Illustrating the Psalms
Introduce the Psalms by sharing Psalm 104 with students. You can do this by showing a picture book of the psalm, a PowerPoint of images related to the verses or a YouTube clip – see the resource list below.
Ask students to reflect on the wonders of God’s creation and share their ideas. Brainstorm words that describe the beauty of nature. Students could create a wordle or tagxedo to display words and text that describe God’s creation. As a stimulus use a collection of photos and images of creation.
Students use the activity sheet to cut and paste the phrases from Psalm 104 to match the images presented. There is no wrong answer – Students might like to discuss and share why they matched the images and text. For example, “I wanted to match ‘the clouds are your chariot’ with the photo that showed all the clouds over the village”.
Read Psalm 104 and find the words from the psalm that are presented with the images on the activity sheet. Discuss other verses from the psalm that could be matched to an image.
Explore and share other psalms of praise and thanks with the students that can be illustrated with images and photos. (eg Pss 8, 19, 23)
Create a class presentation together – collect photos of nature from student holidays, internet and school and home environments. Students could take photos using a digital camera. Create a presentation by matching verses from the psalms to photos. Discuss and choose appropriate music to go with your presentation. The presentation could be used for class or school prayer.
Children are also invited to create their own images in response to verses in the psalms (these can be paraphrased); paint, draw, photograph, enhancing and editing digital photos, collage with magazine pictures or coloured paper, use a digital webtool, or a laminated mosaic picture.
Use the children’s images as a stimulus for prayers of praise and thanksgiving during class prayer by adding their chosen psalm phrase to their visual creation. Take photos of the children’s own work to use in presentations instead of photos or internet images.
Delval, Marie-Helen.(2008). Psalms for young children. Cambridge: Eerdmans Books.
Mangan, Michael. CD Forever I will sing: Psalms for all seasons.
Marghut.(2008). Psalm 104.YouTube.Viewed 7 March 2013.
Note: Always check the appropriateness for your class and community context of suggested Youtube clips. They may include inappropriate advertisements or may need to be only partially used. Also consider if the message of the clip reflects Catholic theology.
Webtools that may assist with photo presentations
Photo Peach <http://photopeach.com/>