Friday, October 24, 2008

Lesson Plan- Moses and the Bulrushes (1st grade on up)

Moses and the Bulrushes

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Moses and the Bulrushes
- explain that God uses all kinds of people to do his work in the world
- locate Egypt and the Nile River on a map

Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)

Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Hebrews- people from Israel that are also called Israelites (show students this on a map or you can even have one of the students find it on a map)
Slaves- person forced to work for another
Bulrushes- very tall plant that grows by the water with leaves like grass
Nile River- the longest river in the world that empties in the Mediterranean Sea (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).


Read story: "Moses in the Bulrushes" Then ask questions from the Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


Introduce activities: What did Moses’ mother do so that the soldiers would not kill him? God Saves His People (Part 1) lesson Baby Moses (lesson) Israelite Slaves & Baby Moses lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples). Moses Is Born lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.


Introduce craft: Whose mother secretly hid them and later put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River? Or- What did Moses’ mother put him in and floated him down the Nile River? Moses in a Basket
Make Moses in a basket craft that you can change to your student’s abilities. A few pieces of yarn for hair taped to the back of Moses’ head is a nice touch.

Moses in the Bulrushes- The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Children by Group Publishing, page 16. Weave a Basket

Baby Moses Baskets- Crafts: 110 Totally Awesome Crafts For All Ages by Group Publishing, page 12.

Moses in the Bulrushes Glove Puppet- A cute glove puppet and when you wiggle your fingers it makes baby Moses bob up and down in the water among the bulrushes. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 20 & 21). Baby Moses Paper Craft Moses in the Bulrushes
Use a baby food jar to make baby Moses in the bulrushes.

Introduce craft: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile. Stand-Up Crocodile Alligator Craft or Card (just call this a crocodile)


Introduce game: What was the name of the baby that was put in a basket and sent down the Nile by his mother? Who found Moses?

Who Has Baby Moses?

Need: Small object to be baby Moses (example: clothes pin).

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while baby Moses is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding baby Moses hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has baby Moses. The child who had baby Moses is now “It”.

Wrapping Baby Moses (God Protects Moses)- This game will help your students discover the incredible act of faith that Moses’ mother demonstrated in hiding her baby among the reeds of the Nile to save him from certain death. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 30 & 31).

This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Moses in the Bulrushes (file folder game)- The players spin the spinner and follow the directions. If the player spins “Leader’s Spot”, they get to move their marker to where the leader is and share that spot. The first player to the princess wins.


Introduce snack: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile. Cucumber Crocodile (scroll down for this)

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

A Baby in a Basket- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.) Help Moses as a Baby (maze) Moses (anagrams, crossword, cryptograms, mazes, word mining sheets, word searches)

A Princess Rescues A Baby (maze)- Big Puzzles for Little Hands by Carla Williams, page 24. Crocodile (dot to dot) Moses is Born lesson with circle the correct words, true or false, word searches, mazes, fill in the blanks, crossword, etc.

Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)

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