Friday, August 28, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K) Creation- Day Four: Sun, Moon, and Stars







Creation- Day Four: God Created Sun, Moon, and Stars

Objective: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Creation
- explain what God created
- identify what God created on the fourth day






Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.


Vocabulary Words:

Pick the words that you want to use from below:

dltk-bible.com- Creation Theme Word Wall Words
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Word Wall
Use these printable Word Wall cards to go through the days of creation with your children. There are also key words from the creation story in Genesis chapter 1. (Scroll down for this.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- God Made Word Wall
Arrange the words according to the directions. Have “God made” already on the board and ask the children to find the correct answer.



Plan:


Circle Time:

God Made the World- The Humongous Book of Preschool Ideas by Group Publishing, page 7 - 9. Read story for day 1, 2, 3, and 4. Use Creation Cards to help the children remember what happened for day one, two, three, and four.

Questions:

1. What did God make the first day? Light
2. What did God make the second day? Sky
3. What did God make the third day? Seas, land, and plants.
4. What did God make the fourth day? Sun, moon, and stars.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who created heaven and the earth? God

dltk-bible.com- Creation Song

dltk-bible.com- Days of Creation Song

perpetualpreschool.com- Creation Songs (several posted here)

kidz-under-construction.com- God Made (finger play)

awana4u2.org- Puggles Creation Finger Play

kidz-under-construction.com- You Are God’s Creation (finger play)

kidz-under-construction.com- I Have Two Eyes (finger play)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did God make on the fourth day? The sun, moon, and stars.

Starry, Starry Night

Need:
16 oz. soda bottle with twist on cap (clean and label removed)
Star shaped sequins or confetti
Silver glitter
Funnel
Blue food coloring
Water
Corn syrup

Place the funnel into the bottle. Fill bottle about half way up with corn syrup. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the corn syrup. Fill bottle with water leaving a couple of inches for air at the top. Put on twist on cap and shake bottle to mix the food coloring. Reopen and drop some star shaped sequins or confetti and some glitter into bottle. Pour a little glue into the cap and screw on top of bottle. Let glue dry so lid cannot be removed.


Day 4 Poster

Have the children cut out a white moon (a quarter moon works best), yellow sun, and stars (tin foil or stickers) and glue them on black construction paper. (You can have the shapes drawn out before class so the children can cut them out.) Or you can give each child a piece of construction paper. Have the children draw a sun with a yellow crayon and color inside of it. Then have the children draw a quarter moon and stars with a white crayon filling each shape with white. The children will then paint over the picture with black water color (the wax in the crayons will repel the black paint and allow the drawings to show through).


Sunrise Cup Puppet- Crafts to Celebrate God's Creation by Kathy Ross, page 14 & 15.

The Changing Moon- Crafts to Celebrate God's Creation by Kathy Ross, page 16 & 17.



Games:

Introduce games: What did God make on the fourth day? The sun, moon, and stars.

daniellesplace.com- 2. Play Day and Night Things Identification Game

daniellesplace.com- Keep the Stars in the Sky Balloon Game (Look under: Creation Day 4- Activities #2)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did God make on the fourth day? The sun, moon, and stars.

daniellesplace.com- Graham Cracker Stars

(You can also spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers or regular crackers made into stars like the recipe above and sprinkle with raisins.)

Moon Cookies- Make round sugar cookies using refrigerated cookie dough (Pillsbury). Frost with white icing or sprinkle with white sugar.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

Color Day 4 and save page to make a book for later:

Creation booklet (Bible Stories from A to Z, page 16 & 17)- Click on Sample Pages and go to page 16 & 17.

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Creation (mini book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation (mini book)
Scroll down to this.


Day 4 (handwriting and coloring sheet)

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
Day and Night (color by number)
The Fourth Day- The Stars. Color the smallest star yellow. Color the medium stars color blue. Color the biggest star red.

More 365 Activities for Kids- On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, moon and stars. Two of the stars are different from the rest. Can you spot them? (On January 1).

He Also Made the Stars (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzles with Mini-Lessons on the Goodness of God: PK-K by Linda Standke, page 4. (Click on Sample and go to page 4.)

He Also Made the Stars (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK – K, page 6.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Day Four (puzzle)





Introductory Letter To Parents



It is a great idea to take the opportunity to introduce yourself by welcoming the child and the parents in a letter the first day of CCD/Sunday School. It provides the parents with information of what is expected in the classroom and what the children will be doing during the year. It can also inform parents of the expectations and rules of the class that will help in making the classroom productive, creative, and enjoyable year for all (this can be a separate page that parents must sign and return to you). Teachers can also ask if parents are interested in volunteering and for any information that can help aid them in better understanding their child and their needs.


Here is my letter to parents:



Dear Parents,

Welcome to 1st Grade CCD! I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and to welcome your child to my class. This is my 16th year teaching first grade CCD at __________ and it is going to be a fun filled and educational year that your child will enjoy and want to participate in.

During the year, your child will study the parts of the Mass. They will learn the roles of the priest, the other liturgical ministers, and the community as well as the responses of all the other rituals and actions that take place during the liturgy. They will also learn some of the items used at Mass and how to behave properly during Mass.

Each week your child will study various Bible stories from Creation to Pentecost. The program also consists of the Catholic beliefs, sacred tradition, and most importantly, your child’s faith and how it relates to their life. Every Sunday your child will be given a Take Home Sheet for you to go over with them to help reinforce what they have just learned. Please help your child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Homeworkopoly is a board game and it is a fun way to encourage students to do their homework and turn it in on time. If the student does not have their homework finished, they do not get their chance to roll the dice and move for the day. Throughout the year, week by week we keep the game going. By starting at the beginning of the year everyone gets into it and by the end of the year everyone is doing their homework regularly. Your child will also make mini story books and/or story wheels in class. Please have your child read to you (or you read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.

First grade students will be given 5 prayers (Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be, Hail Mary, and Our Father) to do by May 2014. Each prayer the student completes, they will be able to pick a prize from the prize bag. We will also have 4 take home tests during the year. Parents will need to help their child study, fill out the test, and return it to class. Students that bring back their completed test will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Attendance in class is needed to fully understand and do well on all tests.

Throughout the year, we will be doing crafts, games, and activities to emphasize Bible stories and the Catholic Church. These activities make the Bible stories and aspects of the Catholic Church more concrete and easier for the students to understand and also a lot of fun.

Again welcome! Please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns you may have. Any information that you can provide that can help aid me in better understanding your child and their needs is greatly appreciated. My classroom door is always open or you can leave a message with the DRE to which I will respond to as soon as possible.

*Feel free to come and join our classroom at any time. We love to have visitors and help of any kind.


Sincerely,

Name
Phone Number
E-mail



P.S. If you want to see what we are doing in our class during the year, check out my blog The Catholic Toolbox and click on “My Classroom” page under the header.





Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sacrament of Reconciliation






Sacrament of Reconciliation

4catholiceducators.com- Resources for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

christusrex.org- The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

americancatholic.org- Several articles on this topic are listed

newadvent.org- The Sacrament of Penance

catholicplanet.com- Links to articles and resources on Confession, Penance and Forgiveness

ancient-future.net- Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Conversion

ewtn.com- Sacrament of Penance: Examination of Conscience

usccb.org- Examinations of Conscience

scborromeo.org- Guide for Examination of Conscience for Confession of Sins



Lessons:

For younger students:

Lesson 6- Actual Sin (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 30-34).

Lesson 29- Penance (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 139-143).

Lesson 30- Contrition (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 144-148).

Lesson 31- Confession (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 149-152).

Lesson 32- How To Make A Good Confession (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 153-158).

Reconciliation Lesson- (For those who have not done First Holy Communion)



For older students:

Lesson 6- Actual Sin (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 39-45).

Lesson 29- Penance (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 184-188).

Lesson 30-Contrition (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 189-195).

Lesson 31-Confession (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 196- 201).

Lesson 32-How to Make a Good Confession (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 202-205).



Object Lessons:

kidssundayschool.com- God’s Forgiveness
This Object Talk will help demonstrate the power of God's forgiveness over our sins, and how the Holy Spirit can melt away the barriers that keeps us from Him.

kidssundayschool.com- Sins Revealed
This Object Talk will help kids see that you can not hide sin or pretend something never happened, because every sin is revealed in the end.

kidssundayschool.com- Sin is Gross
A bubble bath has no effect on sin, it's only Jesus that can make you truly clean.

kidssundayschool.com- Restored
Jesus makes gems out of wrecks.

kidssundayschool.com- A Heart for Jesus
The Holy Spirit can reach our heart no matter how much we may have sinned.

kidssundayschool.com- Don’t Sin
The burden of sin makes it hard to walk the narrow path.

kidssundayschool.com- Sin Spoils
A little bit of mold can ruin a sandwich. Likewise, without Jesus, even a little bit of sin can keep us out of heaven.

sundayschoolnetwork.com- God forgives you and cleanses you
With cooking activity, games, craft, etc.

sundayschoolnetwork.com- Coming Clean

sundayschoolnetwork.com- Sin and Forgiveness

sundayschoolnetwork.com- A Kerosene Lamp
A Lesson on Sin



Activities:

raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com- A pictograph poster for your child to practice with. There is also a PDF file and a PowerPoint Presentation of it.

kidssundayschool.com- Free From Evil
Children will look up verses describing various kinds of sin, and will remove those sins taped all over a volunteer.

kidssundayschool.com- Old Enough to Know
Children use colors and words to help discover the change that takes place when they become aware of sin in their life.

kidssundayschool.com- Who is Without Sin
After taking balled-up pieces of paper and pretending to stone a sinner, the children will compare judging others to having sin in their own lives.

kidssundayschool.com- Don’t Get Hooked
Story about a young fish finds that sin comes with a high price.



Coloring:

christ-image-jesus.blogspot.com- Sacrament of reconciliation coloring pages and clipart pictures for children

biblekids.eu- several Sacrament of Reconciliation coloring pages



Crafts & Lapbooks:

stbrigidsacademy.blogspot.com- Reconciliation Lapbook

catholicicing.com- Reconciliation Craft for Catholic Kids

kidssundayschool.com- Seventy Times Seven
How many times should I forgive? A delightful craft to show how often we should forgive one another.


Introduce craft: How well do you know the Ten Commandments? Let’s find out.

crayola.com- Ten Commandments Tablets



Games:

Five in a Row- This game will help children to discover that when Jesus forgives them, their sins are forgotten. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 125).


sadlierreligion.com- Wheel of Reconciliation (Grade 5)
Distribute the activity sheets. Read the directions aloud. Using a paper clip and the tip of a pen or pencil, demonstrate how to make the spinner for the game. Encourage the students to use their We Believe texts to help them write their questions for the "Wheel of Reconciliation" game. Give the students time to complete the each part of the "wheel" with a question about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Then, have students work with a partner to play the game. Partners should exchange "wheels" and take turns by "spinning" and recording their answers. When all questions have been answered on each "wheel" ask the partners to use their We Believe texts to help score and tally each others' answers. Correct answers are worth one point.

ldssplash.com- Forgive and Forget


Throw Away Your Sins Game- This is for younger students to understand that their sins are forgiven.

Need: 1 trashcan, a piece of paper for each child, and 1 chair.

Directions: Give each child a piece of paper. Have the children think of a recent time that they sinned, such as telling a lie about their homework, arguing with their parents, or a time they were disobedient, etc. Next, have them think of how many times they sinned during the past week. Remind them of all the things that may be considered a sin, and have them write the number down on the piece of paper. Tell the children, “Let’s pretend that you made your confession to the priest and you did your penance. Now your sins are forgiven. Let’s throw away your sins.”

Put a trashcan against a wall. Have the children line up behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to the basket). One by one, have them throw their sins into a trashcan that is a few feet away.

christiancrafters.com- Righteous Vs. Wicked (scroll down to this game near the bottom of the page)
When you live a righteous life you grow towards God. When you live a wicked life you move away from God.

christiancrafters.com- Clean Heart & Repent (scroll down to these two games near bottom of the page)

christiancrafters.com- Temptation Island
Through various fun games, activities, and group Bible discussions, participants will learn that temptation is from Satan and can lead to sin. Participants will also learn how to receive God's power to resist Satan's temptations. Event lasts approximately 3.5 hours. For grades 5 and up.

christiancrafters.com- Narrow Way Relay

christiancrafters.com- What Would Jesus Do?

teacherspayteachers.com- Reconciliation Matching Game
This is a matching game that can be used to prepare for the sacrament of First Reconciliation/Penance. It uses all vocabulary words that are associated with the sacrament. Can be used in Catholic school classes, Religious Education, and Home School preparation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.



Puzzles:

wordmint.com- Reconciliation (word search)

thatresourcesite.com- Sacrament of Reconciliation (word search)

kidssundayschool.com- All Sins Forgiven
A message is revealed in this puzzle. Solution

The Conscience: God’s Voice Within- Using the following clues, complete the puzzle below. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 68).



Worksheets:

kidssundayschool.com- All Sins Forgiven (A message is revealed in this puzzle.) Solution

100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Ellen Rossini, page 68- The Conscience: God’s Voice Within- Using the following clues, complete the puzzle below.

A Scriptural Examination of Conscience- In this exercise, you will make your own guide for an examination of conscience base on some key Scriptures. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 99).

sacredhearthouston.org- Worksheets for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Click on the activities to download and print.

catecheticalresources.com- Reconciliation (worksheets)

thedivinemercy.org- Reconciliation: Shower for the Soul

sdc.me.uk- Reconciliation

sacredhearthouston.org- Penance & Eucharist Activities (click on the Documents on the left for printable worksheets)




This worksheet 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.

Reconciliation Worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.





Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Christianopoly File Folder Game





Everyone has played Monopoly. Here is a twist to the Monopoly game that I made that helps teach the concept of tithing and managing your money.


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.





Christianopoly File Folder Game: The object of the game is to learn the responsibility of good financial stewardship; making the right decisions about the money we have and managing it wisely. This includes being able to pay necessary bills at home, putting aside for the things you want, and taking care of your family. Not only do you have bills to pay, mortgages, insurance, etc. you must pay taxes, make donations and do tithing as well.

Rules- Feel free to use this game as is or modify it to suit your needs.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Community Chest Cards- (Community Chest Cards are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the cards or use your own.) Print Community Chest Cards out on yellow card stock. Cut out Community Chest Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Chance Cards- (Chance Cards are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the cards or use your own.) Print Chance Cards out on orange card stock. Cut out Chance Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K) Creation- Day Three: Seas, Land, and Plants







Creation- Day Three: God Created Seas, Land, and Plants

Objective: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Creation
- explain what God created
- identify what God created on the third day






Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.


Vocabulary Words:

Pick the words that you want to use from below:

dltk-bible.com- Creation Theme Word Wall Words
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Word Wall
Use these printable Word Wall cards to go through the days of creation with your children. There are also key words from the creation story in Genesis chapter 1. (Scroll down for this.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- God Made Word Wall
Arrange the words according to the directions. Have “God made” already on the board and ask the children to find the correct answer.



Plan:


Circle Time:

God Made the World- The Humongous Book of Preschool Ideas by Group Publishing, page 7 - 9. Read story for day 1, 2, and 3. Use Creation Cards to help the children remember what happened for day one, two, and three.

Questions:

1. What did God make the first day? Light
2. What did God make the second day? Sky
3. What did God make the third day? Seas, land, and plants.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who created heaven and the earth? God

dltk-bible.com- Creation Song

dltk-bible.com- Days of Creation Song

perpetualpreschool.com- Creation Songs (several posted here)

kidz-under-construction.com- God Made (finger play)

awana4u2.org- Puggles Creation Finger Play

kidz-under-construction.com- You Are God’s Creation (finger play)

kidz-under-construction.com- I Have Two Eyes (finger play)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did God make on the third day? Seas, land, and plants.

coloringbookfun.com- Day 3
Have the children color plants, flowers, and water. Then spread glue on the bottom of the paper using a Q-tip and sprinkle blue glitter for the water. You can also glue blue Saran Wrap for the water on the bottom.

daniellsplace.com- Creation Day 3- God Made the Plants (lots of crafts posted here)

enchantedlearning.com- Eggshell or Egg Carton Tulips
Cute flowers made out of egg cartons and pipe cleaners.

enchantedlearning.com- Handprint Paper Flowers Craft
These lilies are made from a child's handprint (on paper) stapled to a pipe cleaner or a drinking straw.

Spring Flowers- Two tulips are made from using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 42).



Games:

Introduce game: What did God make the first three days?

daniellesplace.com- Play a review game with a die (scroll down to 2 under Creation Day 3, Plants- Activities.) Make a die with stickers or pictures glued on it:

mssscrafts.com- Creation Dice
Black and white or color. Instructions to make dice out of a juice carton is provided.

dltk-kids.com- Instructions with pictures to make a large dice out of a milk carton

coloringbookfun.com- Coloring pictures of creation to put on cube if you prefer


rotation.infopop- Scavenger Hunt
Break the children into small groups and give them cups labeled with the numbers 1, 2, 3. Tell the children they need to find samples of something from the first 3 days of creation and put them in the correct cup for that day. Later have the children share what they found for the first 3 days of creation.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did God make on the third day? Seas, land, and plants. We are going to make a snack using a plant.

Hold up a stalk of celery and ask the children what it is. Discuss. Did God make celery? Yes. He made all the plants. Have the student spread peanut butter inside a celery stick.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

Color Day 3 and save page to make a book for later:

Creation booklet (Bible Stories from A to Z, page 16 & 17)- Click on Sample Pages and go to page 16 & 17.

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Creation (mini book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation (mini book)
Scroll down to this.


Day 3 (handwriting and coloring sheet)

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
The Third Day- Water and Land. Find the twin follows on the land. Find the twin shells in the water.

Day Three (puzzle)





Monday, August 17, 2009

Poll Results



Question: What would you like me to post?



• More Pre K – K lesson plans- 40%


I plan on posting the following:

Creation- (all seven days)

God Made Me and I’m Special

Prayer- I Can Talk To God

Jesus Loves Me (this will also make a good Valentine’s Day lesson)

Thank You God

Adam & Eve

Noah’s Ark

Joseph and His Wonderful Coat

Moses

Joshua & Jericho

Samson

David & Goliath

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Jonah and the Whale

Advent

Birth of Jesus

Wedding at Cana

The Good Shepherd

Loaves and Fishes

Zacchaeus

Prodigal Son

Lent

Holy Week

Easter/Empty Tomb

Holy Spirit/Pentecost



• More games- 0%


• More crafts- 20%

I recently added more crafts to all my lesson plans. What craft topics/subjects are you looking for? What age? Please post under comments and let me know. :) Thank you!


• More lesson plans for older students- 40%

I revamped all my lesson plans (1st grade on up) that I have posted thus far and added more crafts, activities, games, puzzles, etc. What topics/subjects would you like? What age? Please post under comments and let me know. :) Thank you!



Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K) Creation- Day Two: God Created the Sky





Creation- Day Two: God Created the Sky

Objective: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Creation
- explain what God created
- identify what God created on the second day



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

Pick the words that you want to use from below:

dltk-bible.com- Creation Theme Word Wall Words
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Word Wall
Use these printable Word Wall cards to go through the days of creation with your children. There are also key words from the creation story in Genesis chapter 1. (Scroll down for this.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- God Made Word Wall
Arrange the words according to the directions. Have “God made” already on the board and ask the children to find the correct answer.



Plan:


Circle Time:

God Made the World- The Humongous Book of Preschool Ideas by Group Publishing, page 7 - 9. Read story for day 1 and 2. Use Creation Cards to help the children remember what happened for day one and two.

Questions:

1. What did God make the first day? Light
2. What did God make the second day? Sky



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who created heaven and the earth? God

dltk-bible.com- Creation Song

dltk-bible.com- Days of Creation Song

perpetualpreschool.com- Creation Songs (several posted here)

kidz-under-construction.com- God Made (finger play)

awana4u2.org- Puggles Creation Finger Play

kidz-under-construction.com- You Are God’s Creation (finger play)

kidz-under-construction.com- I Have Two Eyes (finger play)



Activities & Crafts:

Introduce activity: What did God make the second day? The sky.

daniellesplace.com- Observe clouds (Look under Creation Day 2- Activities: #1)



Introduce craft: What did God make the second day? The sky. We are going to make a sky as well.

Need: White crayons, blue watercolor paint.

Directions: Have students draw clouds with the white crayon and color white. Then have the students paint the blue watercolor paint over the clouds that they drew. The wax in the crayon will not allow the paint to cover the white clouds. This makes a realistic sky.


daniellesplace.com- Creation Day Sky Crafts (easy crafts for little ones to do)

suite101.com- Make a cloud mobile
Make a cloud mobile. Cut out blue construction paper in assorted cloud shapes. Glue white cotton balls onto the paper. Let glue dry and string the clouds together to form a mobile. String up by your bed with a pretty ribbon.

suite101.com- Make puffy clouds
Cut the same two cloud shapes out of fingerpaint paper. Glue shut around the edges except for a small opening. Stuff it with toilet paper. Seal it up with glue. Dry and hang.



Games:

Introduce game: What did God make the second day? The sky.

daniellesplace.com- Play with Balloons (Look under Creation Day 2- Activities: #2)

familyfun.go.com- Paper Gyrocopter
Make a gyrocopter and play with it.

crayola.com- Twirly Bug
Make your Twirly Bug and throw it in the air and watch it fly.

exploratorium.edu- Roto copter
Make a Roto Copter and fly it. Printable pattern is here.

home.howstuffworks.com- Paper Flying Disc
Pull the string and watch the Paper Flying Disc whiz and spin through the air.

Flying Twirly Toys, Frizbees, Gliders, Plastic Flying Dragonflies, Foam Flying Stars, etc.- Get a few of these from the dollar store and have the children watch them fly.


Children make a kite and go fly it.

kinderart.com- Paper Grocery Bag Kite
Children make kites that are mostly out of recycled materials.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did God make the second day? The sky.

Have blue jello in clear plastic cups with marshmallows (for clouds in the sky).

daniellesplace.com- 6. God Created Sky snack (scroll down to 6.)

homeschoolblogger.com- Heavenly Jell-O Treats



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

Color Day 2 and save page to make a book for later:

Creation booklet (Bible Stories from A to Z, page 16 & 17)- Click on Sample Pages and go to page 16 & 17.

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Creation (mini book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation (mini book)
Scroll down to this.


Day 2 (handwriting and coloring sheet)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Day Two Puzzle





Thursday, August 13, 2009

Revamping 1st Grade On Up Lesson Plans





I am in the process of revamping all my lesson plans for older kids (more crafts, activities, games, puzzles, etc.). Give me a couple of weeks and I'll have them ready. :)



Lesson Plan- David & Goliath (1st grade on up)



David and Goliath


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of David and Goliath
- explain that we must trust in God to help us



Review:
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)

Shepherd- person who watches over sheep
Harp- a small musical instrument that has strings that you strum or pluck (show picture)
Israelites- people from Israel (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Philistines- they were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves
Slaves- person forced to work for another
Giant- a very large person
Armor- a covering worn to protect you during battle
Slingshot- a weapon that is a strap or loop which is used for throwing stones (show picture)
Forehead- the part of the face between the eyebrows and hairline (show students where that is on a person)
Trust- to believe or have faith in
Faith- a strong belief in God



Plan:

Read story: “David and Goliath” and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who would fight Goliath?

sermons4kids.com- Five Smooth Stones object lesson with coloring and puzzles

childrensermons.com- David and Goliath object lesson

dltk-bible.com- David & Goliath lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- David & Goliath 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).

calvarycurriculum.com- David & Goliath lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoolsources.com- David and Goliath lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

mssscrafts.com- David and Goliath (look under Kings and Queens) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.




Movie:

Introduce movie: Who did David kill with just a stone and a sling?

Veggie Tales: Dave and The Giant Pickle (25 min.) and ask questions:

Note: You can skip Silly Songs with Larry during movie.

Where did Dave live? In Israel.

What was Dave? A shepherd.

Who was attacking the Israelites? The Philistines.

Who are the Philistines? They were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves.

Who put an army together to save Israel? King Saul.

Who was the Philistine’s strongest man? Goliath.

What did Dave bring to the battlefield? Food.

Who would fight Goliath? Dave.

Who were God’s chosen people? The Israelites.

King Saul game something to Dave. What was it? His armor.

What was wrong with it? His armor was too big for Dave.

How many stones did Dave get? 5 smooth stones.

How did Dave kill Goliath? His sling and a rock that hit him in the middle of his forehead.

Who did Dave trust to help him? God.



Crafts & Games:

Introduce craft and game: What was the name of the giant that David killed?

christiancrafters.com- Defeat Goliath
Copy and paste the Goliath picture on a piece of paper. Have the children color Goliath and cut out. Have each child glue Goliath on a 2 liter soda bottle and roll a small ball at it like bowling. (Students make this game to take home for a craft).

ehow.com- David vs. Goliath Game
Children can help make Goliath and play a fun game.

ehow.com- David and Goliath Games for Kids (3 are posted)

David and Goliath: The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall Game



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Who was bigger, Goliath or David?

Grilled Cheese People- Have the children make one little person and one big grilled cheese person using various shapes from their grilled cheese sandwich (circle, big rectangle, long skinny rectangles for legs and short skinny rectangles for arms, etc.)

daniellesplace.com- David and Goliath Snacks
Scroll about ¾ of the way down to the second paragraph above the poem: Five Little Stones



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

365 Activities for Kids
May 14th- Find the six hidden helmets.
May 15th- Which line must David follow to find exactly five stones.

psscentral.com- Harp (dot-to-dot)

More 365 Activities for Kids
June 5th – Here are 6 pictures from the Story of David. Number them in the right order.

David and Goliath- No Contest! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 10.

library.ld.org- David & Goliath (worksheet)
Circle the correct answer to each question, then color all the pictures.

dltk-bible.com- David and Goliath puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptograms, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath (word search)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath (decoder)



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.)





Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Moses File Folder Game





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.


Moses File Folder Game: Review of the Life of Moses (Bulrushes to the 10 Commandments)

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Saturday, August 8, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K) Creation- Day One: God Created Light







Creation- Day One: God Created Light

Objective: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Creation
- explain what God created
- identify what God created on the first day







Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

Pick the words that you want to use from below:

dltk-bible.com- Creation Theme Word Wall Words
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Word Wall
Use these printable Word Wall cards to go through the days of creation with your children. There are also key words from the creation story in Genesis chapter 1. (Scroll down for this.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- God Made Word Wall
Arrange the words according to the directions. Have “God made” already on the board and ask the children to find the correct answer.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: "Creation" from your own story book or read "And God Said" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 9 – 10, and do cut outs while the story unfolds. Then ask questions from below using Creation Cards to help the children remember what happened each day. Post cards on the bulletin board for future reference. There are lots of ways to use these for your students.

1. What did God make the first day? Light

2. What did God make the second day? Sky

3. What did God make the third day? Seas, land, and plants.

4. What did God make the fourth day? Sun, moon, and stars.

5. What did God make the fifth day? Creatures in seas and sky.

6. What did God make the sixth day? Animals on land and man.

7. Did God make the stars? Yes

8. Did God make the animals? Yes

9. How many days did it take God to create the whole world? Six

10. What did God do on the seventh day? God rested.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who created heaven and the earth? God

dltk-bible.com- Creation Song

dltk-bible.com- Days of Creation Song

perpetualpreschool.com- Creation Songs (several posted here)

kidz-under-construction.com- God Made (finger play)

awana4u2.org- Puggles Creation Finger Play

kidz-under-construction.com- You Are God’s Creation (finger play)

kidz-under-construction.com- I Have Two Eyes (finger play)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did God do the first day? God created light.

daniellesplace.com- Cut and sort day and night pictures (scroll down to 2)

Day to Night Wheel- Crafts to Celebrate God's Creation by Kathy Ross, page 10 & 11.


Introduce craft: What did God make?

Creation- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 5 & 6. Click on Excerpt and go to page 5 & 6.)

maryricehoplins.com- God Did Creation Wheel

lapbooklessons.com- Creation Lapbook: This page is full of resources you can use to make your Creation Lapbook.

lorislittleloves.blogspot.com- Our Study of the Creation Story by Lori P. She came up with these creative ideas for creation that will help teach your children all about Creation.



Games:

Introduce game: What did God do the first day? God created light.

Day One: Light and Dark- The Big Book of God’s Amazing Creation: Science and Nature Activities for Ages 3 – 12 by Gospel Light, page 25. (Click on Sample and go to page 25.)


Introduce game: What did God make on each day?

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Memory Match (scroll down to this)




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.




Introduce game: What did God make?

What did God Make? (file folder game)- Identify whether or not God made it as you work around the board. The first player to FINISH wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did God do the first day? God created light.

dltk-kids.com- Creation Cookies



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

Color the Cover and Day 1 and save these pages to make a book later:

Creation booklet (Bible Stories from A to Z, page 16 & 17)- Click on Sample Pages and go to page 16 & 17.

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Creation (mini book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation (mini book)
Scroll down to this.

Day 1 (handwriting and coloring sheet)

Let There Be Light (dot to dot)- Dot to Dot Bible Pictures (Grades: PK – K) by Linda Standke, page 4. (Click on Sample and go to page 4.)

Let There Be Light (dot to dot)-Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK – K, page 4.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Day One (puzzle)





Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mortal vs Venial Sin File Folder Game



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.


Mortal vs Venial Sin File Folder Game: Follow the directions on the space that you land on. Along the way you will encounter many obstacles and temptations that you have to face. The first person to move around the board and land on the picture of the church with the exact number wins.



Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Question Cards- Print Question Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.








Sunday, August 2, 2009

7 Deadly Sins File Folder Game



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.


7 Deadly Sins File Folder Game: Identify which of the 7 Deadly Sins is depicted in the situation. The player who collects the most tokens, wins.




Set a timer for a specified time. Put the Game Cards in the blank space near the top of the game board. Place your marker any where on the game board. Each player in turn spins the spinner and moves their marker along the board. They may go forward or backwards or follow any branch of the board they wish, as long as they only go one direction within a turn. This means that you can go forward or backward, but only forward or only backward in a single turn. When a player lands on a space that has a SE7EN on it, the person on their right picks up a Game Card and reads it out loud (if they cannot read it, someone else can read it for them). On each card is a situation that the player must identify which of the 7 Deadly Sins it is about. If the player answers correctly, they receive a token (use the tokens provided or you can use poker chips, milk caps, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive a token. If the player spins “Return 1 Token”, they must return one token. If a player spins “Take 1 Token” they may take a token from any player they choose. Players must collect as many tokens as they can as they move around the board. Note that the board is set up so you can move around it many times. The game is over when the timer goes off. Whoever has the most tokens, wins. Players can also play in teams so they can help each other answer the questions.


Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.

Spinner- Make spinner according to the directions. Keep inside file folder.

Tokens- (Use these tokens or make your own). Print out several pages of Tokens on card stock. Cut out Tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.