Friday, February 27, 2009

Lesson Plan- Good Samaritan (1st grade on up)



The Good Samaritan


Objectives: The students will be able to
-retell the parable of the Good Samaritan
- explain the message of the parable of the Good Samaritan
- name different ways to show love for others
- identify others as neighbors and describe ways to help
- explain that God commands us to love one another and to help anyone in need



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Jerusalem- the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Jericho- town in the Jordan Valley. Known as the world’s oldest town (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Robbers- people who steal things
Inn- like a hotel where you can sleep and eat



Plan:

Read story: "The Good Samaritan" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: What does loving your neighbor really mean?

sermons4kids.com- A Neighbor’s a Neighbor object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Won’t You Be My Neighbor? object lesson with activities, coloring, puzzles, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Group Activities (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) crafts, games, songs, etc.

dltk-bible.com- The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

childrensermons.com- Samaritan Neighbor object lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

muminthebadhouse.com- 110 Summer Acts of Kindness for Kids (FREE Printable with activities)



Movie:

Movie- Veggie Tales: Accepting and Helping- Are You My Neighbor? The Story of Flibber-o-loo (The Good Samaritan) 15 min) and ask questions:

1. What does loving your neighbor really mean? Help others when ever they need help even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Why wouldn’t the mayor and the doctor stop and help Larry? They said that they were too busy.
3. What should the mayor and doctor do? Help Larry.
4. Who helped Larry? A fellow from the other town.
5. Should we help people in need? Yes.
6. How can we help others?



Crafts:

Introduce craft: How well do you know the story of The Good Samaritan? Let’s find out!

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel:

This craft is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Directions: Print the top and bottom wheels out on cardstock. Cut out wheels. Cut out circle shape on the inside line edge of the top wheel. Have children color wheels. Attach a brass fastener through the center of both wheels. On the back of the bottom wheel attach a strip of cardstock (at least 1 inch wide and 6 inches long) leaving half extended over the side (so you can turn the wheel). You can also draw an arrow on the top side of the strip on the end to indicate which way to turn the bottom wheel.

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (top)

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (bottom)



Introduce craft: What are some things that people have done for you that were nice? What can we make to help remind us of the many kindnesses you have received from others? Let’s find out!

Gratitude Jar-God's gifts sometimes come through other people. (Crafts For Christian Values by Kathy Ross, page 26 & 27). Have the children write down on small slips of paper the kind things others have done for them and put them inside the jar. If the child cannot write, they can color pictures of kind things people have done for them and put them into the jar.

Or make a Gratitude Jar by honesters.blogspot.com- like this one: Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar.

mssscrafts.com- Sharing/Helping Hands
This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content.

crayola.com- Kindness Calendar Quilt Craft
You plan vacations. You schedule school work. Why not set a date for doing good deeds? Fill your colorful calendar quilt with acts of kindness!

crayola.com- Circle of Kindness Craft
Spin this Circle of Kindness for kids can be inspired to do good deeds. (Although it is suggested to make this craft for Rosh Hashanah, it can be used any time to encourage kindness.)

kidsactivitiesblog.com- Family Kindness Jar

https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/create-kindness-jar-kids/ coffeecupsandcrayons.com- Create A Kindness Jar With Kids

3abn.org- Kids Crafts- Kindness Jar

reallifeathome.com- Teaching Kids Kindness With A Kindness Jar

surfandsunshine.com- DIY Random Acts of Kindness Jar Craft

Love Notes- Cute magnet craft to put on your refrigerator to leave loving messages to the people in your family. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, pages 54 & 55).



Loving others demands respect, consideration, cooperation, care, etc. Love is about giving. Fill these chore charts out or have the students come up with their own chores to do and color. These can be given to parents or friends/family etc. to show they are serious about their respect for them, care, etc. They are to bring the chore charts back signed next week and receive a small gift as a reward for their good deeds.

dltk-cards.com- Custom Chore Chart

imom.com- Customizable Chore Chart

handipoints.com- Make Your Own Chore Chart

rewardscharts4kids.com- Free Printable Chore Chart Templates for Kids

mamadweeb.com- 20 Free Printable Chore Charts

tipjunkie.com- 21 Chore Cards and Chore Charts to Print


Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”. (Love Bug Lady Bug)

familycorner.com- Love Bug Lady Bug
Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.

dltk-kids.com- Lady Bug Invite
Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock.



Games:

Introduce game: Being a good Samaritan means doing something for someone else without wondering what that person will do for you in return. Can you think of nice things to do for another person?

home.howsstuffworks.com- Backyard Bingo
For a 'green' spin on a great game, we recommend a round of backyard bingo. This good Samaritan activity isn't just helpful, it's a lot of fun, too. Kids can become bingo winners and expert recyclers at the same time.

home.howstuffworks.com- Ice Water Welcome
The Ice Water Welcome is a good Samaritan activity that gives back to a group of people that don't often get much gratitude: construction workers.


Introduce game- How are we to treat others?

childrenministry.com- The Good Samaritan Game
Use this game to illustrate how Jesus wants us to take care of each other



“Win or Lose by How You Choose” by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Directions- Show the children the picture and read the situation. With each situation there are a series of answers for the children to choose from. Ask the children what they would do. Do not tell the children the right answer. Explore and evaluate the different choices together with the children.


sundayschoolresources.com- What Do I Do?
The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have. (Scroll down to Bible Story Activities.)


Introduce game: How well do you know the story “The Good Samaritan”? Let’s find out.

Good Samaritan Board Game- Students make their own board game based on the parable “The Good Samaritan”. (This idea is from painsley.org.uk which does not exist anymore.)

1. Make up your own board game based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

2. First, make sure you read the story and know it well.

3. Next, draw the downhill path from Jerusalem to Jericho onto your game board on the other side of this paper.

4. Add detail to squares to make the game more interesting.

You can add things like this:

Beaten up, miss a turn.

Priest passes by. Go back two spaces.

Levite goes past. Throw a six to continue.

Samaritan stops to help. Take an extra turn.

Arrive at the inn. Go forward three spaces.


You could also add extra hazards, such as:

Rock fall, go back three spaces.

Sun very hot, miss a turn.

5. Get a die and some counters, and you can play the game with a friend.




These games are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.



Random Acts of Kindness- Children identify Random Acts of Kindness as they move around the board.)






The Golden Rule- This game helps promote why someone would use proper manners and etiquette in our daily lives.







The Good Samaritan- Work your way around the board and the first player to FINISH is the winner.



What Would Jesus Do?- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.







How Rude!- A fun and exciting way to review what is considered rude behavior in today’s society. The game includes 6 types of interactive game cards: multiple choice, scenario, true/false, reward for good manners, charades, and consequences for bad manners. Players or teams roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. Whichever color is on the space you land on indicates the color card that will be used. The player to your left will read the card aloud to you and you will try to answer correctly. If you answer your question correctly, you may stay where you are. If you are not correct, everyone says, “How Rude!” and you move back to where you were. The first player or team to get to the “FINISH,” square first is the WINNER!





6 pages of cards


Moral Dilemmas- Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do? Here is a game that has students try to solve their problems the best way. (Scroll down to this.)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: How can we be kind to others?

Have students wash their hands and make an easy snack for another class. (Make arrangements with the other classroom prior to the lesson so you have permission from that teacher and they know that a snack is being brought to them).

(Example: popcorn, trail mix, cheese whiz on a cracker, etc.)

After they have delivered their treat, they may have some as well.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

lambsongs.co.nz- “The Kind Man From Samaria” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


A Good Helper maze- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Good Samaritan puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from October 4 - 9).

The Merciful Samaritan (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 24.

biblewise.com- Help Him Out (maze)

misslink.org- Jig-saw puzzle to print out and cut out.

dltk-bible.com- Good Samaritan Activity Sheets (anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

clcoc.org- Good Samaritan (word search)

sermons4kids.com- (word search)

sermons4kids.com- (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- (decoder puzzle)

sermons4kids.com- (fill in the blanks)



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Friday, February 20, 2009

Lesson Plan- Ash Wednesday & Lent (1st grade on up)



Ash Wednesday and Lent


For older students:

thereligionteacher.com- Ash Wednesday Lesson Plan which includes a full set of activities, worksheets, integration with the Ash Wednesday Video, and a short quiz to assess the students' progress.

thereligionteacher.com- Lent Project and Lesson Plan Ideas



For younger students:

Objectives: The students will be able to
- explain what happens on Ash Wednesday and where the ashes come from
- explain what abstinence and fasting is
- explain what we are supposed to do during Lent and why



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Lent- the time before Easter
Changed- to become different
Ash Wednesday- the first day of Lent
Penance- an act of religious devotion performed to show sorrow for having committed a sin.
Abstinence- to not do something
Fasting- going without food or eating less than you normally do
Almsgiving- doing good for others (gifts, money, or to help others)



Plan:


Ash Wednesday (write it on the board)

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, blessed ashes are put on your forehead in the shape of a cross. These ashes are made by burning palm leaves which have been saved from last year’s Palm Sunday.

Ash Wednesday is also when we begin to do penance for Lent. Penance is an act of religious devotion performed to show sorrow for having committed a sin. We do this to improve our relationship with God and others. The Church suggests three special practices of penance for Lent:

(Write the bold words on the board).

Pray- go to Mass more often, pray more often.

During Lent the Stations of the Cross (prayers about the journey Jesus made to his crucifixion on Good Friday) are said at our church every Friday. My family goes to this every Friday during Lent.

Can you think of other ideas?

Fast- going without food or eating less. It can also mean giving up a certain food or treat.

My husband is giving up Diet Coke during Lent. My son is eating less sweets during Lent.

Can you think of other ideas?

Almsgiving- means doing good for others. That can be giving gifts of money or help to others.

The money my husband does not spend for Diet Cokes he will collect. At the end of Lent he will give the money to the poor.

Can you think of other ideas?



Activities:

Introduce activities: What day does Lent begin? Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Worksheet- Put number one through seven on the board. Read each question and write the correct word by the number after the student has answered the question. Have the students fill in the blanks on their paper with the correct answer from the word bank.



Review Ash Wednesday:

Once a year you can see many people with a black smudge on their forehead. Do you know what it is? (The Sign of the Cross made with blessed ashes.)

The day the cross is made on everyone’s forehead with blessed ashes is called what? (Ash Wednesday)

Ash Wednesday is the first day of what? (Lent and write it on the board)

Lent is the time before Easter, the day we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. The Sign of the Cross made with ashes reminds us of Jesus’ great love and that he died on the cross so that we could live with him forever in heaven.

Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays). Why 40 days? (The 40 days recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11).

Lent beings on Ash Wednesday and ends on what day? (Lent officially ends at sundown on Holy Thursday.)

What is the color for Lent? (violet)

During Lent we do fasting (write fasting on the board). Fasting means going without food or eating less. It can also mean giving up a certain food or treat. The rules of fasting state that only one full meal a day can be taken. Two small meals, are allowed but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals breaks the fast, but drinking liquids does not. The rule of fasting is required for Catholics from age 18 to 59.

You are six years old. Do you do fasting during Lent? (No)

What about your parents? Do they fast during Lent? (Yes)

What days do Catholics fast? (On Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday.)

During Lent, Catholics do abstinence (write abstinence on the board). Abstinence means to not eat meat. The rule of abstinence for all Catholics requires those 14 years of age and older not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent and on Ash Wednesday.

My son is 16, does he do abstinence during Lent? (Yes)

You are six years old, do you do abstinence during Lent? (No)

Do your teachers do abstinence during Lent? (Yes)

What can we eat that is not meat? (Fish and other seafood, vegetables, eggs, milk and other dairy products.)

Do we fast and do abstinence every day during Lent? No, we only fast and do abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. During Lent, every Friday we must practice abstinence (not eat meat).

During the forty days of Lent we are like a caterpillar. We try to change to live our new life more fully.

We try to do more things that show we love God. How could we show our love for God? (By praying and listening to his Word.)

We try to love others as Jesus did. We do special things for others during Lent. We try to change. We want to become people who do not hurt others by what we say or do.



Ask student questions from the Lent Take Home Sheet out loud in class.



Introduce activities: What do you know about Lent? Let’s find out.

Mini Book- All About Lent (coloring booklet)
Have students read the mini book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color mini book.

fcpeace.com- My Lenten Resolution Egg
Every Sunday during Lent, think back on your week and decide how well you did with your resolution. Check the box that best describes your effort.

sundayschoolkids.com- About Lent lesson with activities

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- 40 Ideas for 40 Days

kindercraze.com- Sharing Lenten Love with Good Deeds (a printable good deeds chart for children)

faithandfabric.blogspot.com- ACTIVITY: Countdown to Easter Activities
To celebrate Lent this year, try something new - at the start of Lent, you create a chain out of forty strips of paper - each of the strips has a simple activity for the day that you are encouraged to do together as a family. As the strips are torn off, and the activity completed, the chain gets shorter and shorter as it counts down to Easter Sunday.

catholicinspired.com- Lenten Prayer Chain
Remove one link each day and pray for the people who are mentioned on that link. The neat thing is it doubles as a countdown to Easter!




Crafts:

catholicicing.com- Pray, Fast, Give Alms– a Lenten Craft for Kids
Use a paper plate, plastic silverware, and real pennies for that extra special touch.

faithandfabric.blogspot.com- Family Lent Promise Card

faithandfabric.blogspot.com- Lenten Prayer Stained Glass



Introduce craft: What happens during Ash Wednesday?

faithfilledfreebies.blogspot.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
Click on the craft image on the left to download the Google Doc

lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
A cute craft that the children make pictures to look like themselves and take black paint and put a cross on the foreheads with their thumb.

catholicinspired.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
This printable activity allows the kids to draw a picture of themselves and then add an ash cross to their forehead.



Introduce craft: What happens to a caterpillar? He changes into a butterfly. What are we supposed to do during Lent? We are to change. We are going to make something to show us how the caterpillar changed into a butterfly to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus.





Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft







enchantedlearning.com- Egg Carton Caterpillar
This is an easy way to make caterpillars using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. You could also have the students decorate the caterpillar by gluing small objects like beads, craft foam, cut out paper shapes, etc. Googly eyes are a nice touch also. I use this craft to emphasize that they are to change during Lent. I then at Easter use a butterfly craft to show how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly.


Introduce craft/activity: What are alms? Long ago money given to the poor was called alms. We are going to make an Alms Jar to take home to remind us the importance of almsgiving and giving to the poor.

Alms Jar

Need: Jar with lid, sticker with “Alms Jar” printed on it, various things to glue on jar, glue

Directions: Have students decorate alms jar. Have them put sticker “Alms Jar” on the jar when they are finish decorating the jar.

The whole family can enter into the spirit of saving for alms. A glass jar is placed at the center of the table on Ash Wednesday, and all the money each family member saves as a result of self-denial from smoking, eating candy, going to movies or similar activities is put into it. Whatever you are sacrificing during Lent, that money you would of spent goes into the jar. The mother, buying simpler and cheaper foods for Lenten meals, puts the difference into the jar at meal time — so all can see where the cost of the dessert went! The children spend the first weeks of Lent investigating needy causes and charitable organizations and missions. They will have the responsibility of determining who gets the alms-fund. (Print this out and glue on an index card. Attach it or put inside the Alms Jar for the students to bring home for family to read).

catholicculture.org- Lenten Sacrifice Beans
A wonderful way to help younger children remind them to do penance during Lent, lima beans in a jar record each Lenten sacrifice.

Prayer Jar by paperdali.blogspot.com- Instead of just writing down a petition for our Lenten prayer jar, paperdali decided to draw the little petitions. Each strip has a picture and the beginning of a prayer for a child (or adult, actually) to finish. To enjoy, just download the page, cut along the dotted line, put them in a jar, and then put it in an accessible spot. During Lent, a child (or adult) can take out a strip during breakfast and begin the day with a prayer.



Games:

Introduce game: How well do you know Lent? Let’s find out.

christiancrafters.com- Bible Tic Tac Toe
Scroll down for directions. Use Lent questions from above to play this game.

Bible Bowl- Students will test their Bible knowledge as they bowl their way to win. Use Lent trivia questions to play this game. (The Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 121 - 127).

Hangman- (Players try to solve the Lent mystery word). The teacher picks a Lent word that is written on a piece of paper out of a bowl. The teacher then starts the hangman game by writing a blank line for each letter in the word. Teacher then picks someone to guess a letter. (Write on the chalkboard the letters that were guessed that were not in the mystery word). If a letter is guess correctly, it is written in the appropriate blank(s) and that person who guessed correctly gets another turn. They can guess another letter or guess the mystery word. If the person is incorrect, another player gets a turn. Whoever guessed the mystery word gets to pick a Lent word out of the bowl and start the hangman game.



The following activities are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these games are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Journey Through Lent Game- A fun way to review Lent.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die to play Journey Through Lent Game







Lentopoly- is a game that is meant to incorporate the 3 aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting & almsgiving. By doing the charitable acts each day the child “earns” tokens (nails, pennies, beans, etc.). You can have a container full of tokens and each child has their own jar to put their ‘earned’ tokens into each day. On Easter the tokens are replaced with jelly beans or other candy/item of your choice. Parents can play too! If you decide to use money, you should decide what organization will get your money on Easter – your parish, pro-life group, rice bowl, etc.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What is supposed to happen to us during Lent? We are to try and be more like Jesus.

dltk-kids.com- Popcorn Praises

Lenten Hot Cross Buns- Story with song and directions to make Lenten Hot Cross Buns. (Kids Explore American's Catholic Heritage, page 165).


Introduce snack: What used to be the Lenten bread in the early centuries of the Christian era? (The pretzel.)

catholicculture.org- Introduction: We are going to make pretzels too (recipe included).

catholicculture.org- Pretzel Recipe

pillsbury.com- Mini Soft Pretzels with Dip
Make these easy pretzels with or without dip. A great reference for Lent.

pillsbury.com- Soft Pesto Pretzels
Make this easy pretzel recipe without pesto and cheese using refrigerated breadsticks. Sprinkle with caraway seed and coarse salt before baking.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

catholicicing.com- Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids
This is my Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids. It’s free for everyone to print! This year, I’m offering it in black and white, in color, and also as a blank page so you can fill in any language! I have also updated the file to include Lenten calendars that readers have submitted in different languages.

Lenten Calendar by waltzingm.com- A lenten calendar to count down the 40 days of Lent based on a 40 days in the desert theme with an oasis on each Sunday (scroll down to this).

zephyrhillblog.com- Printable Calendars for Lent

lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com- 40 Days of Lent Color by Number
I’m calling this a color-by-number, but it’s not really that. LOL Once space is colored in for each day of Lent. Certain spaces are specific colors. When completed at the end of Lent, it’ll be a picture that represents Lent/Easter. There is a key so that you know what color each space should be colored.
apples4theteacher.com- printables and interactive worksheets associated with Ash Wednesday

teacherspayteachers.com- Ash Wednesday Worksheet for Lent

teachervision.com- The Season of Lent (word scramble)

pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.

catecheticalresources.com- Lent activities for grades 1 – 8

sacredhearthouston.org- Our Path During Lent
Each day you say a prayer, draw a † in a stone. Color a stone each day you help someone. Each day you accept help from someone, draw a smiley face. (Grade 1)

sacredhearthouston.org- Here are ways to serve others. Choose three things you will do during Lent. (Grade 2)

sacredhearthouston.org- Follow the maze below to complete the prayer that praises Jesus. (Grade 3)

sacredhearthouston.org- Stations of the Cross
Make a picture strip. Cut on the solid lines. Paste the two pieces together. Read your Stations of the Cross. (Grade 3)

sacredhearthouston.org- Prayer of Sorrow
Unscramble the words to complete the prayer. The words are in order. (Grade 4)

sacredhearthouston.org- Go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at blestarewe.com. Use the information there to fill in the blanks. (Grade 5)

sacredhearthouston.org- Lent and the Liturgical Calendar
To find out about them, go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at blestarewe.com/litcal/index.html. A church calendar or Bible will also help. (Grade 6)

dosmallthingswithlove.com- Lenten Worksheets for Kids

educationinvirtue.com- Lenten Worksheets for Kids

tes.com- A worksheet that gets pupils thinking about the Christian tradition of giving something up during Lent.

tes.com- This resource provides a fun and reflective activity relating to Lent and new beginnings. It supports the Here I Am topic Self-Giving, but can be easily adapted to suit your requirements. The activity can be used in collaboration with our Lent Calendar and Lent Liturgy to form part of your meaningful preparations for Easter.

thecompassnews.org- Scroll down for Lent worksheets

reallifeathome.com- Planning For Lent Printables

crusaders-for-christ.com- Fill out worksheet. You can either mark off each day as it passes or place one of the Sacred Heart stickers on the cross in the appropriate spot.

teachingandlearningresources.co.uk- Lent (crossword)

domestic-church.com- Lenten (crossword)



These puzzles/activity sheets are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Ash Wednesday- word search

Ash Wednesday- crossword

Ash Wednesday Worksheet- Have the students fill in the blanks on their paper with the correct answer from the word bank.

How Much Do You Know About Lent?- 20 true or false with Answers



Skits or Puppet Shows:

youthsource.com- Six Skits for Lent

christiancrafters.com- Observing Lint? (skit or puppet show)

catholicmom.com- Preach the Gospel Show [Re: tithing cans during Lent] Skit or puppet show

youtube.com- Lent Puppet Show

*You can always record the puppet show on a audio tape and play it during the puppet show to make it easier for the children to do by themselves.



Songs:

catholicicing.com- Lent Song for Kids (with actions and youtube.com video)



Homework: : Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lesson Plan- Temptation of Jesus (1st grade on up)



Temptation of Jesus


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story The Temptation of Jesus
- explain why Jesus always answered the devil with scripture
- explain why we are tempted and how we can resist temptation



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

tempted- trick or cause desire or craving to happen in somebody
devil- a fallen angel, especially Satan, the chief of the bad angels
Satan- another name for the devil
worship- respect given for a holy being
angel- messengers of God



Plan:

Read story: “The Temptation of Jesus” and ask question from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who tried to tempt Jesus out in the desert?

sermons4kids.com- Who Says? object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- Who Says? (group activities) games, crafts, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Resisting Temptation object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Resisting Temptation (group activities) games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Christ object lesson (You can also use this for an intro to the snack if you choose to have bite size candy bars).

sermons4kids.com- What Did Jesus Do? object lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Mt. of Temptation lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus is Tempted lesson #175 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus Rap
A rap song about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.



More Crafts

Introduce craft: We are tempted every day. How can we make to help remind ourselves to do the right thing?

dltk-bible.com- What Would Jesus Do mobile

beau.org- Witness Bracelet Craft

dltk-bible.com- Paper Bead Cross

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross
Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.



Introduce today’s activity: Today we are learning how Jesus used the Bible to help him say “no” to the devil. Show the children your craft. Read the Scripture Memory Verse written in the pickle. Say: Just as we need bread we also need other nourishing types of foods such as meat and cheese. Jesus knows that the Bible is the best food for our souls. Just as it is important to eat food each day to stay healthy, it is also important to read the Bible every day to stay healthy in our souls. Today we will make hero sandwiches to remind us that true heroes are nourished by God’s word!



Hero Sandwich from Jesus Defeats Satan: Lesson 1 (page 5, & 16).
On pickle: Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4



More Games

Introduce game- How did Satan tempt Jesus? (Told him to turn stones into bread. He told him that he would give him the kingdoms of the world. He told him to jump off the roof of a temple and the angels would come and lift him up so that he wouldn't be hurt.)

Temptation Obstacle Course- The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 73.

christiancrafters.com- Survivor Temptation Island
Through various fun games, activities, and group Bible discussions, participants will learn that temptation is from Satan and can lead to sin. Participants will also learn how to receive God's power to resist Satan's temptations. Event lasts approximately 3.5 hours. For grades 5 and up.



Introduce game: What are you tempted to do when you are not doing well during a game? Discuss. Let’s see if you can resist temptation while playing this fun game!

Resist the Temptation Putt-Putt


Make a putt-putt golf course.

creativekidsathome.com- Indoor Miniature Golf

boyslife.org- Build a Miniature Golf Course in Your Backyard

mykidsadventrures.com- How to Build a Mini-Golf Course at Home With Your Family

entertainment.howstuffworks.com- Backyard Mini Golf Obstacle Ideas



This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Resist the Temptation (file folder game)- The object of the game is to resist the temptation just like Jesus did.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: If you went out into the desert, what would you bring? Let’s make some Trail Mix that could help us survive.

cdkitchen.com- Trail Mix and Granola Recipes

academy.com- Sweet Trail Mix

chex.com- Buttery Trail Mix

camping.about.com- Honey Nut Os Mix

cheerios.com- Munchy Trail Mix



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids- do Jesus was Tempted by Satan spot the difference puzzle on August 18.

Satan Tries to Tempt Jesus- The pictures below tell the story of Jesus in the desert. But they are all mixed up. Number them in the order that they happened. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 23).

bbc.co.uk- Jesus is Tempted worksheets

gardenofpraise.com- The Temptation of Jesus (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (alphabet soup)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (multiple choice)

sermons4kids.com- The Temptation of Jesus (scrambled sentences)



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lent





loyolapress.com- Lent Resources

cin.org- All About Lent (questions with answers about Lent)

4catholiceducators.com- Lenten resources including readings, puzzles, clip art and text, etc.

kencollins.com- The Season of Lent
Information about the Season of Lent, including what it means, when it starts and ends, how it originated, and how it sets the theme for Christian worship.

domestic-church.com- Lent and Easter resources

sundayschoollessons.com- The Season of Lent

textweek.com- Online Resources for Lent
General resources, worship planning, art and music, devotionals, articles, etc.

christiancrafters.com- Ash Wednesday and Lent lesson with craft

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Lesson Plans for Lent—Free Printables

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- 40 Ideas for 40 Days

callherhappy.com- 40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids

catholicicing.com- Simple Lenten Traditions For Families {With Little To No Prep Work}

catholicinspired.com- Lenten Prayer Chain
Remove one link each day and pray for the people who are mentioned on that link. The neat thing is it doubles as a countdown to Easter!

catholicicing.com- Lenten Activities for Children

reallifeathome.com- 10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Catholic Families Printable

catholicmom.com- Lenten Resources

kindercraze.com- Sharing Lenten Love with Good Deeds (a printable good deeds chart for children)

reallifeathome.com- 40 Lenten Activities for Catholic Families {Free Printable}

thereligionteacher.com- Lent Activities

thereligionteacher.com- Lent Project and Lesson Plan Ideas

Lent Lapbooks- Make a Lent lapbook to celebrate the Lent season.

catholicicing.com- Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids
This is my Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids. It’s free for everyone to print! This year, I’m offering it in black and white, in color, and also as a blank page so you can fill in any language! I have also updated the file to include Lenten calendars that readers have submitted in different languages.

Lenten Calendar by waltzing.com- A lenten calendar to count down the 40 days of Lent based on a 40 days in the desert theme with an oasis on each Sunday (scroll down to this).

zephyrhillblog.com- Printable Calendars for Lent

lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com- 40 Days of Lent Color by Number
I’m calling this a color-by-number, but it’s not really that. LOL Once space is colored in for each day of Lent. Certain spaces are specific colors. When completed at the end of Lent, it’ll be a picture that represents Lent/Easter. There is a key so that you know what color each space should be colored.

Ash Wednesday & Lent Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. (Explain each card to the children. Example: Ash Wednesday- What is happening in this picture? The priest is putting blessed ashes in the shape of a cross on the boy’s forehead. This happens on Ash Wednesday. Pray- What is happening in this picture? We pray more during Lent. Fast- What is this a picture of? Would you normally have more than a hotdog for lunch or dinner? What would you have? To fast means to eat less or to go without certain foods. Give- What is happening in this picture? The boy wants to give his teacher an apple. During Lent we should try and do more good things for others.)

Lent Handwriting Sheet- Handwriting and coloring sheet.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

Stations of the Cross- activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.



Bulletin Boards or Door Decorations:

ehow.com- Lent Bulletin Board Ideas

ehow.com- Lent Bulletin Board Ideas
Great ideas here. Could be used for many grade levels.

joyfilledfamily.blogspot.ca- Lenten Calendar



Crafts:

childrensministry.com- Use this Blooming Cross Craft throughout the Lent season and people will enjoy pointing out their flowers on the cross.


Introduce craft: We as Catholics focus on what 3 things during Lent? Praying, Fasting, and Giving Alms.

catholicicing.com- Pray, Fast, Give Alms– a Lenten Craft for Kids
Use a paper plate, plastic silverware, and real pennies for that extra special touch.

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Lent Notes Foldable

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Lent: Pray, Fast, Give Printable
I created a printable that easily makes three pockets to hold ideas for these three marks of Lent. I also brainstormed a list of possible kid-friendly ways they can pray, fast, and give. You (or your kids) could also create your own ideas and write them on small cards or strips of paper. I would suggest that then each child pulls one idea from each pocket each morning and has the goal of completing that sacrifice or prayer by the end of the day. Then, the next morning, they choose three new things. I think this short term focus can help them be successful over the course of the long 40 days, and it also can stretch them in a new way each day, leaving room for the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts.

faithandfabric.blogspot.com- Family Lent Promise Card

faithandfabric.blogspot.com- Lenten Prayer Stained Glass


Introduce craft: What happens to a caterpillar? He changes into a butterfly. What are we supposed to do during Lent? We are to change. We are going to make something to show us how the caterpillar changed into a butterfly to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus.

Introduce craft: What happens to a caterpillar? He changes into a butterfly. What are we supposed to do during Lent? We are to change. We are going to make something to show us how the caterpillar changed into a butterfly to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus.





Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft







enchantedlearning.com- Egg Carton Caterpillar
This is an easy way to make caterpillars using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. You could also have the students decorate the caterpillar by gluing small objects like beads, craft foam, cut out paper shapes, etc. Googly eyes are a nice touch also. I use this craft to emphasize that they are to change during Lent. I then at Easter use a butterfly craft to show how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly.


Introduce craft/activity: What are alms? Long ago money given to the poor was called alms. We are going to make an Alms Jar to take home to remind us the importance of almsgiving and giving to the poor.

Alms Jar

Need: Jar with lid, sticker with “Alms Jar” printed on it, various things to glue on jar, glue

Directions: Have students decorate alms jar. Have them put sticker “Alms Jar” on the jar when they are finish decorating the jar.

The whole family can enter into the spirit of saving for alms. A glass jar is placed at the center of the table on Ash Wednesday, and all the money each family member saves as a result of self-denial from smoking, eating candy, going to movies or similar activities is put into it. Whatever you are sacrificing during Lent, that money you would of spent goes into the jar. The mother, buying simpler and cheaper foods for Lenten meals, puts the difference into the jar at meal time — so all can see where the cost of the dessert went! The children spend the first weeks of Lent investigating needy causes and charitable organizations and missions. They will have the responsibility of determining who gets the alms-fund. (Print this out and glue on an index card. Attach it or put inside the Alms Jar for the students to bring home for family to read).

catholicculture.org- Lenten Sacrifice Beans
A wonderful way to help younger children remind them to do penance during Lent, lima beans in a jar record each Lenten sacrifice.

Prayer Jar by paperdali.blogspot.com- Instead of just writing down a petition for our Lenten prayer jar, paperdali decided to draw the little petitions. Each strip has a picture and the beginning of a prayer for a child (or adult, actually) to finish. To enjoy, just download the page, cut along the dotted line, put them in a jar, and then put it in an accessible spot. During Lent, a child (or adult) can take out a strip during breakfast and begin the day with a prayer.

sundayschoolkids.com- Lent Paper Pretzel



Games:

ehow.com- Lent Games for Religion Class

christiancrafters.com- Bible Tic Tac Toe
Scroll down near the bottom for directions. Use Lent questions from above to play this game.

Bible Bowl- Students will test their Bible knowledge as they bowl their way to win. Use Lent trivia questions to play this game. (The Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 121 - 127).

Hangman- (Players try to solve the Lent mystery word). The teacher picks a Lent word that is written on a piece of paper out of a bowl. The teacher then starts the hangman game by writing a blank line for each letter in the word. Teacher then picks someone to guess a letter. (Write on the chalkboard the letters that were guessed that were not in the mystery word). If a letter is guess correctly, it is written in the appropriate blank(s) and that person who guessed correctly gets another turn. They can guess another letter or guess the mystery word. If the person is incorrect, another player gets a turn. Whoever guessed the mystery word gets to pick a Lent word out of the bowl and start the hangman game.



The following activities are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these games are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Journey Through Lent Game- A fun way to review Lent.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die to play Journey Through Lent Game







Lentopoly- is a game that is meant to incorporate the 3 aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting & almsgiving. By doing the charitable acts each day the child “earns” tokens (nails, pennies, beans, etc.). You can have a container full of tokens and each child has their own jar to put their ‘earned’ tokens into each day. On Easter the tokens are replaced with jelly beans or other candy/item of your choice. Parents can play too! If you decide to use money, you should decide what organization will get your money on Easter – your parish, pro-life group, rice bowl, etc.



Stations of the Cross Bingo- Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Stations of the Cross. The teacher asks one student at a time a question about the Stations of the Cross. The student answers the question and the class looks for the word on their bingo card. The first student who gets three in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal) on their bingo card first, wins.




Stations of the Cross File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to go through all 14 Stations of the Cross by answering questions about each station.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

apples4theteacher.com- printables and interactive worksheets associated with Ash Wednesday

teacherspayteachers.com- Ash Wednesday Worksheet for Lent

teachervision.com- The Season of Lent (word scramble)

pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.

catecheticalresources.com- Lent activities for grades 1 – 8

sacredhearthouston.org- Our Path During Lent
Each day you say a prayer, draw a † in a stone. Color a stone each day you help someone. Each day you accept help from someone, draw a smiley face. (Grade 1)

sacredhearthouston.org- Here are ways to serve others. Choose three things you will do during Lent. (Grade 2)

sacredhearthouston.org- Follow the maze below to complete the prayer that praises Jesus. (Grade 3)

sacredhearthouston.org- Stations of the Cross
Make a picture strip. Cut on the solid lines. Paste the two pieces together. Read your Stations of the Cross. (Grade 3)

sacredhearthouston.org- Prayer of Sorrow
Unscramble the words to complete the prayer. The words are in order. (Grade 4)

sacredhearthouston.org- Go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at blestarewe.com. Use the information there to fill in the blanks. (Grade 5)

sacredhearthouston.org- Lent and the Liturgical Calendar
To find out about them, go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at blestarewe.com/litcal/index.html. A church calendar or Bible will also help. (Grade 6)

dosmallthingswithlove.com- Lenten Worksheets for Kids

educationinvirtue.com- Lenten Worksheets for Kids

tes.com- A worksheet that gets pupils thinking about the Christian tradition of giving something up during Lent.

tes.com- This resource provides a fun and reflective activity relating to Lent and new beginnings. It supports the Here I Am topic Self-Giving, but can be easily adapted to suit your requirements. The activity can be used in collaboration with our Lent Calendar and Lent Liturgy to form part of your meaningful preparations for Easter.

thecompassnews.org- Scroll down for Lent worksheets

reallifeathome.com- Planning For Lent Printables

crusaders-for-christ.com- Fill out worksheet. You can either mark off each day as it passes or place one of the Sacred Heart stickers on the cross in the appropriate spot.

teachingandlearningresources.co.uk- Lent (crossword)

domestic-church.com- Lenten (crossword)



These puzzles/activity sheets are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Ash Wednesday- word search

Ash Wednesday- crossword

Ash Wednesday Worksheet- Have the students fill in the blanks on their paper with the correct answer from the word bank.

How Much Do You Know About Lent?- 20 true or false with Answers

Lent Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)






Skits or Puppet Shows:

youthsource.com- Six Skits for Lent

christiancrafters.com- Observing Lint? (skit or puppet show)

catholicmom.com- Preach the Gospel Show [Re: tithing cans during Lent] Skit or puppet show

youtube.com- Lent Puppet Show

*You can always record the puppet show on a audio tape and play it during the puppet show to make it easier for the children to do by themselves.



Songs:

catholicicing.com- Lent Song for Kids (with actions and youtube.com video)





Monday, February 16, 2009

Ash Wednesday






newadvent.org- Ash Wednesday

catholic.org- Ash Wednesday

catholicculture.org- Ash Wednesday

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- 40 Ideas for 40 Days

coloringpages101.com- coloring page

theholidayspot.com- Color the Spirit of Ash

faithfilledfreebies.blogspot.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
Click on the craft image on the left to download the Google Doc

lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
A cute craft that the children make pictures to look like themselves and take black paint and put a cross on the foreheads with their thumb.

catholicinspired.com- Ash Wednesday Craft
This printable activity allows the kids to draw a picture of themselves and then add an ash cross to their forehead.

apples4teacher.com- Ash Wednesday worksheets (alphabetical order, word jumble, word search, etc.)

thereligionteacher.com- Ash Wednesday Lesson Plan which includes a full set of activities, worksheets, integration with the Ash Wednesday Video, and a short quiz to assess the students' progress.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



The following activities are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Ash Wednesday- word search

Ash Wednesday- crossword

Ash Wednesday Fill in the Blank- worksheet





Friday, February 13, 2009

Lesson Plan- Unforgiving Servant (1st grade on up)



Unforgiving Servant

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story The Unforgiving Servant
- explain why God forgives us when we are truly sorry
- explain why we are to forgive others over and over again
- describe how we can be kind and forgiving to others



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)
debt- something that is owed
servant- somebody who serves another
parable- a story with a hidden meaning
mercy- forgiveness



Plan:

Read story: “The Unforgiving Servant” and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


The Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-22


One day Peter came and asked Jesus, “Lord, how often should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Should I forgive him seven times?”

Jesus said to Peter: Not seven times, but 70 times seven times.

So then Jesus told him a parable of the Unforgiving Servant.


A king decided to settle accounts with his servants. One servant owed him a large sum, but could not pay it. Since the servant could not pay the debt, the king commanded that the servant’s land and property be sold and that he and his family be sold as slaves in order to settle the debt.

The servant fell down and worshipped the king, and begged him to have patience with him, promising to pay it all.

The king was moved with compassion and released him from bondage and forgave the entire debt.

That day, the servant went out and found another fellow servant who owed him money. He grabbed the servant by the throat and told him that he must pay what he owed.

The fellow servant fell down and begged the man to have patience with him, and he would pay what he owed. But instead of showing him mercy, he had the fellow servant thrown into prison.

When the other servants saw how their fellow servant had been treated they were very upset, and they went to the king and told him everything that the unforgiving servant had done.

The king then summoned the unforgiving servant and said to him:

You wicked servant, I forgave you the all the debt you owed because you pleaded with me to do so. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?

The king became very angry with the wicked servant. He had the unforgiving servant arrested, thrown into prison and tortured until the original debt was repaid.

Then Jesus said:

Your heavenly Father will treat you the same way if you do not forgive your brother from your hearts.



Activties:

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kidslcom- Over and Over Again object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

dltk-bible.com- The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant lesson with activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kidslcom- Help me forgive others as you have forgiving me.

biblewise.com- The Unforgiving Servant

supercoloring.com- Unforgiving Servant Parable

bible-printables.com- The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant



Crafts

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving (group activities) crafts

orientaltrading.com- Craft is discontinued but it gives you a great idea for a craft

Jesus Always Forgives poem by Patricia Meyers (idea for a lacing craft)- Have students print this out or print out on computer and give it to your students to paste inside heart.

Jesus Always Forgives

Sometimes we hurt each other's hearts by
mean things said or done.
It's hard not to be mad or angry,
forgiveness isn't fun.
But after the "I'm sorry" if we'll say “it's okay"
and mean it deep inside our heart,
we choose the Bible way.
Jesus always forgives us,
I know that that is true.
When we say we're sorry,
He makes our hearts brand new.

By: Patricia Meyers


kidssundayschool.com- How many times should I forgive? A delightful craft to show how often we should forgive one another.

truthforkids.com- Forgiveness Craft



Games

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving (group activities) games


Introduce games: God forgives the wrong things we have done, what should we do to others who have done something wrong? Forgive them.

Five in a Row- This game will help children to discover that when Jesus forgives them, their sins are forgotten. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 125).

Who’s Forgiven- The Really Big Book of Bible Games page 66.


Introduce game: The core lesson for the Unforgiving Servant is the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Golden Rule (file folder game)

The Catholic Toolbox- The Unforgiving Servant (file folder game)



Movies

Forgiving: God Wants Me To Forgive Them?! (Veggie Tales)

Introduce movie: How many times are you to forgive someone? Many, many times.

The Grapes of Wrath (12 min.)

Questions to ask after movie:

1. What did the grapes do to Junior? They made fun of him.
2. Who does God want us to be kind to? Everyone
3. When someone says they are sorry and they really mean it, what should you say? I forgive you.
4. How many times are you supposed to forgive someone? Not 7 times, but seventy times seven (490). In other words, many, many times.

Larry’s Lagoon (15 min.)

1. What happened to the boat? Larry smashed it.
2. How did everyone feel about Larry? They were mad at him.
3. How doe it feel when someone says they forgive you? It feels good.
4. It is wrong to not forgive someone when they say they are sorry and they really mean it? Yes.



Puzzles

Introduce puzzle: How many times must we forgive someone? We should forgive over and over again just like God and Jesus. Nutty Numbers (How many times you should forgive maze)- Maze Mania by Viki Woodworth

dltk-bible.com- anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, mazes, word mining, word searches

sermons4kidslcom- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kidslcom- Decoder

sermons4kidslcom- Spiral Puzzle

biblewise.com- Crossword with answers

4catholiceducators.com- The Unmerciful Slave crossword

sermons4kidslcom- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kidslcom- Matching



Snacks

Introduce snack: When might you need to trust God’s faithfulness? When I do something wrong and ask for God’s forgiveness.

christiancrafters.com- Sweet Faith Crackers

pillsbury.com- Faith Cookies
Have the children make cross shaped cookies and decorate them. (Example: one large rectangle for main part of cross, and one smaller rectangle to form the cross).


Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Friday, February 6, 2009

Lesson Plan- Prayer: Sermon on the Mount/Our Father (1st grade on up)



Sermon on the Mount/Our Father


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story The Sermon on the Mountain
- identify which prayer Jesus taught us
- recite the Our Father from memory
- explain what the Our Father means



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Pray- speaking to God
Amen- yes; a Hebrew word meaning “it is so” or “let it be done”
Evil- the opposite or absence of good; the result of the choice to sin
God’s will- what God wants
Hallowed- holy
Heaven- the life with God that is full of happiness and never ends
Kingdom- people and land ruled by a king
Saints- good people who loved God on earth and are now in heavenly glory
Trespasses- wrong things we do
Temptation- something that leads us to do what is wrong
Sabbath- the day of worship to God
Synagogues- the place of worship for Jewish people
Prayer- talking and listening to God



Plan:

Read story: "The Sermon on the Mount" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Explain the meaning of each part of the prayer. Write the underlined words on the board and discuss with students. Each time you write a new line, say the “Our Father” from the beginning and have the students try to tell you the next line of the prayer.

Our Father

What are the first words of the prayer that Jesus taught? Our Father
Why do you think Jesus called God “Father” instead of “Lord” or “King” or “Mighty”? Jesus wanted to show us that God is close to us; God loves and cares for us like a loving parent.
Why do we say “Our Father” instead of “My Father”? God is the Father of us all.


who art in heaven

What is our Father’s special home called? Heaven
Who lives with God in heaven? Mary, the angels, and the saints.
Who are saints? The saints are good people who loved God on earth and are now in heaven.


hallowed by thy name

The word hallowed means “holy”. Whose name is holy? God’s
Why is God’s name holy? Because God is holy.


thy kingdom come

What is a kingdom? A kingdom is the people and land ruled by a king.
Where is God’s kingdom? In heaven and on earth.


thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

When we pray “thy will be done” we are saying that we want whatever God wants. Since God wants us to be happy, we are saying that we will follow whatever he says will make us happy.


Give us this day our daily bread

When we say these words we ask for everything we need each day. What are some of the things we need every day? Food, clothes, a home, etc.


and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

Trespass is a word for something wrong that we do. When we say “forgive us our trespasses,” we ask forgiveness for the wrong things we have done.

Jesus also tells us to forgive. What are some things that our brothers, sisters, or friends sometimes do that hurt our feelings? Say unkind things about us; tease or make fun of us; push or hurt us, etc.
When someone hurts or offends us, they trespass against us. What must we be ready to do when others trespass against us if we wish God to forgive the wrong things we do? Forgive them.


and lead us not into temptation

A temptation is something that leads us to do what is wrong. Why might we be tempted to take a candy bar or something else that belongs to someone else?
Why might we be tempted to say something that is not true?
When we say, “lead us not into temptation,” we ask god to keep us from all that can lead us to do what is wrong.
What do you say when you are tempted to do something that you know is wrong? No


but deliver us from evil

Evil is the name for things that are not good are not from God. One form of evil is when we choose to sin. We choose to turn away from God. The result of this choice to sin is evil.
When we pray “deliver us from evil,” we are saying that we trust that God will save us or protest us from doing wrong and from harmful things.


Amen

What is the word that we say at the end of our prayers? Amen
What does Amen mean? Yes
When we say Amen at the end of the Our Father, we are saying yes to everything we have just said.



Introduce activity: What prayer did Jesus teach us? Do you know it? Let’s find out.

Lord’s Prayer worksheet- Fill out the
worksheet with the students on the board.

fcpeace.com- Our Father (mini book)

dltk-kids.com- The Lord’s Prayer (mini book)
Directions and template.



Crafts:


funfamilycrafts.com- Spring Handprint Card
Put prayer inside card.

sundayschoolkids.com- Lord’s Prayer Chain
Be sure to print out the short version (Catholic)

brighthubeducation.com- Teaching the Lord’s Prayer with a Banner Craft




Introduce craft: How can we remind ourselves to pray “Our Father”? Let’s make something that will help remind us to pray “Our Father”.


Our Father Magnet

Need: 8 Popsicle sticks, craft foam pieces, “Our Father” prayer printed on paper (size of print should be about 8 pt.), sticky magnet, index card, glue

Directions: Make a simple Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

Glue craft foam pieces on frame to decorate. Let frame dry. While frame is drying, go to next activity, then come back and finish frame. Cut out “Our Father” prayer that is printed on paper and glue to index card. Cut to fit on the back of the frame with “Our Father” prayer showing on the front of the frame. Attach sticky magnet to top of frame on back to make it into a magnet.



Games:

Introduce games: What prayer did Jesus teach us? Do you know it? Let’s find out.

nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities


Prayer Review:

1. Say a line from the prayer “Our Father” and have the students say the following line. Go back and forth until the prayer is finished.

2. Have the students sit in a circle. Tell the students that they are going to recite the “Our Father”. Have each student say one word in the prayer and the next person will say the following word. If someone makes a mistake or gets stuck, he or she begins over again with the first word of the prayer. The last person that says, “Amen” finishes the prayer.

3. Ball Pass: Have the students sit in a circle. The teacher turns her back to the students and she says, "Pass, pass, pass." The students then pass a ball to their right around the circle. When the teacher says, "Stop," the child holding the ball and the person to his right and left say the prayer together.

4. Write the Our Father on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the Our Father in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Our Father. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.



This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.



The Lord's Prayer (file folder game)- (Catholic version of Debbie's ffg)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: How are we supposed to treat others? We are to be kind to everyone, even our enemies.

Have the students wash their hands and make an easy snack. Then to show their kindness, they give it to another in the class.

(Examples of easy snacks: cheese on crackers, ants on a log (fill the inside of celery with peanut butter and put a few raisins on top), etc.

familycrafts.about.com- Apple Smiles



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:


Our Father puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy the puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice the Our Father. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag. (Catholic version)




More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Sermon on the Mount puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 30 – September 1).

crusaders-for-christ.com- Our Father handwriting in print and cursive (scroll down for these)

teacherresourcesgalore.com- cloze activity with word bank

faithfirst.com- Cut out words and put the words in order. Paste the words in order on a piece of construction paper.

4catholiceducators.com- 3 Lord’s Prayer (word searches)

The Lord’s Prayer (worksheet)- Answer the following questions about the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer.



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)