Lesson Plan- Daniel and the Lions (1st grade on up)
Daniel and the Lions
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story Daniel and the Lions
- explain that Daniel was (a prophet in the Old Testament), that he prayed regularly and that he trusted God even when it was hard
- identify on a map where Jerusalem is
- explain that God is with us in good times and bad
- discuss that God listens to us when we pray
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)
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). Babylonians- somebody from Babylon (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map). Kingdom- a country rules by a king or queen Ruler- a person who that controls others Jealous- envious of someone else, his or her things, talents, etc. Pray- to talk to God and asking Him to do something or thanking Him Law- rules Pit- a large deep hole in the ground Respect- treat this person with honor Lion’s Den- where lions live Protected- to keep safe
Read story: "Daniel and Lion’s Den" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who would only pray to God and it was against the law? Is this a brave thing to do? What could happen to Daniel?
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Lion’s Den 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- Daniel in the Lion’s Den lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
dltk-bible.com- Daniel and the Lions lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.
kidssundayschool.com- Unseen Faith (object lesson)
This object talk demonstrates how faith in our Lord can help us from being crushed by fear.
So will faith save us? The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith. Daniel was one of the many great men of faith. Although he knew that disobeying a decree meant death, he would not give up his faith, even for his own life. We will never know if Daniel went into the lion's den believing he would survive. We do know that he prayed to God for help, but that could have been help to withstand the pain or to die quickly. In any case, we can know for sure because of his faith that he believed he was in God's care. Having faith in God means to allow Him to be in control of our lives. If we faithfully obey and give Him our praise, He will give us the courage to do whatever He wants us to do, or go wherever He wants us to go. But I hope it's not into a den of lions.
Introduce movie: Who was thrown into the lion pit for praying to God?
Movie- Veggie Tales: Where's God When I'm S-Scared? Daniel and the Lion’s Den (14 min.) and ask questions:
Who told the King what his dreams meant? (Daniel)
The Wise Men got jealous of Daniel and what did they want to do? (Get rid of him.)
How did they do this? (They had a law passed that people could only pray to the King.)
Who would Daniel pray to? (Only to God.)
What happened to Daniel? (They threw him in the Lion’s den.)
Did the lions eat Daniel? (No)
Why didn’t the lion’s eat Daniel? (God protected him.)
Introduce craft: What did not eat Daniel?
Need: Paper plate, crayons/paint, stapler, paper grocery bag
Directions: Cut the center out of a paper plate and color/paint paper plate tan. (Note: Be sure to have students use old crayons and peel the paper off the crayons and rub the side of the crayon on the paper plate instead of coloring it. This will be a lot faster and easier for the students). Cut 2 ears (triangles 3 inches on all three sides) out of the paper bag. Staple ears to mask where ears should go on the back of the plate. Cut several rectangles for mane (rectangles 1 inch by 6 inches long) out of a paper bag. Staple mane rectangles on edge of mask on the back of the paper plate all the way around mask. Cut a strip (2 inches by 20 inches) out of the paper bag to make a band for the back of the mask. Staple on end of the strip to one side of the mask on the back. Fit the strip to the child’s head then staple the other end in place. Cut off excess band.
library.ld.org- Daniel, Lions, and Me
We need to have faith and courage to help make the right choices in our lives.
Introduce craft: Why did Daniel pray to God even though it was against the king’s new law?
kids-corner.info- Daniel in the Lion’s Den
When your students wonder why Daniel prayed to God even though it was against the king’s new law or rule, explain that . . . obeying the law (or rules) is good and right. Help your child draw pictures to reflect the rules that he needs to obey at home and church. Daniel had always obeyed the king’s other laws. But Daniel knew that this law was not what God wanted. Daniel knew he needed to talk to God and listen to Him in order to make good choices.
Introduce games: When is God with us? Discuss.
Daniel and the Lions Game- A simple and fun board game for younger children that reviews the story of Daniel in the Lions Den. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 58 & 59 for game board and page 55 for directions).
Lion. Lion. Shut Your Mouth!- This game will help students review the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and it’s lesson of courage in standing up for one’s convictions. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 64).
Daniel’s Den by sugardoodle.net- The object of the game is to build Daniel's name out of toothpicks. Whoever finishes construction first is the winner. You can also make your own cards with instructions on them instead of using a regular deck of cards. Example: + 1, + 2, +3, etc. or a picture of one toothpick, two toothpicks, etc. or -1, -2, -3, etc. or an X on one toothpick, an X on two toothpicks, or a picture of Daniel praying or a lion (use one of your toothpicks to help another player build Daniel’s name) . Or you can use these cards that I made up. (When you use all the cards, shuffle and continue playing game.)
The Really Big Book of Bible Games by Gospel Light (several games below to pick from)
Balloon Challenge (page 158)- Daniel had formed a habit of praying three times each day. When we form habits of faithfulness to God, it is easier to do what is right when trouble comes. We form habits when we practice doing something again and again until we can do it without even thinking about it. Let’s practice this fun activity and see how good we can get at it.
Faithfulness Toss (page 212)- Daniel showed his love for God by refusing to pray to anyone other than God. Acting in ways that show belief in God demonstrates our faithfulness and love for God. Let’s play a game to name some ways to show belief in God.
Practice Practice (page 194)- Daniel prayed to God three times a day. Talking to God is so important that He wants us to pray every day so that praying becomes a habit. The more we pray, the more we get to know God and the ways in which we can love and obey Him. Let’s practice doing some thing several times to see if we get better at it.
Introduce game: Daniel chose the right thing and to not give into pressures around him. Can you choose the right thing to do and not give into pressures around you?
Introduce game: 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?
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