Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Job 41 -- Leviathan

Once again I have fallen behind on creating lesson plans. We will be studying Job for the last time tonight. That has given us 4 class periods with Job. I have used no visual aids while teaching Job. I just read the story from the Bible and elaborated as necessary. Visual aids are nice and can be a great asset in helping the children understand God's word but sometimes we tend to depend so much on them that we don't think a student can learn without them. The children were totally involved in the lesson as I read from the Bible. In fact, after reading the first 2 chapters that first day, they wanted more. That's the way I like to leave a class -- with them wanting to know more.

The next class period we talked about the 3 friends of Job and their discussions with him. I didn't read much from the Bible for this class. I just chose a verse or 2 from each friend and then Job's response to each so they could get an idea of what the language of the book of Job was like. I then summarized (very simply I might add) what each friend had to say to Job.

Sunday morning, we talked about Elihu's comments to Job and then we finally got to read some of what God said to Job. We discussed how God talked to Job in a whirlwind and about the different ways that God has talked to people (burning bush, dream, small still voice, Bible). I was going to save "the rest of the story" for tonight but since there is one student that never gets to come on Wednesday evening I decided to tell all about God's reward for Job's faithfulness.

So, what does that leave for tonight? We're going to review and then I want to elaborate about leviathan. There is a whole chapter devoted to this awesome creature.

Lessons Plan:

Bible Facts: I have been adding 2 new facts about Job to the light boxes each class period. The kids are beginning to get into the routine of checking these boxes before class. Each class period, I review what was in the boxes before with the questions on the back of the cards that have already been viewed in the boxes.

Psalm 100: I divided Psalm 100 into 4 parts. We have copied and hopefully memorized the first 2. We'll review this toight.

Tell the story: Review the story of Job and then discuss the Leviathan. I made a list of Leviathan's physical characteristics. It would be good to have them draw a picture after they hear what the Leviathan looked like.

Books of Poetry: I have "books" on the wall that represent each book of poetry. These "books" open up and have velcro on the inside. The goal is to have cards with statements from each of the books and the students are to decide which book they came from. They will then put the card on the velcro in the appropriate "book". So far, we've just studied Job so it's pretty easy. All the cards go in Job's book. As the quarter progresses this should get more challenging.

Sing: Glenda Schales' Uz Was. This is a great song that simpy tells the story of Job.
Psalm 100 -- This is one I wrote to help memorize the chapter. Neither of these are online at this time.

Bible Facts: See if they can remember what facts they learned by looking the light boxes.


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