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God Made A Promise Part 2

by Leanne Guenther

Teacher's Guide - this is just one possible lesson plan.  Visit the Noah's Ark section or the Rainbows section for further ideas to supplement this.  

The crafts I suggest in the teacher's guides are just the ones I would use (for length of time and age appropriateness).  There are many, many more projects in the sections above that you many prefer to use.  

Introduction:

The Noah's Ark story is so popular with young children that it can easily be used for more than one lesson.  I've prepared two Noah's Ark teacher's guides.  Depending on which arts and crafts you choose, each of the guides I've prepared can be extended over two weeks giving you a full month of Noah's Ark.

When instructing young children, repetition is a positive thing.  Everything is so new at this age that it is helpful to repeat important messages multiple times.  This second part of the Noah's Ark lesson focuses on God's covenant with man.

The message:  God made a promise -- and He never breaks them.

The message of God as our loving Creator is reinforced in the Noah story.  When the flood ended, God formed a rainbow in the sky and made a promise never to send such a flood again.

Make sure you repeat the message many times during the lesson.  Send the God Made a Promise Take Home Sheet home with the children to encourage parents to reiterate the message during the week.  It includes a poster at the bottom that the children can color and hang on their wall or refrigerator.

Preview of the lesson:

Some people like to do craft time first and story time second and some like to switch it around.  I like the first option, myself.

Always consider offering  Noah mini book, Men of the Bible mini book, the Rainbow coloring pages or Noah's ark coloring pages for children who aren't interested in participating in the group activity (or if you get done the group activities very quickly and need something to fill in the spare time).  Everyone has a need for "alone time" once in awhile.  Also, sending home the mini books or coloring pages with the Take Home sheet provides parents with much needed help in reinforcing the lessons.  You can make a nice little booklet each week with the take home sheet on top -- I promise that most parents will appreciate the effort! 

Description

Time Allotted

Supplies


Welcome!

Receive name tags.  Have the children use crayons, markers, yarn and whatever other materials (such as sparkle glue) you have available to personalize their name tag.

Sing the Learning our Names song

10 to 15 minutes Rainbow name tags, scissors (or adults can precut),  crayons, markers, yarn, safety pins or tape.

Craft time!

Preschool thru Grade 1:  Make a rainbow handprint craft.  The children can partner up to trace each others hands.

Grade 2 and 3:  My preferred craft for this age group is the perler bead rainbow.  But you may find you don't have the ability to set up an iron at the Sunday School.

Instead, try making a rainbow/cloud mobile

15 to 30 minutes 
depending on your
adult/child ratio
Preschool thru Grade 1:  construction paper, glue, crayons, and scissors

Grade 2 and 3: Rainbow/Cloud mobile templates, string or wool, cotton or scrunched newspaper, construction paper, scissors


Bible Story/Song Time:

Grade 1:  Read the Children's Version of the Noah story.  (or read from your own store bought children's bible).  There are some "today's life" stories included with the children's version.  You can choose to read these to the children, but it will extend the time it takes to complete this section.  You could print and send them home with the parents.

There are so many songs that tell the story of Noah's Ark that I love to sing with instead of just read to the kids.  Here are the songs I'd suggest.

Preschool and Kindergarten:  Good Old Noah

Grade 1:  Noah's Ark Song

Grade 2:  Arky Arky Song

Grade 3:  it's tough to know when it's the right time to start readings from the Bible, but if the children have been read a children's version of the story in the past, I believe this is a good age to introduce the King James (or your preferred) bible reading.  Do Ch. 8 and 9 this week.

10 minutes Our mini books [1] [2] or Coloring Pages can be distributed to the children so they are able to read along.  Print the pages, staple them together in order and let the kids know when to turn the page.  The handouts can be taken home to color in.

Closing:

Depending on the time remaining, allow the children to brainstorm about what it means to make a promise.  Have they ever made one?  Has anyone ever made one to them?  Have they ever broken a promise?  Has anyone ever broken a promise to them?  How does that make them feel?  Reinforce that God made a promise and He doesn't break them.

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"

5 to 15 minutes Brainstorm Board (chalkboard, whiteboard, posterboard,...)

 

Words to:

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"


Printable version of this Teacher's Guide


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