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Baby Moses & his sister Miriam

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The learners will watch three different presentations of the story of the birth of Moses (Moses/The Ten Commandments/The Prince of Egypt) and compare them to each other and to the story in the book "The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories". Note: includes two lessons - "Primary/Junior Lesson" & "Beginner".

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 2:1-10


Memory Verse:

Exodus 2:10:
“ When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”


Concepts:

  • God works through all persons, even those who have no obvious power.
  • Our faith sometimes forces a conflict between God and society.
  • God is present even in situations in which God seems absent.

 


Workshop for Primary & Juniors

Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will watch three different presentations of the story of the birth of Moses and compare them to each other and to the story in The Children’s Bible.

 

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan.
  • Gather the materials.


Supplies List:

  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  • dry erase board or chart
  • markers
  • popcorn, water,
  • pencils
  • The Prince of Egypt DVD
  • Moses DVD
  • The Ten Commandments DVD
    (See references below for DVD details).

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make the popcorn.
  • Have the first video ready to go.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles and popcorn.

2. Read the story from the Children’s Bible, pages 58 and 59 (story 45). Have the children look at the pictures and observe the way the artist draws the clothing and scenery. On the board or newsprint, list the events of the story from this reading and pictures and include details, such as:

  • What the basket was made from
  • They are all barefoot
  • Clothing worn.


3. Tell the children that they will be watching parts of three movies, all showing a presentation of this story. Tell them they are to watch for similarities and differences in the movies and in the story. Begin watching the three movies. For each of them, watch only the scenes of the baby being hidden and the princess finding him.

4. First watch the movie Moses. (BE SURE AND START THIS MOVIE FROM THE SCENE OF THE BABY BEING PUT IN THE RIVER, AS THE BEGINNING OF THIS MOVIE SHOWS GRAPHIC SCENES OF BOYS BEING THROWN IN THE RIVER AND OF CHILDBIRTH.)
Discuss the movie just as you did the story, making note of some of the details.

5. Watch the corresponding part of The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. Follow the same procedure as the previous discussions, making note of the details.

Closing:
Look at what is the same in each of the presentations of the story. Say, “This is one of the favorite bible stories of many people. It tells us about the birth of Moses and how people who seemingly had no power worked to save his life. Where was God in this story?” Accept any answer, but hopefully they would say something like God was working through these people even if God is not mentioned in the story. If they don’t, then you need to make that statement.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:


Loving God, thank you for having writers and moviemakers tell us the stories of your people. Help us to learn from them and remember that you are always there. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them complete the following:
I liked the way the author in ______________ (pick one of the videos or the bible story) told the story of Moses’ birth because ___________________.


References:

  • Moses DVD, Lions Gate Home Entertainment, #0012236162995, DVD (2005) (Originally shot as a 6-part TV mini-series in 1974 and then edited into a 141 min. movie version - Directed by Gianfranco DeBosio, Staring Burt Lancaster).
  • The Ten Commandments DVD, Paramount Home Video, Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Staring Charlton Heston, Anniversary Edition 9781415718636; Special Edition 0097361435145-cheaper (both Widescreen).
  • The Prince of Egypt DVD, by Dreamworks Pictures, 1998 - Paramount Home Video, DVD-2010, #9780783236742.
  • The Children's Bible in 365 Stories, by Mary Batchelor, Lion Children's Books, 1995, 9780745930688.



Workshop for Beginners

Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will hear the story of the baby Moses, watch a video presentation of the story, and make and do actions to the story in rhyme.

 

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • Preview the video.


Supplies List:

  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  • video The Prince of Egypt
  • popcorn
  • water
  • pencils.

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make the popcorn
  • Have the video ready to go.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles and popcorn.
2. Read the story from the Children’s Bible, pages 58 and 59 (story 45). Have the children look at the pictures and observe the way the artist draws the clothing and scenery. On the board or newsprint, list the events of the story from this reading and pictures and include details, such as:

  • What the basket was made from
  • They are all barefoot
  • Clothing worn.

3. Tell the children that they will be watching part of a movie that gives a presentation of this story. Tell them they are to watch for similarities and differences in the movies and in the story. Watch the beginning of The Prince of Egypt, through the part where the Princess takes the baby. Discuss the movie just as you did the story.
4. Tell the children you are going to read the story from another author and that they will think of actions for each line as you read the verses. Read pages 23-24 of 52 Bible Stories in Rhyme and Rhythm.
5. Read the verses again and let them do their actions with each.
6. Read the verses again and this time have them do the action and say the verse after you.

Closing:
Say, “This is one of the favorite bible stories of many people. It tells us about the birth of Moses and how people who seemingly had no power worked to save his life. Where was God in this story?” Accept any answer, but hopefully they would say something like God was working through these people even if God is not mentioned in the story. If they don’t, then you need to make that statement.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:


Loving God, thank you for having writers and moviemakers tell us the stories of your people. Help us to learn from them and remember that you are always there. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them do the following:
Draw a picture of the baby Moses in the basket.


References:
"52 Bible Stories in Rhyme and Rhythm" by Phyllis Vos Weezeman, Shining Star Publications, 1995, 9780382306464.

 



Lessons written by Jan Marshall  from Brenthaven Church

Nashville, TN

 

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Baby Moses

Drama Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The learners will act out the story in three scenes, from the points of view of the three women in the story.


Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  • long blue paper for river
  • basket
  • doll
  • costumes
  • towel
  • soap
  • video camera ready to record (if time permits, the class can videotape their drama and present it during an opening period)
  • pencils


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles. Tell the children that as we read the story they are to think about how each of the women felt and how they would make the story into a play using three scenes—each told by a different woman from the story. Read the story yourself or let the children read parts of it.

2. Divide the story into 3 parts, focusing on a different character’s point of view in each part:

  • The mother: The story of the birth and the child being cared for by his mother. Discuss the problem of the pharaoh’s order as he gets older. Use the point of view of the baby’s mother.
  • Miriam: The plan, and the carrying out of the plan, to hide the baby. Use the point of view of Miriam.
  • The princess: The princess discovers the baby as Miriam watches; Miriam goes to get the mother; all leave the river. Use the princess’ point of view for the first part, then discuss each of the different points of view for the last part of this scene.


3. Remind the children that when they watch a movie (unless it is a sequel or based on a book they have read) they have little idea about what has happened before the story or about the people in the story unless it is brought out during the story. They need to be sure their story tells why this event happened and something about the people to whom it happened. (The Israelites had been in captivity in Egypt for many, many years. They did all the hard labor for the Pharaoh, and he was afraid a leader would emerge to lead them out of Egypt. Hence the decree that the male sons be drowned.)

4. Have the shepherd or one of the children write down the ideas decided on as the children brainstorm how to present the story as a drama. Remember stage decoration and directions are part of the play.

For the younger children: They may need to act it out and try it out as they are brainstorming. The teacher may need to assign each person a character and let him or her decide where he or she will appear, etc. as they try it out.

Note: Watch your time during this and give more help if they are moving slowly. Leave about five minutes to dress and set up the stage for the drama and the time necessary to act it out.

5. As they are discussing the story ask the following questions to guide them if necessary:

  • How are you going to tell what has happened before the birth of Moses?

(They could use a narrator. They could have one of the characters say something. They could have someone telling the story to someone else as a separate scene before the story begins. Or use any other way the children suggest and choose.)

  • As each woman in the story is discussed, ask how they think she felt at this time and how they can convey that feeling.
  • Remind the children that each of the characters took a big risk in doing what they did.
  • Ask, “Where is God during this time?” (God is not mentioned in the story but faith is what got Miriam, her mother, and the princess through this story.)


6. Hopefully, there will be time left for them to act out their play. Have them quickly set the stage, get into costume, and act out the play. If there is time, ask them to do it again and videotape it.

Closing:
Acting out of the drama can be the closure activity, but a statement needs to be made that God was present and leading the people even though God’s name was not mentioned in the story in the Bible. God worked through these people even though it may not have seemed like it at the time.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:


Dear God, thank you for being there for us even when we do not realize you are. Give us strength to have faith in you in difficult times. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them respond to the following:
Which woman in the story do you think risked the most? Why?


A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Church

Nashville, TN

 

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Baby Moses

A/V and/or Computer Workshop Script

Summary of Lesson Activities:

This script is posted in the drama workshop, but was originally written to be videotaped and edited/produced in a computer workshop.

Volunteer Moderator Comments:
I really like this being videotaped by an older class. Then showing it to the other younger groups OR even better to the entire congregation at the end of the rotation during children's time in church or have the congregation meet to see it after church.

 



DRAMA SCRIPT for Baby Moses


December 2007, LD McKenzie

 

KEEPING A LOOKOUT

Script for 1-act play


Cast:

Miriam, Moses, Egyptian Princess, Handmaid. (You can also populate this one act play with various riverbank critters -- bullfrog, turtles, birds, tadpoles, salamanders, fish...)

Props:

Assorted tunics, video camera, basket, baby doll, princess jewels.

Scene:
Miriam tummy down on the grass on the river bank setting up video cam, talking to self.

Miriam:

Mom said she just couldn’t watch after she put him in his little basket in the river. But someone’s got to do the dirty work. There, fresh battery, and we’re all set.

[Pauses, describes the scene as if a voice over for the video]


Here we are on the sunny banks of the river Nile. People wanted to take our baby away, my sweet little baby brother Moses. Zoom in on Moses.

Mom tried to hide him as long as she could. Then he got bigger. People might start finding out about him.

So mom built him the safest, snuggest, most water-tight baby basket ever.

[Miriam does a lot of zooming in to show the basket construction. Meanwhile in the background, Princess and her ladies are advancing toward the baby.]

Miriam:

And how is my little Mosie man doing. Oh, what an angel, not even crying or anything.

[Suddenly a hand reaches into the scene and pulls the basket up by the handle.]

Miriam: Oh my gosh! Where has he gone?! [her camera follows the hand. Zoom out to frame scene with princess.]

Handmaid:

Look Princess. A baby. He must belong to one of the Hebrew women.


Princess:

He’s beautiful. A perfect angel. Well we can’t leave him here we’ll have to take him home with us.


Miriam:

Wait a sec. That’s my baby brother. They’re not taking him anywhere! [Sets down camera. (Prop cam on its side on a table still running so it takes a sideways picture with audio of the next conversation.)]


Miriam:

Excuse me. A hem. Excuse me. But that baby is going to need milk.


Princess:

Hmmm. You’re quite right. Do you know anyone who could be a nursemaid for him.


Miriam:

Why yes, I think I do.


Princess:

Good. Then go and get her. Tell her I’ll pay her well if she does this for me. We can’t let our little man go hungry now, can we?


Miriam [has already run back up to camera. Holds it up to her face. Extreme closeup]:

Mom! You’re never going to believe this…!


NOTES:


> This script was written to go with a computer lab that involves creating a movie.

>> Other neat ideas in this lesson set include: arts/Wikki Stik babies in baskets; rhythm workshop; kitchen/watermelon baskets; computer/Let's Talk, Garage Band composition; iMovie video. For more detail, click here.



Script posted by rotation.org member LDM

 

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Baby Moses
Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Use video “Duke and the Great Pie War” by Veggie Tales to teach the story of Baby Moses.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Duke and the Great Pie War” by Veggie Tales 
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make the popcorn
  • Have the video ready to go.


 

Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Read: The Story

Watch the Video:
“Duke and the Great Pie War” - Veggie Tales
This includes:
“Babysitter in DeNile”
“Big Sister to the Rescue”


Stop the tape at the “Blues with Larry.”

Ask the questions:

  • Why was the pharaoh trying to kill the Hebrew baby boys? There were so many Hebrews, and these boys would grow up to be strong men & fight against the Egyptians.
  • Why were there so many Hebrews in Egypt? Joseph was sent to Egypt. His family followed – including his father/Jacob and his 11 brothers. They multiplied into a ‘great nation.’
  • When Moses was placed in the river, what was he put in? A basket, little boat from papyrus reeds & lined with tar
  • Why was Moses placed in the river? To hide him.
  • Who found Moses? The Egyptian Princess, the Princess’ maiden
  • The Princess adopted Moses. Who did Miriam/sister suggest to the princess could help watch baby Moses? Moses’ mother

Then watch the rest of the movie (or as much of it as time allows.)
Total running time of the video – 45 minutes.

 

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.

 

 


 

A lesson written by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church

Randall, IA  

 

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Saddleback Kids' short animated video about Baby Moses (Exodus 1-2)

2:52 minutes long. Kid-friendly retelling suitable as an intro to Bible study 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

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