Title                 NOAH’S ARK                                               No. 11
Activity Type         Dramatised bible reading and discussion

Teaching Point           To see that God values humans AND all living creatures AND the earth
                         To lead into Carrying Capacity of the Earth. (see Activity 12)
                         To lead into the Web of Life (see Activities 14,15,16)

Number of students    20 - 40

Scripture Reference   Genesis 6:9 – 9:17

Time Required         30 - 40 mins

Resources required    Bible or printed copy of short version of Genesis 6:9 – 9:17 (in simple
                      English or local language version). Summary text below.
Instructions          Part 1. Dramatised reading
                          1. Choose two narrators or split the part between a larger group of
                               narrators. One reads God’s words in bold type. The other the
                               narrative in normal type. Let them practise reading the script
                          2. Allocate acting parts to the other students. Noah, his 3 sons and
                               their wives (total 8) plus as many pairs of animals, birds, reptiles,
                               insects as possible. Let students choose which animal they want to
                               be and practise moving like that.
                          3. Talk through the story so children are familiar with it, and mime
                               the parts as the story is read.
                          4. Narrators read aloud and actors mime

                      Part 2. Discussion
                          5. How many humans did God save? (Eight)
                          6. How many animals/birds etc? (many hundreds or thousands)
                          7. Why did God tell Noah to take two of every kind of animal? (Not
                              for meat, not for companionship, but “to preserve them for the
                              future” (Gen 7:3)
                          8. What did God covenant/promise never again to destroy...?
                              (mankind, creatures and the earth)(Gen 9:10,13)
                          9. What does this story tell us about God’s plan for humans, animals
                              and the earth?
                          10. Do you think the earth is “full” yet? (See Genesis 9:1) Or is it over-
                              full? [Current global population is 7 billion. Forecast to be between
                              9 and 10 billion by 2100. Rwanda population is 9 million; by 2020 it
                              will be 16 million]
                          11. If the earth is full, what is our responsibility in terms of
                          12. What have you learned today about the meaning of this story
                              which you didn’t know before?
From Genesis, chapters 6 -10

This is the story of Noah and his family.

Noah was a good and honest man, and he trusted in God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham
and Japheth.

But everyone else on the earth was wicked and corrupt. God saw how corrupt the earth had
become, and said to Noah, "I am going to kill everyone on earth because they are sinful
and violent. I am going to destroy both the people and the earth. So make yourself a big
boat of cypress wood. The ark is to be 150 metres long, 25 metres wide and 15 metres

“I am going to bring a great flood over the earth to destroy everything that lives on earth.
Everything on earth will perish. But I will make a promise with you. You and your family
will enter the ark. You are to bring into the ark two of every kind of bird, of every kind of
animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground, male and female, and
keep them alive with you. You are also to take food for you and for them."

Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

The Lord then said to Noah, "Go into the ark with your wife, your three sons and their
wives. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and
one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of
every kind of bird, male and female, to preserve them for the future. Seven days from
now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and every living creature
on earth will die."

And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

For forty days the waters kept rising and the ark floated high above the earth. The water
even covered the hills and mountains. Every living thing that moved on the earth died -
birds, livestock, wild animals, insects, reptiles as well as all the humans. Only Noah, his
family, and all the creatures in the ark were left.
The water flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Then God sent a wind over the
earth, and the waters receded. The rain stopped falling and the flood waters went down.
The ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

After forty days Noah opened a window and sent out a raven. It kept flying back and forth
until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had
gone down. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the
surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He waited seven more days and again
sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its
beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the

Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was
dry. Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and
their wives. Bring out the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the
ground—so they can breed and increase in number."

So they came out. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and sacrificed some animals on it.
The Lord said: "Never again will I curse the ground because of human beings, even though
they are selfish. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.”

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Marry and have children. Fill the
earth. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green
plants, I now give you everything.”

And God said, "This rainbow is the sign of the promise I am making between me and you
and every living creature on the earth. Whenever a rainbow appears in the clouds, I will
remember my covenant between me and the earth and all living creatures. Never again
will there be a flood.”

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