Thursday, April 19, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 13 Jacob and Esau

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 13 JACOB AND ESAU






CLASSROOM PREP

Write on the board: 
What do you value?

Post this up:

“If I were to teach the principle of generosity in human relationships, how marvelous to share with people...scriptures pertaining to the relationship of Jacob and Esau.” - Elder Neal A. Maxwell.



OPENING DISCUSSION

Hand out Post-It Notes and have them write answers to what they value and post on the board.

Discuss this for awhile -- what do they value? Why do they value those things? Do they bring lasting value or temporary? Do they have to work for those things or do they come easy? Do they value more the things that take time or the things that come easily?



LESSON


Ideas to present this story:


1/Have all the scriptures printed out for the lesson, one per piece of paper.
Have an easy-to-understand summary of each scripture also one per piece of paper.
Have them match the scripture verse with the summary.
Do this as a class up on the board or on the floor.

2/Have them act it out.

3/Use puppets (Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, even the goats?).

4/Here's my own summary based much on this:
https://www.lds.org/ensign/2002/01/jacob-and-esau?lang=eng

All of you have siblings.
Have you ever competed for things with your siblings?
How does that sort of thing make you feel? (bad)
Siblings really commonly fight, and fight over stuff...right?
This story is about two brothers who are actually twins.
They competed for a lot of things: money, land, spiritual blessings, status in the family.

Even in the womb, they were already struggling.
Their mom Rebekah felt a great struggle in her body and went to enquire of the Lord (Genesis 25:22).

Heavenly Father answered saying “Two nations are in thy womb, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people and the elder shall serve the younger.” (25:23)

Do you know why birth order is important in Old Testament times?
Who here is the firstborn in their family?
If you were in OT times, you would have the right to inherit being the head of the family, priesthood authority, and a double portion of your parents’ estate.

This is all a big deal.

So these twins - Jacob and Esau.
Esau was the firstborn so he had the birthright.
Esau liked hunting and agriculture and focused more on the things of the world.
Jacob liked taking care of animals and was a “plain” man which meant he was whole, complete, perfect, simple, so he was choosing the right, we can assume from that.

Now their parents were kind of split...Isaac liked Esau more and Rebekah liked Jacob more.
Parents aren’t supposed to have favorites, right? But that’s how it was with them.

One day after hunting, Esau was really really hungry.
He asked Jacob if he could have some of his food -- “Feed me, I pray thee,” he asked in vs. 30.

Jacob agreed but for a price - he wanted Esau’s birthright.

Why would he ask this of him? Jacob knew that Esau didn’t care about it.

How did he know? He was going against the commandments, married a woman outside the covenant, etc.

So now fast forward to the time when Isaac was about to give the birthright blessing.
Isaac is 130 years old and his sons were at least 70.
Rebekah felt that Esau should not get the birthright blessing.

She knew that he wouldn’t respect it, honor it, and she remembered that Heavenly Father told her that the elder shall serve the younger.

She made a plan that Jacob would get the blessing.

Jacob wasn’t so sure about it - he probably didn’t want to deceive his dad or do anything wrong, right?

His mom said “Upon me by thy curse, my son, only obey my voice.”

He received the birthright blessing by pretending to be Esau - Isaac was blind at this point and Jacob dressed as Esau to throw off his father.

Was this rightfully his? Well, Esau had given it to him.

Did Isaac know what he was doing? No, but this was spoken of by Heavenly Father years before so it was supposed to happen this way.

How did Esau feel when he found out about the big blessing and that it went to Jacob?

He “lifted up his voice and wept” (27:38) which shows he didn’t plan to keep his promise earlier of giving it to Jacob.

Esau hated Jacob then and vowed to slay him!

Rebekah told Jacob to flee the area - she didn’t want her son killed!

She thought that over time perhaps Esau would stop being angry.

They also wanted Jacob to marry righteously.

So Jacob left and they were apart for about 20 years.

Do any of you know of family members that refuse to speak to one another?

20 years is a long time. It can be hard to be angry for that long but sometimes people are determined to be mad at one another.

How does this hurt eternal families? (give time for discussion)

So Jacob married and did well working as a laborer.

Esau’s family moved elsewhere.

Jacob was visited by an angel and told to return to his birthright land (31:11-13).

Jacob was a little worried about how Esau might react - you can understand why, right?

So he send greetings beforehand, friendly ones, to Esau.

How would this hopefully help Esau feel?

Well, the messengers returned with information that Esau was coming to meet him indeed, but with 400 armed men!

Jacob was confused - an angel had told him to return, but why return if it meant death?

So he prayed for protection.

Then he told his servants to divide over 550 of his animals into many groups and to present each group of animals as a separate gift to Esau - he hoped this would soften Esau’s heart.

They got closer and closer to each other, and Jacob and his family went out to meet him.

He bowed as he went, which showed respect.

Esau noticed all of this and ran to meet him (33:4).

Esau had forgiven Jacob and they were on good terms again.

So while this story is about how Esau didn’t value his birthright and lost it,

It’s also about families and forgiveness.




FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION

How are you feeling right now, after hearing this story, about your siblings?

I want you each to write down some feelings for exactly 2 minutes and list all the thoughts and feelings that come to your mind. (pass out paper/pens to them)

Maybe it’s a list of words.

Maybe it’s a description of how you want to act in your family.
Maybe it’s a situation that happened recently and you want to write down what you’d have done differently.

Or maybe you want to write down how you acted correctly and you’re happy about it.



TEMPORARY VS ETERNAL DISCUSSION


(Use the list in the manual that starts with Going to a movie on the Sabbath)

This story is about families but it’s also about valuing the right things.

And not being blinded by what’s temporary vs what’s eternal.

So here’s a list and I want you to come up and one at a time mark off what’s eternal and what’s temporary.

(have the list from the manual but add more to it so it’s really long, and have markers or highlighters or crayons and one at a time they come up and mark in one color for temporary and one color for eternal...then discuss)



TEMPORARY VS ETERNAL ACTIVITY

Adapted from this:
http://www.ourfamilyforhisglory.com/2012/07/to-know-christ-philippians-family-time-8

(Hold up a thing of bubbles and a small soft ball.)
Which of these do you think represents eternal things? (ball)
And which one represents temporary happiness? (bubbles)

List off what some of those things might be: family prayer and activities, arguing with siblings, etc.

Have a small basket (perhaps a foldable one that you can easily transport to church) on a chair that you have labeled “eternity.”

Have two kids come up, one with the ball (eternal things) and one with a thing of bubbles (temporary things).

Tell them to get their thing to “eternity” and they’ll see that the bubbles go nowhere!




TESTIMONY AND TAKE HOME


What we have in our life, all the riches and the gold and jewels and status and money and property…
Nothing compares to that of having a family that is in harmony.
We can fight, we can bicker, we can get mad, but we should always forgive.
Even if it takes many years, this story of Jacob and Esau can give us hope for forgiveness and family harmony.


Take home ideas:
Bubbles with a note/scripture/etc.
Harmonicas and a note about family harmony
Small can of soup to hearken back to the stew/pottage that Esau wanted
Card to write to a family member that they need to be on better terms with
Something heart-related

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 12 Isaac and Rebekah

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 12 ISAAC AND REBEKAH



CLASSROOM PREP

Write on the board: "I will go"
Post up a drawing of a camel
Bring in a jug if it isn't too heavy.



OPENING ACTIVITY

Hand out camel fun facts to read:



OPENING DISCUSSION

Ask one of the boys if he'd let a boy classmate choose his wife for him?
And continue on in this manner.
What kind of person would you trust to choose your wife?

Today we're going to be learning a really beautiful and neat story of how one particular man found his wife.
This is the story of Isaac, who is Abraham's wife.



LESSON

So a few weeks ago we talked about Abraham and remember how you each had a piece of paper with scrambled up words? They were all promises made to Abraham - things the Lord promised him, covenants that they made and they were amazing promises.

Remember how we talked about how those promises can be ours?

One of the ways they can be ours is if we are worthy to enter the Lord’s temple and to keep our covenants.

This includes the covenant of marriage.

So guess what Isaac had to do one day when he grew up and got old enough to get….what? (married)

Let’s review the blessings (Genesis 22:17-18)

Abraham called upon his trusted servant, Eliezer, and put him under oath to insure by every precaution that his son married someone worthy to continue the covenant blessings the Lord had promised him and his posterity.

He makes the servant swear that the woman will not be a Canaanite but will be of their people.

The servant took 10 camels and left into the city of Nahor.

It was evening, which is the time that the women went to the wells to draw water.

The servant prayed very carefully that the Lord would bless Abraham’s wish that he would find a wife for Isaac. And he prays that something specific will happen. He asks that if he says “let down thy pitcher that I may drink” then she will say “drink and I will give thy camels drink also” and that this woman would be the one for Isaac.

Before he was done with his prayer, Rebekah came out with her pitcher ready to get water.

She went to fill up her pitcher and the servant ran to meet her and he asked for water to drink just as he said he would in his prayer.

And what do you think she said?

She also offers drink for the camels.

So how much can a camel drink? (30 gallons in a day)
There are ten camels to be watered, and she must do it with whatever jar or container she has with her. The water in this well is in a deep hole, probably reached by descending a spiral path or stairs. Rebekah “went down to the well, filler her pitcher, and came up.”

He asks to lodge there and she said yes.

The servant tells her and her family his story and that she was an answer to prayer and that she is meant for Isaac.

Her family decided they would go with what the Lord wanted and agreed.
And Rebekah said “I will go.”
She went with the servant back to where Isaac was.

After many days, the caravan approached the place where Isaac lived.
Rebekah saw someone in the fields walking toward them, it was Isaac.

When Isaac heard of Rebekah’s kindness and willingness to be of service, and her great faith, it was easily understood why he loved her.




VIDEO OF PARIS TEMPLE

So in order for us to be worthy of those same blessings, we need to work towards being able to go to the temple! 

How many of you have seen the inside of a temple?
Let's watch this to see how beautiful they are inside!





CREATE YOUR OWN TEMPLE

Have them split into groups and hand out stacks of white printer paper, scissors, and a yellow crayon or yellow paper.
Have then create a temple on the wall with a yellow/gold Moroni and write on their temples the words that inspired them from the lesson.



TAKE HOME IDEA

Hand out small bottles of water (relating to the camel/water) with a note attached telling them what to talk with their families about.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 11 Abraham and Isaac

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 11 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC




CLASSROOM PREP


Write on the board:
Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Post Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Post Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.




OPENING DISCUSSION

Adapted from betterbibleteachers.com

When I say the word "trust" what comes to mind?

Who do you trust? parents, teachers, neighbor, sibling, yourself

When you get up in the morning, what do you trust is in the kitchen cupboard and the fridge? food

When you head to school (bike, walk, bus, car), you trust that you'll get there and your legs, bike, car, bus will come through for you.

When you leave Primary, you trust that your mom or dad will be there in the building to take you home.

Has anyone ever had to wait for their parents to pick them up from something?
You didn't know why they weren't there yet, etc.?
How did you feel? let them all share how ever much they want and presume that a lot of them will say they were kind of worried or scared, and if they don't mention that then ask them if they also felt scared or worried

You know why you get worried and scared?
It's because all that trust you had was suddenly starting to go away.
Now you're worried IF they're coming, rather than knowing that they were.
We know our parents will eventually come, but sometimes that trust gets a little shaky.

So now another question:
Why do you trust your parents?

Have you had our city's government or state government or the US government do a background check on them?
Have you interviewed their friends to see if they can be trusted?
Have you interviewed them?

No to all of that, right?
The real reason you trust them is because of all the things they've already done for you.

What have they already done for you by now, at your age?
Taken care of you as a baby, held you when you couldn't walk, kept you safe when you were playing outside, kept you from eating dirt or rotten food.

You trust your parents to take care of you because they've already been taking care of you for a long time, right? You have a trusting relationship with them.

What we need to be able to say is not that we know about God, but that we know God.
That we have a trusting relationship with Him and with our Savior.



OPENING ACTIVITY

Continue introducing the concept of trust with this impactful object lesson.

Hold up a piece of paper and tell your class:
I have the ability to step through this piece of paper.
In fact I know that ALL of you could step through this piece of paper.
(make sure those who know how to do this don’t give it away)

Do you trust me? That I know what I’m talking about?
Even though this idea seems really nutty and completely impossible?

Show them how it works and anticipate they will all want to do their own, so have paper and scissors and be ready to teach them how to do it.

Talk about trust
-- why didn’t you trust me? 

It didn’t make sense, we didn’t know how it could work, we didn’t think it was possible?
What have you learned about trust as it relates to God? Sometimes things that seem impossible are actually possible - God knows more than we know and can do miracles

Today we’re going to finish learning about Abraham and how he placed great trust in the Lord.

And how we can learn from him!






LESSON

Tell the story with compelling words and expressions, with real life discussion and examples.

Include the comparison chart as mentioned in the manual and with a free print-out option from here:

Also helpful is to use some of the other Church manuals in putting together, especially this one:

Utilize the discussion questions in the Primary manual as well





OTHER SCRIPTURE STORIES SCAVENGER HUNT

We're going to continuing learning about trust and talk about the amazing relationship Heavenly Father had with his followers in the Book of Mormon and in the scripture stories we have already learned so far.

We're going to have a Scavenger Hunt - why a Scavenger Hunt? 
Because we're going to be looking for God in our lives, to remind us that He is everywhere, helping us....by looking for the miracles that have happened in the scriptures and Church History. We will see that we can trust Him!

Miracle story ideas:
- OT: Abraham saved from death

- OT: Noah and the ark
- OT: any other stories that are meaningful to you from the lessons this year already
- BOM: Book of Mormon examples that are meaningful to you
- CH: Church History examples that are meaningful to you (Brigham Young taking on the appearance of Joseph Smith, seagulls and crickets, Elijah Fordham, Mary and the many ox stories, etc.)
- And so on! Just don't go over OT stories you haven't taught yet!

Make up clues to these stories.

The clue you write should lead them to somewhere in the building in places where your class won't be in the way and can be reverent (the foyer, paintings on the wall, water fountain, bishop's office, outside doors, inside doors, kitchen, perhaps some outside). 

So a clue will lead them to that place in the building.
You'll gather to quietly read the story to them, and then move onto the next one. 

Example:
"Noah trusted that God would lead him and the ark to safe ground.
They had to travel through a lot of ______."

Where in the building do we find a source for this?
water/kitchen so you'd go into the kitchen and read the story quickly with the angle of how Noah trusted God


Back in the classroom...
Discuss how you can find God in your lives each day, performing little miracles as you put your trust in Him.




TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME IDEA

I'm so grateful for all of these examples.
Heavenly Father and our Savior are in our lives, they want a relationship with us so we can learn to trust them like we trust others in our lives!


This is a lifelong pursuit but it can start today!


Take home ideas:
- Something to do with seeking...like a mini magnifying glass, a kaleidoscope, etc.
- Also a scripture such as Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 10 Abraham and Lot

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 10 ABRAHAM AND LOT



CLASSROOM PREP Draw a big heart on the board, or post up a big heart!

Pass this out for them to do while you get your lesson set up:


Another option (page 2 quiz)


Another option:
List scriptures about love on the board (number them), hand out paper and pens, ask them to write down the number of one of them and write what it means or what it’s telling them to do.
Or have them draw a depiction of that scripture.

Examples:
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
Love one another; as I have loved you
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Press forward with a love of God and of all men





OPENING DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY (some from the manual)

Draw a circle on the chalkboard and write LOVE in the center.
How do you interpret this drawing? Hear their ideas
This represents a circle of people in your life that you love.
Think about who, groups or specific people, is in your circle of love.
Does anyone want to share who is in theirs?
Do you think Heavenly Father wants our circle of love to be really itty bitty? No
He wants our circle of love to be as large as possible.
In fact, we are commanded to love one another.

I want everyone to get up and help me make a circle on the floor. Use string or rope that you’ve brought.

Hand out name tags like the ones in the manual (Older Neighbor, Visitor, etc.) and use their names or make your own

Pick someone to be in the center (they don’t need a name tag)
Continue through with the activity as in the manual.
(Another option for this type of activity would be to play Pictionary on the board where they draw the different groups of people)




LESSON

Tell the story of Abraham and Lot as outline in the manual.
There are many summaries online to help supplement the manual, one example:
https://www.lds.org/liahona/1985/08/lots-escape?lang=eng

Try to make it interesting, vibrant, energetic, expressive, etc.
See if you can keep their attention and to internalize the story just through storytelling techniques.
This is a challenge I’m giving myself with last week’s lesson and this week’s lesson as a way to approach the scriptures in Sunday School and to get to know the attention span of my class a bit better.


Some of what I will teach is from here:
https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-seminary-teacher-manual/genesis-continued/lesson-22-genesis-13-14?lang=eng



I want you to imagine that I have a treat and two family members want it.
I divide it unequally and let them pick who gets which piece.
How could this cause conflict in a family?

We’re going to learn more about Abraham and how a conflict came up in his family.
We’re going to learn from his example in how to show love to others, especially in our families.





VIDEO: LIFT (9 MINUTES 30 SECONDS)

This is a very moving video the Church has produced about neighbors serving a woman with a disability.

Pass out index cards or paper and a pen and ask them to write down key words and phrases that jump out at them.

Talk about it after: 
How do you feel after watching that?
What parts made you feel good inside while watching? 
Why do you look up to the men/neighbors who helped her?
How would you feel if you knew you were helping someone be so happy?


SERVICE/ACTS OF KINDNESS Put the idea of service/love into action in class.

Is someone blind in your ward?Record the kids reading a story, sharing their testimony, singing hymns, etc.

Is there an inactive kid in your class? 
Create something for them that you can mail or deliver.

Is there someone lonely or someone you feel inspired to reach out to? 
Make a card and decorate treats in class.

Or simply plan to make a stack of something (cardstock square that says "You are loved" or other such messages that the kids write) and take time to walk around the building, see who is in the foyer, who are gathered talking in a hallway, etc. and hand it to those people in a reverent non-disruptive manner. It could lift someone’s spirits immensely!

(If needed, work with leaders in the ward to brainstorm/determine a need that could be met.)

If doing the last idea, take time after to discuss how it felt to do that kind of service.

Also have a snack or treat or some sort of reward waiting in the classroom to reward them for being reverent in the hallways and for taking it seriously.

My recommendation for something like this is to do something you as the teacher are in control of. Sending them home with something to do at home/with their family may not get done.



TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME IDEA

Have prepared a small note to each kid in your class with the things you love about them.
Include something heart-shaped!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 9 Jehovah Makes Covenants With Abraham

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 9 JEHOVAH MAKES COVENANTS WITH ABRAHAM



A quick note that this site was especially useful for studying this topic:
https://www.lds.org/new-era/2006/04/articles-of-faith-what-abrahams-covenant-means-to-you?lang=eng



CLASSROOM PREP


Post the words to I Want to Be a Missionary Now on the board
Post manual artwork
Write or post on the board the word COVENANT



OPENING ACTIVITY IF NOT A FAST SUNDAY
Adapted from this site:
http://www.mormonshare.com/lds-object-lesson/sharing-the-gospel-a-piece-of-cake

Take out a container of treats (container so they can’t see how many you brought).
Carefully open the lid so they can’t see inside.
Take out a cookie or some sort of easy treat. (could be cake related or lemon related if you want to do the play on words for the take-home treat at the end of this lesson)

Talk over and over about how good it is, describe the taste, etc.
They’re going to be begging you to share and give them one!
React like, “Oh, you want some? Should I share?”
(share while you continue)

Conversation could continue like this:

You know...the gospel is just like this treat.
But we usually don’t share, in fact we often don’t!
There’s so many people out there that would love the gospel.
Maybe we’re afraid of what they’ll say or think we’re weird if we talk about church or invite people.
What if they ask us questions about church stuff that we don’t know the answer to?
Like this treat, “what are the ingredients?”
Maybe we’d feel panicked and not know.
But how can you find out answers to questions you don’t know? Pray, scriptures, lds.org, parents, leaders
Just like I can look up how to make this treat, right?

Today we’re going to talk about Abraham and sharing the gospel!




OPENING ACTIVITY IF IT IS A FAST SUNDAY

Go here for an alternate idea:

http://www.mormonshare.com/lds-object-lesson/open-your-refrigerator-door-or-let-your-light-so-shine



OPENING DISCUSSION

From the manual’s Attention Activity:

Take out an heirloom or special item from a family member, or a photo of them.
Talk about that family member and what characteristics you’ve inherited from them.
Have them share things they’ve received, traits they share, memories, etc.
When we think about inheritance (write on the board), we usually think about money or objects.

But we can also inherit blessings.
Our ancestor is a prophet named Abraham.
We, all of us here, have inherited blessings that he was promised but we have to do our part.



LESSON

Trying something different this week and will learn the entire scripture story so well that I can retell it in a very compelling and storyteller-like manner, very conversational. Will stand and walk around the room a little as I tell it. Trying this as a teaching technique!

May display some scripture passages on a laptop behind me via a presentation program like PowerPoint and refer to them/switch to them as I go through my storytelling.

Be sure to hit the main points the manual lists, as well as using the discussion questions.

Make the story as interesting as possible through use of animated and excited expressions and a fun attitude.





SCRAMBLED BLESSINGS

Take the list of promises made to Abraham in the manual (for example Abraham 2:9 His name would be great among all nations) and scramble the words out of order.

Print out or write out each scrambled set with the scripture reference and hand out to individuals or groups and have them unscramble and then have them present to the class one at a time.

They can use the scripture reference if they’re stuck.



ALTERNATIVE GAME IDEA
found on Chicken Scratch N Sniff


Looks like a fun option!






MISSIONARIES’ LETTERS

Gather letters (enough for each kid in your class to have one or two) from missionaries either from your past, or currently serving from your ward (on their blog or emails from their parents) or even missionary blogs you can find online, perhaps from a far away country. If any kids in your class have grandparents serving or a sibling serving, ideally collect a letter or two from them.


Make sure it has substance, bears their testimony, and ideally tells a fun story or two.

Hand out 1 (or 2) different letters to each kid along with a highlighter or yellow marker or colored pencil.
Tell them to read and highlight what stands out to them that they’ll want to share with the class.
Give them time to read (make sure the letters aren’t too long and are ideally of equal length) and then have them each share with the class.


LETTERS TO YOUR WARD’S MISSIONARIES OR THE MISSIONARIES SERVING

Missionaries love kids!

If possible, have your missionaries visit your class at some point during this lesson.

At the end of your lesson, pass out a simple index card and a pen to each kid and have them write a letter to the missionaries thanking them for their service and sharing the intention (be sensitive to not forcing kids to say they promise anything, as some may be shy) to try to be better at sharing the gospel.

Collect these in a nice envelope or folder and hand to the missionaries after church with the same treat you started your lesson with.


Another option is to write an email or letter to one of the missionaries whose letters you just read! You could even compose it right in class on your laptop.

TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME IDEA

I am grateful to know that I am part of the Lord’s covenant people.
We all are!
We have made covenants at baptism and as long as we are worthy, we are promised the blessings of Abraham - eternal life, the blessings of the priesthood!

Part of that covenant is for us to take the gospel to all nations!

It doesn’t have to be hard or scary - we can feel the Lord strengthening us as we ponder who we can talk about church with, who we can invite to come with us to church or an activity, etc.

Send them home with:
- the quotation from President Kimball from the manual
- or another quotation about missionary work

- more of the same treat you handed out or another one….with a saying like “Sharing the gospel is a piece of cake!” or “Sharing the gospel is easy peasy lemon squeezy!”

Or anything related to sharing the gospel - a pass along card, a Book of Mormon that the missionaries give out that they can give to friends, etc.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 8 Noah and the Flood

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 8 NOAH AND THE FLOOD
CLASSROOM PREP


Put up NOAH after ENOCH on your Old Testament Prophet Timeline.


Put up an image of Russell M Nelson on the board or have it on a laptop etc.
Put up the image of Noah from the Primary Manual artwork
Blue tablecloth and “ark” for the table (Lego, Fisher Price Little People, paper, etc.)





OPENING ACTIVITY


Adapted from many versions online

Have an orange (probably any size would work) and a bowl or container of water.

You can use a bowl/water from your church’s kitchen or you could bring a bowl and a full water bottle.
Ask your class if they think it will sink or float if you put it in the water, but don’t tell them what will happen.
Put it in and remark on how it floats.
Take it out and write LISTEN OBEY BELIEVE on it in sharpie all around the orange.
Show that it floats again.
Now peel off the skin - taking off those protective words with it.
Ask them if they think it will sink or float now?
Put it in the water and remark on how it sinks!
Listening, obeying, and believing in our prophet will protect us!
Without, we will sink.








OPENING DISCUSSION
Facilitate an open discussion to hear their thoughts and get their minds working on the topic.


Tell me about listening, obeying, and believing.
You can have the sign ideas from the manual on display for this if you’d like.
Or have photos or hand drawn versions of road signs as examples of things you listen to and obey.


Discussion question ideas, if needed:

Which is the hardest for you?
What motivates you to want to obey a rule?
Think of a rule you don’t really like - what makes you still follow it?
What makes listening hard? Or obeying?
If you believe that a prophet, leader, bishop, etc. is a man of God, does it make believing their words easier?
If you don’t want to listen, obey, or believe, what can you do about it?
When did you feel believing/obeying/listening (to prophets, leaders, God) protecting you?

Let this discussion continue for 5-10 minutes if it’s reverent, respectful, and on topic.







VIDEO: OBEDIENCE



Hand out one piece of paper per kid and a pencil or pen

Tell them that this video is a great depiction of the importance of following the prophet, obedience, listening, and believing!

When they’re watching, you want them to take notes -- write single words or phrases

After the video, discuss their notes and how they can apply those concepts in their notes in their daily lives.







LESSON: NOAH & SAY IT OR SPRAY IT
This is a game I used to play as Primary Music Leader and have adapted to use as a teacher.

Heavenly Father wants us to be safe from the evils and temptations of the world.
He has given us someone to warn us and to teach us! President Nelson


Today, we’re going to be talking about Noah!
And guess what, we’re in the middle of the rain storm!
So we have a spray bottle (have a spray bottle of water set to “mist”)
You could also have some rainstorm music playing on a laptop in the background

I’m going to have you guess the missing word or answer questions.
If you get it right, you get the umbrella as a protection from the rain!
If you get it wrong, you’ll get some rain on you! Be sure to only lightly mist them in an area where they want to be sprayed, let them pick, you don’t want sad or upset kids!
So Noah.
He was a descendent of Adam and Enoch, same family line!
He was obedient and he listened and he believed - and he and his family were blessed.

Now have them take turns answer questions - have them come to the front one by one, answer the question, if they get it right then they get the open umbrella to protect themselves while you lightly and respectfully mist them!


At the end, discuss the protection of the umbrella = protection following the Prophet provides.
Scripture references are given so you can adapt this to include reading the scriptures.
You can also come up with different questions, more or less, etc.

1. Genesis 6:5-7 - The people were very wicked and the Lord was grieved! He wanted to destroy man and all the ______. Animals

2. Genesis 6:8-9 - Noah found grace in the eyes of the _______. Lord
He was good, and walked with God.

3. Genesis 6:13 - Noah knew that the people were ________ and the _______would be destroyed and in Moses 8 he was called upon to tell everyone to _________ - but they didn’t listen! Wicked, Earth, Repent

Don’t have a kid answer this -- read the scripture here:
Genesis 6:14-16 Noah was instructed on how to make the ark!

Read the scripture and they will ask what a cubit is, so be prepared to answer!
4. Genesis 6:17 - The Lord will bring a flood of ________ and everything will be destroyed and die! Waters 

5. Genesis 6:18-20 - He will establish a covenant with Noah and their family shall go into the ark with _____ of every living thing, male and female. Two

6. Genesis 7:4, 10, 12, 20 - A lot of rain came down! It rained for 7 days and everything was flooded and it stayed flooded for ___ days and ___ nights, even the mountains were covered! 40

Genesis 7:23 Only Noah and everyone and everything in the ark survived!

7. Genesis 8: 1, 2, 5 - God remembered Noah and the rain __________ and the water decreased. Stopped

8. Genesis 8:6-11 Noah opened the window and set forth a raven and a dove, and the dove finally came back with an _________ that indicated dry land was visible again. olive branch

9. Genesis 8:16-20 - Noah and his family could leave the ark and Noah built an _______ and showed gratitude. Altar

10. Genesis 8:21, 9:12-15 - The Lord covenanted that such a thing would not happen again, and the token of that covenant is the ________. The Lord will remember His covenant! Rainbow







PROPHET DISCUSSION: PRESIDENT NELSON

Share some information you find online about President Nelson - fact, background, perhaps even a video of him speaking.

Share some of his sayings and talk about how they can make use of the concepts in their daily lives.

Challenge them to find a way to use them this upcoming week:
“As you choose to live on the Lord’s side, you are never alone.”

“When we follow Jesus Christ, we act as he would act and love as he would love.”






ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY IDEA

If it fits with the dynamics of your class, you could make a video using a phone or camera.

Have your class write something in their own words/handwriting on a piece of paper (or a whiteboard that they take turns using).

Take a photo of each of them holding their paper or the whiteboard with what they’ve written.

They should all use the same prompt, examples are:
What have I learned from Noah?
How can I be obedient to the prophet?
How am I blessed by listening to the prophet?

Take a video of them singing “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (make sure they know the words or have them posted.

Later intermix the footage with the photos of them with their paper or whiteboard.
Show the prompt question on the screen somehow.

This could turn out really cute!





TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME IDEA

I’m so grateful for prophets!
For Old Testament prophets that lived in ways that we can look up to.
They made good decisions, they were brave, they were obedient, they listened.
And modern-day prophets as well that we can continue to look up to, and that remind us that God still speaks to us today.


Take home ideas:
- Have a nice quotation printed out by President Nelson for them, such as the “Each day is a day of decision” one at this link (or one of the many others) https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/category/president-russell-m-nelson-picture-quotes?lang=eng

- Umbrella-related
- Mini boat or perhaps instructions to make a paper boat
- If not Fast Sunday, you could give animal cookies or crackers
- Animal eraser (the puzzle kind or something else)
- Rainbow-related treat or item