Scripture: Joshua 6: 1- 25 or pages 183 – 185 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
In the last couple of weeks, we’ve learned that Jericho was a city that had a tall wall all the way around it. Joshua knew that he had to conquer the city. How do you think he should do that? Climb in with ropes. Catapult. Shoot arrows up over the wall. Throw bombs across the wall. etc.
Have the children open their Bibles to Joshua 6 or pages 183-185 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- Why were the gates of Jericho shut so that nobody could go in or out? The people were scared of the Israelites.
- What did God instruct the people to do for six days? The fighting men were to march around the city with seven priests carrying trumpets made of rams’ horns in front of the ark of the covenant.
- What were they to do on the 7th day? They were to march around the city 7 times with the priests blowing the trumpets. When they heard a long blast of the trumpets the whole army was to give a loud shout.
- What would happen after the loud shout? The walls would fall down and the army would be able to go into the city.
- Do you think that the Israelites understood why God was asking them to do that? No.
- Was marching around the city, blowing horns, and shouting a normal way to fight a battle? No.
- Do you think that we always understand why God asks us to do things? No. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why He does things the way He does. We just have to trust him and obey.
- Who was to be spared? Rahab and her family because they hid the spies.
- Did everything happen as God said that it would? Yes.
- After they brought Rahab and her family out of the city, what did they do? They burnt the city, except for the gold, silver, bronze and iron.
- What did they do with the gold, silver, bronze and iron? They put it into the treasury of the Lord’s house.
- What became of Rahab and her family? They lived with the Israelites.
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Matthew 19:26b “with God all things are possible.”
Show them what Jericho would have looked like with this 3D model of the excavated city.
This is a cute music video that’s sure to be a hit.
And this is a great sing-a-long
This video is for the teacher or older kids.
Show the children Jericho on a map of the promised land. Here is one from Bible Wise.
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color Page #1 from Picture.FM. Color page #2 from Bible Wise. Color Page #3 and Color Page #4 from Bible Activity Worksheets. Color Page #5 from edupics. Color Page #6 from whatsinthebible. Color page #7 from Bible Story Printables.
An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Make these bookmarks from Bible Story Printables.
Have the children do this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
Have the children make a story book from lambsongs.
Make this mini book and craft from Gospel Hall. Search for lesson Activity 303 or Jericho
Have the children build the walls of Jericho with Lego blocks. Then have them act out the story using Lego people. Make sure to include the red cord in Rahab’s window.
Play the Walls of Jericho game from the Catholic Blogger. When I do a file folder game in the classroom, I make enough file folders for two children to share each folder. That way everyone can see and reach the board easily. I also give each pair a dice. This keeps the game moving along quickly. Kids love these games and are quick to learn the details of the story when they play them. Have a prize for the winner, but also a prize for each contestant when playing with younger children.
Sing “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” by the Countdown Kids (on itunes), “Joshua” by Mary Rice Hopkins, or “Silly Joshua” by the Donut Man (on itunes).
Younger children will enjoy these activity pages from Calvary Chapel.
And have them make trumpets to act out the story.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.