Monday, March 23, 2015

Church Potluck Recipe: Hummingbird Cake






Easter is almost here and this is my favorite cake that is always a hit at any Church Potluck.




Hummingbird Cake

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas


Directions:

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.



Frosting

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.





Friday, March 20, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/19/15- Luke 24:35-48








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Luke 24:35-48



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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- Mission Impossible object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- #1- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

sermons4kids.com- #2- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

4catholiceducators.com- He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

abdaacts.mywebcommunity.org- Jesus appears to his disciples.

mscperu.org- Breaking of the Bread clip art



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (crafts)

Witness Bracelet Introduction- We are going to make a craft that can help us tell someone about Jesus. It is called a witness bracelet because telling someone what Jesus has done in you is called witnessing.

beau.org/~vickir/crafts- Witness Bracelets

just4kidsmagazine.com- Witness Bracelets


Make banners saying “Peace be with you.” or your favorite verse from the Gospel today out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner

ehow.com- How To Make Christian Wall Banners


Make a bookmark of your favorite verse from today’s Gospel.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

creativity-portal.com- Blank bookmark templates. Three 2” x 8” blank rectangle bookmarks to download and print. Trim for smaller bookmark size. Use for collage, mixed media, and other bookmark making fun.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

parentingteens.about.com- Paper bookmark craft using a Bible verse and edged in decorative scissors.

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Disciples Memory or Go Fish
Take out the Judas cards and play one of these games.


Play Bingo using words from today’s Gospel.

Bingo Card Makers:

teach-nology.com- 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 cards

dltk-cards.com- Custom Bingo Cards

bingo.saksena.net- Free Bingo Sheet Generator

eslactivities.com- Bingo Card Generator



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedward.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedward.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crafty Crafters: Easter (Colors of Christ Cross)






So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for Easter?



Here is a craft that I like to make with my students using pony beads:




christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross

*Tip: Hot glue the blue, white, and red beads together.


Each of the bead colors are intended to remind us of Biblical truths:


Black = Sin
The black bead reminds us of our sin which separates us from God and dooms us to eternal darkness. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (see also Ephesians 2:11-13)

Red = Christ’s blood
The red bead symbolizes Christ’s’ blood shed for you and me. Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us...we have been justified by his blood...”

White = Prayer of Repentance For Cleansing
The white bead represents the cleansing that occurs when a sinner repents and turns to God. Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”

Blue = Water/Spirit Baptism
The blue bead represents baptism. Ephesians 4:5 “...one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We are baptized with water to identify ourselves with Jesus. The Holy Spirit baptizes those who trust in Jesus and takes up residence in the believers heart. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

Green = Christian Growth
The green bead represents growth in our faith. Colossians 1:10 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God...”

Gold = Eternal life
The gold bead represents eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”



Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!



Alicia made FiberOne Easter Egg Nests one year and discussed the new life of Easter- through-my-is.blogspot.com





Friday, March 13, 2015

Special Needs Ministry





As a special education teacher, I am always looking for new ideas and resources. Here are some that I found online that I thought I would share.

mintools.com- Special Needs & Disability Ministry Resources

oce.archindy.org- Resources and Materials for Inclusive Special Religious Education in all Parishes

dioceseofscranton.org- Religious Education for Students with Special Needs

lifeway.com- Special Needs Ministry
• Bible Studies for Special Needs Ministries
• FREE Special Needs Ministry Resources
• Adaptation Tips - Use these one-page articles to train your leaders and volunteers.

archkick.org- Religious Education for Children with Special Needs

childrenministry.com- Special Needs Ministry (articles)

fulleryouthinstitute.org- Refusing to Ignore Teenagers with Special Needs
Five Ideas for Inclusion

The Catholic Toolbox- Decorating & Organizing Your Classroom: Considerations For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders

The Catholic Toolbox- Inclusion of Special Needs Students in Your Classroom

The Catholic Toolbox- Special Needs Students: Information to Gather From Parents

The Catholic Toolbox- Staff Training for Special Needs Students

The Catholic Toolbox- Social Stories for Church

momsofspecialneedschildren1.blogspot.com- Visual Schedules
Children with ASD need predictability and therefore do not like change. Having a chart or visual schedule displayed of what they are going to do and activities in advance can provide security and keep inappropriate behavior down to a minimum. This technique can also be used to prepare for any change in the normal routine. Letting children that have ASD know of any schedule changes prior to the activity can prevent anxiety and reduce the likelihood of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns.



Special Needs Religious Products

loyolapress.com- Everyone has a right to catechesis, which is why Loyola Press has developed these kits for individuals with autism and other special needs.

comcenter.com- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program
Religious Education for Children and Adults with Special Needs





Gospel for the Mass: 4/12/15- John 20:19-31








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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 20:19-31



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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- May I See Some Identification, Please? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, group activities, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not! object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz

calvarycurriculum.com- Thomas Doubts lesson #241 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What To Do lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Visits His Disciples, But Thomas Needs Proof

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds A Solid Rock lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Doubting Thomas 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).

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to Thomas

sermons4kids.com- John 20:25

sermons4kids.com- Thomas

theclipartwizard.com- Doubting Thomas coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Identification Please group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (crafts)


Introduce craft: What was Jesus nailed to?

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)

daniellesplace.com- Several cross crafts listed

dltk-bible.com- Paper Bead Cross

Oriental Trading Company- Nail Cross Necklace Craft Kit

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross (easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make)

dltk-bible.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Identification Please group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Disciples Memory or Go Fish
Take out the Judas cards and play one of these games.



Thomas the Doubter

Introduce game: Who wouldn't believe that Jesus was alive until he saw the marks of the nails on Jesus' hands and feet, and touch the wound in Jesus' side?

Need: Large nail with blunt point, 1 chair

Directions: A student is picked by the teacher to play the part of Thomas. He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the class. A large nail is put under the chair. While Thomas is turned around with his or her eyes closed, the teacher will choose a student to sneak up and take the nail and hide it somewhere on his person. When this person is ready, then everyone will say: “Doubting Thomas, where is the nail?” The teacher will then say, “Does _____ have it?” (This student may or may not have it). Thomas will then stand up and turn around. Will Thomas doubt what the teacher says or will he believe the teacher? If Thomas believes the teacher, he will say, “I believe _____ has it.” Or he will not believe the teacher and guess who might have the nail. Whoever has the nail is now Thomas.



Introduce activity: How do we know what is real or true? Two fun activities to emphasize the story Doubting Thomas.

Know For Sure Relay

Need: 2 different size boxes that have individual snacks for each child inside, tape boxes shut and do not tell the student’s what is inside the boxes

Directions: Set up a relay with two teams (if you have a lot of students, have more teams each with a box with snacks inside). Place snack boxes at another point in the room for each team to run for. Do not give the students any hints about what is in the boxes. The first student in line runs to the box, carries it back to his team and gives it to the next team member in line. This player funs it back to it’s starting point and leaves it there. The player returns and goes to the end of his team line. Repeat until everyone has had a turn.

Then hold up one of the boxes. Say: What do you think is in this box? Hold up another box and say: What about this box? Do you think both boxes have the same thing inside? Do you know for sure what is inside the boxes? How can you find out for sure? (By opening up the boxes.) We have to see with our eyes to know for sure what is inside the box don’t we? Let’s open up the boxes and see if you are right. (Let each student open up a box.) Say: We are going to have these snacks for later. (Put the boxes to the side.)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FREE Catholic Games Online







Need some FREE Catholic games? Well, here is a list of some that are online for FREE.


cymhub.com- Youth group games

thereligionteacher.com- Fun Catholic Ice Breaker Games

cdowncym.org- Project YM’s Free PowerPoint Game & Games For The Ride

thecatholicgame.com- A quiz game about the Catholic church. Available for iphone and printable board game.

sporcle.com- Free online Catholic trivia quizzes

trivia.stanneaz.org- Online trivia game

loyolapress.com- These online religion games explore the topics in the Christ Our Life series. Grade 1 – 8.

The Catholic Toolbox- FREE Catholic games that are printable





Easter







Easter

Easter/Empty Tomb- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles

Easter/Empty Tomb- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

avemariapress.com- Easter/Resurrection Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast the Gospel Accounts of the Resurrection

sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus' Burial and Resurrection lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com-

Jesus' Burial
Roll the Stone Away
Two Angles in White
He's Alive!

lessons 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).

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

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Alive! lesson with introduction, message, welcome, craft/baking time, Bible story time, and closing.

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus is Risen! #238 lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

calvarycurriculum.com- Peter & John Visit Jesus' Tomb lesson #239 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Easter Activities

lambsongs.co.nz- Easter booklets and coloring books (in color or black and white)



Coloring:

sermons4kids.com- He’s Alive

lambsongs.co.nz- 5 booklets to print out for the children to color



Crafts:

catholicinspired.com- Paper Plate Lilies

Easter Lapbooks- Make an Easter lapbook to celebrate the Easter season.


Introduce craft: Did they find Jesus in the tomb on Easter? Let’s make something that shows what they found.

The Empty Tomb- A cute craft that the children will get to "roll the stone away" on Jesus' tomb to retell the story of the resurrection. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 57 & 58).

Resurrection Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 42.)

Easter- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 57 & 58.)

catholicicing.com- Printable Resurrection Set



Introduce craft: Who died for our sins and rose again on the third day?

annieshomepage.com- Jelly Bean Prayer
Prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft

kinderart.com- Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft)

mama-jean.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable)

churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter



Introduce craft: Remember the caterpillar we made at Lent? We made a caterpillar to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus. Now the caterpillar has changed. What did he change into? A butterfly. Let’s have our caterpillars change into a butterfly.

Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. The butterfly represents how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly and received new life. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).

kinderart.com- Coffee Filter Butterflies
Make a beautiful butterfly using a coffee filter.

freepreschoolcrafts.com- Plastic Bag Butterfly
Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.



Introduce craft: Who died for our sins and rose again on the third day?

christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip on the bottom for little ones.



Games:

Introduce game: What was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus laid?

Who’s Got The Stone?

Need: One small rock

Directions: One student is picked to be “It”. All the students (except "It") put both of their hands together and form a cup with just a little hole up on top. The teacher walks around and pretends to put the stone in someone's hand. One student will actually get the stone. The student who is “It” is then asked by the teacher, "Who's got the stone?". Whoever has the stone is "It". (Game is like “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?).


You Can’t Keep Jesus Down- Your children will discover that even thought people tried to keep Jesus in the grave, they couldn’t; just as Jesus said. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 148).

kidssundayschool.com- In the Tomb, Out of the Tomb
A good energy burner, game can be adjusted to fit many different themes.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Easter Bingo
This is a fun game you can play with your classroom around Easter time. The pictures depicted tell the true Easter story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Scroll down to this.)

Impossible Knot! (Jesus Rises From the Dead)- This game will seem impossible to kids at first, just as Jesus’ resurrection must have seemed impossible at the time. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 100 & 101.)

Sight Seeing (Jesus Appears to Mary)- As kids explore Jesus’ appearance to Mary, they will learn that god always keeps his word, no matter how hard it is to believe. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 102 & 103.)



Easter- lots of games listed in this lesson (scroll down to Games)







The Empty Tomb File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to get to the empty tomb first. Players take turns spinning the spinner and then moving their marker ahead to the next space of that color. (Like Candy Land)







Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH.



Puzzles:

first-school.ws- He Is Risen
Children color then make an easy puzzle that they can put together.

sermons4kids.com- The Empty Tomb (maze)

The Empty Tomb- lots of puzzles posted in this lesson (scroll down to Puzzles)



Worksheets:

Easter Match Up (worksheet)- Match the words in the first column to the best available answer in the second column. For younger students you can write the words from the first column on the board and read these words to the students. Read each sentence under the second column to the students and put them into a question. Example: Who did not know if the body had been stolen or if Jesus had really come alive again? The student then answers the question and the teacher then writes the correct number for the answer beside the word.

pflaum.com- Click on PGW Online Activities. Sign up for FREE. Inside you'll find features on Saints of the Season, Feasts of the Season, Catholic Culture, and Family Prayer - plus reproducible activities for preschool through junior high.

pflaum.com- Make An Easter Prayer (Preschool) 2014
Cut out the three puzzle pieces. Put them together to make an Easter egg. Paste them on another sheet of paper. Then color the egg. Say the prayer often.

pflaum.com- Who Is the Important Person of Easter? (Preschool) 2014
This bunny wants to tell you the name of the important person of Easter. He needs your help. Cut out the missing bunny parts below and paste or tape them on the bunny. Trace the words on the bunny’s sign and paste or tape it where it belongs. Then cut out the picture along the heavy line.

pflaum.com- Easter Eggs (Preschool) 2015
Easter eggs remind us that Jesus brings his new life to our world. Draw a line between the eggs that are the same. Then color them the same.

sadlierreligion.com- Kindergarten activity sheet (mobile)

pflaum.com- Make an Easter Prayer Basket (Grade K – 1) 2014
Lightly color the eggs at the bottom of the page. Cut them out. Paste them in the basket in the places where they belong. Color the basket and cut it out. Put it in your room. Say the prayer in your basket often.

pflaum.com- An Easter Basket of Good Eggs (Grade K – 1) 2015
Find the Good Eggs below. Color them and cut them out. Then paste them in your Easter basket. Try your best to be a Good Egg.

sadlierreligion.com- 1st grade activity sheet
During Easter we celebrate that Jesus rose to new life. Trace the words on the Easter banner. Decorate the banner with signs of new life.

sadlierreligion.com- 2nd grade activity sheet
During the Easter season the Church sings the song of “Alleluia.” The word Alleluia means “Praise God!” Write a song to celebrate the Easter season. Include an Alleluia in your song.

pflaum.com- Easter Symbols Crossword (Grades 2 – 3) 2015
Can you name these symbols of Easter? Put the words in the puzzle.

sadlierreligion.com- 3rd grade activity sheet
Make an Easter Cross

sadlierreligion.com- 4th grade activity sheet
With a partner, write dialogue for a skit that tells a story of “meeting” the risen Jesus in someone around you. Use the lines below to get started. Be creative! Include props in your skit, too.

pflaum.com- Feasts of the Easter Season (Grades 4 - 6) 2015
These calendar pages show the dates of some very important celebrations of the Easter season. Use the clues at the right to learn the name of each special day and its date in 2015. Read each description. Then unscramble the letters that give the name of the celebration and its date. Write the names and dates in the blank spaces. Share this faith information with your family by posting it on your refrigerator.

sadlierreligion.com- 5th grade activity sheet
How does your parish celebrate the Easter season? Record your observations below.

sadlierreligion.com- 6th grade activity sheet
Complete the following Easter season questionnaire.

pflaum.com- The Easter Vigil—What kind of night is it? (Grades 7 – 8) 2015
The sentences that follow tell about events that are part of the Easter Vigil celebration. Supply the word missing in each sentence. Then write the word in the puzzle. When you finish, you will see a vertical phrase that will tell you what we call this night in the Church year.

pflaum.com- Easter Math (Grades 7 – 8) 2015
Easter is more than a one-day celebration. Find out how many days it lasts. First read the clues and write the answers in the colored boxes, beginning with the second block. Then do the math and write the answers in the white boxes, beginning with the first block.





Monday, March 9, 2015

Easter Triduum






newadvent.org- Triduum

kencollins.com- The Triduum

cyberfaith.com- Easter Triduum

cyberfaith.com- The Triduum with activities for grades K – 6.

catechist.com- Teaching About the Triduum

naplesnews.com- Sacred days: Holy Week, Triduum prepare Christians for Easter

re.holyfamily.org- Triduum/Easter Resources

theliturgicalcatechist.weebly.com- Holy Week and Triduum



Activities:

osv.com- Highlight triduum events with family activities (Preview Mass readings and use traditions to explain the celebrations to youngsters)

osv.com- We Celebrate the Easter Triduum (newsletter with activities)

catalog.americancatholic.org- Family Activities for the Easter Triduum (scroll down to this)

catholicfamilyfaith.com- Triduum & Easter
There are a number of ways you can keep Easter alive in your home. Here are just a few suggestions.

osvcurriculum.com- Triduum: Family Celebration

liturgicalyear.wordpress.com- Simple Activities for Kids to Bring the Triduum Home



Coloring/Crafts:

catholicinspired.com- Easter Triduum Craft ~ Spinning Paper Plate


Make an Easter Triptych Card representing Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. You can draw pictures, symbols, etc. and write their meanings that are part of the three days' liturgies.

houseofstirfry.com- Triptych Card #1 (blank template to make your own)

houseofstirfry.com- Triptych Card #2 (blank)

houseofstirfry.com- Triptych Card #3 (blank)

ruthannzaroff.com- Triptych Card #1 (blank)

ruthannzaroff.com- Triptych Card #2 (blank)



Puzzles & Worksheets:

sadliereligion.com- Kindergarten worksheet (coloring)

sadlierreligion.com- 1st grade worksheet
Draw a line to match.

sadlierreligion.com- 2 nd grade worksheet
Draw pictures to show how we celebrate the three days.

pflaum.com- What is the Triduum? (Grades 2 – 3) 2014

2learn.ca- Triduum Worksheet (scroll down to this)

sadlierreligion.com- 3rd grade worksheet
In the frames below, draw pictures and write captions about the celebration of the Three Days in your parish.

sadlierreligion.com- 4th grade puzzle
Use the code to complete the sentences below. Then unscramble the letters in the circles to answer in the question at the bottom of the page.

pflaum.com- Triduum Events: What Happens When (Grades 4 – 6) 2015
You are in charge of the announcement board at your parish. Your task is to announce the Triduum events and the date and time for each one. You will find the names of the celebrations in the box below, the dates on a Catholic calendar, and the times in your parish bulletin. Begin by printing the name of your parish at the top of the board. Then fill in the rest of the blanks.

sadlierreligion.com- 5th grade worksheet
Write a summary of the celebration for each of the three days of the Easter Triduum.

sadlierreligion.com- 6th grade worksheet
Use the chart to explain how the Church celebrates the Easter Triduum. Include the symbols and their meanings that are part of the three days' liturgies.

sacredhearthouston.org- Easter Triduum
Complete the sentences. Then in order, used the circles letters to complete the last sentence.

wordsearchfun.com- Triduum (word search)





Saturday, March 7, 2015

How To Keep A Student On Task





When my son was in 6th grade, one of his teachers had a hard time keeping him on task. I then compiled a list from various sources and gave it to her which she found extremely helpful.

1. Since some students are visual learners, not auditory learners, consider using a model or picture of what you are talking about or what you want them to do exactly. Use graphic organizers (Venn Diagrams and the compare/contrast chart, semantic maps, etc.) to help student comprehend information necessary to complete a task.

2. Make the connections with previous skills or knowledge explicit.

3. Students often need to understand how or why concepts required for mastery are relevant. Teachers must tell the student (a) why the information is useful, (b) how the student can use it, and (c) where it fits in with the knowledge the student already possesses. Some students need to understand lesson rational before they can or will learn.

4. Show the student exactly what to do. The teacher demonstrates how to complete a worksheet, participate in a cooperative group activity, begin a project, and so forth. It is important for the teacher to demonstrate how to complete a task or assignment correctly, instead of telling the student what not to do. Many students know what they should not do but have no understanding of what is required of them.

5. Break down the information and present it in small increments. This type of instruction is active, with the teacher presenting information, asking questions, and providing corrective feedback.

6. Too much movement in the classroom. Try having the student work in a booth. You can make one out of corrugated cardboard.

7. Classroom over decorated and confusing. Minimize displays.

8. Do not give too much work to the students at once. Chunk/modify assignment as appropriate with frequent teacher checks for accuracy.

9. Give frequent feedback. Students often do not see what they are doing as they are doing it. Do not wait until he is almost done with a paper or activity and tell them that
they are not doing it correctly.

10. Prioritize what the students need to know. If it is not relevant, do not dwell on it. Highlight material that the student must know.

11. Ask the student what will help him. Students are often very intuitive. They can tell you how they can learn best, if you ask them. They are often too embarrassed to volunteer the information.

12. Teachers need to write down the directions of what they want the students to do. Give specific directions in small chunks (one at a time) and simplify them.

13. Since some students learn better visually than auditorily, teachers need to write down what they are saying on the board (key words might suffice), this can be most helpful. This kind of structuring glues the ideas in place.

14. Simplify choices.

15. A point system is a possibility as part of behavioral modification or a reward system for students. Students respond well to rewards and incentives. A daily self-control checklist that the teacher fills out daily to provide information about how well the child was able to focus is beneficial (example: paid attention in class, did not disturb other students, worked independently, completed assignments, handed work in on time, followed instructions, work was neat, work was complete, etc.). The child would be encouraged to aim for a minimum daily score. The target score can be raised as they develop more self-control and self-discipline. Another example: measure how long the student is on task and then reward when they are on task that long, and then reward when they are on task a bit longer, etc. Or tell the student to do a certain amount of problems in a certain amount of time and that you will be back to check. Reward if the student complies with the request. Make sure the rewards are meaningful to them (something that they like or want, etc.).

16. Provide more immediate feedback. Example: A chart with a happy face and sad face with columns is placed on the student’s desk. When the teacher notices that the child is paying attention and getting work done, she could put a check in the happy face column. When the student is distracted, the teacher could put a check in the sad face column. A reward for improvement should be established in school and at home (a minimum of ten happy face checks in one day can be used for an extra half hour of TV, etc. or have a menu of rewards that he can pick from). The target score should be realistic and the expectations reasonable. Never take away earned points for poor performance. Encourage student to raise the target score in small increments, and praise them for even small gains.

17. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Review last week’s lesson prior to today’s lesson.

18. Give cues to the student before an important point to be made (example: “This is a major point. This will be on the test.” Etc.).

19. Check that the student actually knows what to do. The student needs to be able to paraphrase instructions, not repeat them.

20. Student must be actively engaged throughout the instructional process. Students should be provided physical cues to attend to relevant stimuli and be asked frequent questions.

21. Make sure you have the student’s attention before giving a direction.

22. Have hands-on lessons to facilitate comprehension of word-object, word-action, and object-action associations, and to promote comprehension beyond the level of the simple object label.

23. Chunk/modify assignment as appropriate with frequent teacher checks for accuracy.

24. If you want the student to understand, remember, and follow directions, begin by writing them down. For example, provide student with step-by-step directions that tell him how to complete a specific task. To help student follow steps in order, provide small boxes by each step so he can check off each step as it is completed. Take care to write directions clearly, spacing them apart so each step is visually clear to the student.

25. Seat the student that is having problems staying on task at the front of the class and direct frequent questions to him/her to help them attend to the lesson.

26. Teachers could write instructions they give to the whole class on the chalkboard so that if a student is not paying attention for a moment or cannot process the verbal instructions quickly, they will have a record and reminder of what to do.

27. Teachers might also provide the student with individual instructions in the form of a written prompt or reminder on an index card that can be taped to his desk.

28. Show a model of the final goal or completed product. It is often easier to work toward the conclusion when the student can see what he is supposed to be doing than if the end product is abstract or otherwise intangible.





Friday, March 6, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/5/15- John 20:1-9








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John 20:1-9



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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 Resurrection with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- It’s Empty! object lesson with coloring page

calvarycurriculum.com- Peter and John Visit Jesus’ Tomb lesson #239 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Alive! lesson (#5)

sundayschoollessons.com- Mary Magdalene Speaks To The Risen Christ lesson

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

The Catholic Toolbox- Easter lesson for 1st Grade on Up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Easter (lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.)

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus is Alive!

sermons4kids.com- He is not here, he is risen!

apples4theteacher.com- The cave tomb of Jesus

sundayschoolresources.com- Tomb with open door

calvarycurriculum.com- Peter and John visit Jesus’ tomb. John 20:1-10 (page 2)

dltk-teach.com- The Life of Jesus mini book with images that children can color and simple, repetitive words that early readers should be able to read themselves. This particular one tells the story of Jesus' life using simple words.

lambsongs.co.nz- Easter mini books to print out and color (Easter Rhyme, Easter Story, He’s Alive! and Easter Surprise)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! It’s Empty! group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter group activities (crafts)

catholicicing.com- Religious Easter Craft for Kids — Make a Resurrection Set! {It’s Printable!}

The Empty Tomb- A cute craft that the children will get to "roll the stone away" on Jesus' tomb to retell the story of the resurrection. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 57 & 58).

Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. The butterfly represents how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly and received new life. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).

Plastic Bag Butterfly- A beautiful magnet butterfly to represent new life. (Crafts to make in the Spring by Kathy Ross, pages 52 & 53).

kinderart.com- Coffee Filter Butterflies

freepreschoolcrafts.com- Plastic Bag Butterfly- Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.

Resurrection Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dial to retell the Resurrection of Jesus story they learned over and over again. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 37, 38, 39, 40, and 42).

dltk-bible.com- The Angel Rolled Away the Stone craft

makingfriends.com- He is Risen craft stick hanger

annieshomepage.com- Jellybean Prayer (prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft)

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)



Introduce craft: Have you ever heard of the Jelly Bean Prayer?

annieshomepage.com- Jelly Bean Prayer
Prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft.

kinderart.com- Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft)

mamajenn.com- Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable)

churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter



Games

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! It’s Empty! group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter group activities (games)

Jesus Is Alive! game- A fun and simple board game for younger children that reviews the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem to his Resurrection. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 64 & 65 for game board and page 55 for directions).


Introduce game: What was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus laid?

Who’s Got The Stone?

Need: One small rock

Directions: One student is picked to be “It”. All the students (except "It") put both of their hands together and form a cup with just a little hole up on top. The teacher walks around and pretends to put the stone in someone's hand. One student will actually get the stone. The student who is “It” is then asked by the teacher, "Who's got the stone?" Whoever has the stone is "It". (Game is like “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?).


christiancrafters.com- He Has Risen Egg Pass

christiancrafters.com- The Easter Egg Game

christiancrafters.com- The Empty Tomb

christiancrafters.com- No Easter Egg Hunt

kidssundayschool.com- In The Tomb, Out of the Tomb

You Can’t Keep Jesus Down- Your children will discover that even thought people tried to keep Jesus in the grave, they couldn’t; just as Jesus said. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 148).

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Colorful Easter Cross File Folder Game
This is a file folder game where children can match the different colors of the crosses. Colors are pastel for using around Easter learning.

filefolderfun.com- Easter File Folder Games
These file folder games all have a fun Easter theme. You'll find games for all ages and abilities that can easily be adapted for special needs student.

biblestoryprintables.com- The Story of Easter File Folder Game
This is a file folder game about the Resurrection of Easter time.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Free Easter Bible Printables
Several pages of Easter games that you can print out for free.

sugardoodle.net- Easter Games (several Easter games posted)

The Catholic Toolbox- The Empty Tomb file folder game

The Catholic Toolbox- Jelly Bean Prayer file folder game (scroll down for this)



Puzzles

first-school.ws- He Has Risen puzzle craft- Children color then make an easy puzzle that they can put together.

sermons4kids.com- Maze (John 20:1-18)

sermons4kids.com- Maze

christiananswers.net- Easter (word search)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (John 20:1-9)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (John 20:1-9)



Snacks

dltk-holidays.com- He’s Alive Buns

dltk-kids.com- Resurrection Cake

dltk-kids.com- Resurrection Rolls


Note: You can make these cookies below the night before and have the students make another batch during class and seal up the oven. While the students are doing another activity, you can remove their cookies and add the batch you made the night before.

betterbudgeting.com- Easter Resurrection Cookies