Friday, February 27, 2009

Lesson Plan- Good Samaritan (1st grade on up)

The Good Samaritan

Objectives: The students will be able to
-retell the parable of the Good Samaritan
- explain the message of the parable of the Good Samaritan
- name different ways to show love for others
- identify others as neighbors and describe ways to help
- explain that God commands us to love one another and to help anyone in need

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)

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).
Jericho- town in the Jordan Valley. Known as the world’s oldest town (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Robbers- people who steal things
Inn- like a hotel where you can sleep and eat


Read story: "The Good Samaritan" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


Introduce activities: What does loving your neighbor really mean? A Neighbor’s a Neighbor object lesson with coloring page and puzzles Won’t You Be My Neighbor? object lesson with activities, coloring, puzzles, etc. Group Activities (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) crafts, games, songs, etc. The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc. Samaritan Neighbor object lesson The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. The Good Samaritan 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). 110 Summer Acts of Kindness for Kids (FREE Printable with activities)


Movie- Veggie Tales: Accepting and Helping- Are You My Neighbor? The Story of Flibber-o-loo (The Good Samaritan) 15 min) and ask questions:

1. What does loving your neighbor really mean? Help others when ever they need help even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Why wouldn’t the mayor and the doctor stop and help Larry? They said that they were too busy.
3. What should the mayor and doctor do? Help Larry.
4. Who helped Larry? A fellow from the other town.
5. Should we help people in need? Yes.
6. How can we help others?


Introduce craft: How well do you know the story of The Good Samaritan? Let’s find out!

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel:

This craft is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Directions: Print the top and bottom wheels out on cardstock. Cut out wheels. Cut out circle shape on the inside line edge of the top wheel. Have children color wheels. Attach a brass fastener through the center of both wheels. On the back of the bottom wheel attach a strip of cardstock (at least 1 inch wide and 6 inches long) leaving half extended over the side (so you can turn the wheel). You can also draw an arrow on the top side of the strip on the end to indicate which way to turn the bottom wheel.

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (top)

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (bottom)

Introduce craft: What are some things that people have done for you that were nice? What can we make to help remind us of the many kindnesses you have received from others? Let’s find out!

Gratitude Jar-God's gifts sometimes come through other people. (Crafts For Christian Values by Kathy Ross, page 26 & 27). Have the children write down on small slips of paper the kind things others have done for them and put them inside the jar. If the child cannot write, they can color pictures of kind things people have done for them and put them into the jar.

Or make a Gratitude Jar by like this one: Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar. Sharing/Helping Hands
This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content. Kindness Calendar Quilt Craft
You plan vacations. You schedule school work. Why not set a date for doing good deeds? Fill your colorful calendar quilt with acts of kindness! Circle of Kindness Craft
Spin this Circle of Kindness for kids can be inspired to do good deeds. (Although it is suggested to make this craft for Rosh Hashanah, it can be used any time to encourage kindness.)

Loving others demands respect, consideration, cooperation, care, etc. Love is about giving. Fill these chore charts out or have the students come up with their own chores to do and color. These can be given to parents or friends/family etc. to show they are serious about their respect for them, care, etc. They are to bring the chore charts back signed next week and receive a small gift as a reward for their good deeds. Custom Chore Chart Generator Editable Chore Charts Custom Chore Chart Several chore charts here to choose from for all ages.

Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”. (Love Bug Lady Bug) Love Bug Lady Bug
Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”. Lady Bug Invite
Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock.


Introduce game: Being a good Samaritan means doing something for someone else without wondering what that person will do for you in return. Can you think of nice things to do for another person? Backyard Bingo
For a 'green' spin on a great game, we recommend a round of backyard bingo. This good Samaritan activity isn't just helpful, it's a lot of fun, too. Kids can become bingo winners and expert recyclers at the same time. Ice Water Welcome
The Ice Water Welcome is a good Samaritan activity that gives back to a group of people that don't often get much gratitude: construction workers.

Introduce game- How are we to treat others? The Good Samaritan Game
Use this game to illustrate how Jesus wants us to take care of each other

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

Directions- Show the children the picture and read the situation. With each situation there are a series of answers for the children to choose from. Ask the children what they would do. Do not tell the children the right answer. Explore and evaluate the different choices together with the children. What Do I Do?
The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have. (Scroll down to Bible Story Activities.)

Introduce game: How well do you know the story “The Good Samaritan”? Let’s find out.

Good Samaritan Board Game- Students make their own board game based on the parable “The Good Samaritan”. (This idea is from which does not exist anymore.)

1. Make up your own board game based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

2. First, make sure you read the story and know it well.

3. Next, draw the downhill path from Jerusalem to Jericho onto your game board on the other side of this paper.

4. Add detail to squares to make the game more interesting.

You can add things like this:

Beaten up, miss a turn.

Priest passes by. Go back two spaces.

Levite goes past. Throw a six to continue.

Samaritan stops to help. Take an extra turn.

Arrive at the inn. Go forward three spaces.

You could also add extra hazards, such as:

Rock fall, go back three spaces.

Sun very hot, miss a turn.

5. Get a die and some counters, and you can play the game with a friend.

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

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

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

The Good Samaritan- Work your way around the board and the first player to FINISH is the winner.

What Would Jesus Do?- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.

How Rude!- A fun and exciting way to review what is considered rude behavior in today’s society. The game includes 6 types of interactive game cards: multiple choice, scenario, true/false, reward for good manners, charades, and consequences for bad manners. Players or teams roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. Whichever color is on the space you land on indicates the color card that will be used. The player to your left will read the card aloud to you and you will try to answer correctly. If you answer your question correctly, you may stay where you are. If you are not correct, everyone says, “How Rude!” and you move back to where you were. The first player or team to get to the “FINISH,” square first is the WINNER!

6 pages of cards

Moral Dilemmas- Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do? Here is a game that has students try to solve their problems the best way. (Scroll down to this.)


Introduce snack: How can we be kind to others?

Have students wash their hands and make an easy snack for another class. (Make arrangements with the other classroom prior to the lesson so you have permission from that teacher and they know that a snack is being brought to them).

(Example: popcorn, trail mix, cheese whiz on a cracker, etc.)

After they have delivered their treat, they may have some as well.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets: “The Kind Man From Samaria” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)



A Good Helper maze- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Good Samaritan puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from October 4 - 9).

The Merciful Samaritan (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 24. Help Him Out (maze) Jig-saw puzzle to print out and cut out. Good Samaritan Activity Sheets (anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.) Good Samaritan (word search) (word search) (crossword) (decoder puzzle) (fill in the blanks)

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.)


Debbie said...

I do remember these. LOL

Anonymous said...

Great ideas!! I will implement some with an added message. In this parable Jesus is the Good Samaritan. He came to rescue us from sin, darkness and the grave. He gives us eternally life. A free gift. What the Good Samaritan gave to the injured man was free without merit or worthiness. Thanks for reading.