DLTK's Sunday School Lessons
God Made A Promise Part 1

by Leanne Guenther

Sunday School Teacher's Guide - this is just one possible lesson plan.  Visit the Noah's Ark section for further ideas to supplement this.  


The Noah's Ark story is a classic one.  Almost every child knows about Noah's floating zoo.  It is such a popular story with young children, it easily entertains and teaches the children for two weeks (or more)!  I've said this before, but it's worth mentioning again.  When instructing young children, repetition is a positive thing.  Everything is so new at this age that it is helpful to repeat important messages multiple times.  This first lesson focuses on Noah as an obedient, good man.  The second lesson will focus on God's covenant.

The message:  Noah was an obedient man.  God saved Noah.

The message of God as our loving Creator is reinforced in the Noah story.  The people before the flood disobeyed God time and time again.  Noah was obedient -- he did as God asked.  God saved Noah and the animals.

Make sure you repeat the message many times during the lesson.  Send the God saved the Obedient Man Take Home Sheet home with the children to encourage parents to reiterate the message during the week.  It includes a poster at the bottom that the children can color and hang on their wall or refrigerator.

Preview of the lesson:

Some people like to do craft time first and story time second and some like to switch it around.  I like the first option, myself.

Always consider offering  Noah mini book, Men of the Bible mini book, Coloring Pages or Posters for children who aren't interested in participating in the group activity (or if you get done the group activities very quickly and need something to fill in the spare time).  Everyone has a need for "alone time" once in awhile.  Also, sending home the coloring pages or mini books with the Take Home sheet provides parents with much needed help in reinforcing the lessons.  You can make a nice little booklet each week with the take home sheet on top -- I promise that most parents will appreciate the effort! 


Time Allotted



Receive name tags.  Have the children use crayons, markers, yarn and whatever other materials (such as sparkle glue) you have available to personalize their name tag.

Sing the Learning our Names song

10 to 15 minutes Noah's Ark name tags, scissors (or adults can precut),  crayons, markers, yarn, safety pins or tape.

Craft time!

Preschool thru Grade 1:  Make an animal crackers ark (you can use magazine clippings of animals or you can use edible animal crackers).  The craft calls for blue paint and a toothbrush to splatter paint rain.  You can leave this step out if you feel it's too messy for your group or if you won't have time for it to dry.

Grade 2 and 3:  Build an Obedience Ark.  If you have extra time, the children can draw small animal images and glue them onto the ark.

15 to 30 minutes 
depending on your
adult/child ratio

Preschool thru Grade 1:  Animal Crackers Ark template,  construction paper, cotton balls, glue, crayons, animal crackers or animal images from magazines.

Grade 2 and 3: Obedience Ark templates, something to color with, scissors, markers,
OPTIONAL:    animal images

Bible Story/Song Time:

Grade 1:  Read the Children's Version of the Noah story.  (or read from your own store bought children's bible).  There are some "today's life" stories included with the children's version.  You can choose to read these to the children, but it will extend the time it takes to complete this section.  You could print and send them home with the parents.

There are so many songs that tell the story of Noah's Ark that I love to sing with instead of just read to the kids.  While you sing the songs you can use Zoo Pals plates for the animals & march around the room, stopping after a couple go-rounds to put the animals "in the ark", aka on the table. (Thanks Melissa for the idea!)

Here are the songs I'd suggest.

Preschool and Kindergarten:  Good Old Noah

Grade 1:  Noah's Ark Song

Grade 2:  Arky Arky Song

Grade 3:  it's tough to know when it's the right time to start readings from the Bible, but if the children have been read a children's version of the story in the past, I believe this is a good age to introduce the King James (or your preferred) bible reading.  Do Ch. 6 and 7 this week.

10 minutes Our mini books [1] [2]  or Coloring Pages can be distributed to the children so they are able to read along.  Print the pages, staple them together in order and let the kids know when to turn the page.  The handouts can be taken home to color in.


Depending on the time remaining, allow the children to brainstorm about some of the things God wants us to do.  (How can we be obedient to God).

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"

5 to 15 minutes Brainstorm Board (chalkboard, whiteboard, posterboard,...)


Words to:

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"

Printable version of this Teacher's Guide