Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lesson Plan- Moses in the Desert (1st grade on up)

Moses in the Desert

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Moses in the Desert
- explain that we need to obey God and why

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

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

Quails- small birds
Israelites- they were God’s chosen people (slaves that went with Moses)
Manna- food (bread) provided by God to feed the Israelites
Desert- an area of land where there is little water or rainfall.


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


Introduce activities: What did God give the people to eat? Quails and bread called manna. What Is It? object lesson with coloring, puzzles, quiz What Is It? (group activities) crafts, games Water From A Rock object lesson Meribah, Mt. Sinai lessons 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). Bread From Heaven, Water From A Rock lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

More Crafts Paper Bag Quail Puppet (scroll down to this craft) Paper Plate Quail Craft

More Games

Introduce game: Did the people listen and do what Moses said? Do you think that is easy? Can you do that?

Moses Says

Need: Nothing

Directions: Played just like Simon Says. Moses says, “Hop on one foot.” Etc.

Introduce game: So you think you are good at following directions? Let’s find out.

Following Directions

Need: Bop It, Ballzerko, Simon, etc.

Directions: Divide the class into groups. Have one group play one game and the other plays another, etc. Students must do what the toy tells them to do. Change games after all students get a chance to play.

Introduce game: Moses led his people through the desert. Do you think they did what he told them to do? Do you think this was easy? Let’s find out.

Outrageous Desert Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course that the students must do the crab walk backwards through it. Have them crab walk around objects, go under the table, carry a ball on their stomach and put it into the trash can, etc. Demonstrate what you want the students to do.

Another version:

Introduce game: Do you think it was easy to walk in the desert? Let’s find out.

Supply list: one table, one chair

Set up your obstacle course as described in your instructions and have the children watch you walk through the obstacle course before they try it themselves. As you go through each stage, explain what it represents.

Say: First, you’ll hop on one foot because the sand is so hot. Next, you will crawl under a table to get away from the sun. Then you roll on the ground from exhaustion. Finally, you crawl to a chair to rest.

Have the children go through the obstacle course, resetting it for each child as needed.

Introduce game: What did the Israelites see day in and day out on the desert? (Sand.)

Pass the Sand!

Divide the group into two teams and line them up. Have the first team players in line grab a handful of sand from a container. They must pass the sand to the next player, who passes it to the next player, and so on down the line. When the sand reaches the last player, she pours what's left of it onto a plate. The team with the most sand at the end of the relay wins the game. You may have to weight the sand on a food scale to find out, if it's close!

These game are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They 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 Says (file folder game)- Let’s see how well you can follow directions.

Introduce game: What mountain did Moses climb?

Climb Mount Sinai (file folder game)- Be the first to climb Mount Sinai and win!


Introduce snack: What is out in a desert? Sand Ants in the Sand

What did the Israelites eat out in the desert? Manna and quail. Unleaven Bread

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
Follow the Dots to find what the Israelites found in the desert. (quail)

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Moses in the desert puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from March 20 - 26). The 40 Year Journey (maze) Dinner on the Ground (maze) Moses (anagrams, crossword, cryptograms, mazes, word mining sheets, word searches) Dinner on the Ground (word search) Manna From Heaven (word search) Dinner on the Ground (crossword) Manna From Heaven (crossword) Dinner on the Ground (word shape) Dinner on the Ground (jumble) Manna From Heaven (decoder) Manna From Heaven (multiple choice) Dinner on the Ground
Complete the story by filling in the blanks with a word from the word bank at the bottom of the story. Manna From Heaven (fill in the blanks)

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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