by Neil MacQueen
Using the interactive Creation Story found in Awesome Bible Stories software
(now free to the supporting members of Rotation.org)
A newer version of this lesson is posted at Rotation.org: https://www.rotation.org/topic/295011598215931882?reply=295011598215931898#295011598215931898
The Genesis 1 story of Creation is one of the most beloved and quoted scriptures in the world. It is majestic and poetic. It is way beyond science, and attempting to interpret it or defend it as a scientific text does harm to the word. Doing so would be like treating a Matisse like a sheet of paint, or experiencing a sunrise with blinders on. Genesis 1 is a Hebrew poem in structure and style, but it is also more than that.
Genesis 1 is a song of love and joy, –a “Creation Psalm” to be more precise. It’s inspired to find it right at the beginning of scripture. Creation’s primary purpose is to nurture our sense of awe, respect and gratitude. That’s the purpose of scripture too. What a great start.
Genesis 1 is meant to point us to God, –to be inspired by God’s loving care in providing us with a world in which to know him. Genesis 1 also reminds us that we have been given a special role as stewards. The earth is the Lord’s! …and he has made it for us.
This is the point of view and emotional tenor I tried to infuse into my interactive retelling of the “Creation Story” in Awesome Bible Stories. (www.sundaysoftware.com/awesome).
I wish I could say there were other Creation Story software programs out there, but there aren’t in this depth or quality. Maybe someday. That said, there are other ways to do the Creation Story in software and I mention them at the end of this post.
In this particular case, the software IS your Bible study.
HERE’S THE LESSON PLAN:
1. Introduce the subject prior to getting to the computers.
–Ask what they already know about the Creation story.
–Talk to them about the overall theme of Creation (some of which I’ve mentioned above).
–Give them a copy of the Student Handout and show them what sections you want them to complete. (I’ve uploaded it; look for the link at the end of this post.)
2. Dive into the software’s retelling of the Creation Story, and remember to dive WITH them.
3. As you go through the animated story, [b]examine and discuss the various study notes that explain concepts and vocabulary that the children may be unfamiliar with. Check to make sure they are completing the handout.
Pause when they get to the end of the main story. Have them join you for a quick discussion based on the questions in the handout (depending on your rotation emphasis, and which week you are in, you may choose to focus on one question or another).
4. Turn back to the software and have students work to create a “Creation Power Poem” using the software’s “Gabby Talker” activity. Give them some instructions first.
The Gabby Talker Creation Power Poem onscreen instructions have several suggestions about what they might want to create. They will be selecting words from the story and dragging them onto a pallet, then [/b]]playing them back for all to hear[/b] using Gabby’s fun voice.
Let them experiment. And let them know they don’t have to use complete sentences. It’s a Poem! (I’ve had children pick just two or three meaningful words and have Gabby Talk repeat them over and over…. “Good good good God God God”. The words they choose and the way they order them are opportunities for the teacher to ask them “WHY” and “what” they were trying to express about God’s Creation and creative power.
TIP: Sometimes their first “try” at making a power poem is less than stellar. Sometimes you just have to let them have their fun (they are excited!) and then ask them to do it again. Sit with them. Offer suggestions.
Have your student groups create a Closing Prayer in Gabby Talker. Ask them to put highlight what they think the key concepts are, and what they are most thankful for (you could split that into two Gabby prayers. Give them 3 minutes and then have them play it for all to hear. Remind everybody that they are prayers, then finish their Gabby prayers with one of your own praising God for the world he has created to inspire us, nurture us, and bring us closer to him.
5. AFTER THE LESSON ACTIVITY
Have the kids play the fun “7 Days of Creation” matching game in the software.