Friday, November 7, 2008

Lesson Plan- Moses and the Laws of God (1st grade on up)

Moses and the Laws of God (be sure to change the activities to your faith teachings)

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Moses and the Laws of God
- explain that we need to follow the Ten Commandments and why
- identify which are commandments from a list
- explain what each commandment means and give examples
- locate Mount Sinai on a map
- recite the Ten Commandments from memory

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)

10 Commandments- 10 laws given to Moses by God
Laws- rules
Mount Sinai- the mountain where God gave laws to the Israelites (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).


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


Introduce activity: What laws did God give Moses that people must always keep?

10 Commandments Worksheet- (Catholic version)

Directions: Have students fold the paper in half separating the two columns with the print facing up. Students then cut on the black line through BOTH papers. Students then open paper and cut paper in half on the fold to make two tablets. Students then fill in the blanks with teacher during class discussion. Ten Commandments Lessons Ten Commandments lesson Mt. Sinai, 10 Commandments, Golden Calf 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). Ten Commandments, Golden Calf, Moses Talks With God lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. The Story of Moses #4 lesson


Introduce craft: How well do you know the Ten Commandments? Let’s find out. Ten Commandments Tablets
(Students can use the above activity to help them write the Ten Commandments.)


Introduce game: How well do you know the Ten Commandments? Let’s find out. 10 Commandment Quiz

Directions: (You can also change the quiz by copying it on Word and then editing it). Print out a copy for teacher to read to class. Divide the class into two teams and ask one student from each team a question. If the student is right, their team gets a point.

Introduce game: What laws did God give to Moses? What do these laws want us to do? Are they duties to each other and to God that we must do?

What Commandment is it?

Directions: Tell the students a sin and have them tell you what commandment it broke.

Ten Commandments Drill One, Two, Three, and Four- Fun and educational games about the Ten Commandments with flash cards, key word cards, outline page, and answers provided. This book is spiral bound to make copying easier. (Faith Facts for Young Catholics by Kieran Sawyer, page 17-22).

Beach Ball Madness (The Ten Commandments)- This game will help your students discover that life is much easier with guidelines, rules, and standards such as the Ten Commandments. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 36).

These games 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.

Directions: Cards are laid out in a grid face down, and players take turns flipping pairs of cards over. On each turn, the player will first turn one card over, then a second. If the two cards match, the player scores one point, the two cards are removed from the game, and the player gets another turn. If they do not match, the cards are turned back over.

The object is to match more pairs of cards than the opposing player. (One point is scored for each matched pair, and the player with the highest score after all cards have been matched wins.) When cards are turned over, it is important to remember where they are for when the matching card is turned up later in the game.

Ten Commandments Memory Game Cards- Print two copies of each page on card stock. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.)

Ten Commandments In Order Game- Mix up cards and place them on a table face up. Students then put the commandments in the proper order lining them up from top to bottom. The first student that can put the commandment cards in the correct order wins. This game can be played individually or in teams.

Ten Commandments (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments (Catholic) the sin broke.

Directions: Players place their marker on START. The players roll the dice and follow the directions on the space they land on. If they land on a “?”, the player to their right draws a card and reads the question out loud (only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students). On each card is a question about sins and the player must tell which commandment the sin broke (they may say the commandment number or the commandment). Younger students can say whether or not it is a sin and why. If they answer correctly, they receive 1 token (milk caps, poker chips, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive one. When a player gets to the end of one game board, they keep going on the second game board and continue to FINISH. All players must land on FINISH with the exact number. When the player reaches FINISH they will count their tokens. After all players have made it to FINISH, the player with the most tokens wins.


Introduce snack: At Mount Sinai what did God give Moses that the people must always keep? The Ten Commandments. ‘O’bey Donuts
Tell the children that we must obey God's Commandments and God's rules. The donut represents the letter "O" in obey.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
The Ten Commandments color by number

365 Activities for Kids- Moses spot the different on March 23rd.

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Ten Commandments puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from March 27 - 31). maze find the hidden picture Moses (anagrams, crossword, cryptograms, mazes, word mining sheets, word searches) word search with solution word search word search word scramble with answers

This puzzle 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.

Ten Commandments crossword puzzle- Catholic

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.)


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all this information. So so helpful indeed! :)

Amazing_Grace said...

You're welcome! :)

Mary said...

Thank you for this lesson plan! I have one question though. You say to read "Moses and the Laws of God". Where does this story come from? Are you just reading from Exodus or are you reading this from another source?


Amazing_Grace said...


I used- "Moses and the Laws of God" from The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery (page 40)- A collection of 44 favorite Bible stories, all very accurate retellings from Scripture that are easy for children to understand and enjoy. The book is very colorful and has beautiful illustrations that children really enjoy.

Read any story book that tells the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.

I hope that helps.