Friday, December 12, 2008

Lesson Plan- Wise Men (1st grade on up)

Wise Men

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Wise Men
- explain who the Magi were and what they studied
- explain why the Magi came so far to see Jesus

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

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

Wise Men- men from the East who studied the stars. The three Magi (priests from the ancient Persian religion) who came from the East to honor Jesus when he was born (known as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar).
Ruler- a person who controls others
Presents- gifts
Jerusalem- the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Jews- a member of the Hebrew people
Priests- person who is ordained and does the church service
Worship- to honor
Frankincense- incense that makes a sweet smelling smoke when burned
Myrrh- a type of perfume that comes from trees and was used in burying people
Egypt- large country in Africa (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Nazareth- a town in Israel where Jesus spent most of his life (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).


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


Introduce activities: Who was searching for baby Jesus and brought him gifts? Wise Men Still Seek Him object lesson with coloring page and maze Seeking the Savior object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz Seeking the Savior (group activities) games, crafts, songs, etc. The Christmas Story: The Wise Men #3 lesson includes memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc. 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). The Wise Men lesson #170 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.


Introduce crafts: How did the Wise Men find Jesus? Seeking the Savior crafts Popsicle Stick Star of David Craft Stick Stars
An easy and pretty star craft made out of paddle pop sticks (popsicle sticks), paint, and glitter. Fold and Cut Star Shape
Take a plain sheet of paper, make a series of folds, snip once, and, presto! You've got a perfect star. (Step by step directions posted.)

Introduce craft: Who was looking for baby Jesus? Three Wisemen Paper Crafts We Three Kings Craft Paper Three Kings Chain

Three Kings Banner- A cute and easy banner of the Three Wise Men. A craft from Kathy Ross' book: Crafts for Christmas, page 12 & 13.

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

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

The Wise Men Visit Jesus (Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 35 & 36.


Introduce game: Who was searching for baby Jesus? Seeking the Savior games

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.

Introduce game: What did the Wise Men follow to find Jesus? A very bright star.

Coin Toss- (The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 139)- You can also draw a star on the board and have the students throw a suction cup toy at it. If it is inside the lines, they get a point for their team.

Finding Flavor (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).

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

Gifts For Baby Jesus (file folder game)-The object of this game is to be the first to collect gold, frankincense, and myrrh.


Introduce snack: How did the Wise Men find Jesus? They followed a very bright star. Gingerbread Stars Crispy Cheese Stars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars- Get a large star shaped cookie cutter and make star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

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).

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). Star (dot-to-dot) Maze Wise Men maze Wise Men Visit Jesus maze Finding Jesus maze Wise Men find the difference Wise Men missing objects Word Search Word Search (it says Luke, but it is Matthew 2:1-12) Word Jumble Crossword Crossword Crossword (it says Luke, but it is Matthew 2:1-12)

WiseMen (fill in the blanks) Multiple Choice Fill in the Blanks

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

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