
Loving God, we thank you for the stories of the Bible. Thank you for teaching us about your faithfulness to us. Help us to be faithful to each other and to practice being a follower of Jesus in our daily lives. Amen.


 

A lesson written by Will Heyward from: Smyrna/Hermitage Presbyterian Churches 

Waynesboro, VA

 

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Noah and the Ark

Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video "Noah and the Ark" narrated by James Earl Jones, adaptation from Peter Spier's book.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9.


Leader Preparation:

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


Supplies List:

  • "Noah and the Ark" narrated by James Earl Jones, adaptation from Peter Spier's book.
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn.


Presentation 

Opening:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Dig:

Pass out popcorn and juice boxes at the beginning of the movie.

Suggest for here you use another churches lesson's material found in the next post called  - Noah's Ark Video Workshop that was written by Judy from: Augustana Lutheran Church.

Questions for thought and key concepts:

  • Noah was a good man who was faithful to God and obeyed God in building the ark.
  • Noah was on the ark with his wife, his family, and two of every animal and creature.
  • The flood went on for 40 days, and then it took another 150 days for the water to go down.
  • When the rain stopped, Noah sent out a dove to see if there was any dry land. The first time, the dove returned. The second time, the dove returned with an olive branch - a sign of dry land! The third time, the dove didn't come back (it had found land to settle in)
  • After the rain stopped, the waters dried up; and God commanded Noah to bring his family and all the animals out of the ark.
  • God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants: that never again would God cause another flood. As a sign of this covenant, God made a rainbow in the sky. We see this rainbow after it rains, and we are reminded of God's love for us as well.
  • God makes a covenant with us; and we are to keep our part of the covenant to love and obey God.

Note: The one "hitch" of this story is the issue of God destroying the world and everything in it. It would be advisable to refrain from getting "hung up" on this part of the story, if it's addressed at all. The important point is God's mercy and love as is expressed in the covenant. This should be the primary emphasis in teaching.

Some Questions:

  1. The Bible says that Noah was a good man who lived right and obeyed God. What kinds of things do you think Noah did to show that he obeyed God?
  2. Why was it important for Noah to take two of each of the animals on the ark?
  3. What are some things Noah and his family might have been thinking during the 40 days of rain and 150 days of waiting for the flood waters to go away?
  4. Why do you think Noah built an alter immediately after leaving the ark?
  5. . What are some promises we can make to God? How can we show we love God?


Closing:
 

End with a prayer.


Resources: Read aloud books
• Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
• Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney
• What do you do with a tail like this? By Robin Page, Steve Jenkins


A lesson written by Cristy Balcells from: St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
Kingsport, TN 

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Noah’s Ark

Movie Workshop
Grades K-2

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video "Noah and the Ark" narrated by James Earl Jones, adaptation from Peter Spier's book.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Lesson Objectives:

The student is to…

  • understand that today people still do bad things but instead of sending another flood, God sent us Jesus.
  • understand that the ark saved only Noah and his family but Jesus can save everyone who believes in him.
  • remember the sign of God’s promise to never send a flood to cover the earth again, the rainbow.

Leader Preparations:

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

Supplies:

  • Video
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready when the kids arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

  1. The story of Noah’s Ark is familiar to most children. Ask for volunteers to tell you the story in their own words. Then tell them that as we watch the movie today we are going to concentrate on the part that includes this month’s memory verse.
  2. Read the memory verse to the children from Genesis 9:13 (use the bible). Ask, “Who do you think is talking in this verse?” (God) What “bow” is he talking about? (Rainbow) What does “covenant” mean? (Promise) Who knows what this promise is? (That he will never again send a flood to cover the whole earth)
  3. Have the children repeat the memory verse after you. “I have set my bow in the clouds… children repeat …and it shall be a sign. … children repeat Say again: I have set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign …children repeat again … of the covenant …children repeat … between me and the earth.” children repeat Say again: …of the covenant between me and the earth … children repeat again. Say it another time, this time in the two phrases. Say it one more time every one together (teacher too). It may help to have this memory verse written on poster board or large paper so the children that are old enough to read can follow along.

Application:

  • Hand out popcorn (treats) and get ready to watch the video.
  • Introduction: As we watch the movie today think about God’s promises
    • to save Noah and his family
    • to never again flood the whole earth
    • to save us if we believe in Jesus
  • Show the video
  • Discussion: (There are no right or wrong answers, accept all that are reasonable)
    • Why did God tell Noah to build the ark?
      To save his family and the animals from a great flood.
    • Why did the people laugh and make fun of Noah?
      He was building a boat on dry land.
    • Did they believe Noah when he told them God was going to send a great
      flood? NO
    • Remember the ark saved only Noah and his family. Who did God send
      to save ALL of us? His son Jesus

Reflection:
Say: The end of the Noah story is really a beginning. The world was fresh and clean and new. God gave all living things a second chance. Have the students write or draw in their journals what the world would have looked like after the flood.

 

Closing:

Closing Prayer:
Dear God, thank you for loving us and keeping your promise to Noah and to all of us. Amen


 

A lesson written by Judy from: Augustana Lutheran Church

 

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Veggie Tales "Noah's Ark"

Been a really long time since there was a new animated DVD release on Noah!

 

Just to let you know that VeggieTales is releasing "Noah's Ark - A Lesson in Trusting God" on Feb 28, 2015 (30 mins.)

Here's the Trailer.

 

Luanne

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Beginner's Bible - "Noah's Ark" DVD - (610583501797) was re-released on DVD - June 2015 in a collection called "Beginner's Bible Vol. 2".  It includes 3 of the original videos:  Creation, Noah's Ark, and David & Goliath.

Update 2019: Looks like they may be taking this out of print as Beginner's Bible are now posting full episodes on YouTube, The Noah's Ark can be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni1Y_ZHG-es .

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DVD - “Noah's Ark” (New Superbook Series)

During school hours, Joy and Chris have to choose between skipping school with a bad crowd or rejecting Pearce’s dangerous influence. Suddenly, Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when the world was fraught with evil. This encourages Joy and Chris to reject Pearce’s dangerous influence.  Lesson: God does not always protect us from trouble but cares for us in spite of trouble.  (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

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

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