Friday, January 30, 2009

Lesson Plan- Fishers of Men (1st grade on up)



Fishers of Men


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Fishers of Men
- explain that Jesus had helpers and that we are all called to be Jesus’ helpers
- explain that people in all walks of life work together to bring God's love to our world



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)

Apostles- the first 12 men Jesus called to follow him
Good News- the message that God loves us
Synagogue- Jewish place of worship
Faith- belief or trust that someone will help and care for you
Missionary- Someone who brings the Good News of Jesus to others
Disciples- one of the 12 followers of Jesus
Christianity- religion that follows Jesus’ teachings
Capernaum- a town near Lake Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Lake Galilee- Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Much of the ministry of Jesus happened on the shores of Lake Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Fishermen- people who catch fish for a living
Romans- people from Rome (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Taxes- payment to help run a country



Plan:

Read story: "Jesus and His Disciples" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: How many disciples did Jesus have?

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- You Have a Message object lesson with coloring, activities, puzzles, and quiz

sermons4kids.com- You Have a Message (group activities) crafts, songs, games, etc.

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

calvarycurriculum.com- The Fishers of Men lesson #179 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Fishers of Men 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).



Crafts:

Introduce craft- Who said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”? What does that mean?


Fishers of Men 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 shapes 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.

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (top)

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (bottom)



daniellesplace.com- Fishers of Men (scroll down to this craft)
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19 (This craft is a cute bucket of worms with the scripture on it.)

aokcorral.com- Easy Fishing Toy Set (craft to make)
Children make a fish then play like they are going fishing.

hookedonthebook.com- Matthew 4:19 craft


Fish Crafts:

Japanese Wind Sock- Create a unique "kite"- the traditional Japanese carp wind sock. (The Picture Book of Kids' Crafts and Activities by Roxanne Henderson, page 178 & 179).

Magic Fish-in-the-Ocean Puppet- A cute craft that the fish actually swims and comes to the surface. (Crafts From Your Favorite Fairy Tales by Kathy Ross, page 38 & 39).

mssscrafts.com- Crafts for Fish

daniellesplace.com- Fish Crafts



Games:

Introduce game: Jesus knew his disciples very well. They were his friends. How well do you know your friends?

Who is knocking at my door?

Need: one chair

Directions: The students sit in their own seats while the one who is “It” sits in a chair in front of the room, with his back toward the other students. Someone is chosen by the teacher to go up and knock on the back of the chair or floor. When “It” hears the knocking he asks, "Who is knocking at my door?" The knocker answers in a disguised voice "It is I.” “It” has to guess who the knocker was. The knocker then becomes “It”.


Introduce game: Who are the apostles? What are their names?

Simon Says Meets the Apostles
The idea of this game is just to teach the names of the Apostles. Assign the name of an Apostle to each kid. Then play Simon says, but only use the Apostle's name when talking to each student. And tell each student what Simon says individually. Example: Simon says the Apostle Simon Peter can take one step forward. Only the kid that is Simon Peter can move. The rest of the kids must wait for their turn.


daniellesplace.com- Fish Games (scroll down for these)

Following Jesus (Disciples Follow Jesus)- This game will help children understand that their actions can let others know they are followers of Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 75.)

gospelhall.org- The Twelve Disciples of Jesus Sunday School Activity
Who were the 12 disciples of Jesus? These pages will help your Bible class or Sunday School students know who these 12 ordinary men were.



The following 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.

Disciples Memory Game or Go Fish Game- A fun way to review the names of the disciples.



Fishers of Men

Materials- large die, questions from Matthew 4:18-22

Make a die out of a large juice carton and put a ? mark on some (at least 3) of the sides of the die.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die to play Fishers of Men Game

Directions- The objective of the game is to get the most points by answering questions about Fishers of Men. Have a player roll the die on the floor in front of the class. If the die lands on a blank space, they do not answer a question. If the die lands on “?”, they are asked a question by the teacher about Fishers of Men. If the player answers correctly, they receive a point (you can use tokens, write it on the board, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive a point. Players must collect as many points as they can. The game is over when all the questions have been answered correctly. Whoever has the most points, wins. You can play this game individually or in teams. For an added challenge, you can also have “Lose 1 Point” and “Take 1 Point” on one or a couple of the sides of the die. When a player rolls “Lose 1 Point”, they must lose 1 point. If a player rolls “Take 1 Point”, they may take a point from any player they choose.


Questions: (Do not ask them in order) Questions are from The New American Bible

Where was Jesus walking when he saw the fishermen casting their nets? (Sea of Galilee)

How many men did Jesus see casting their nets? (2)

What were the names of the brothers that Jesus saw first? (Simon who was Peter and Andrew)

What did Peter and Andrew do for a living? (They were fishermen)

What did Jesus say to the fishermen who were casting their nets? (“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”)

What did Peter and Andrew do when Jesus said something to them? (At once they left their nets and followed him.)

Name the 2 sons of Zebedee. (James and John)

What were James and John doing when Jesus saw them? (They were in their boat mending their nets.)

Who was with James and John? (Their father, Zebedee)

When Jesus called James and John, what did they do? (They immediately left their boat and their father and followed him.)

True or False: James and Andrew were brothers. (False)

What were the names of the brothers that Jesus saw second? (James and John)

True or False: John and James were brothers. (True)

What was Peter’s other name? (Simon)

True or False: Andrew and Peter were brothers. (True)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did Peter and Andrew do for a living? They were fishermen.

enchantedlearning.com- Cup ‘o Fish
Make edible fish in the Sea of Galilee in a plastic clear cup.

familycrafts.about.com- Sailboat Snack


Introduce snack: What did Matthew do for a living? He was a tax collector.

homecooking.about.com- Cheese Gelt Coins

Get a round cracker and spread peanut butter on it. Cover with another cracker and you have edible money.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

lambsongs.co.nz- “Come Follow Me!” by Jill Kemp- Booklet for the children to color and read.

Cover

Booklet


More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Fisher of Men puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 19 - 23).

psscentral.com- Fishers of Men
Cut and paste activity

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (fish maze)

dltk-bible.com- 12 Disciples puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

sermons4kids.com- Connect the dots in alphabetical order (dot-to-dot)
Matthew 4:19

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (word search)
Matthew 4:18-22

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Calls His First Disciples (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (crossword)
Luke 5:1-11

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (crossword)
Matthew 4:19

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (crossword)
Luke 5:1-11

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (jumble)
Matthew 4:19

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (alphabet soup)
Luke 5:10b

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (multiple choice)
Luke 5:10b

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (multiple choice)
Matthew 4:19

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People (fill in the blanks)
Matthew 4:18-22



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, January 29, 2009

Disciples Cards



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.


Disciples Cards- A fun way to review the names of the disciples by playing Memory or Go Fish.





Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Liar, liar pants on fire! (file folder game)



8th Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Catholic version of the Ten Commandments.)



Liar, liar pants on fire!

Here is a fun game that helps children to recognize what lying is and how to resist it.




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.


Introduction to game- To bear false witness means to not tell the whole truth. It is lying, but it is much more than lying. We lie to either make ourselves look good (and this is called pride) or sometimes to make others look bad. Sometimes we lie to get out of trouble. Sometimes it’s so easy to lie that we didn’t even realize we lied! The truth is very important because we need to be able to trust each other and understand each other. We need to guard what we say, and say what we mean by speaking the truth.

Do you guard what you say?
Do you lie?
Do you gossip? (Talk about others when they are not around?)
Do you boast and make yourself look better than you are?
Do you try to get others in trouble?
Do you point out other people’s faults unnecessarily?
Do you not tell the whole truth?
Do you say things about people that you wouldn’t want them to know about?






Directions- Print out Directions and keep inside file folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue.

Situation Cards- Use these or make your own. Print Game Cards out on light blue card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.



Truth or Lie Game Cards- Use these Game Cards or make your own. Print Truth or Lie Game Cards out in light green card stock. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

Tokens- Use these tokens or make your own. Print out several pages of tokens out on card stock. Cut out and laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Monday, January 26, 2009

Green With Envy (file folder game)





10th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. (Catholic version of the 10th Commandment.)

Introduction: Coveting means wanting something really bad. It includes jealousy, but also taking things from other people, or ruining them so they can’t have them. We can do this with people—have you ever heard people say, “He’s my friend, he can’t be yours!” Or with property—for example, you might be angry at your brother and don’t want him to have the last cookie, so you eat it or hide it on him. Coveting is a way of being mean. It starts in our thoughts when we judge others. We think about things we can’t have, or that we think others shouldn’t have and then sooner or later, we act on these thoughts.


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.


Green With Envy: A game that helps children to recognize what coveting is and identify ways of how to keep the 10th Commandment.




Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Question Cards- Print Question Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the questions that reflect your students abilities.

Tokens- Print out several pages of Tokens on card stock. Cut out Tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Self Evaluation: Are you a good teacher?





Are you a good teacher? Are your students learning? These and many other questions inundate a catechist as to whether or not they are doing a good job teaching their students.

To find out whether or not you are a good teacher, researchers say that one of the best ways is to use evaluative questions that force catechists to evaluate themselves. In doing this catechists can assess what they know, do not know, and what they would like to know so they can become better teachers. After they self-evaluate they will be able to set goals that they feel they can attain with the new knowledge they have about themselves.

Here are examples of some questions that a catechist can ask themselves:

1. How much time and effort did you put into this lesson?

2. What do you think your strengths and weaknesses were in this lesson?

3. How could you improve your lesson?

4. What are the most valuable things your students learned from this lesson?


When doing self evaluations the catechist begins to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. You also become more familiar with your own beliefs, and possibly your misconceptions on what and how you are teaching your class and whether or not it is effective or not. After you self-evaluate yourself, you will be able to set goals that you feel you can attain with the new knowledge you have about yourself.

circle.adventist.org- Sample of a Teacher Performance Evaluation Appraisal

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Catechist Self-Examination

catechesisinthethirdmillennium.wordpress.com- End of the Year Program Evaluations


Some researchers suggest teachers to ask their students and parents for feedback in a questionnaire on how the class is going and what the teacher is doing well and not so well. When doing this the teacher is showing that they want to make improvements where needed and that they are open to ideas. Teachers could put up a suggestion box, and they can hand out evaluation forms at different times of the year. This shows the students and parents that continuous improvement is important and that everyone needs to learn the importance of self evaluation.

Another way to self evaluate is to video tape your lessons. The tapes can be reviewed in private and teachers can build off their strengths and improve upon their points of weaknesses.

Everyone makes mistakes and the difference between an effective catechist and one who is not is the ability to learn from those mistakes. Face your challenges that come your way and use your mistakes as a learning tool and look for ways on how to improve. All catechists make mistakes and good catechists learn from their mistakes. Mistakes do not keep your from being a good teacher, they will propel you toward it -- if you accept them and learn from them!





Monday, January 19, 2009

Thief! (file folder game)





7th Commandment: You shall not steal. (Catholic version of the 10 Commandments.)

Introduction: Stealing is taking something that does not belong to you without asking. It is not borrowing, or finding something, or owning something, or having something with permission. It is taking something from someone else. Besides stealing, the seventh commandment forbids cheating, keeping things that are not ours, and accepting bribes by public officials.

We are commanded by the seventh commandment to respect what belongs to others, to live up to our business agreements, to pay our just debts and to not charge an exorbitant rate of interest when lending to another. We must also use the things we have wisely and treat our things with respect. In addition, this commandment includes that we do not keep others from having what they deserve or borrow things and not returning them.


Thief!: Players are given situations and they must identify whether or not they are breaking the 7th Commandment. They also must state what they are obliged to do for their sin.


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.



Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- (Feel free to use this game as is or modify it to suit your needs). Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. (Title is in Matisse ITC font. Directions on spaces and on START and FINISH are in Enviro font.)

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the questions that reflect your students abilities.)

Do Not Steal Cards- Print Do Not Steal Cards out on light blue card stock. Cut out Do Not Steal Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the questions that reflect your student’s abilities.)

Tokens- Print out several pages of Tokens on card stock. Cut out Tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Golden Rule File Folder Game




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.



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






Introduction: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What does this mean? It means we should treat others the same way you want them to treat you. That is easier said than done. Do you respect everyone and treat them kindly at all times? During our daily contact with others we can show compassion and generosity by treating them with respect and courtesy. This dignified and respectable behavior that we give to others is part of what Jesus was talking about. Try your best to treat others as you would like to be treated and you will find that it will help you so much in everyday life with getting a long with others.



Directions: Put the colored Game Cards in two different small baskets and set near the game board. Place your markers at START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has True or False or P’s & Q’s on it, draw the corresponding card and read it out loud. Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).


Directions- Print out Directions and keep inside file folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards (below): Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

True or False Cards- (Use these Game Cards or make your own.) Print out True or False cards in light yellow card stock.

P’s & Q’s Cards- (Use these Game Cards or make your own). Print out P’s & Q’s cards in blue card stock.





Random Acts of Kindness (file folder game)



Jesus was always kind and helpful to the people he met. Jesus showed his love by caring for those who needed his healing touch. The next time you want to let someone know how much you care for them, remember that we show others we care, not just by sending flowers and gifts, but by showing acts of kindness each and every day -- just like Jesus did.


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.





Kindness can be contagious. The smallest and most simplest acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life in a very big way.



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




Place your marker any where on the game board. Roll the die and move clockwise that many spaces. Read out loud whatever is on your space and say whether it is a Random Act of Kindness or not. If it is a Random Act of Kindness, receive 1 Random Acts of Kindness token (or milk cap, poker chip, etc.). If it is not a Random Act of Kindness, lose a token. When the player receives 10 Random Acts of Kindness tokens, they work their way around the board to “Spread Kindness”. Players must roll the exact number to “Spread Kindness”. Continue playing to find out who comes in second, third, fourth, etc. place.



Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Tokens- Use these tokens or make your own. Print out several pages of tokens out on card stock. Cut out and laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Friday, January 16, 2009

Lesson Plan- Jesus is Baptized (1st grade on up)



Jesus is Baptized


Objectives: The student will be able to
- retell the story Jesus is Baptized
- explain the meaning of the symbolism in the Baptism ritual
- explain what happens during a baptism and that we receive new life
- identify the first Sacrament and explain what it is
- explain that you become members of the Church when you are baptized



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)

Galilee- region of ancient Palestine, now part of Northern Israel. It is between the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Cousin- a child of somebody’s uncle or aunt, a relative
Baptize- to wash away the original sin
Jordan River- river that flows through the Sea of Galilee and empties into the Dead Sea (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Holy Spirit- the third person of the Trinity, understood as the spiritual force of God
Godparent- someone who promises at a person’s Baptism to help that person be a Christian



Plan:

Say to the students: Who said this, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”? (John the Baptist) Then read story: "Jesus is Baptized" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: What does baptize mean?

Show the students a picture of a Baptism. Say: What do you think is happening in this picture? Explain to students that Baptism is one of the seven sacraments and most of them have been baptized when they were babies so they do not remember it. Others are baptized later because you can be baptized at any age. Bring in items that are used during a baptism and ask the students if they have ever seen one. Discuss why you are baptized, what happens during a baptism step by step and what is said. Show a short video of a baptism.

-Who are godparents and what do they promise to do? At Baptism special people called godparents who are a man and woman that promise to help the parents teach the baby how to live as a child of God and as a Catholic. Both godparents must be Catholic and have to be practicing Catholics (they must come to Mass every week and be a good Catholic).

-What do you wear? A white robe as a sign of your new life.

-What does the priest or deacon pour on your head to show we have new life and to wash away your sins? Water. What kind of water is it? Ordinary water.

-When should children be baptized? As soon as possible after birth.

-At Baptism holy oil is put on you by the priest or deacon and they make the Sign of the Cross on your forehead. Long ago oil was used to mark people as kings and priests. Oil is a symbol of strength and healing. The newly baptized is anointed with sacred oil to signify that the Holy Spirit dwells within the heart of this new Christian. It's also a sign of being anointed to a mission to live and love as Jesus lived. The priest or deacon makes the Sign of the Cross on your forehead with what? Holy oil

-Why does your godfather light the Baptismal candle from the Pascal (Easter) candle? To show that we have new life.

-When we are baptized we become members of what Church? The Catholic Church.

-When you are born you have original sin. Who did we inherit original sin from? From Adam and Eve.

-When you are baptized it takes away original sin. It also removes every sin the person has done. How many times can you be baptizes? Only once.

-A priest usually does the Baptism and sometimes a deacon. But, if there is danger that someone will die without Baptism, can anyone baptize another? Yes they may and should baptize.

-What happens if you die and you are not baptized? You do not go to heaven.

-The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.



sermons4kids.com- Growing In Faith object lesson with coloring sheet

sermons4kids.com- Make Your Father Proud object lesson with coloring sheet

sermons4kids.com- A New Life in Jesus object lesson with coloring sheet and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- A Fresh Start object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, craft, quiz

sermons4kids.com- A Fresh Start (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- New Beginnings object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- New Beginnings (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jesus is Baptized 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- John Baptizes Jesus lesson #174 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What hovered over Jesus’ head after he was baptized? A white dove.

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove Craft

artisthelpingchildren.org- Tons of dove crafts posted here.

autiesbiblelessons.wordpress.com- Jesus is Baptized Craft
An interactive craft that has a dove hover over Jesus’ head.

auntannie.com- Make soap doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that their sins are washed away. Note: You can use a slightly greased cookie cutter to help children make the soap into the shape of a dove. Or the children can just make it into any shape they want.


Introduce craft: The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.

docthelmaskitchen.blogspot.com- Sunday School Baptism Craft (change this to Jesus being baptized)



Games:

Introduce game: Who was baptized by his cousin?


Jesus Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Jesus. The first team that spells JESUS wins.



These file folder 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.




Baptism of Jesus (file folder game)- The object of the game is to get to the Baptism of Jesus first by answering questions and following directions on the spaces along the way.


Place your markers on “START”. The player rolls the die and moves that number on the board. The player then follows the directions on the square they landed on. If they land on “Wild Card”, the player will state how many spaces they want to move ahead (between 1 & 4). Then the player to their right draws a card and reads the question out loud. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). On each card is a question about the Baptism of Jesus. If they answer correctly, they get to move how many spaces they wanted. If they are not correct, they go back that many spaces. The first player to FINISH wins.











Sacrament of Baptism (file folder game)-The object of the game is to collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of Baptism.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did John the Baptist eat while he was living outside?

dltk-kids.com-

John the Baptist Snack

Grasshopper Legs

Honey Spread



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jesus and John the Baptist puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 16 - 17).

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus (dove dot to dot)

Jesus is Baptized (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 18.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches)

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

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

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 (word search)

Jesus is Baptized (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus from Luke 3:21 (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus (crossword)

gardenofpraise.com- The Baptism of Jesus (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus from Luke 3:21 (crossword)

sadlierreligion.com- We Believe
Sacrament of Baptism (crossword)- Grade 5, Chapter 5, (Pick the grade, type of visitor, and click on Go To. Look under Printable Activities and click on Chapters).

stbrendanchurch.org- It All Begins With Baptism (crossword)

gardenofpraise.com- The Baptism of Jesus (word scramble)

gardenofpraise.com- The Baptism of Jesus (fill in the blanks with word bank)

gardenofpraise.com- Matthew 3:14-15 (fill in the blanks)



This worksheet 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.

Baptism worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks below to find out what happens after you are baptized.



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, January 14, 2009

Resist the Temptation (file folder game)





Resist the Temptation: The objective of the game is to resist the temptation just like Jesus did.

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.


Game Boards- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. (2 Game Boards to choose from).

Game Board #1

Game Board #2


Resist The Temptation Directions-
Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Temptation Cards- Print Temptation Cards out on card stock. Cut out Temptation Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Monday, January 12, 2009

Catechism of the Catholic Church (file folder game)







Here is a game to review the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It can be played individually or in teams.


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.


Catechism of the Catholic Church: Answer questions about the Catechism of the Catholic Church as you go around the board. Collect the most tokens before the timer goes off and win.

Rules- How to play the game

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder.

Title- Cut out CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH title and glue in the center of the game board (either straight or diagonally, which ever you choose). Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Use these cards or make your own. Print out the following cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Print out The Creed cards on light blue card stock. (40 cards)

Print out Ten Commandments cards on light tan card stock. (40 cards)

Print out 7 Sacraments cards on white card stock. (40 cards)






Saturday, January 10, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): The Woman at the Well





The Woman at the Well

Objectives: The children will
- retell the story of “The Woman at the Well”
- discuss how others can be mean to someone because they are different
- name ways of how they can be kind to people who are different
- identify who promised to send a savior one day
- identify who the savior is



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Woman at the Well 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Introduce story: Is it hard to be kind to someone that is different from you? (Discuss) Has anyone ever been mean to you because you were in some way different? (Discuss) How did it feel when they were mean to you? (Discuss) What kind of things can you do to make people who are different feel good? (Discuss)

Say: You have some great ideas on how to be kind. We can be kind to everyone, even people who are different because God is kind.


Read story: “The Woman at the Well” from your own story book.

Or read: “The Woman by the Well” by Jill Kemp (color booklet to print out)

Cover

Booklet


Then ask questions from below.

1. Jesus was tired and thirsty. Where did Jesus rest while his helpers went to buy food? (At a well.)

2. Who came from the town of Samaria to get water from the well? (A woman.)
3. What did Jesus want the woman to do for him? (Get him a drink of water.)

4. Why was she surprised when he asked her for a drink of water? (People were not friendly to anyone from Samaria.)

5. What did Jesus say to the woman if anyone drank that water at the well? (That they will be thirsty again.)

6. What would happen if someone drank the water that Jesus gave them? (They will never thirst and they would be new inside.)

7. Did Jesus know everything that she had ever done in her life? (Yes)

8. Who promised to send a savior one day? (God)

9. Who is this savior? (Jesus)

10. The woman left her water jar and what did she do? (She went into town and told the people what happened.)

11. Did the people from Samaria come to see Jesus at the well? (Yes)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Jesus Satisfies (song) & Living Water (finger play)- Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 136.



Activities:

Introduce activity: What would it be like if we were all the same?

Same and Different

Say: We are all alike in some ways and different in some ways. Let’s find some ways that we are alike. (When you ask these questions be sure that they do not exclude one child so they will feel like the odd one out. Ask questions so that a group of children can participate in each question.

Example: Who is wearing a dress? Who has brown eyes? Who is wearing tennis shoes? Etc.

Say: There are some things about us that are different and some things that are the same. If we were all exactly the same there would be no way to tell us apart.


The Woman at the Well Meets Jesus- Scroll down to preschool lesson

A Woman Meets Jesus By The Well John 4- Scroll down to preschool lesson

The Woman at the Well or Living Water Sunday School Lesson Ideas

Dying for a Drink- object lesson

Thirst Quencher- object lesson

Jesus by the Well- object lesson

The Samaritan Woman Gives Jesus A Drink- object lesson

Share- lesson with activities (great for a Take Home Sheet)



Movie:

Introduce movie: How should we treat others?

Movie- Veggie Tales: Are You My Neighbor? The Gourds Must Be Crazy (14 min.) and ask questions:


1. Why wouldn’t Jr. invite Fernando to his party? (Because he was different.)

2. What did Jr. learn about people that are different? (Being different can be good. It’s the inside that counts.)

3. Should we make fun of people who are different? (No)

4. How should we treat others? We should treat everyone how you would like to be treated.



Bible Crafts:

Introduce craft: Jesus was tired and thirsty. Where did Jesus rest while his helpers went to buy food?

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to these 2 crafts: Woman at the Well Pencil Holder & Water Drop Bible Verse Cards

children.calvarychapel.com- Scroll down to Woman at the Well craft



Bible Games:

Introduce game: What did Jesus say to the woman if anyone drank that water at the well?

Bucket Brigade (A Samaritan Woman)- As kids work together to move water, they’ll discover God wants to share his living water with everyone. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 92 – 93).


Introduce games: How did Jesus treat others that he met? Jesus was always kind and helpful to the people he met. Jesus showed his love by caring for those who needed his healing touch. The next time you want to let someone know how much you care for them, remember that we show others we care, not just by sending flowers and gifts, but by showing acts of kindness each and every day -- just like Jesus did.

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.

Jesus is Our Savior- Jesus is our rescuer and offers us a lifeline when we’re trapped in sin. How can we solve the problems in our life? Jesus is our savior and if we follow him, he will show us the way.



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.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

Jesus offers the water of life to the woman at the well (coloring)

Woman at the Well (coloring)

The Woman at the Well (coloring)

Samaritan Woman John 4:1-42 (coloring)


“The Woman by the Well” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


Water (handwriting sheet)

The Samaritan Woman (maze)

Numbers in a Jar (worksheets)- Numbers-in-a-Jar worksheets designed to use with manipulatives to count and learn to write numerals, and number words.

kidslearningstation.com- Same and different worksheets

preparingyourchildforpreschool.com- Same/Different Preschool Worksheets

homeeducationresources.com- Which is different? (worksheets)



Friday, January 9, 2009

Lesson Plan- Jesus in the Temple (1st grade on up)



Jesus in the Temple


For older students:

thereligionteacher.com- Lesson Plan: Jesus as a Boy in the Temple



For younger students:

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Jesus in the Temple
- explain that Jesus was once a child
- compare and contrast their life to how Jesus lived as a child
- locate Jerusalem on a map



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)

Nazareth- a town in Israel where Jesus spent most of his life (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Jerusalem- the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map and have students find it on a map)
Feast of the Passover- a Jewish festival to remember that God had freed the Israelites (Hebrews) from slavery in Egypt
Festival- a celebration
Temple- A Jewish Church



Plan:

Read story: "Jesus in the Temple" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Where did they find Jesus when he was lost?

sermons4kids.com-In My Father’s House object lesson with coloring, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

sermons4kids.com- In My Father’s House (group activities) games, songs, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- My Father’s Business 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- The Boy Jesus Visits The Temple lesson #172 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.


Introduce activity: How is your life today? Is it alike or different to when Jesus was born?

kidssundayschool.com- Jesus and Me
How does a child's life today compare to when Jesus was born? An activity to help kids relate to Jesus.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: When Jesus was a little boy, where did he get his toys? (They made them). We are going to make us a toy(s) to play with.

Ring and Pin- Make a handheld "ring toss" toy. (The Picture Book of Kids' Crafts and Activities by Roxanne Henderson, page 98).

crafts.kaboose.com- Stick and Ball Game
You can also make this with just a paper/plastic cup instead of a laundry scoop. Use a paper hole punch and make a hole in the cup near the rim to tie the string to.


Here is another version of the craft above using a plastic laundry detergent cap:



Make a hole near the top of the rim using a drill prior to class. Cut twine to about 2 feet long. Have students tie one end of the twine to the lid through the hole you just drilled. On the other end of the twine tie a large bead to it (2 beads if they are small).

To play- Hold the cup letting the string hang down. Swing the bead up and try to catch it inside the cup. For competitive play, whoever gets the most catches out of 10 or 20 tries wins.



Introduce craft: How well do you know the story “Jesus in the Temple”? Let’s find out.

Young Jesus in the Temple (Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 37 & 38.



Games:

Introduce game: When Jesus was twelve years old, he went to Jerusalem with his parents. The journey took four days and when they arrived the great city was crowded with visitors. Jesus saw many things in Jerusalem and was amazed at what he saw.

What did Jesus see in Jerusalem?

This is a memory game. Have the players seated in a circle. The first player begins by saying, "Jesus went to Jerusalem and he saw many things. He saw a ..........." He can say anything he likes, for example an orange, a pair of shoes, a camel, or a pet dog. The next player in line begins the same way but adds a second object after repeating the first. The third player also begins, “Jesus went to Jerusalem and he saw many things. He saw a ..........." He must repeat the first two objects and then add a third. So it goes on, but if a player can’t repeat or mixes up the order of the objects then he is out.

If you haven't got many players, the same children can keep adding more items. The game continues until one player remains or until time is up. Some lists get very long and are remembered for years by the players. A variation is to decide that the objects chosen must start with the letters of the alphabet in order, for example "apple, bat, cake...zebra." This makes it a little easier to remember. (You could also help the player if necessary so everyone can play).



Introduce game: How can we be like Jesus? Let’s find out how we can be a good son, friend, neighbor, and person like Jesus.

Change Charades (Jesus Grows Up)- This game will help your kids identify positive behaviors that will help them grow up just like Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 70 & 71).

You can change this game to: Brother/Sister, Son/Daughter, Friend, Neighbor and have the children tell you how you can be a good ______ (Brother/Sister, Son/Daughter, Friend, or Neighbor). Call students one at a time to stand behind a chair and to toss a beanbag. Other students wait in their seats until you call them for their turn.

Or write the above on the chalk board and have the students throw a suction cup toy at it. Wherever it lands, they must tell you how you can be a good ______ (Brother/Sister, Son/Daughter, Friend, or Neighbor).



These games 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.

Introduce games: After looking for three days, where did Mary and Joseph find Jesus? In the temple.

Jesus As A Boy Game









Jesus in the Temple (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to be the first to find Jesus in the temple. The players roll the dice and follow the directions on the space they land on. If the player lands on a space that is already occupied by another, BUMP that player back to the START space. If you land on a space with dice on it, roll again. The first player who lands on the temple wins.









Snacks:

Introduce snack: What kind of food do you think Jesus ate as a kid? Matzo crackers, figs or dates.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

365 Activities for Kids- Find the 10 scrolls on July 26th.

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jesus in the Temple puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 12 - 15).

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (multiple choice)

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (spiral puzzle)

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (alphabet soup)

sermons4kids.com- The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Complete the paragraph by filling in the blanks with the correct words from the word bank at the bottom of the story.



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, January 7, 2009

What To Include In Your Lesson Plan




Each teacher is different and so are their students, but there are a few things that need to be in a lesson plan. While there are many formats for a lesson plan, most lesson plans contain some or all of these elements.

What should be included in your lesson plan?

1. Subject or Topic- what the lesson is about

2. Brief Overview- a short description of your lesson

3. Objectives- what you want the students to learn

4. Prerequisites- factor in necessary prep activities to make sure that students can meet the lesson objectives. What must students already be able to do before this lesson? What concepts have to be mastered in advance to accomplish the lesson objectives?

5. Materials & Equipment- what materials and equipment are needed to teach the lesson

6. Introduction or lead in to the lesson- this is designed to focus students on the skill or concept about to be instructed. This includes showing pictures or models, asking leading questions, or reviewing previously taught lessons.

7. Vocabulary and Key Words- terminology you want your students to learn

8. Lesson Procedure- a detailed, step-by-step description of how to do the lesson and achieve lesson plan objectives. This includes all the activities the teacher will have the students do. This section is divided into several parts and basically consists of: an introduction, a main activity, and closure. Depending on the students and how best they learn the lesson plan can consist of crafts, games, worksheets, coloring pages, puzzles, skits, etc. All the activities focus on the objectives that the teacher wants the students to learn.

9. Follow Up Lessons/Activities- activities for enrichment and remediation and/or lessons that might follow as a result of this lesson. This could also be a review of the lesson to help students understand and comprehend what they have just learned.

10. Assessment/Evaluation- how you will evaluate what the students have learned.





Friday, January 2, 2009

Study Guides





Before testing your students, be sure to review, review, review all relevant material they should know. Simply telling your students that the test will be on Unit 2 does not let them know what is relevant and what they should study. Some students might have processing deficits and cannot discern relevant from irrelevant information. They would also spend an inordinate amount of time concentrating on facts that they will not be tested on and are considered unimportant. Giving your students a study guide before any test will cut down on any confusion. Have the students fill it out and go over it in class. Teachers also need to personally check that each student has the correct answers on the study guide prior to tests. Even if the teacher goes over the study guide with the class orally, some students might miss relevant information due to their attention problems and processing deficits.

Parents are more than willing to work within what the teachers provide assuming that the information is accurate and enough lead-time given so that their child can be prepared adequately. Providing a complete study guide with answers at least 2 days before each test or quiz will allow the parents to help their child study for the test and they will be more successful in taking the test.