Friday, January 9, 2009

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

Jesus in the Temple

For older students: Lesson Plan: Jesus as a Boy in the Temple

For younger students:

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

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

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

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


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


Introduce activities: Where did they find Jesus when he was lost? My Father’s House object lesson with coloring, puzzles, quizzes, etc. In My Father’s House (group activities) games, songs, etc. My Father’s Business lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples). The Boy Jesus Visits The Temple lesson #172 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

Introduce activity: How is your life today? Is it alike or different to when Jesus was born? Jesus and Me
How does a child's life today compare to when Jesus was born? An activity to help kids relate to Jesus.


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

Ring and Pin- Make a handheld "ring toss" toy. (The Picture Book of Kids' Crafts and Activities by Roxanne Henderson, page 98). Stick and Ball Game
You can also make this with just a paper/plastic cup instead of a laundry scoop. Use a paper hole punch and make a hole in the cup near the rim to tie the string to.

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

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

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

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

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


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

What did Jesus see in Jerusalem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus As A Boy Game

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


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

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

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

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jesus in the Temple puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 12 - 15). The Boy Jesus in the Temple (word search) The Boy Jesus in the Temple (word shape) The Boy Jesus in the Temple (multiple choice) The Boy Jesus in the Temple (spiral puzzle) The Boy Jesus in the Temple (alphabet soup) The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Complete the paragraph by filling in the blanks with the correct words from the word bank at the bottom of the story.

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

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