“Lesson 8: Noah and the Flood,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 31–34
“Lesson 8,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 31–34
To strengthen each child’s desire to listen to and follow the counsel of the living prophet.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
Prepare three signs such as the following:
Write Listen on the back of the first sign, Believe on the back of the second sign, and Obey on the back of the third sign (see the attention activity).
A Bible and a triple combination for each child.
A picture of the living prophet.
Pictures 6-7, Building the Ark (Gospel Art Picture Kit 102; 62053), and 6-8, Noah and the Ark with Animals (Gospel Art Picture Kit 103; 62305).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Show a picture of the living prophet and tell a little about his life. Discuss a message that he has given in general conference.
Conduct an interview with Noah, his wife, and his family. (You could use scarves and robes for the children to dress up in as these characters or make signs for them to hang around their necks.) Ask questions similar to the following ones:
What did God tell you to do?
How did you feel when the wicked people laughed at you and did not listen to you?
How did you feel during and after the Flood?
Discuss the phrase, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (Articles of Faith 1:13), and apply it to the books we read and the movies and television programs we watch. Explain that inappropriate movies, television programs, and books are offensive to our Heavenly Father. Read the following quotation from President Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth President of the Church: “Your thoughts will determine your actions, and so they must be controlled. It’s difficult to control those thoughts if you submit yourself to temptation. So you will have to carefully select your reading material, the movies you see, and the other forms of entertainment in order to have good thoughts rather than unwholesome desires” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1985, pp. 47–48; or Ensign, May 1985, p. 36). Discuss how we can avoid exposure to negative influences and fill our minds with virtuous and lovely thoughts.
Write on slips of paper temptations or difficulties the children in your class may have to face, such as cheating in school, being unkind to others, or taking something from a store without paying for it. Put the slips of paper in a container. Have the children each choose a slip of paper and tell what the prophets have taught us about handling the situations.
Choose a teaching from the prophets, such as keeping a journal (Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1980, pp. 60–61) or preaching the gospel (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, pp. 57, 59; or Ensign, May 1986, pp. 44–45). Prepare a simple class activity centered on the teaching, such as writing in a journal or planning a class activity to friendship a less-active class member.
Put the following review on the chalkboard or make copies for each child. Have them match the letters to the appropriate statements.
How many of each clean beast were taken on the ark? (Genesis 7:2.) (Note: A clean beast was one that the people were allowed to eat.)
How many days and nights did it rain? (Genesis 7:12.)
How old was Noah when the flood came? (Genesis 7:6.)
How many of each unclean beast were taken on the ark? (Genesis 7:2.) (Note: An unclean beast was one that the people were forbidden to eat.)
How many days did the waters prevail on the earth? (Genesis 7:24.)
How many days was Noah on the ark before it started to rain? (Genesis 7:10.)
a. 600; b. 150; c. 7; d. 2; e. 40; f. 7.
Sing or read the words to “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (Hymns, no. 19) or “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, p. 110).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.