Friday, June 1, 2018

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



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.

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.

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:


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

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

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