Sunday, December 29, 2013

Class 1/5/14





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

• Introduce- new objects using cards (cruets, Sacramentary, Processional Cross)
Discuss what each object is and what we do with them. Then collect the cards and show each card to the students. Have the students identify the object and what we do with them.

*If the students need help with any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Our Gifts

In most churches a basket is passed around and the people can contribute some money to help support the church. The Church uses that money to help pay for the Church expenses and contributions for the community and around the world. It takes money to buy various things like candles, instruments, books, music, etc. The money is also used for missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.

During the collection, we are sitting and a hymn is sung while the altar is being prepared and the gifts are being brought together. A corporal, purificator, Sacramentary, paten, and chalice are all placed on the altar. We continue to sing while our gifts as well as the bread and wine are brought from the congregation to the presider of the Mass in a procession. Have you ever helped bring the gifts up to the priest? What did you carry?

Tithing is our contribution to the support of the Church; which is one tenth of one’s yearly income given to the Church. The word tithe (write this on the board) means that a tenth of everything your land produces (company produces, or what you make) belongs to God.



Questions:

Do we sit or stand during the preparation of the gifts? (Sit)

What things do we (or our parents) give to the church? (Money, time, food for the poor, coats and clothes for people who need them, etc.)

What is the money given to the church used for? (Missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.)

What else is carried to the presider of the Mass along with our gifts of money? (The bread and wine.)



Celebrating the Mass Activity-

Lesson 15 craft- “Children Discover the Mass” by Mary Doefler Dall, page 67



Lesson Plan-

Jesus in the Temple and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Jesus in the Temple” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Activity-

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.



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



Need: laundry detergent lid/cup, twine, large bead

Make a hole using a drill near the top of the rim. Cut twine to about 2 feet long. Tie one end of the twine to the lid. 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.



One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “Jesus Gets Lost” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.



Game- 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).



Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

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



Homework- Give each student a Jesus in the Temple Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.



What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, December 27, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 1/26/14- Matthew 4:12-23 or Matthew 4:12-17








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


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Matthew 4:12-23 or Matthew 4:12-17



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

silk.net/RelEd/- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- Fishermen Who Become Fishers of Men for illustrating faith, Bible stories, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Fishing for People object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- You Have A Message object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Going Fishing object lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- Fishers of Men Pre K – K Lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Fishers of Men 1st Grade On Up Lesson with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus’ Disciples Catch Lots of Fish lesson

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Free Fishers of men bible crafts, printables, worksheets, activities and more. You can use these games in your personal homeschool or Sunday School classroom.

mssscrafts.com- Forgiveness with tons of resources for illustrating faith, Bible stories, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

childrensministry.com- Lies In God’s Eyes object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- Don’t Sin object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- Sin is Gross object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- Sin Spoils object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- Sins Revealed object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- Old Enough to Know activity

kidssundayschool.com- God’s Forgiveness object lesson

christiancrafters.com- Sins and Forgiveness object lesson

personal-development.com- Make the Right Choices lesson

textweek.com- (Matthew 4:12-23) Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Bible Verse Activities

msssbible.com- Memory Verse Craft ideas

msssbible.com- Patterns, suggestions, and how to create your own Bible Verse Activities



Coloring

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

njministries.org- Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Matthew 4:19

sermons4kids.com- Jesus called out to them, "Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!"

edupics.com- Fishers of Men



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Fishing For People group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- You Have A Message group activities (crafts)


Have the students make a banner saying: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Glue letters on a large piece of felt or material or even on a piece of construction paper. You can use cut out letters made out of felt, craft foam, etc. or make letters out of yarn, construction paper or even on the computer.

Ideas to make banners:

spoonful.com- Buddy Banner

churchbannerpatterns.com- Church Banner Patterns


WWJD

westerntractmission.org- What Would Jesus Do Mirror

makingfriends.com- WWJD Crafts


beau.org- Witness Bracelet Craft Making these simple bracelets is a great way to help children understand the plan of salvation.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Fishing For People group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- You Have A Message group activities (games)

christiancrafters.com- Scroll down to the game Repent

christiancrafters.com- Scroll down to the game A Clean Heart

sundayschoolsources.com- Scroll down to Activities and under it you will find Repent Game


Throw Away Your Sins Game- This is for younger students to understand that their sins are forgiven.

Need: 1 trashcan, a piece of paper for each child, and 1 chair.

Directions: Give each child a piece of paper. Have the children think of a recent time that they sinned, such as telling a lie about their homework, arguing with their parents, or a time they were disobedient, etc. Next, have them think of how many times they sinned during the past week. Remind them of all the things that may be considered a sin, and have them write the number down on the piece of paper. Tell the children, “Let’s pretend that you made your confession to the priest and you did your penance. Now your sins are forgiven. Let’s throw away your sins.” Put a trashcan against a wall. Have the children line up behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to the basket). One by one, have them throw their sins into a trashcan that is a few feet away.


Introduce game- How are we to treat others? Well, here are some question and let’s see how well you can.

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

Directions- Divide the class into teams and do questions out of “Win or Lose by How You Choose!” Whichever teams gets the most points, wins.

Or

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

christiancrafters.com- W.W.J.D.?

The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD (file folder game) and Moral Dilemmas Card Game



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot (Matthew 4:19)

kidssundayschool.com- Cross out all words that may be considered a sin or something that would be wrong in God's eyes.

kidssundayschool.com- puzzle solution

sermons4kids.com- Word Search (Matthew 4:18-22)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (Matthew 4:12-23)

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble (Matthew 4:19)

sermons4kids.com- Crossword (Matthew 4:19)

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword (Matthew 4:12-23)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (Matthew 4:12-23)



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice (Matthew 4:19)

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks (Matthew 4:18-22)





Friday, December 20, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 1/19/14- John 1:29-34








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 1:29-34



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Show and Tell object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- God’s Eye Witness News object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- The Trash Collector object lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- John the Baptist Recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God lesson

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



Coloring

lucylearns.com- Lamb of God

coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com- Jesus the Lamb of God

christmasisaboutjesus-devotion.blogspot.com- Jesus is the Lamb of God (scroll down to this)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Show and Tell group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- God’s Eye Witness News group activities (crafts)

dltk-kids.com- Easy Lamb Craft

mssscrafts.com- Sheep/Lamb crafts listed

familycrafts.about.com- Lamb crafts

first-school.ws- Lamb Craft

makingmusicprayingtwice.com- Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Washcloth

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

kidscraft.weekly.com- Wild and Woolly Sheep

spoonful.com- Sheep Egg

spoonful.com- Sheep Note Holder

dadcando.com- Fluffy Sheep

orientaltrading.com- Lamb of God Paper Plate Craft Kit

Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).

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

spoonful.com- Paper Dove Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Show and Tell group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- God’s Eye Witness News group activities (games)

Fast Phrase- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 244

Secret Pass Off- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 247



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Spiral

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks





Friday, December 13, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 1/12/14- Matthew 3:13-17








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 3:13-17



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- John the Baptist & Jesus’ Baptism and Ministry resources (look under Jesus’ Ministry) for Illustrating the Story, Coloring Pages/Activity Sheets, Crafts, Songs, etc.

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

sermons4kids.com- Child I’m Proud of You object lesson with coloring page

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus is Baptized by John in the Jordan River lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus is Baptized and Brings the Good News lesson

silk.net/RelEd/- Baptism of Jesus activities

gardenofpraise.com- The Baptism of Jesus lesson with memory verse, questions, test, word search

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized lessons with discussions, take home sheets, color sheets, songs, crafts, snacks, etc.

sundayschoolsources.com- Lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Baptism of Jesus Pre K – K- lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Jesus is Baptized lesson plan for 1st grade on up which consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

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



Coloring

catholicmom.com- Coloring pages for the Baptism of Jesus

first-school.ws- The Baptism of Jesus

sermons4kids.com- John Baptizes Jesus

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus

applesaucekids.com- Jesus being baptized by John

coloring.ws- John the Baptist baptizes Jesus (scroll down to this)



Crafts

daniellesplace.com- John Baptizes Jesus Plastic Cup Craft, "Tell Others about Jesus" Locust Craft

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

spoonful.com- Paper Dove Craft

books.google.com- Heavenly Doves
Make soap-on-a-rope doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that are sins are washed away. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Children by Group Publishing, page 101.) 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.

artisthelpingchldren.org- Tons of doves crafts posted here

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


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.

sadlierreligion.com- We Believe Baptism Mobile Grade 1, Chapter17, (Pick the grade, type of visitor, and click on Go To. Look under Printable Activities and click on Chapters).

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



Games

Jesus Basketball

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

Introduce Game: Who did John baptize? (Jesus)

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.


The Catholic Toolbox- Baptism of Jesus (file folder game)

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Baptism (file folder game)



Puzzles

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).

John Baptizes Jesus- Color the picture below according to the color code. There is something missing in the picture. Hint: It came from the sky. Draw the missing part. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus' Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 22).

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

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

gardenofpraise.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

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





Sunday, December 8, 2013

Class 12/15/13





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help with any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Lesson Plan-

Wise Men and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “The Wise Men” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Wise Men Take Home Sheet. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Craft- Introduce craft: How did the Wise Men find Jesus?



hellokids.com- Popsicle Stick Star of David




Movie-

“The King is Born” (25 min.)



One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “Wise Men Saw A Star” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.



Game- Introduce game: Today I will send home a Take Home Test. Let’s see how well you can answer the questions.

Review Game

The objective of the game is to be the first player to score 10 points. 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 from the test. 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. The first player to score 10 points, is the winner. 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 a side 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.

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

mssscrafts.com- directions to make die.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die.



Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

More 365 Activities for Kids- Wise Men (spot the difference) on August 6.



Homework- Give each student a Wise Men Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.


Take Home Test #2



What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, December 6, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 1/5/14- Matthew 2:1-12








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 2:1-12



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Three Wise Men (look under Jesus’ Early Life) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Seeking the Savior object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

calcarycurriculum.com- The Wise Men lesson #170 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Wise Men Come from the East to Worship Jesus object lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Three Wise 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).

dltk-bible.com- Wise Men lesson with take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, Bible Story/Song Time, etc. Click on 3 for lessons.

kidssundayschool.com- Visit of the Magi: The Birth of Christ (Lesson 4)

The Catholic Toolbox- Wise Men
Lesson plan for 1st Grade on Up. Lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

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




Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Wise Men Worship Jesus

homeschooling.about.com- Three Wise Men

apples4theteacher.com- Wise Men

apples4theteacher.com- Three Wise Men

first-school.ws- Three Wise Men with Matthew 2

christiananswers.net- The Wise Men brought gifts for Jesus.



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Seeking the Savior (group activities) crafts

happyhooligans.ca- Craft Stick Star Ornaments
An easy and pretty star craft made out of popsicle sticks, paint, craft jewels, glitter, etc.

suite101.com- Christmas Star or a Chanukah Craft for Kids to Make
Make sparkling stars to decorate your home.

mssscrafts.com- Wise Men Paper Craft

Purim Treat Holder- Cute craft to represent the Wise Men. (Crafts to make in the Winter by Kathy Ross, page 58 & 59).

Three Kings Hats- Three kings made out of cone shaped party hats. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 40 & 41).

Potato Stars- Paint, glitter, and a potato can help make a beautiful night sky. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 53).



Games

Introduce game: Who was searching for baby Jesus?

Wise Men Search

Need: Clothes pin to be baby Jesus.

Directions: One student is picked to be a Wise Man and steps out of the classroom. Another student is picked by the teacher to hide baby Jesus somewhere in the classroom. When baby Jesus is hidden, the Wise Man comes back into the room. He is to find baby Jesus by directions from the student that hid baby Jesus. These directions are: the star is not very bright if the Wise Man is far away, brighter if somewhat nearer, getting brighter if even closer, and VERY bright if very close. When the Wise Man finds the baby Jesus, the person that hid baby Jesus is now the Wise Man.

books.google.com- Finding Favor (Wise Men Find Jesus)
This game will help students identify how we pursue things that are important to us. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 68 & 69).

Journey to Bethlehem- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 141.

sermons4kids.com- Seeking the Savior (group activities) games

The Catholic Toolbox- Gifts for Baby Jesus (file folder game)



Puzzles

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind Wise Men color by number
Follow the Dots to see what the Magi saw in the sky

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Wise Men puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 3 - 8).

sermons4kids.com- Maze

biblewise.com- Maze

biblewise.com- Maze

christiananswers.net- Star (dot to dot)

biblewise.com- Missing Objects

Wise Men Visit Jesus- Look at the pictures in the circles. Find the matching picture in the larger picture. Draw lines to connect the matching pictures. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 14).

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Epiphany of the Lord (crossword puzzle)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Wreath Link Up @ catholicmom.com



Come one, come all! Come join the Advent Wreath Link Up @ catholicmom.com. It will be hosted at catholicmom.com on Monday, December 9. The post will go up at 6 a.m. Eastern (3 a.m. Pacific) and you’ll be able to link your posts to it.

Here’s how it works:

1. Take a picture of your Advent wreath.

2. If you have a blog, post it there. If not, email it to Sarah Reinhard (posted at catholicmom.com) and she will take care of the rest.

3. If you’ve posted it to your blog, link up to catholicmom.com on December 9th (there will be a little “share your link here” thing at the end of the post, like they do on Thursdays for Small Success).

4. Click around and enjoy the tour of Advent wreaths. Be inspired! :) Insert Advent anticipation, get ideas, have fun!





Here is my Advent Wreath that I did with my students in class on November 24th. I got the craft idea from catholicinspired.com. What a great way to learn about Advent by making an Advent Wreath to take home!




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Class 12/8/13





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help with any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

General Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful)

In the Prayer of the Faithful we pray for the needs of all the Church, living and dead. We ask for God’s help for all of humanity. We call on God in petition for help and guidance.

The priest says this prayer from the presider’s or celebrant’s chair. He himself begins it with a brief introduction, by which he invites the faithful to pray and ends it with a prayer.

The intentions are announced from the ambo or from another suitable place, by the deacon or by a cantor, a lector, or one of the lay faithful.

Usually the Prayers of the Faithful follow this order:

1. Prayers for the universal Church, the pope, and the bishops.
2. Prayers for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world.
3. Prayers for those burdened by any kind of difficulty.
4. Prayers for the needs of the local church and community.


We stand and the reader presents our needs to God. We pray silently as the reader prays aloud.

Reader: We pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

The priest summarizes our needs. We pray silently as he prays aloud.

People: Amen.



Questions:

Who reads the petitions? (The deacon or a cantor, a lector, or one of the lay faithful.)

Do we stand or sit during the Prayer of the Faithful? (Stand)

How do we answer the prayer petition at Mass? (“Lord, hear our prayer.”)



Celebrating the Mass Activity-


The activity below 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.



Lord, hear our prayer (activity sheet)- Have the students trace the letters. Inside the heart the students will draw the needs they see around us in our community or their own personal desires.



Lesson Plan-

Birth of Jesus and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “The Birth of Jesus” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Craft- Introduce craft: Where was Jesus born? (In a stable.)

Directions: Print out Christmas Nativity and stable background for students. Have students cut out Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the lamb and color. Glue characters on stable background.

billybear4kids.com- Christmas Nativity
Scroll down to Christmas Nativity (Paper Doll Cut Outs)

mssscrafts.com- Stable background



One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “Donkey’s Special Christmas Night” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.



Game- Introduce game: What town was Jesus born in? (Bethlehem)

Birth of Jesus (file folder game)- Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 56 - 57



Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

Shepherds Find the Baby- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word PK - K by Linda Standke, page 17



Homework- Give each student a The Birth of Jesus Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.



What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!






Friday, November 29, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 12/29/13- Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- Escape to Egypt with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs

sermons4kids.com- Herod the Grinch object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Angels Watching Over Me object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Escape to Egypt lesson #171 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets

sundayschoollessons.com- Joseph Takes Mary and Jesus to Safety in Egypt lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Escape to Egypt 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).

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



Coloring

holyspiritinteractive.net- Jesus: Fleeing to Egypt

applesaucekids.com- Jesus, Mary, and Joseph's escape to Egypt

sermons4kids.com- Wise Men Worship Jesus

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 2:13



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Herod the Grinch group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Angels Watching Over Me group activities (crafts)

Angel- A cute craft of an angel that is made from using the child's handprints. (From The Hands Of A Child by Anthony Flores, page 25).

Doily Angel- A pretty angel made out of a paper doily. (The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts by Judy Ann Sadler, page 78 & 79).

books.google.com- Jacob’s Ladder
Just make the angel that is in this craft using cupcake liners and construction paper. You can also make the angel into a magnet by putting sticky-backed magnets on the back of the angel. (Crafts from Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 16 & 17). *To make it easier for young children just have them fold one white cupcake liner in half to make the wings and attach.

mssscrafts.com- Tons of angel crafts listed

daniellesplace.com- Donkey Puppet



Games

sermons4kids.com- Herod the Grinch group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Angels Watching Over Me group activities (games)



Puzzles

The Flight to Egypt- Flip the page maze to help Joseph and his family travel to Egypt. (WA-A-AY Cool Bible Puzzles by Nancy I Sanders, page 37 & 38).

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Holy Family Leaves for Egypt (crossword)



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks




Monday, November 25, 2013

Grace Before Meals Roll a Prayer Worksheet





Check out this neat Grace Before Meals worksheet that is part of a FREE printable Thank You God Activities from teachingheart.net on page 7.

Cut out prayer strips. Students roll a die to collect all the pieces to their prayer. The first one to collect all the pieces to the prayer is the winner. Students then glue in the spaces provided the prayer in the correct order.

Unfortunately I found this too late to do with my 1st Grade CCD students for Thanksgiving. I therefore made a non-Thanksgiving themed one to have my students do on December 8th.


Grace Before Meals Roll a Prayer- non-Thanksgiving themed





Mean and Utter Nonsense Comments Posted On Your Blog





Ever get a mean or utter nonsense comment posted on your blog? Well, I sometimes do, but I found this post from a blogger that I thought others would find informative when they receive critical or even mean or hateful comments.


brianshim.com- How To Avoid and Deal with Mean Comments on Your Blog





Friday, November 22, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 12/22/13- Matthew 1:18-24








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 1:18-24



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Jesus is Coming to Town object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- What’s In A Name? object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus is Born, and Our Wonderful Story Begins lesson

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 1:23

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 1:21 & Matthew 1:23

makingfriends.com- Mary and baby Jesus

makingfriends.com- Mary and baby Jesus

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Love



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Is Coming To Town group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- What’s In A Name? group activities (crafts)


Nativity Craft- Print out Christmas Nativity and stable background for students. Have students color Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the lamb and cut out. Glue characters on stable background.

billybear4kids.com- Christmas Nativity
Scroll down to Christmas Nativity (Paper Doll Cut Outs)

mssscrafts.com- Stable background



fcpeace.com- Paper Bag Manger Scene Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 49 – 52

catholicicing.blogspot.com- DIY Printable Nativity for Kids by catholicicing.blogspot.com
Complete directions and printable templates

Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dial to retell the Birth of Jesus story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 37, 38, 39, 40, and 44)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Is Coming To Town group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- What’s In A Name? group activities (games)



Puzzles

Joseph Cares for Mary- In the space draw a picture of what the angel told Joseph in his dream. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 10)

domestic-church.com- Connect the dots

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword




Saturday, November 16, 2013

Class 11/24/13





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help for any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Lesson Plan-

Advent and go over vocabulary words with students. Follow lesson plan and discuss Advent with the class.



Craft- Introduce craft: What is an Advent wreath? It reminds us that we are waiting and preparing for the coming of the Savior, Jesus.



catholicinspired.com- Easy Advent Wreath For Kids



Mini Book-


Advent- Mini book for the children to color.

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.



Game- Introduce game: What do you know about Advent? Let’s find out.



Advent Wreath- (file folder game) Place 2 small baskets or boxes on the table to put cards in. Put the cards in one basket (the other basket will be for discards). Give each player a copy of the “Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet”. Place your markers on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the player lands on a “?”, they draw a card and they can color one of their candles on their Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet the correct color. If they do not need that color on their wreath, they do nothing. If a player lands on a space with the leaves, they may color some of the greenery on their wreath. When a player has completely colored their Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet correctly, he/she is the winner. Play continues until all players have colored their sheets.



Lesson Plan-

Mary and the Angel and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Mary and the Angel” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Mary and the Angel Take Home Sheet. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Craft- Introduce craft: Who told Mary that she was going to have a baby and he was going to be the son of God? (The angel Gabriel.)




books.google.com- Crafts from Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 16 & 17

Jacob’s Ladder

Just make the angel that is in this craft using cupcake liners and construction paper. You can also make the angel into a magnet by putting sticky-backed magnets on the back of the angel.

*To make it easier for young children just have them fold one white cupcake liner in half (like pictured above) and attach with glue.

Prior to class I cut out the little head. It is so small that my first graders have a hard time cutting it out. I also use a paper plate to show the students how to fold the cupcake liners.



Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

Find the 10 differences between these 2 pictures- More 365 Activities for Kids (on page July 26)



Homework- Give each student a Advent Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.



What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, November 15, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 12/15/13- Matthew 11:2-11








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 11:2-11



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- The Gos-Pill of Jesus Christ object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The Gifts That Jesus Bring object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Even from Prison, John the Baptist Prepares the Way for Jesus lesson

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Joy

sermons4kids.com- Thank you, God, for Jesus.



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Gifts That Jesus Brings group activities (crafts)



Games

sermons4kids.com- The Gift That Jesus Brings group activities (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Saturday, November 9, 2013

Class 11/17/13





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word.

*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the person(s) and say what they are called. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.


Questions:

Who are the boys and girls that help at Mass? (Altar Servers)

Who are the group of singers? (Choir)

Who is the person who sings solo (alone) and leads special parts of the Mass? (Cantor)

What do you call the people who play musical instruments? (Musicians)

Who helps the priest administer (give out) the Body and Blood of Christ? (Eucharistic Ministers)

Who reads the first and second readings? (Lector)

Who says hello and make us feel welcome in the church? Who guides us to our seats and helps collect our offerings? Who hands out the church bulletins? (Greeters/Ushers)

Who leads us to celebrate Mass? (Priest) What is his name? (Father _______)


• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word.

*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the object and say the word. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.


Questions:

What is the name of the wooden bench you sit on at church? (Pew)

What is another name for the holy water fountains or fonts at the entrances of the church? (Stoup)

What is the name of the table of the Lord in the sanctuary? (Altar)

What is the name of the cup used by the priest/Eucharistic ministers for the Blood of Christ? (Chalice)

What is the name of the cup with a lid for the Body of Christ in the Tabernacle? (Ciborium)

What is the name of the wine that has been consecrated by the priest at Mass? (Blood of Christ)

What is the name of the bread that has been consecrated by the priest as Mass? (Body of Christ or Blessed Sacrament)

What is the name of the ornate receptacle used to place the Body of Christ? (Tabernacle)

What is rung during the Consecration of the Mass? (Bells)

What is the name of the book used by the priest or deacon to read the Gospel of the day during the Mass? (Book of the Gospels)

What is the name of the podium where the lector reads the Lectionary at Mass? (Lectern)

What is the name of the large podium? (Ambo)

Which book is read during the Liturgy of the Word and read by the lector? (Lectionary)



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Profession of Faith

During the Profession of Faith we stand and declare what we believe in. In the Profession of Faith we state our belief in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit- the Holy Trinity. (Draw on the board the Trinity symbol with: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.).

The Creed is to be sung or said by the priest together with the people on Sundays and Solemnities. It may be said also at particular celebrations of a more solemn character. If it is sung, it is begun by the priest or, if this is appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir. It is sung, however, it is done by everyone together or by the people alternating with the choir.

If not sung, it is to be recited by everyone together or by two parts of the assembly responding one to the other.



Questions:

Do we stand or sit during the Nicene Creed? (Stand)

Is the Nicene Creed sung or said? (Either)

In the Profession of Faith what do we say we believe in? (Our belief in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit- the Holy Trinity.)



Celebrating the Mass Activity-


catholicicing.blogspot.com- Nicene Creed Craft: One God

Make craft according to directions. Have students trace the beginning of the Nicene Creed: "I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible." (Printed out on tracing handwriting sheet.) Glue prayer on a piece of construction paper. Glue the bottom part of the hand on the back of the prayer with the hand showing above prayer.



Nicene Creed Tracing Handwriting Sheet- Students write their name on the top line. Students then trace the handwriting sheet and follow directions above.



Lesson Plan-

David & Goliath and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “David and Goliath” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Movie- Introduce movie: Who did David kill with just a stone and a sling?

Veggie Tales: Dave and The Giant Pickle (25 min.) and ask questions from below.

Where did Dave live? In Israel.

What was Dave? A shepherd.

Who was attacking the Israelites? The Philistines.

Who are the Philistines? They were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves.

Who put an army together to save Israel? King Saul.

Who was the Philistine’s strongest man? Goliath.

What did Dave bring to the battlefield? Food.

Who would fight Goliath? Dave.

Who were God’s chosen people? The Israelites.

King Saul gave something to Dave. What was it? His armor.

What was wrong with it? His armor was too big for Dave.

How many stones did Dave get? 5 smooth stones.

How did Dave kill Goliath? His sling and a rock that hit him in the middle of his forehead.

Who did Dave trust to help him? God.



Mini Book-

lambsongs.co.nz- “David is Brave” by Jill Kemp

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.



Game- Introduce game: What was the name of the giant that David killed?

christiancrafters.com- Copy and paste the Goliath picture on a piece of paper. Color Goliath and glue on a 2 liter soda bottle. The children will then stand behind a chair and roll a small ball and try to knock Goliath down.



Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

David & Goliath No Contest- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grace 1 - 3 by Linda Standke, page 10



Homework- Give each student a David & Goliath Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.



What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!