Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story Pentecost/Wind and Fire
- define ascension
- explain why Jesus sent the Holy Spirit and who the Holy Spirit is
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 bold words on the board and discuss with class)
Ascension- Jesus’ return to heaven Holy Spirit- the third person of the Blessed Trinity who Jesus sent to help his Church Pentecost Sunday- the day the Holy Spirit came. Blessed Trinity- the three divine persons in one God. Mount of Olives- outside Jerusalem, which is 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). Holy Spirit- third person of the Blessed Trinity, understood as the spiritual force of God Heaven- where good people are believed to go after death, where God and the angels live Pentecost- a Christian festival celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter to remember and honor the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. Jewish festival of Pentecost (Shavuoth)- a Jewish festival held on the 6th day of Sivan, in May or June, and to remember and honor the Law being given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Introduce story- Jesus saw his disciples many times. The first time was on the road to Emmaus, and later suddenly, Jesus appeared in a locked room with them when they were afraid of the Roman rulers and chief priests. All believed but Thomas who finally believed that it was Jesus when he touched His wounds on His hands and feet. During the next few weeks, Jesus’ disciples and friends saw Him often.
This is the story about the last time that the disciples saw Jesus.
Story- "Wind and Fire" or a Pentecost story and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.
Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).
Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson- The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)
Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence n their life (page 224).
Introduce craft- What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.
noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup.
Tongues of Fire Headbands Craft- Use card stock paper or cardboard to cut out flame shapes. Have the children paint them with water colors or glue red and orange pieces of tissue paper on it to make it look like flames. Use a strip of paper for the headband, fitting it to each child’s head and using a stapler to secure the headband. Attach the flames to the headband using the stapler as well.
Pentecost- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 63 & 64.)
Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames
Who Has The Fire?
Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.
Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.
daniellesplace.com- Wind and Fire Relay (scroll down to this)
Before class cut crepe paper into 2 feet lengths. Divide your students into teams and give them each a straw and a piece of crepe paper. Have them use the straw to blow the crepe paper across the room and back. If you don’t want them to get on the floor, have them blow the crepe across a table.
The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing- Listen Up
This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit (page 105).
The games below 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.
Introduce snack: Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter. Jewish Pentecost was a thanksgiving feast for the first fruits of the wheat harvest and was associated with remembrance of God's gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. What is bread made out of? Let’s make some bread to celebrate Pentecost.
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.
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.)
My files are huge so to keep them free I post all my printables at The Catholic Toolbox Printables Yahoo Group- activities, worksheets, booklets, puzzles, handwriting, Take Home Sheets, story wheels, etc.
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