Lesson Plan- Holy Week and Death on a Cross (1st grade on up)
Holy Week Lesson
Objectives:The students will be able to
- explain the meaning of Holy Week and what happens during that time
- retell the events of Holy Week in order.
- identify the importance of the events of Holy Week, specifically that it is through Jesus' death and resurrection that our sins are forgiven.
- explain how Easter is the celebration of Jesus' rising from the dead with new life
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). Trial- looking closely at the facts and law before a court of law to see if someone is innocent or guilty Innocent- not guilty, did not do it Guilty- you did the crime Crime- breaking the law Pontius Pilate- the Roman governor Execution- to be killed Hanged- to kill yourself by tying a rope around your neck and hung by the neck until you die from lack of oxygen Sentence- a judgment by a court telling you the punishment of the crime that you did Accused- somebody charged with a crime Custom- something that people always do or always do in a certain way by tradition Prisoner- somebody held in prison Persuade- to get somebody to do something Crucify- to lay a person down and nail the hands and feet to the cross and stand the cross up by putting the end of the cross into the ground. Whipped- to strike someone with a whip over and over again Thieves- people who steal things Easter- celebration of Jesus' coming to new life after death Resurrection- coming to new life after death
Read your story about Holy Week and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Or use this story about Holy Week:
rtcol.com- The Story of Holy Week (read pages 1 – 7)
Introduce activities: Who died on the cross for our sins?
calvarycurriculum.com- several lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
dltk-bible.com- The Easter Story (click on 1 through 4) lessons with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.
Print the following words on the board in four columns (four words in each column). Point to a word and say it. Have a student use that word in a sentence and tell something about it.
Body of Christ
Put the following words on the board and have the students say the words: Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Good Friday, Passion/Palm Sunday. Then ask the students which day in Holy Week came first and what happened. Put a number by the day that corresponds to which came first, second, third, and fourth. Continue through the whole week having the students identify and retell the events of Holy Week in the proper order.
Questions to ask:
What day observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that was marked by the crowds, who were in Jerusalem for Passover? Palm/Passion Sunday
What day includes the last meal Jesus and the disciples had together, the institution of Eucharist or Communion? Holy Thursday
What day did the people wave palm branches and proclaimed Jesus as the messianic king? Palm/Passion Sunday
What day did Jesus’ body lay in the tomb? Holy Saturday
What day was Jesus arrested, had his trial, crucified and suffered, died, and was buried? Good Friday
What day was the betrayal of Judas (because of the exchange with Jesus at the meal), and Jesus praying in Gethsemane while the disciples fell asleep? Holy Thursday
Introduce game: How well do you know about Holy Week? Let’s find out.
Play one of the following review games and use the questions below.
Introduce game: What crowed three times just like Jesus said it would? A rooster.
Pass the Rooster!
Directions: An egg timer is set for any time the teacher wishes. Have the students sit in a circle. The teacher then gives a student a rooster and asks them a question about Holy Week. The student must answer the question correctly. If they do not, the student must answer another question until they are correct. When the student is correct, the teacher says, “Pass the rooster!” and the student passes the rooster to the person on their right and that student must answer a question to be able to pass the rooster. Whoever is holding the rooster with the timer goes off is the rooster.
Need: one small ball (or two balled up pieces of paper), two chairs, one trashcan.
Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Divide the class into two teams. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Ask the first person in Team #1 a question. If they are correct, they get to try to make a basket. If they make a basket, their team gets a point. If they do not get a basket, their team does not receive a point. After the first player has his turn, he then goes to the end of Team #1’s line. It is now Team #2’s turn. The team with the most points wins.
Questions for games:
1. What do the bread and wine become at Mass? The Body and Blood of Jesus.
2. Why did Jesus suffer and die for us on the cross? To save us from sin so that we can have God’s life; because he loves his Father and all of us.
3. How did Jesus show his love for us? He suffered and died on the cross.
4. Why didn’t Jesus come down from the cross and save himself? He wanted to die for us; he wanted to save us from sin; he wanted us to live forever in heaven; he wanted to keep the promise that his Father made; he wanted us to have God’s life.
5. What did the people do on Passion/Palm Sunday to show their love for Jesus? Waved palm branches; put their cloaks down before him on the ground; sang and cheered.
6. When did the apostles receive their first Holy Communion? On Holy Thursday evening at the Last Supper.
7. What did Jesus want the apostles to do when he said, “Do this in memory of me”? Change bread and wine into his Body and Blood.
8. What prayer did Jesus say for the soldiers and the people who put him to death? Father, forgive them.
9. What did Jesus do before he bowed his head and died? Gave himself to his Father.
10. What was the best gift that Jesus gave us to his Father on the cross? Himself.
11. Whom do we receive in Holy Communion? Jesus.
12. How much did Jesus love us? He loved us so much that he died for us.
13. On which day did the people cheer and honor Jesus as a king? Passion/Palm Sunday.
14. On which day did Jesus give himself in the form of bread and wine? Holy Thursday.
15. On which day did Jesus die for us? Good Friday.
16. What is the Jewish feast in remembrance of God’s saving love in his freeing of his people from slavery in Egypt? Passover
17. What did the people say as they waved their palm branches to Jesus? Hosanna
18. What is the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to begin his passion; the first day of Holy Week? Passion (Palm) Sunday
19. What is Jesus’ gift of himself in the form of bread and wine so that we can share his life? Holy Communion
20. What is the day Jesus gave us the Eucharist? Holy Thursday
21. What is the Eucharist called? Blessed Sacrament
22. What is the bread that has become Jesus called? Sacred Host
23. What is the cup that holds the wine at the Eucharist? Chalice
24. Who is the man ordained to do what Jesus did (giving the Eucharist) at Mass? Priest
25. What is it when you say something that is not true? Lie
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.
Holy Week Bingo- Make up simple bingo cards using pictures or vocabulary words with Holy Week questions from your lesson. Be sure to make calling cards out of index cards so you can hold up the picture or word so the children can see if they have that on their Bingo card. (You can also just make the spaces on your Bingo cards in the shape of a cross to remind them that Jesus died on the cross for them).
Printable Bingo cards- You can also replace some or all of the pictures in the picture bingo option with vocabulary words to help teach students vocabulary. At Step Two: Choose Your Theme under Picture Bingo, scroll down to the bottom to BLANK to design your own Bingo cards.
sundayschoolkids.com- The Road To Easter
Starting with Palm Sunday, students put the events in order in which they happened.
pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.
The following activities 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.
Introduce worksheet- Can you tell me happened during Holy Week? Let’s find out.
What Happened During Holy Week?- Label the pictures below with the correct day of Holy Week. Then color the pictures. (For younger students: Ask the students what is happening in the first picture. Discuss. Then ask them, “What day of Holy Week is it?” Write #1 on the board and Palm/Passion Sunday beside the number. Continue with pictures 2 – 4.
Holy Week Worksheet- The following days of Holy Week are in the wrong order. Number them so they are in the right order. Then draw a line to what happened on that day.
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