Thank You God (This would make a good Thanksgiving lesson.)
Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story The Ten Lepers
- state what they should say when someone does something kind
- name things that they are thankful for
- discuss why it is important to tell Jesus and God “Thank you”
- state what they should say when someone says “Thank you” to them
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Thank you God for Word Wall- 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. Have “Thank you God for” already on the board and ask the children to answer this by using the cards that are provided below.
Introduction to story: Have you ever done something kind and no one said thank you? How did it make you feel? How do you feel when someone says “Thank you” to you when you have done something? It makes everyone feel good when someone says “Thank you”.
Read story: The Ten Lepers
Or while reading the story do cut outs from “The Ten Lepers” (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 88 & 89) as the story unfolds. Then ask questions from below.
How do you think Jesus felt when one man said thank you?
How do you think Jesus felt when the other men did not say thank you?
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: How do you feel when you say “Thank you” to God?
Pumpkin Pie Spinner- This pumpkin pie may look good enough to eat, but it's actually an interactive spinner that reveals things your child is thankful for. Children can draw what they are thankful for instead of writing.
The Ten Lepers (Bible Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 49 & 50.
Bless This Food
Grace Before Meals 3-D Picture- Students make a placemat any way they like using a large piece of construction paper 18 X 12 and other craft supplies. Then glue a napkin, silverware, plate, and a plastic cup on it like a place setting. Students then glue the Grace Before Meals prayer on the plate.
catholicicing.com- Catholic Dinner Prayer Printout (scroll down to this)
The traditional Grace Before Meals prayer printed out to glue on to the center of a paper plate.
*After my students make their placemats I asked them, “How do we set a table?” We then do it slowly step-by-step making the craft (I have the students glue the prayer on the plate later) so hopefully they can help out at home setting the table.
I then say to my students: Do any of you say “grace” or thank God before you eat your meals? Do any of you have a “standard” grace you say at home? (Give a few examples.) Why do we say grace? Is it important? Why? Sometimes we can easily forget to thank the Lord for all He has given to us and a great way to remember is to always pray to Him to thank Him for the food He gives us to eat each day. We have lots to be thankful for. Let’s not forget to say thank you to God.
Introduce game: How do you think God feels when you say “Thank you” to Him?
daniellesplace.com- Play a Musical Chairs Thank You Game
Scroll about ¾ down to this game under Activity.
Race to Draw Power and Thanks- A fun low energy level game with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussion questions. Through a drawing race, kids will discover Jesus' power to heal ten lepers and will think of things for which they can thank Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing, pages 122 & 123).
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