Textbook:

Life in the Great Ice Age

Life in the Great Ice Age

by Michael and Beverly Oard

Introduction:

These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, have activities for the older student. Parents/teachers will easily find answers to questions in the text, and should prepare themselves by reading the stated pages prior to having the student read the weekly assignment. If a child is not able to read yet, this is still a good book, and parents/teachers may read to the student. We have testimonies from parents of children as young as four years old who have enjoyed listening to the story in this book. There is truth to be learned from this story and that is the purpose of these lessons.

Further, we realize that while we suggest a certain number of pages for each lesson, children may want to hear the entire story and not wait for the six weeks it will take to get through the first set of lessons. It is okay to read the entire story to the children (Chapters 1–5). Rereading those pages as you and your children work through the lessons will only reinforce the truths contained in the book.

Read:

Pages 7–14 (Chapter 1)

Scripture reading:

Genesis 6:15–22; Genesis 7, Genesis 8

Questions to answer:

  1. How did Jabeth’s family members protect themselves from wild animals?
  2. Why did Jabeth hunt animals?
  3. Who was Jabeth’s favorite storyteller?
  4. Besides using fire, how did the family keep its cave warm?
  5. How many people could have slept in the cave? (Note: there were five tents, each holding either three children or two adults.)
  6. When Grandfather told the history of his family, who did he say Jabeth was named after?
  7. What did the Ark look like? What were the dimensions of the Ark, according to the Bible?
  8. How many days were Noah and his family on the Ark?
  9. What sign did God give Noah and his family and generations not yet born that He would never again destroy the entire Earth with a flood?

Words to know:

  • Ancestor
  • Saber-toothed tiger
  • Family
  • Cubit

Activities:

  • Have students list as many of their family members as they can, including immediate family and grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Some older students may want to go back to great-great grandparents.
  • Using graph paper, plot out the dimensions of the Ark (from Scripture—Genesis 6:13–16). A project that could be worked on throughout this series is to build an Ark using Popsicle sticks, with the scale 18 inches = 1 cubit (see also Building a scale model of Noah’s Ark).
  • Based on Scripture, draw a time-line that includes the time Noah took to build the Ark and the time spent on the Ark, also include how many days it rained, how long the land was covered, both fully and partially, etc. Be creative!
  • Younger (and older) students may enjoy the following account of Noah—the Man who trusted God.
  • For more advanced students, read How did Noah and others get by without oxygen tanks?

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