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, questions and vocabulary words from last week’s lesson

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 then ask questions


Introduce activities: What did God give the people to eat? Quails and bread called manna. What Is It? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quizzes Water From A Rock object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin Dinner on the Ground object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin 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. Wandering in the Desert (lesson with game) Grumbling, Conflict, and Delegation (Exodus 15-18) Lesson 6: Moses and the Challenges

Crafts What Is It? group activities (crafts) Water From A Rock group activities (crafts) Dinner on the Ground group activities (crafts) Paper Bag Quail Paper Circle Quail Craft Thankful Quail Paper Plate Craft Paper Plate Quail Craft

Games What Is It? group activities (games) Water From A Rock group activities (games) Dinner on the Ground group activities (games) Desert Venture Review Game (scroll down to this)

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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

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 (scroll down to this)

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). Moses (maze) The 40 Year Journey (maze) Dinner on the Ground (maze) God Gives Manna To Eat
Match the puzzle pieces to complete the verse (page 9). Moses (anagrams, crossword, cryptograms, mazes, word mining sheets, word searches) Water From a Rock (word search) Dinner on the Ground (word search) Manna From Heaven (word search) Water From a Rock (crossword) Dinner on the Ground (crossword) Manna From Heaven (crossword) Dinner on the Ground (word shape) Manna From Heaven (jumble) Where Did They Go? (decoder) Water From A Rock (decoder) Manna From Heaven (decoder) Manna From Heaven (multiple choice) Dinner on the Ground (fill in the blanks) Manna From Heaven (fill in the blanks) Grumbling, Conflict, and Delegation (Exodus 15-18) lesson with questions that can easily be made into a worksheet Lesson 6: Moses and the Challenges (lesson with questions that can easily be made into a worksheet) Moses Stations
An activity where students are asked to visit each “Moses Station” based on an Old Testament Scripture passage. Students are then asked to give a brief summary of the passage, list the individuals involved, make a connection to a Scriptural parallel, and then explain the significance of this connection.

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