Introduction to the CD:
As the CD begins, your students sweep in over the desert to the tune of “I Heard a Voice Today” –following Abraham and Sarah on their way to the land of Canaan. Students then come circling into “The Scriptorium” somewhere in the hills of Canaan. A large Scripture Console rises up in front of them -giving them five distinct learning areas and four additional learning areas to launch into.
Five major learning areas to explore:
I. The Giving of the Covenant
II. Sarah and Abraham’s Visitors
III. The Near-Sacrifice of Isaac
IV. Insane Fanat-asy (What will others say about me?)
V. Pay It Forward (A “living out the call” take-home activity)
Plus… there are four additional interactive learning activities:
1. Scripture text - scrollable NRSV text of the stories for further study.
2. Interactive Middle East Map game -kid friendly. Helps them see connection between then and now.
3. Interactive Timeline -helps students see where the story fits into the Bible and Church timeline.
4. Abraham & Sarah Quiz -a two-player camel race to see how much they remember!
Our CD is strong on telling the story, and Life Application.
EACH of the first four learning areas are complete lessons in themselves -with open/dig/reflect content. The Stories and Activities can be used separately -or in sequence. You can selectively get through the CD in one 45-60 minute class time, or approach various content area over a period of hours or several class times. Some material is more suitable for older students, but there’s plenty for all ages. Non-readers will need assistance, but will enjoy the creative interface and animation. Each area is full of interactive study notes, a variety of multimedia presentations, and questions to locate and discuss.
Click a Tab to open up highlights of the CD’s major learning areas…
I. THE COVENANT
…an animated and narrated retelling of how God established the Covenant with Abraham and all generations. God’s voice in the Covenant animation was created by blending together several young people’s voices. Abraham is seen (partially pictured right) in a 3-D desert landscape with the nighttime sky rolling over head, and the smoking fire pot and torch passing over his offering.
After encountering the basic story, students will delve into the definition of “Covenant” and how THEY plug in to it today through a series of interactive study notes.
Theme: God chooses us to be his people.
“There is a land I know, where the nations come and they go, I’ll plant your people there, to show the world I care, O it’s true.” (lyrics from the opening title song)
II. SARAH’S STRANGE VISITORS and HER LAUGHTER
Sarah has a major section in this CD –her encounter with the Angels & God outside her tent. You’ll see and hear Sarah narrate the story and see it unfold in animation beside her. Students will then have the opportunity to hear Sarah’s thoughts on several subjects, such as, why she laughed at God. Questions are included for follow-up.
Theme: Sarah’s expectant happiness and hope is our hope too.
“Sarah, we can see it in your eyes… a world of hope, from your family will arise.” (from Sarah’s Song)
If they choose, students can also see a short animated song titled “Sarah” and reflect on the lyrics. This “songlet” was written to convey God’s global purpose in establishing the Covenant with Abraham and Sarah.
III. The Near Sacrifice of Isaac
We sensitively retell this essential Abraham story through narrated animation, and an amazing 3-D music video that incorporates children and youth into the story as “witnesses.”
Theme: The scene, music, and effects help students dig into “why” God put Abraham and Sarah to the test, and points to the theological connection of this story to that of Christ’s sacrifice. Our 3-D animated altar scene is based on the actual archaeology of worship sites in and around Canaan during the time of Abraham. Go to our Abraham CD Resource Page to learn about the historical and archaeological basis for our spectacular 3-D re-creation of Abraham’s altar.
The song “O Father Abraham” written especially for this CD to help students understand Abraham’s obedience and God’s purposes. The song sounds like something the rock band U2 might have written. “O Father Abraham…..Did you believe enough in this God of visions? What was in your heart at the moment of decision?
We do something very special at the end of the 3-D altar sequence to help your students understand the important theological connection between Isaac’s almost sacrifice and the sacrifice/blood atonement of God’s Son. Go to our Abraham Resource Page for info about how and why we composed this section. In addition to these two special animation elements, we’ve created some interesting additional learning areas for this story: a narrated study notes, a “what is faith” flash presentation, and a Lyrics Study printout or ponder.
“O Father Abraham, see this sacrifice …reveals the heart of God, it foretells the Christ. One world stopping, a new one just begun. No more death, in the rising of the Son…”
IV. “Insane Fanat-asy” …is our provocative title for a great activity!
“Insane Fanat-asy” is a rock ‘n roll music video & reflection activity. It asks the question ”How about you?” …What are you being called to? Where will you let your faith take you? What might people say about you if you told them you were turning your life over to God?
The song lyrics come from a young person’s real life experience: “I know what they’re saying about me…’throwing it all away’ ….a temporary form of insane fanat-asy, he’ll come ’round some day.” After watching the music video, students type responses to a series of questions which appear on the screen. These can be printed for discussion. They can also be viewed by later users of the CD at that computer to see what other young people are thinking about their faith.
Insane Fanatasy’s activity and song encourage students to think about how Abraham and Sarah’s crazy journey and example of obedience can strengthen their own. This area is particularly well-suited to older children and youth.
V. Pay it Forward
Pay It Forward is the final learning area your students can launch into from the Scriptorium. It is a printable life-application page that walks your students through a creative and fun way to demonstrate how the fruits of the Covenant can be passed on to others. Includes printable activity and completion certificate for using the Abraham CD.
MORE ABOUT THE CD’S BONUS CONTENT & ACTIVITIES
Also found on the “SCRIPTORIUM” Navigational Console is an interactive kid-friendly MIDDLE EAST MAP & MAP MATCHING GAME. In the map matching game, students drag the correct modern names onto the correct location. When they do, another brief learning area appears with discussion options.
An INTERACTIVE TIMELINE of Bible History helps students put the Abraham story in context. It has roll-over hotspots.
The Study Console also includes an Abraham and Sarah Camel Race Quiz —a one or two person quiz that reviews the basics of their story and its meaning. Plus, the NRSV scripture texts of the CD’s stories.
Music & Music Design
This CD rocks! Abraham & Sarah CD features four “songlets” specially written for each story to both summarize and reflect on each story’s meaning. They are combined with terrific animation, video, and special effects to get your students talking about “what they mean.” The Lyrics are part of the learning/life-application content in each section and are also found in the Study Guide. The music videos can be viewed in their story section, or played back in any order in the Music Player.
Price: $24 for one.
$19 ea. two to four copies.
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Age Range: 8 through adult. Younger will enjoy parts of the CD with help.
System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Mac 9-10.2 in classic mode. Minimum: 800 mhz, 64mb ram, 8mb videoram.
View Neil’s 4 to 7 Week Rotation Style lesson set for “The First First Family“
This free lesson set includes two computer lab lessons, videos, game and an art project.
Go to our Abraham and Sarah CD Resource Page for the following additional resources:
More about using this CD with very young children and teens.
View a brief outline with a listing of all the CD’s discussion questions.
Read about the archaeological research that went into constructing the Sacrifice lesson.
- Read about the 4 songs and lyrics custom created for this CD Hear Music Clips from the CD.
Abraham & Sarah CD Reviews
Mark Perry at First Presbyterian, Spring Hill Kansas writes:
What’s our favorite program? All of your software programs have something unique which draws the kids into the story. Which is why we keep coming back. My daughter and I have been teaching with the computers for almost 5 yrs and we both love Abraham and Sarah CD. The music and songs really helps keep the kids focused on the story.
Pam from the Presbyterian Church in Mercer Pa wrote:
Neil, I just went through the whole Abe CD. WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! It has everything: neat effects, graphics, music, color, a game, and even enough “teacher stuff” to keep us teachers happy. It was a big success. I shared it with the other teacher Friday and her daughter played it at home, loved it and wanted to play the map game and quiz over and over and still wanted to be right on the computer in class today. The little brother liked it too. With Abraham and Sarah it was so nice to have materials that are designed intentionally for a computer lab. Thank you. Will look forward to the next ones too.
Doris Popp, a Presbyterian Christian educator in Plano Texas had this to say:
The wonderful opening will get the attention of the children and “pull them in” before the lesson even begins. Everything about the Covenant section is “eye opening” – this multimedia approach will even reach (down to) even 1st and 2nd graders. Regarding the angel’s visit with Sarah section – all I can say is WONDERFUL! And the Pay it Forward Certificate activity is a great idea.
Thomas J. Cook, a Southern Baptist Sunday School Computer Lab teacher in Gahanna Ohio had this to say:
Really all excellent. The navigation is simple, intuitive…. Excellent value and resource for leading children to learn, appreciate and apply this Biblical story. Great job!
Karen H at FUMC, Bur. VT wrote
I used your Abraham and Sarah software last Sunday to teach a 1st – 3rd grade class. This group tends to be a bit active and all of the active kids were in church on Sunday — not to mention two visitors. I was a little worried that this lesson would not go over well. Wow, I was wrong! The kids listened to the different parts and totally enjoyed the music. The two adults in the room both grew up in the 70s and 80s so we really enjoyed the music as well! The questions in the CD sparked some great conversations. When we got to the sacrifice section I was really glad that we were all viewing it at the same time. Next week I have the 4th and 5th graders and I think this will work great with them too. Thanks for this great software.
Jaymie Derden, State St. UMC, Bristol TN said:
I just had to let you know how very impressed I am with the Abraham and Sarah CD you have created. It is so amazing! The music is wonderful! The teacher guide is the best you have ever done. It made my job of pullin g together the lesson a piece of cake. I wish we could spend the entire 4 week rotation just in the computer lab! I may let my older kids schedule a time to come back just so they can do more. It is all so good, I just couldn’t decide what to leave out!
Wendy Sempf, Lab Teacher at Gloria Dei Lutheran, Rochester MN writes:
We used Abraham CD today in our class. The kids were having a blast and even filling out their worksheets. When they got to the music on Sarah’s Song I had two boys using their pencils as drum sticks. One was our youth minister’s son. It was great to have them excited about a CD and only one wanted to know when we got to the games. LOL