Sunday, March 29, 2009

Holy Eucharist Bingo



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 It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.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.





Holy Eucharist Bingo: Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Holy Eucharist.

Directions: Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Holy Eucharist. The teacher asks one student at a time a question from the list. The student answers the question and the class looks for the word(s) on their bingo card. The first student who gets five in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal) on their bingo card first, wins. You can play in teams or individually. (The teacher can give the students some hints to help them answer the questions correctly if needed.)


Directions- Print out Directions.

Bingo Cards (1 - 5)- Print out Bingo Cards on card stock. Trim. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Bingo Cards (6 - 10)- Print out Bingo Cards on card stock. Trim. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Bingo Cards (11 - 15)- Print out Bingo Cards on card stock. Trim. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Friday, March 27, 2009

Making the Right Decisions



*These game 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 They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.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.


WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)

Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.


Put the Game Cards in a small basket near the game board. Place your markers at START. The player spins the spinner and follows the directions. If you spin to move ahead 3, 4, or 5, you move ahead that many spaces. During your turn be careful because if you place your marker on any space in the maze you must continue in that path even though it might be the wrong way to go. On your next turn however, you can change directions and get on the right path to FINISH. If the player spins WWJD you draw a Game Card and read it out loud. The Game Card might have a “What Would Jesus Do” (WWJD) situation and you must tell what the right thing for you to do if you were in that predicament. If you are correct, you move ahead 3. If you are not correct, you stay where you are. The Game Card might also have a colored square on it that the player must move his marker to and continue playing the game from (don’t lose your temper because that’s not what Jesus would do).

Directions- Print out Directions and cut it out.

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

Spinner- Make spinner according to the directions.




Moral Dilemmas Card 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?


6 pages of cards


Place the Game Cards on a table. Toss a coin to find out who goes first. The player then draws a card and reads the moral dilemma, but does NOT say what he will do. The players then write down what they would do and why on their piece of paper (a sentence or two should suffice). Each player then shares what they wrote with the group. Discuss the answers that they have written. You could ask, “What do you think of Steve’s answer?” or “What is the worse thing someone could say or do in this situation?” or “Why do you think that answer is the right thing to do?” Etc. You can also have the players relate each issue to a commandment to help them decide what to do. When appropriate, reinforce a variety of ways to say or do things properly. Have them vote on which answer(s) is the best. The player(s) with the best answer receives a point (token). The player with the most points wins the game.


Directions- How to play the game.

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 Game Cards that are age appropriate.

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





Lesson Plan- Easter/Empty Tomb (1st grade on up)



Easter/The Empty Tomb


Objectives: The students will be able to
- explain that Easter is the celebration of Jesus' rising from the dead with new life
- retell the Easter/Empty Tomb story
- define resurrection



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)

Easter- celebration of Jesus’ resurrection
Resurrection- coming to new life after death
Faith- the gift that helps us believe and trust
Tomb- a cave used to bury the dead



Plan:

Read story: "The Empty Tomb" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: What happened on Easter?

sermons4kids.com- It’s Empty object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- I’ve Just Seen Jesus object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, multiple choice, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! Object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz, group activities, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

childrensministry.com- a number of activities for teaching and celebrating Easter

dltk-bible.com- The Easter Story lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Roll That Stone Away, Two Angels in White, He’s Alive lessons 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- Jesus is Risen! lesson #238), Peter and John Visit Jesus’ Tomb (lesson #239) with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

engagingfaith.blogspot.com- Easter/Resurrection Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast the Gospel Accounts of the Resurrection



More Crafts

welittlemiracles.com- Make an Easter Story Wreath {free printables!}

catholicinspired.com- Paper Plate Lilies

christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.



Introduce craft: Did they find Jesus in the tomb on Easter? Let’s make something that shows what they found.

The Empty Tomb- A cute craft that the children will get to "roll the stone away" on Jesus' tomb to retell the story of the resurrection. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 57 & 58).

catholicicing.com- Printable Resurrection Set



Introduce art activity: Remember the caterpillar we made at Lent? We made a caterpillar to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus. Now the caterpillar has changed. What did he change into? A butterfly. Let’s have our caterpillars change into a butterfly.

Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. The butterfly represents how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly and received new life. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).

parenting.com- Coffee Filter Butterfly

firstpalette.com- Coffee Filter Butterflies

freepreschoolcrafts.com- Plastic Bag Butterfly
Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.



Introduce craft: Have you ever heard of the Jelly Bean Prayer?

annieshomepage.com- Jelly Bean Prayer
Prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft.

kinderart.com- Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft)

mamajenn.com- Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable)

churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter



More Games

Introduce game: What was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus laid?

Who’s Got The Stone?

Need: One small rock

Directions: One student is picked to be “It”. All the students (except "It") put both of their hands together and form a cup with just a little hole up on top. The teacher walks around and pretends to put the stone in someone's hand. One student will actually get the stone. The student who is “It” is then asked by the teacher, "Who's got the stone?". Whoever has the stone is "It". (Game is like “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?).

Impossible Knot! (Jesus Rises From the Dead)- This game will seem impossible to kids at first, just as Jesus’ resurrection must have seemed impossible at the time. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 100 & 101.)

Sight Seeing (Jesus Appears to Mary)- As kids explore Jesus’ appearance to Mary, they will learn that god always keeps his word, no matter how hard it is to believe. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 102 & 103.)



These game 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 Empty Tomb File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to get to the empty tomb first. Players take turns spinning the spinner and then moving their marker ahead to the next space of that color. (Like Candy Land)








Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did they find in the tomb? It was empty.

christiancrafters.com- Empty Tomb Snack


Note: You can make these cookies below the night before and have the students make another batch during class and seal up the oven. While the students are doing another activity, you can remove their cookies and add the batch you made the night before.

betterbudgeting.com- Resurrection Story Cookies



Introduce snack: Jesus died and received new life. A caterpillar changes into something. What does he become?
christiancrafters.com- New Life Butterfly Snack



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Empty Tomb puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from November 22 - 24).

Jesus is Alive (maze)- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs

sermons4kids.com- Butterfly maze

sermons4kids.com- The Empty Tomb (maze)

biblewise.com- Jesus is Alive (maze)

biblewise.com- Find the Cave (maze)

biblewise.com- He is Risen! (maze)

biblewise.com- After the Sabbath day, Mary Magdalene and Mary went to visit the tomb where Jesus was placed. An angel appeared and spoke to the women. In order to learn what the angel said, write the next letter in the alphabet on the dash.

biblewise.com- Angel at the Tomb
To find out what the angel said at the tomb to the women, unscramble the words in the opening.

biblewise.com- The body of Jesus was laid in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb before His resurrection. Using the letters in the name Arimathea how many words of 2 or more letters can you make?

dltk-bible.com- Easter puzzles (several to choose from)

He’s Not Here! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 29.

sermons4kids.com- The Empty Tomb (word search) John 20:1-18

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (word search) John 20:1-18

sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (word search) Luke 24:1-12

sermons4kids.com- He Is Not Here. He Has Risen (crossword) John 20:1-18

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (crossword) John 20:1-18

sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (crossword) Luke 24:1-12

sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (word shape) Luke 24:6a

sermons4kids.com- He has risen! He is not here. (jumble) Mark 16:6

sermons4kids.com- I have seen the Lord! (jumble) John 20:18

sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (decoder) Luke 24:6a

sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (multiple choice) Luke 24:1-12

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (multiple choice) John 20:1

biblewise.com- True or False with answers

biblewise.com- True or False (Resurrection) with answers




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.)





Monday, March 23, 2009

Easter Games



These 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




The Empty Tomb File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to get to the empty tomb first. Players take turns spinning the spinner and then moving their marker ahead to the next space of that color. (Like Candy Land)

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.

Spinner- Make spinner according to the directions.







Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH.

2 different game boards to choose from!

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. 2 Game Boards to choose from.


Game Board #1

Game Board #2

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 students abilities.

Jelly Bean Jar Token Cards- Print out several pages of tokens on card stock. Cut out tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Questions and Answers- For the teacher to check answers.





Friday, March 20, 2009

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



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)

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



Plan:


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)



Activities:

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.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- several lessons 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).

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.

sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus is Crucified lesson



1st Grade on Up Lesson Plans: Each lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

Palm Sunday/Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem

Last Supper/Holy Thursday



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.

Lent
Suffer
Mass
Holy Communion
Changed
Good Friday
Die
Passion/Palm Sunday
Wine
Holy Thursday
Mary
Cross
Holy Saturday
Body of Christ
Last Supper
Forgave



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



Crafts:

catholicicing.com- A Craft For Each Day Of Holy Week


Introduce craft: What crowed three times just like Jesus said it would? A rooster. Who denied Jesus three times just like Jesus said someone would? Peter.

first-school.ws- Rooster Craft
A cute rooster craft made with a paper plate. *Leave off the feet and the rooster can rock back and forth.


Introduce craft: What did Jesus have to carry and what was he nailed to?

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make.

craftingthewordofgod.com- Cross Sun Catcher

christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.

catholicinspired.com- Good Friday Craft ~ Clothes-pin Crucifix



Games:

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.



Basketball

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).

Bingo Card Maker- Free 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 Bingo card that you can make.

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.



Holy Week Spin the Bottle Game- A fun way to review Holy Week. Scroll down to Games.

Holy Week Memory Game- Play Memory, Go Fish, or Sequencing with these cards.





Holy Week File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to go through all the days of Holy Week by answering questions about each day.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What happened on Good Friday? Discuss.

Good Friday Cross- Good Friday marks the day of the crucifixion. Make crosses out of bread sticks (use Pillsbury refrigerated breadsticks).

pillsbury.com- Cheesy Crescent Sticks and make into a cross

pillsbury.com- Twisty Dippers and make into a cross


During Lent we do not eat meat on Fridays. We also do not eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. What can we eat during this time? Discuss. Make a snack that is meatless.

catholicculture.org- Good Friday Bread



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from November 2 - 21).

biblewise.com- Crown of Thorns (maze)

Jesus Who? (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 27.

The Lamb of God (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 28.

biblewise.com- Peter’s Denial (decoder)

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.

pflaum.com- Complete the sentences to solve the crossword puzzle. Choose the words from the box. (Grades 2 – 3)

pflaum.com- How much do you know about the holiest week of the year? Complete the sentences to test your knowledge. Then write the words in the puzzle. (Grades 4 – 6)

teachingandlearningresources.co.uk- Holy Week (crossword)

pflaum.com- Holy Week: Its Special Days and Celebrations
According to the Gospel of John, what were the first words of the risen Jesus and to whom were they spoken? Complete this puzzle to find the answers. (Grades 7 – 8)



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.

Holy Week Quiz- 20 questions with answers



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.)





Friday, March 13, 2009

Lesson Plan- Last Supper/Holy Thursday (1st grade on up)



Last Supper/Holy Thursday


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Last Supper
- explain that at the Last Supper Jesus offered his life to his Father and gave himself to us in Holy Communion
- identify The Last Supper as a Passover meal and that the purpose of celebrating the Passover meal was to remember how God delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt
- identify the reason we celebrate Communion is to remember that Jesus delivered us from the slavery of sin when he died on the cross



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)

Lie- to say something that is not true.
Servant- somebody who serves or works for another
Betray- not being loyal, giving out information to harm another, not helping another
Garden of Gethsemane- the olive grove just outside Jerusalem where Jesus was betrayed after the Last Supper (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Deny- to say something not true, to not do something for someone, saying you do not know them



Plan:

Read story: The Last Supper and ask questions from the sheet and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Why do they call this event “The Last Supper”?

sermons4kids.com- In Remembrance of Me object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

dltk-bible.com- The Last Supper (click on 2) lesson plan with coloring page, crafts, games, mini book, snacks, take home sheet, puzzles, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Wash Disciples’ Feet, The Last Supper lessons 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- The Last Supper (lesson #229) and The Master Becomes A Servant (lesson #230) with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoolkids.com- The Last Supper lesson with activities



Crafts:

Introduce craft: How can we remember the reason we celebrate Communion?

familyatthefootofthecross.blogspot.com- Corpus Christi Mosaic Craft
*You can also decorate the chalices with sequins, rhinestones, glitter, etc.

dltk-bible.com- Last Supper Key Chain
This simple keychain craft reinforces the memory verse from John 6:35.

Holy Thursday/Last Supper Craft by catholicicing.com- an easy craft based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper painting.



Games:

Introduce game: Who ate with Jesus at the Last Supper? His disciples. Let’s see if there are enough chairs for everyone to sit. (Play Musical Chairs)

Musical Chairs

Line up alternate facing chairs, one less than the number of children playing. (Example: If there are 10 players, place 9 chairs). The players move round the chairs while the music is on. When the music stops they have to sit down on a free chair. The player without a chair is out and let that player be the one to stop the music the next time. Remove one chair each time the music is played. Repeat until you have only 2 players and 1 chair. The one to sit down first on the last chair is the winner.



Introduce game: What do you know about the Last Supper? Let’s find out.

The Last Supper Trivia Game Questions- (use questions from Last Supper File Folder Game that is below.)

Baseball

Divide the class into two teams. Establish in the classroom, a first base, second base, third base, and home. Determine in advance how many innings will be played. Team #1 is up at bat first and line up along the chalkboard. The first player is asked a question from the teacher, if they are correct, they advance to first base. If they are incorrect, they go to the end of the line and it counts as an out. The second batter is then asked a different question. Each correct answer allows the batter to advance one base. The game continues like baseball until there are three outs. After three outs, Team #2 has their turn at bat. Whichever team has the most runs, wins.



Basketball

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.










Have you ever experienced a Passover Seder? For many, Seder meals are not a common part of their typical Holy Week traditions. To help children understand what was eaten during this meal, here is a game that reviews the traditional food of the Seder meal.

yumpu.com- Fill Your Seder Plate Board Game













Last Supper File Folder Game- Play individually or in teams and work your way around the game board answering questions about the Last Supper. If you are correct you roll a die and move your marker in your row in any direction you want. If you land on a colored space, you can move one row toward the center with “Last Supper”. Play continues until a team or player reaches “Last Supper”.






Snacks:

Introduce snack: What happened on Holy Thursday? Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples.

dltk-kids.com- Last Supper Snack



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

The Last Supper- Color the shapes with letters from the word REMEMBRANCE. What did Jesus share with the disciples? (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 72).

365 Activities for Kids- Find the cups on November 15th.

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Last Supper puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from November 6 - 11).

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of life (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus, the Bread of Life (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (missing letters)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life
Complete the paragraph by filling in the blanks with the correct word from the word bank at the bottom of the paragraph.



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.)





Monday, March 9, 2009

Last Supper/Holy Thursday



Activities:

Introduce activities: Why do they call this event “The Last Supper”?

sermons4kids.com- In Remembrance of Me object lesson with coloring page

dltk-bible.com- The Last Supper (click on 2) lesson plan with coloring page, crafts, games, mini book, snacks, take home sheet, puzzles, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Wash Disciples’ Feet, The Last Supper lessons 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- The Last Supper (#229), The Master Becomes A Servant (#230) lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoolkids.com- The Last Supper lesson with activities

mssscrafts.com- The Last Supper with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.



Coloring:


hellokids.com- The Last Supper coloring page

sermons4kids.com- The Last Supper

oncoloring.com- Jesus at the Last Supper with the apostles coloring page

honkingdonkey.com- The Lord's Supper - The Last Supper Coloring Page

sundayschoolkids.com- 2 page activity and coloring page

supercoloring.com- The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci coloring page

4catholiceducators.com- Holy Thursday clip art

sundayschoolzone.com- The Last Supper Coloring Page

apples4theteacher.com- The Body and Blood of Christ coloring sheet



lambsongs.co.nz- Scroll down to these booklets for the children to color:

“Washing Feet” by Jill Kemp

“Jesus Eats With His Friends” by Jill Kemp



Crafts:


dltk-bible.com- Last Supper keychain

The Catholic Toolbox- Chalice

christianbook.com- A Framed Picture
Making a sparkling picture of communion will be a reminder of the special time we put aside to remember Jesus. (Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget: Paper Plates & Cups, page 12 & 13). *Click on Excerpt and go to pages 12 & 13

catholicicing.com- An easy craft based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper painting

“Do this in memory of me.” (craft)- directions and template



Games:

cajestl.org- Fill Your Seder Plate Board Game
Have you ever experienced a Passover Seder? For many, Seder meals are not a common part of their typical Holy Week traditions. To help children understand what was eaten during this meal, here is a game that reviews the traditional food of the Seder meal.



This game is free, however it can 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.




Last Supper File Folder Game: Play individually or in teams and work your way around the game board answering questions about the Last Supper. If you are correct you roll a die and move your marker in your row in any direction you want. If you land on a colored space, you can move one row toward the center with “Last Supper”. Play continues until a team or player reaches “Last Supper”.


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.

*These questions are in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.
Question Cards- Use these questions or make your own. Print Question Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the questions that reflect your student’s abilities.)



Lessons:

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): Holy Week- (Several activities pertaining to Holy Thursday posted here) lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

Lesson Plan- Last Supper/Holy Thursday (1st grade on up)- lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



Puzzles/Worksheets:

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of life (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus, the Bread of Life (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life (missing letters)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus the Bread of Life
Complete the paragraph by filling in the blanks with the correct word from the word bank at the bottom of the paragraph.

cluclutheran.org- The Lord Institutes the Lord’s Supper (worksheet)
Cut out the pictures at the bottom of the page and glue them into the proper spaces in the verse below. Memorize the verse. (Scroll down to this.)



These worksheets 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.

Last Supper- handwriting and coloring sheet

Holy Thursday Worksheet- Fill in the blanks with a word from below. (Ideas for younger students given).





Sunday, March 8, 2009

Holy Week 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.



Holy Week File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to go through all the days of Holy Week by answering questions about each day.


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.

Questions- Use these questions or make your own. Use only the questions that reflect your student’s abilities.

Spinner- Make spinner according to the directions.







Friday, March 6, 2009

Lesson Plan- Palm Sunday/Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem (1st grade on up)



Palm Sunday/Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem/Cleanses the Temple


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem
- explain that on Passion (Palm) Sunday the Church celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
- explain that the church is a place of worship and not a market place
- locate Jerusalem and Bethany on a map



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)

Passover- Jewish feast in remembrance of God’s saving love in his freeing of his people from slavery in Egypt. A Jewish festival to remember when God had freed the Israelites (Hebrews) from slavery in Egypt
Hosanna- acclamation of praise with which people greeted Jesus when he entered Jerusalem
Passion (Palm) Sunday- celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to begin his passion; the first day of Holy Week
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)
Festival- a celebration
Bethany- small village near Jerusalem (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Donkey colt- a young animal that is from the horse family, but smaller and with longer ears
Cloaks- a loose sleeveless outer garment that fastens at the neck
Palm leaves- a tree with a single trunk and several long bladelike leaves at the top
Temple- a Jewish place of worship
Temple rulers- Jewish church rulers
Arrest- to take someone and hold them



Plan:

Read story: “Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem” and ask questions from Take Home Sheet.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem?

sermons4kids.com- Palm Sunday object lessons with coloring sheets, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, etc. (scroll down to Palm Sunday & Easter)

kidsclubs4jesus.com- House of Prayer 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- The Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem, Jesus Cleanses The Temple Again lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.



The Palm Sunday Song- The students can do this and act it out while singing.

Words by Harrison Woodard

Sung to the tune "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"
Note: The words in parentheses may be spoken, shouted, or omitted.

He'll be riding on a donkey
When he comes
(Praise God!)
He'll be riding on a donkey
When he comes
(Praise God!)
He'll be riding on a donkey,
He'll be riding on a donkey,
He'll be riding on a donkey
When he comes
(Praise God!)

Oh, we'll all go out to meet him
When he comes
(Our King!)
Oh, we'll all go out to meet him
When he comes
(Our King!)
Oh, we'll all go out to meet him,
We'll all go out to meet him,
We'll all go out to meet him
When he comes
(Praise God! Our King!)

We'll be waving our palm branches
When he comes
(God's Son!)
We'll be waving our palm branches
When he comes
(God's Son!)
We'll be waving our palm branches,
We'll be waving our palm branches,
We'll be waving our palm branches
When he comes
(Praise God! Our King! God's Son!)

We'll be shouting out "Hosanna!"
When he comes
(We're Saved!)
We'll be shouting out "Hosanna!"
When he comes
(We're Saved!)
We'll be shouting out "Hosanna!",
We'll be shouting out "Hosanna!",
We'll be shouting out "Hosanna!"
When he comes
(Praise God! Our King! God's Son! We're Saved!)



sermons4kids.com- Spring Cleaning object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Cleaning House object lesson with coloring, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- Cleaning House (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.



More Crafts

Introduce craft: What did the people wave at Jesus and put on the ground in front of him?

biblekidsfunzone.com- Palm Branches

dltk-bible.com- Palm Leaf Fold and Cut Craft

*Note: For younger students you can use the pattern and draw the palm branches on the paper before class.



More Games

Introduce game: What would you bring if you went to Jerusalem? Let’s find out.


Pack Your Bag

Directions: This is a memory game. Have the players seated in a circle. The first player begins by saying, "I’m going to Jerusalem and in my bag I packed ..........." He can say anything he likes, for example an orange, a pair of shoes, a telephone, or a pet dog. The next player in line begins the same way but adds a second object after repeating the first. The third player also begins, “I’m going to Jerusalem and in my bag I packed ..........." He must repeat the first two objects and then add a third. So it goes on, but if a player can’t repeat or mixes up the order of the objects then he is out.

If you haven't got many players, the same children can keep adding more items. The game continues until one player remains or until time is up. Some lists get very long and are remembered for years by the players. A variation is to decide that the objects chosen must start with the letters of the alphabet in order, for example "apple, bat, cake...zebra." This makes it a little easier to remember. (You could also help the player if necessary so everyone can play). Or you can call on a student and ask them to name something that starts with the letter A that they would bring to Jerusalem. Go around the circle and use each letter of the alphabet. Have the students name an object that they would put in their suitcase if they were going to Jerusalem.


sermons4kids.com- Crown Relay & Donkey Relay (2 different relay games for Palm Sunday)

biblestoryprintables.com- This is a file folder game for children to learn about the events leading up to Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Customize this game with question cards, or let younger children just roll the dice to play.

Sunday Best (Palm Sunday)- This game will help children learn to honor Jesus as king. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 145-146).

Temple Bowling (Jesus Clears the Temple)- This game will help children discover God wants his house to be a place of worship. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 83). *You can also use empty 2 liter soda bottles.



The Really Big Book of Bible Games by Gospel Light

Palm Branch Pass (page 143)- We can’t help but praise Jesus because of whom He is and what He came to do! When Jesus entered Jerusalem the week before HE died, people praised Him by waving palm branches in the air. Let’s play a game with branches to remember a way Jesus was praised!

Palm Branch Pickup (page 144)- When Jesus was entering Jerusalem, people gave Him praise by covering the ground with branches from palm trees. We’re going to play a game and give praise to Jesus, too.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did the people lay on the ground in front of Jesus? Palm leaves.

christiancrafters.com- Candy Palm Tree

christiancrafters.com- (Do object lesson before giving out the candy.)



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Palm Sunday puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from November 2 - 5).

Blessed Is the King! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 26.

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (maze) Mark 11:9

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (maze) Matthew 21:9

biblewise.com- Donkey Ride (maze)

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (word search) Mark 11:1-11

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (word search) Matthew 21:1-11

sermons4kids.com- King for a Day (word search) Mark 11:1-11

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (crossword) Luke 19:38

sermons4kids.com- King for a Day (crossword) Mark 11:1-11

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (crossword) Matthew 21:1-11

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (multiple choice) Luke 19:38

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry
Complete the paragraph by filling in the blanks with a word from the word bank at the bottom of the story.

sermons4kids.com- Cleaning House (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Cleanses the Temple (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Cleaning House (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Cleanses the Temple (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Cleanses the Temple (word jumble)

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (word jumble) Mark 11:1-11

sermons4kids.com- The Triumphal Entry (word jumble) Matthew 21:1-11

sermons4kids.com- King for a Day (word jumble) Mark 11:1-11

sermons4kids.com- Cleaning House (multiple choice)

sermons4kids.com- King for a Day (multiple choice) Mark 11:1-11



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.)