Friday, June 15, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 21 The Ten Commandments

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 21 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


from the awesome Prince of Egypt, the very end




CLASSROOM PREP


Manual artwork of Moses

You could draw the tablets, perhaps even learn some Paleo-Hebrew to write on there (many schools of thought about what language was etched into the plates!), or even just regular Hebrew.





OPENING ACTIVITY


Hand out paper for each kid that’s numbered 1 to 10.

Tell them you want them to come up with 10 good rules for life, like a manual for life.
What 10 rules for everyone in the world to live by? Remind them that they need to be universal.


Have everyone share their thoughts and discuss a little.
Only God can come up with a “list” for life that applies to all.
The 10 Commandments are inspired, are from God, and are for the world!
And that’s what we’re going to be learning about today!
By the end of our lesson today, you’re going to know them better than you do right now.





OPENING ACTIVITY OPTION

There’s also a great video that would work as a nice intro to this lesson:



LESSON


Okay, so the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea and then what?

Raise your hand if you know what happens next?
The traveled in the wilderness for two months!
Finally they reached Mount Sinai.
When they arrived, Moses went up the mountain to talk with Jesus Christ.
He told Moses to tell the Israelites how they’d been blessed.
And indeed they had!
Think of all the ways the Lord had preserved them through those plagues etc.
The Lord told Moses that they should obey his commandments and he would bless them.
Moses went down the mountain and told the Israelites what Jesus had said.
They said they would obey!

(and continue on with all of the story, lots of great LDS resources out there)


A good one:
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1973/10/how-to-teach-the-ten-commandments-to-your-children?lang=eng


Lessons 48, 49, 50, 51 here:

Part of learning the 10 commandments could be to have the summary of each printed out and use the two categories mentioned in the manual - love God and love neighbors - and categorize them as you're learning them, or do it all after.

Be sure to also use the great discussion questions in the manual.





TEN COMMANDMENTS SONG

There’s a really cute song in the Children’s Songbook called The Ten Commandments that is definitely lesser-known but covers them all, and has a really cute tune!

You could have the Commandments posted and as you sing it, point to each one. Or have props for each one, or assign a commandment to each kid and have them stand and hold up a piece of paper with that commandment number when you sing it...maybe sing it faster and faster so they have to stand up faster and faster!






HAND MOTIONS

This is an awesome video of a Christian-lady with hand motions (with meaning behind it) for each commandment! I think kids will really learn from this!
We’ll go through this as a class and see if they can remember them.



WRITE YOUR OWN TABLETS

Using a tablet-shaped cardboard covered in foil and some sort of toothpick or wooden skewer, have them etch on their own tablets the ways they will strive to follow the 10 commandments, perhaps they write one sentiment/sentence or maybe they make a short list.




TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME

The 10 Commandments are our “manual” for life - including the commandment to love one another.

I am so grateful for Moses and the sacrifices he went through to receive those sacred tablets, grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who helps us to know how to be happy, and grateful that we can try hard every day to follow those commandments….even though it’s hard!


Take home idea:
Make treats with this neat chocolate mold (or others like it found on Amazon or online)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003QP3IV4/ref=psdc_2231405011_t1_B003QP3IXC

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 20 The Israelites Receive Food From Heaven

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 20 THE ISRAELITES RECEIVE FOOD FROM HEAVEN


7 Amazing Coriander Seeds Benefits: From Tackling Diabetes to Improving the Skin

(coriander seed)


CLASSROOM PREP

Post this quotation:
“Faith in God engenders a love for the Sabbath; faith in the Sabbath engenders a love for God.” 
- Russell M. Nelson

Also Isaiah 58:13 about the Sabbath being a delight.

Bring in a bottle of coriander seed, if you have some, and honey. Have it set on the table.

*the whole talk is good and may provide inspiration:



OPENING ACTIVITY

I’ve done this before and have it posted on a post from Primary 5.

Have the words to a Sabbath Day hymn or songbook song printed out and on the board and have the words in a large font.

Sing it together once.

Then the next time, on every 7th word, decide what you’re going to do instead of singing the word (clap your hands once, stomp your foot once, pull your ear once).

You could even come up with a list of things so for the first 7th word you clap, the next 7th word you stomp, etc. List your things on the board so no one forgets.

(why the 7th word? the sabbath day is the 7th day!)

It may also be helpful to underline or circle each 7th word (after singing it through the first time) if you feel your class needs help remember what those words are.





LESSON

This lesson is pretty much Exodus 16:1-35

You can have them read in their scriptures one verse at a time, down the row, taking turns, etc.

And perhaps you can have printed out or drawn images beforehand and after they read their scripture, you can have them find the corresponding picture about their verse, and tape it up on the wall or the board in order.

So for example:
Verse 1: group of people and a calendar showing the 15th day of the second month, and the outline of Egypt with “Egypt” written in the middle.

Verse 2: group of people upset with two men (Moses and Aaron)

And so on.
You can also skip some verses or merge some verses if your group is smaller, use your own discretion as long as the main story is being told as the manual suggests.
Be sure to include the discussion questions as you go through the scriptures.




FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY FROM TEACHING LDS CHILDREN

Found at this link:

I will adapt it a little but follow the basics:

Manna papers (or something like that) with the question on the back with a scripture reference
I might have the scripture printed out for them to find the answer rather than have them look it up.
I will have some sort of basket for them to put the manna into.
Then at the end I plan to have the basket of manna turned in for “real” manna (see below).




MANNA OPTIONS

Tell them the scriptures describe manna in Exodus 16:31 as “like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
You can make this

Or use Frosted Flakes, or Nilla Wafers, etc.
There are a lot of ideas online!




TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME

I'm so grateful for the Sabbath Day. The scriptures tell us that it can be a delight. Just as we need to feel refreshed after a long day, after a long week the Sabbath acts as a way to refresh us and keep us feeling uplifted. Focus on the Sabbath Day as a way to feel renewed and also prepared for the coming week and making good decisions.

Send them home with:
- Something with honey, or more of the snack you handed out.

- Include a scripture about the Sabbath Day and perhaps a list of ideas about how to keep the Sabbath Day holy (ideas are in the manual and elsewhere on lds.org)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 19 Moses Delivers the Israelites From Bondage


PRIMARY 6 LESSON 19 MOSES DELIVERS THE ISRAELITES FROM BONDAGE



CLASSROOM PREP

Post the manual artwork of Moses and the Red Sea.

Post the scripture Exodus 3:20: And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.





OPENING ACTIVITY: VIDEO
Because the activities may get them a bit hyper, it would be great to start reverently with this beautiful video to set the tone for learning about the Priesthood. It depicts the Priesthood working in one boy’s life.

Discuss their feelings, thoughts, inspirations from the video.




LESSON
We are going to learn today about the Power of God -- that’s what the Priesthood is.
We’ve learned about Joseph’s family and how he brought his whole family to live in Egypt and took care of them.

Well, about 400 years later, there were many Israelites (remind them that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel) there in Egypt. 

Teach the account in the scriptures, including the points to highlight in the manual as well as the relevant discussion questions that you think your class will benefit from.

In addition to the Primary 6 manual, I recommend the Seminary manual as it has some great ideas for how to teach.
Find the corresponding chapters in Exodus starting here:
https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-seminary-teacher-manual/introduction-to-the-book-of-exodus/lesson-41-exodus-1-2?lang=eng




OPTIONS/IDEAS FOR ACTIVITIES

This is a very visual lesson - the plagues, the Red Sea, etc.


Many options for what you can do during or after the lesson, so here is a list of what I came up with:


1. Hand out printed-out scriptures of each plague. You could have a set of pictures on the board or on the floor for them to then match their scripture with the image corresponding. A similar idea is in the manual, having them draw the image corresponding. This could be done during the lesson, or after.

2. For each plague, have a visual. This could be done during the lesson but perhaps after is better so you can be sure to get through the whole lesson first. Blood (food coloring in water, red juice added to water, etc), frogs (everyone hop and ribbit), lice (everyone scratch), flies (swat away at flies), cattle die (everyone act like a cow and moo and then keels over), boils (red circle stickers to go on their faces), hail and fire (play a sound file on your phone), locusts (fingers on head like antennae and buzz/fly around), darkness (lights off), death of firstborn (kneel like a little kid and then keel over or don’t act out at all if there are sensitive kids in class). Have fun with this by going through the plagues in order and teaching them the movements. Then call out a random one and have them remember the action, then another, etc. You could do this like musical chairs...have them walk around to the Fifth Article of Faith song (teach it first, about the Priesthood) and then the music stops and you call out a plague and they have to freeze and do that action. You would only do the ones where this is possible (not the blood, maybe not the hail, darkness, etc. or come up with other ones for those).

3. You could focus on the parting of the Red Sea and bring in two big blue plastic tablecloths and layer them on the floor, then act out the parting and have them quickly created into two walls of water (use chairs) with a path in the middle. Perhaps have a tall broom or something similar to act as Moses’ staff. Work as a class to make a cool-looking parting and perhaps pose for a photo as Israelites with the big visual.

3a. You could bring in a lot of blue Playdoh and have them each create a scene on a paper towel with the blue Playdoh created into a flat sea with maybe a little figurine for each (if needed, print out an Israelite person or Moses and tape it to a toothpick) and then read the part again about the parting of the Red Sea and have everyone reshape their sea into two parts and have Moses walk through.

4. You could focus on the Passover and talk about the Jewish tradition. If someone in your ward has Jewish ancestry or celebrates Passover (some LDS families do), they could discuss it with your class.

5. Play a Pictionary or Clay-tionary game where someone has to draw an image from the scripture account (or shape it in clay) and everyone guesses. Have a list of terms for them to choose from, from the lesson. There are many!

6. If you teach the oldest class, have one of the boys in class who has received the Aaronic Priesthood already to talk about the process. Take this opportunity to review the Priesthood lesson in the Primary 6 manual as well.

*Note: if you have a costume beard a boy in class could wear, and perhaps a regal-looking robe, etc. he could act as Moses for some of these activities




TESTIMONY/TAKE HOME
The power of God is an amazing blessing in our lives, and we have learned today how the power of God was shown to the Pharaoh and is there in the scriptures for us to remember miracles that are possible.

Take home ideas:
- a toy grasshopper or frog to remember the lesson along with a scripture about remembering God’s miracles
- frog cookie cutter used to create sugar cookies etc.
- blue Playdoh (maybe with a toothpick Moses figurine) and a scripture about the Lord's wonders in Exodus