Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lesson Plan- Mary is the Mother of Our Church (1st grade on up)



Mary Is the Mother of the Church


Objectives: The students will be able to
- identify that Mary is the Mother of the Church
- describe how we honor Mary
- recite the prayer Hail Mary from memory
- define assumption



Review: Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
Assumption- Mary being taken up body and soul into heaven
Immaculate- free from sin
Ave Maria- Hail Mary



Plan:

gardenofpraise.com- Mary, the Mother of Jesus lesson with questions, memory verse, quizzes, puzzles, etc.

therealpresence.org- The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ

spirituality.org- Mary, A Role Model For Our Times lesson

dacapofoundation.com- Mary, Mother of the Church lesson

christusrex.org- Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

home.comcast.net- Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin, Mother of Divine Love The Church’s teachings in Mary’s role, title, immaculate conception, assumption, etc.

ewtn.com- Overview of Church Teachings, Doctrines Explained, Apologetics, Devotions, Excerpts from Church Doctrines, etc.

harvestingthefruit.com- Exploring the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mother of our Lord, Mother of the Church, Mother to all who call themselves Christian lesson with study questions, reflections, and action plan (for older students).



Lesson for Younger Students:

Introduction: Who takes care of you by fixing your meals, helping you dress, and nursing you when you are sick? (Mother)
Who may take the place of your mother in caring for you?

To what large family do you belong? (The Church)
When did you become a member? (At baptism)
Who leads the Church? (The pope)
Who is the pope? (Pope Francis I) (write Pope Francis I on the board)
The Church has a mother too. Do you know who she is? (Mary)

What did Mary say when God wanted her to be the mother of Jesus? (Yes)
Mary’s yes made her the mother of Jesus and of God’s family, the Church.

When did Jesus give us Mary to be our mother? (When he was dying on the cross.)
After Jesus went to heaven, Mary stayed on Earth to take care of the Christian family.

One day Mary went to heaven to live with Jesus. He did something special for his mother. Jesus took Mary bodily to heaven. When we die, our bodies will be buried in a grave. We will rise on the last day. The last day is when Jesus comes back to Earth to judge the living and the dead.

Mary has been holy all her life. So Mary was taken up, body and soul, into heaven. This is called the Assumption (write it on the board).

Mary takes care of us. She prays for us and asks Jesus to bless us. She helps us be like Jesus so that we can live forever with Him.

There are special times when Catholics honor Mary. The month of May is Mary’s month. (Print Mary and May on the board.) The names even look alike.

Mary has special feast days during the year. What do you think we should do on these days? (Try and honor her in a special way.)
How can we honor Mary? (By trying to be like her; by praying to her, by singing songs to her.)

Next Sunday, our church is celebrating the Crowning of Mary (write this on the board). A statue of Mary will be brought into the church and she will be crowned with a wreath of flowers. We call Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. We will be able to give gifts of flowers to be laid at Mary’s feet during the celebration. Her special shrine with fresh flowers will be kept going all through May. We will pray and sing songs as well. One special and famous song will be sung, “Ave Maria” (write this on the board) which means Hail Mary.

Mary likes us to ask her for help. We should pray to Mary often. What might we pray to her?

Do you know any prayers to Mary? (Hail Mary)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Discussion: It is important for us to honor our mom’s every chance we get. Our government thought it was important enough to give mom’s their own holiday. What day is this? (Mother’s Day)

Should Mother’s Day be the only day we take time out to thank mom though? Why or why not?



Introduce story: Who will always love you? Here is a story about a mother’s love for her son. Read story- “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch

Ask the following questions after reading the story:

1. Did his mother always like his behavior? No.

2. What would she do when he was really asleep? She would pick him up and hold him. She would rock back and forth and sing that she would love him forever as long as she was living.

3. What would she do when he was all grown up? She would drive over to his house and do the same thing when he was really asleep.

4. When she was too old to do that any more, what did her son do? He picked her up and rocked her back and forth. He sang that he would love her forever as long as he was living.

5. What did the son do when he came home after doing that to his mother? He went into his baby daughter’s room when she was sleeping. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth. He then sang the same song that his mother used to sing to him.

6. Who will always love you? Your mother.



Activities:

Introduce activity: What are the special prayers to the Blessed Virgin which are said with the use of beads consisting of the Apostles' Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father (Doxology)? (The Holy Rosary)

fcpeace.com- Hail Mary (mini book)

fcpeace.com- Our Father (mini book)

fcpeace.com- Apostles Creed (mini book)

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who is the mother of Jesus? Who does your mother love? Mother’s Day is coming soon so we are going to make something special for her.


Heart Picture Fame

Need: Craft foam cut into the shape of a heart with oval cut out of the center for child’s picture, sticky magnets, glue, glitter, items to glue onto frame, colored construction paper, stapler, crayons, magic markers

Directions: Stick sticky magnet on back of heart frame. Have students decorate their frames for their Mom’s. Show students how to make a simple envelope with the colored construction paper and staple. Students can decorate their envelope with crayons and magic markers and put their frame inside as a present for Mom. You can also use paper lunch bags to put present inside that the students decorate. Have students get help from their father or someone from home to find a picture of them to glue to the back of their frame so you can see their picture on the front side.

Introduce art craft: What do we need to make to go with the gift that we are making for our Mom’s? A card.

dltk-holidays.com- Mother’s Day Printable Poems and Cards
Print out cards and have students color and tape to their gift envelopes/bags after they have put their gift inside.



Introduce craft: Can you name a prayer to Mary? (Hail Mary)

emmausroad.org- Annunciation Craft
This craft will produce a decorative prayer book that when opened will present the “Hail Mary” (page 7 & 8). You can add other prayers from the Rosary to the book.

catholicism.suite101.com- Children’s Rosary Projects



How to make a rosary:

Making a Rosary- Rosary background and information. Excellent step-by-step directions to make a simple rosary. (Kids Explore America’s Catholic Heritage, page 159-161).

e-scoutcraft.com- Making a rosary using Seine Twine Mason Line, 6 gold pony beads, and a small piece of leather

domestic-church.com- How to Make Knotted Cord Rosaries

ehow.com- How To Make A Rosary for Kids

ehow.com- How To Make A Pocket Rosary



Games:

Introduce game: What’s a perfect game to celebrate Mother’s Day?

gameskidsplay.net- Mother May I?



Honor Your Mother Game

Need: 1 sponge

Directions: Cut the sponge into a large heart. Have the students sit in a circle. The teacher turns her back to the students and she says, "Pass, pass, pass." The students then pass the heart to their right around the circle. When the teacher says, "Stop," the child holding the heart has to say a reason why they love their Mom or whomever is taking care of them.



The following games 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.


Introduce game: Who is the Mother of our Church? Mary


Mary is the Mother of Our Church (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.





Introduce game: Do you know the prayers in the Holy Rosary? Let’s find out.



Hail Mary (file folder game)- A fun way to practice and see how well you know the Hail Mary prayer. (Scroll down to Games.)






The Lord's Prayer (file folder game)- A fun way to practice and see how well you know the Lord’s Prayer. Scroll down to Games. (Catholic version of Debbie's ffg)






Name That Prayer (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers. Review prayers in the rosary.(Only use the question cards for prayers of the rosary.)





Rosary Bingo- Review the rosary while playing Bingo (15 cards







The Holy Rosary Game- Practice reciting the Holy Rosary while you compete against others.



Snack:

Introduce snack: What would be a nice thing for you to do for you Mom on Mother’s Day? Discuss. Then talk about making breakfast for their mother and what they could make for her. Make a breakfast that they could make for their mother for Mother’s Day.



Puzzles & Worksheets:

campus.udayton.edu- Mary, Mother, Believer puzzles and worksheets

4catholiceducators.com- 3 Hail Mary word search puzzles

joanyedwards.com- Blessed Are You Among Women (word search)

4catholiceducators.com- 3 Lord’s Prayer (word searches)

wordsearchfun.com- Apostles’ Creed (word search)

4catholiceducators.com- Apostles’ Creed (word searches)

wordsearchfun.com- The Rosary (word search)

blestarewe.com- A Mass Prayer- The Lord’s Prayer (word scramble)

joanyedwards.com- Blessed Are You Among Women (crossword)

studystack.com- Apostles Creed (crossword)

blestarewe.com- About The Lord’s Prayer (crossword)

domestic-church.com- Joyful Mysteries (crossword)



These puzzles 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.

Mary is the Mother of the Church (word search)

Mary is the Mother of the Church (crossword)



Hail Mary puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag.






Hail Mary Puzzle #2- All you need is some card stock and a copy machine. Print puzzle on card stock and have the students cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the students put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag.






Our Father puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy the puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice the Our Father. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag. (Catholic version)



Worksheets:

roman-catholic-catechism.com- Printable handwriting worksheets of Hail Mary in print and cursive



The worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Hail Mary worksheet- To find out how well the students know The Hail Mary, have the students fill out the worksheet using the word bank.

Lord’s Prayer worksheet- Fill out the worksheet with the students on the board.



sadlierreligion.com- We Believe Mary, Model of Discipleship- Complete the activity by filling in the directions for praying the rosary. Grade 15, Chapter 19, (Pick the grade, type of visitor, and click on Go To. Look under Printable Activities and click on Chapters).

rssupport.org- Apostles’ Creed
Answer questions about the Apostles’ Creed.



This worksheet below 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.

Rosary (worksheet)- multiple choice and fill in the blanks



The following worksheets are from: 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini

The Apostles’ Creed- Using the clues below each line, fill in the blanks to complete the Apostles’ Creed. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 41).

The Rosary, Part I- In the left column, are the names of the fifteen mysteries. The right column contains brief descriptions of each mystery. Write the letter of the description next to the name of the correct mystery. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 77).

The Rosary, Part II- Connect the letters from the previous activity in their final order to solve the dot-to-dot puzzle. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 78).

The Hail Mary- Use the words in the word bank to complete the sentences. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 79).

Understanding the “Our Father”- To increase your understanding of the “Our Father”, look up the Bible verses. On a separate sheet of paper, answer the following questions. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 109).



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.)





Mary is the Mother of Our Church





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.




Mary is the Mother of Our Church File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder. (Title is in Bradley Hand ITC font and text is in Tempus Sans ITC font.)

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. (Text is in Bradley Hand ITC font.)

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

Game Cards- Print out several pages of Game Cards on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Title is in Bradley Hand ITC font and Letter Tiles are in Andy font.)

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





Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lesson Plan- The Good Shepherd (1st grade on up)



Good Shepherd


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Good Shepherd
- explain why Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd
- explain how to experience the Good Shepherd's care: listening to God's voice, coming at God's call, following God's lead
- explain that when they do wrong, Jesus still loves them and will forgive them



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Parables- stories from every day life with a hidden meaning so people could understand more easily what is being taught
Shepherd- person who watches and takes care of sheep



Plan:

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



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who is the Good Shepherd?

sermons4kids.com- Taking Care of the Sheep object lesson with coloring and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Steal the Sheep object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- All We Like Sheep (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- The Master’s Voice object lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Knows His Own Sheep and We Know Him lesson

missionarlington.org- The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-42)

calvarycurriculum.com- The Good Shepherd lesson #206 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who is the Good Shepherd?

makingmusicprayingtwice.com- Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Washcloth

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

crafty-crafted.com- Easter Lamb Craft

roomparentideas.com- Lamb Note Card Holder

craftscollection.net- Sheep Egg

kidscraftroom.com- Clothes Pin Sheep (cute note holder)

dadcando.com- Fluffy Sheep

orientaltrading.com- Lamb of God Paper Plate Craft Kit

Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).

The Lord is My Shepherd Magnet- A cute sheep magnet out of popsicle sticks. You can omit the other wooden pieces and mini chalkboard in this craft and just use cardboard or construction paper. (Hands On Crafts for Kids 20-Minute Crafts, page 30 & 31).





Hand Lamb- (this craft was at familyfirst.com, but the website has been removed)

What You Need:

• White crayon
• Black, brown, and pink construction paper
• Scissors
• White glue
• Styrofoam tray to work on
• Cotton balls
• Hole punch
• Black sharp-pointed marker
• Thin ribbon

What you do:
1. Use the white crayon to trace around your hand on the black paper. Cut the hand shape out.
2. Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. Then attach cotton balls to make a sheep.
3. Punch an eye for the sheep from the brown paper. Use the black marker to draw a dot in the center of the eye for a pupil. Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
4. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form a neck for the sheep. Tie the ribbon in a bow.



Games:


sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Steal the Sheep group activities (games)


Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

ezinearticles.com- Stray Sheep Game (scroll down for this)

The Lost Sheep Hide and Seek- A great activity game to go with the Bible story. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 146 for game piece and page 146 for directions).

Name Rhythm- This game will allow your students to share a unique thing about themselves with the group, as well as help students see that Jesus knows them each by name. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 221).



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd

christiancrafters.com- Sheep Treat or Shepherd’s Rod Treat (scroll down and look under Lesson Four: The Shepherd & The Gate)




Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do Good Shepherd with his Sheep spot the difference on August 26. More puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. at September 29 – October 3.

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
Follow the Dots to see who the shepherd guards against.
Sheep Scramble- Jesus was called the Good Shepherd. How many sheep are in this flock?

sermons4kids.com- (maze)

funnycoloring.com- Shepherd Looking for His Sheep (maze)

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (dot to dot)

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks



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, April 24, 2009

Holy Trinity



References and Lessons:

The Unity and Trinity of God- (The Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, Lesson 3, page 22 - 25).

newadvent.org- The Blessed Trinity

christiananswers.net- How can one God be three persons?

sundayschoollessons.com- Holy Trinity Lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- The Holy Trinity and what it is.

christiancrafters.com-The Triune God--Or, Three In One? Children Sermon and object talk.

christiancrafters.com- God In Three Persons: Children Sermon and object talk.

christiancrafters.com- The Trinity Snowman Flannel Board Story (For ages PreK-1st)

christiancrafters.com- Trinity Muffins that the children make that three balls of dough become one.



Coloring:

christiancoloring.com- Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

faithfirst.com- Download and print the activity below. In the heart, list the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Cut out the heart and keep it as a reminder to pray in the name of God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.



Crafts:

sundayschoolessons.com- Art for the Holy Trinity

catholicicicing.com- Catholic Trinity Craft

apples4theteacher.com- Hanging Trinity Shamrock

orientaltrading.com- Holy Trinity Photo Frame Craft Kit

orientaltrading.com- Trinity Lucky Shamrock Ornament Craft Kit

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Shamrock Trinity Craft

carolbrookebooks.files.wordpress.com- Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Shamrock Heart Craft
This is a fun way for older children to learn the song "3 in 1" which is sung to the tune of "Are you sleeping, Are you sleeping....brother John" Children cut out the hearts, and the stem. Fasten them together with a brad, and then adhere the stem to a popsicle stick.



The following games and puzzles 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.



Games:

Holy Trinity Ring Toss- a fun game for little ones


Holy Trinity File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Holy Trinity.

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

Directions for Game #1

Directions for Game #2

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



Question Cards- (For either game.) 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.

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

Spinner- (For Game Board #2). Make spinner according to the directions. Keep inside file folder.



Puzzles:

Word Search

Word Scramble

Crossword



Quiz:

olrl.org- God and the Holy Trinity



Snacks:

christiancrafters.com- Trinity Muffins that the children make that three balls of dough become one.




Saturday, April 18, 2009

Holy Spirit



*Holy Spirit


avemariapress.com- Scriptural Understanding of the Holy Spirit

sundayschoolsources.com- Waiting for the Holy Spirit lesson with vocabulary, songs, questions, etc.

sundayschoolsources.com- The Holy Spirit Arrives lesson with vocabulary, songs, worksheet, questions, etc.

everystudent.com- Who is the Holy Spirit?

ewtn.com- The Holy Spirit: Basic Doctrine, Reflections, Prayers, Church Documents, etc.

godonthe.net- The Holy Spirit

mssscrafts.com- The Early Church/The Holy Spirit (look under The Christian Church) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

newadvent.org- Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit

preachersfiles.com- Is It the Holy Spirit or is it Memorex?

rogma.org- Great Doctrines of the Bible Lesson 6 The Holy Spirit (Part One)
His Personality, Deity, Names, and Symbols

rogma.org- Great Doctrines of the Bible Lesson 7 The Holy Spirit (Part Two)
His Ministry in Relation to Creation, the Old Testament, The Scriptures, the Life of Christ and to Unbelievers

tearfund.org- This study explores how the Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus, the unique advocate. This study is number two in the Speak up Bible study course.

ucg.org- Teen Bible Discussion Guides. Topic: The Holy Spirit

thereligionteacher.com- The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

catholicicing.com- Gifts of Holy Spirit Teaching Tools

Holy Spirit 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.

Holy Spirit- (handwriting & coloring) sheet

Holy Spirit/Pentecost- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

Holy Spirit/Pentecost- lesson plan with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.


*Coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, object lessons, etc. posted in Pre K - K and 1st grade lesson plans above.



Coloring and Crafts:

Holy Spirit/Pentecost- Coloring and Crafts (scroll down to this)

Holy Spirit/Pentecost- Crafts (scroll down to this)



Games:





The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.








Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.



Fruits of the Holy Spirit Bean Bag Toss- A fun game to review the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit






Puzzles:

mycatholicsource.com- Word Search


All puzzles below 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 Spirit: Fruits of the Holy Spirit- Double Puzzle (CCC 1832). Unscramble each of the clue words. Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number to reveal the message.

Holy Spirit: Fruits of the Holy Spirit- Word Chop (CCC 1832). The table below contains words that have been chopped in half. Find the pieces that fit together and write them in the answer area below.

Holy Spirit: Fruits of the Holy Spirit- Word Search (CCC 1832)

Holy Spirit: Gifts of the Holy Spirit- Crossword

Holy Spirit: Gifts of the Holy Spirit- Double Puzzle. Unscramble each of the clue words. Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number to reveal the message.

Holy Spirit: Gifts of the Holy Spirit- Word Search



Worksheets:

reallifeathome.com- Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Worksheet Printable Packet

drawn2bcreative.com- Fruits of the Spirit Printable Activity

crusaders-for-christ.com- Prayers to the Holy Spirit Handwriting Pages (scroll down to Pentecost)

thereligionteacher.com- Holy Spirit Worksheets (scroll down to this)

catecheticalresources.com- Holy Spirit (look under the appropriate grade level)

smp.org- The Holy Spirit Activity Worksheet





Friday, April 17, 2009

Holy Spirit (file folder game)



The following 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.




The Holy Spirit File Folder Game: Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.

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- Use these questions 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. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.





Friday, April 10, 2009

Lesson Plan- Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter (1st grade on up)



Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter
- explain why the apostles did not always recognize Jesus immediately
- explain why some do not believe until they see it with their own eyes or touch it



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 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).
Emmaus- near Jerusalem (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Recognize- you know who the person is by looking at him
Stranger- someone you do not know
Prophets- someone who knows the future
Doubter- someone who does not believe
Wound- an injury or damage to a person like a cut, etc.



Plan:

Read story: "Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today and the questions below.

Who wouldn't believe that Jesus was alive until he saw the marks of the nails on Jesus' hands and feet, and touch the wound in Jesus' side? Thomas.

When Thomas saw Jesus and saw his wounds did he believe it was Jesus? Yes.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who did the two disciples not recognize? Jesus

sermons4kids.com- Checking The Roll object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, fill in the blanks

sermons4kids.com- Checking The Roll (group activities) games, crafts, etc.

sermons4kids.com-Believe It Or Not! object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, fill in the blanks

sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- May I See Some Identification, Please? object lesson

childrensermons.com- Without A Doubt lesson

childrensermons.com- Road To Emmaus lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- The Road To Emmaus, Thomas Doubts lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Doubting Thomas 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).



More Crafts

Key Chains- Give students a piece of craft foam and markers. Have the students make a key chain emphasizing today’s lesson about Jesus. Guide the students into coming up with a phrase to put on their key chain. Have students decorate key chain. Use a hole punch to put a hole into the key chain and add a short chain. This will make a good reminder that Jesus is always with them where ever they go.


Introduce craft: What was Jesus nailed to?

Forgiven- Students will make a cross out of nails. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, pages 103 & 104).

daniellesplace.com- Nail Cross Easter Craft (scroll down to this craft)


Nail Cross Necklace Craft Kit- Oriental Trading Company


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



More Games

Take a verse from today’s lesson Luke 24:13-35. Make paper footprints with the words of the verse on each footprint. Let the kids put them in order.


Introduce game: Who did the two disciples not recognize? Jesus. Let’s see how well you can recognize someone.


Guess Who?

Materials: paper bag

Directions: Blindfold one student using a paper bag. Pick another student for the first student to guess who it is. The blindfolded student will try to find out who the person is by asking questions to figure out who they are. The unknown student answers the questions using a disguised voice. Once they have identified their fellow class member, that student can be blindfolded and have a turn.
Questions: Was it hard or easy to recognize the person from their voice?



Introduce game: Who wouldn't believe that Jesus was alive until he saw the marks of the nails on Jesus' hands and feet, and touch the wound in Jesus' side?

Thomas the Doubter

Need: Large nail with blunt point, 1 chair

Directions: A student is picked by the teacher to play the part of Thomas. He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the class. A large nail is put under the chair. While Thomas is turned around with his or her eyes closed, the teacher will choose a student to sneak up and take the nail and hide it somewhere on his person. When this person is ready, then everyone will say: “Doubting Thomas, where is the nail?” The teacher will then say. “Does _____ have it?” (This student may or may not have it). Thomas will then stand up and turn around. Will Thomas doubt what the teacher says or will he believe the teacher? If Thomas believes the teacher, he will say, “I believe _____ has it.” Or he will not believe the teacher and guess who might have the nail. Who ever has the nail is now Thomas.



Introduce activity: How do we know what is real or true? Two fun activities to emphasize the story Doubting Thomas.

Know For Sure Relay

Need: 2 different size boxes that have individual snacks for each child inside, tape boxes shut and do not tell the student’s what is inside the boxes

Directions: Set up a relay with two teams (if you have a lot of students, have more teams each with a box with snacks inside). Place snack boxes at another point in the room for each team to run for. Do not give the students any hints about what is in the boxes. The first student in line runs to the box, carries it back to his team and gives it to the next team member in line. This player funs it back to it’s starting point and leaves it there. The player returns and goes to the end of his team line. Repeat until everyone has had a turn.

Then hold up one of the boxes. Say: What do you think is in this box? Hold up another box and say: What about this box? Do you think both boxes have the same thing inside? Do you know for sure what is inside the boxes? How can you find out for sure? (By opening up the boxes.) We have to see with our eyes to know for sure what is inside the box don’t we? Let’s open up the boxes and see if you are right. (Let each student open up a box.) Say: We are going to have these snacks for later. (Put the boxes to the side.)


ecounterchristianity.co.uk- Doubting Thomas (scroll down to Activity)



These games 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.




Road to Emmaus File Folder Game- Luke 24:13-35
Be the first one to Emmaus and back to Jerusalem and win the game!







Road To Emmaus Game- Review Luke 24:13-35. Draw on the board a chart and have the players throw a suction toy at the board. Where ever it sticks, the team has to follow the directions. The team with the most points wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Do you doubt what you eat?

Have various foods for the students to try and blindfolds. Place a paper plate and spoon in front of each student. Have students pair off and one child put on a blindfold. Put one piece of food on each plate and have the student feed his partner that is blindfolded the food with a spoon. Have the students guess what they are eating. Discuss. Try other foods. Have the other student feed his partner various foods that have not been done. Discuss.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do the Road to Emmaus add to the picture puzzle on November 25).

sermons4kids.com- Stop Doubting and Believe (maze)

sermons4kids.com- On the Road to Emmaus (maze)

sermons4kids.com- On the Road to Emmaus (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Stop Doubting and Believe (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Doubting Disciple (jumble)

biblewise.com- On the Road to Emmaus (decoder)

biblewise.com- Thomas’ Unbelief (decoder)

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (multiple choice)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (fill in the blanks)

Worksheet: Road to Emmaus- Put number one through ten on the board. Read each word from the word bank. Read each question and write the correct word by the number after the student has answered the question. Have the students fill in the blanks on their paper with the correct answer from the word bank.


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, April 6, 2009

Road to Emmaus 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.




Road to Emmaus Game- Review Luke 24:13-35. Draw on the board a chart and have the players throw a suction toy at the board. Where ever it sticks, the team has to follow the directions. The team with the most points wins.

Directions- Have students read Luke 24:13-35 carefully. Review if necessary. Put Bibles aside. Put Questions Cards in a small basket. Draw on the board the chart shown. Divide the class into at least 3 teams. Write each team’s name on the board so you can keep score. Place the chair several feet from the board. Have a player from one team stand behind the chair and throw the suction cup ball at the board. Where ever it sticks, the team has to follow the directions. If the suction cup ball misses the chart or does not stick, their turn is forfeited. If the suction cup ball sticks on “Lose A Point” the team loses a point. If the suction cup ball sticks on “Take A Point” they may take a point from any team they choose. If the suction cup ball sticks on “?” the team player draws a Question Card from the basket and reads it out loud. The teacher then turns over the minute timer while the team ponders the question. If they answer the question correctly before the minute timer runs out, they receive a point and it is written on the board. If they are not correct, they do not receive a point. The next team takes their turn (each player on the team must take their turn throwing the suction cup ball) and so on. The game continues until all the Question Cards are gone. The team with the most points wins.


Options-

1. Students can use Bibles to help them answer the questions.

2. The next team may answer the question if the first team cannot. If they answer the question correctly in one minute, they receive the point and then it is their turn to throw the suction cup ball.

3. Using Bibles, the team will have to answer the question AND cite the verse number where the answer comes from. They will receive 2 points if they can do both. The team will receive one point if they can only answer one part of the question correctly.


Directions

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

Questions & Answers- For the teacher to check answers.





Friday, April 3, 2009

Lesson Plan- Pentecost (1st grade on up)



Pentecost


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Pentecost/Wind and Fire
- define ascension
- explain why Jesus sent the Holy Spirit and who the Holy Spirit is



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 the bold words on the board and discuss with class)

Ascension- Jesus’ return to heaven
Holy Spirit- the third person of the Blessed Trinity who Jesus sent to help his Church
Pentecost Sunday- the day the Holy Spirit came.
Blessed Trinity- the three divine persons in one God.
Mount of Olives- outside Jerusalem, which is the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Holy Spirit- third person of the Blessed Trinity, understood as the spiritual force of God
Heaven- where good people are believed to go after death, where God and the angels live
Pentecost- a Christian festival celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter to remember and honor the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.
Jewish festival of Pentecost (Shavuoth)- a Jewish festival held on the 6th day of Sivan, in May or June, and to remember and honor the Law being given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.



Plan:

Introduce story- Jesus saw his disciples many times. The first time was on the road to Emmaus, and later suddenly, Jesus appeared in a locked room with them when they were afraid of the Roman rulers and chief priests. All believed but Thomas who finally believed that it was Jesus when he touched His wounds on His hands and feet. During the next few weeks, Jesus’ disciples and friends saw Him often.

This is the story about the last time that the disciples saw Jesus.


Story- "Wind and Fire" or a Pentecost story and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.

sermons4kids.com- New Wind Blowing object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Pentecostal Power object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The Wind In Your Socks object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin, quiz, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- The Power Source object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- A Birthday Celebration object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, etc.

sermons4kids.com- A Birthday Celebration (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Group Activities (games, crafts, etc.)

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

calvarycurriculum.com- The Day of Pentecost lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- The Holy Spirit Baptism 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).

childrensermons.com- Pentecost lesson



More Crafts

Introduce crafts: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.


emmanuel.org- The Day of Pentecost Craft

dltk-bible.com- Flying Dove paper craft

daniellesplace.com- Dove Peace Sunday School Craft (scroll down to Peace)

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove Craft

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

catholicicing.com- Holy Spirit Craft (make a dove from a paper plate)

kareninmommyland.blogspot.com- Holy Spirit Craft (dove)

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

sermons4kids.com- Making A Windsock

Pentecost Windsock- by tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com

The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)- Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence in their life. Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.

freekidscrafts.com- Pop Bottle Wind Spinner


freekidscrafts.com- Pop Bottle Wind Spinner

kidsactivitiesblog.com- Whirligig
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig.

playideas.com- Plastic Bottle Whirligigs & Wind Spinner, (scroll down to these)

happyhooligans.ca- Water Bottle Wind Spirals

daniellesplace.com- Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam.



Introduce craft- What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup.







Tongues of Fire Headbands Craft- Use card stock paper or cardboard to cut out flame shapes. Have the children paint them with water colors or glue red and orange pieces of tissue paper on it to make it look like flames. Use a strip of paper for the headband, fitting it to each child’s head and using a stapler to secure the headband. Attach the flames to the headband using the stapler as well.



More Games

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

Who Has The Fire?

Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.



daniellesplace.com- Wind and Fire Relay
A fun relay game that the students really enjoy.


Listen Up- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).






The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.








Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter. Jewish Pentecost was a thanksgiving feast for the first fruits of the wheat harvest and was associated with remembrance of God's gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. What is bread made out of? Let’s make some bread to celebrate Pentecost.

pillsbury.com- Carmel Sticky Buns

allrecipes.com- Cinnamon Buns



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids
November 29- Which group of disciples is the odd one out?

puzzles.about.com- Day of Pentecost (dot-to-dot)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (decoder)

dltk-bible.com- Pentecost Puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, word searches)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (multiple choice)

pflaum.com- A Great Event (Grade 7 – 8)
Supply the missing word in each of the following sentences. Then write each word in the puzzle. When you finish, the word formed in the violet box will tell you what great event in the life of the Church Pentecost helps us to remember.



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.)





Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Folded Napkin



Why did Jesus fold the napkin?

This is one I can honestly say I have never seen circulating in the e-mails.

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this.......

John 20:7 tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early that Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body and I don't know where they have taken Him!"

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the napkin that had covered Jesus face was folded up and lying to one side.

Is that important? Absolutely!

Is that really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about the Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the Servant set the dinner table for the Master, he made sure it was exactly the way the Master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the Master had finished eating. The Servant would not dare touch that table until the Master was finished.

If the Master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished".

I did not know this....

If the Master got up from the table, and folded his napkin beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because....the folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

He is coming back!

During this Holy season, I pray that you are blessed with peace and joy in the knowledge that He IS coming back.



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist 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.


The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist File Folder Game: Students collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

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- Print out Question Cards 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.)

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