Sunday, January 17, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter F

F- Fishers of Men

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Fishers of Men
- explain that Jesus had helpers and that we are all called to be Jesus’ helpers

Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson

Vocabulary Words:

Fishers of Men 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.


Circle Time:

Introduce story: Do you have friends? We can be friends with each other. Jesus had very “special” friends that he called Disciples or Apostles. This is a story when Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fisher’s of men.”

Read story "Fishers of Men" from your own story book or “Jesus’ Friends" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 74 & 89 and do cut out while the story unfolds.

Then ask questions from below.

1. What did Peter, Andrew, James, and John do for a living? (They were fishermen.)

2. They had fished all night, but had not caught anything. Jesus told them to put out their fishing nets again. Did they catch any fish? (Yes)

3. How did they feel when they saw how many fish they had caught? (They were frightened).

4. Jesus told them to not be what? (Afraid)

5. Jesus asked them to come with him and He will make them fishermen of what? Of people or Men.

6. What did they fishermen do? (They left their boats and went with Jesus on his journeys.)

7. What did Matthew do for a living? (He was a tax collector.)

8. Did the Jewish people like tax collectors? (No)

9. How many disciples did Jesus have? (Twelve)

10. Was John the Baptist one of Jesus’ disciples? (No)

Songs and/or Finger Plays: Apostles Song

Bible Stories for All Ages: With Activities for the Very Young, Lectionary Year A by Margaret Kyle- Jesus Calls the Fishers (finger play), page 48 scroll down to Finger Play on page 3


Introduce activities: How many disciples did Jesus have? Fishers of Men lesson with crafts, games, activities, etc. The Twelve Disciples lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc. Peter’s Catch of Fish/Jesus’ Call of the Disciples lesson with activities Jesus Chooses Four Friends (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Matthew 4:17-22 Jesus Chooses Followers (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Mark 1:14-20 Jesus Chooses Followers (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Luke 5:1-11; 27-32; 6:12-16 Fishing for Men lesson The 12 Disciples of Jesus lesson Fishing for People object lesson You Have a Message object lesson You Have a Message (group activities) crafts, songs, games, etc. Fisher of Men (Bible verse printables)
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Introduce craft- Who said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men?”

Fishers of Men Story Wheel:

This craft 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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this craft are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Directions: Print the top and bottom wheels out on cardstock. Cut out wheels. Cut out circle shapes on the inside line edge of the top wheel. Have children color wheels. Attach a brass fastener through the center of both wheels. On the back of the bottom wheel attach a strip of cardstock (at least 1 inch wide and 6 inches long) leaving half extended over the side (so you can turn the wheel). You can also draw an arrow on the top side of the strip on the end to indicate which way to turn the bottom wheel.

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (top)

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (bottom) Fishers of Men
Scroll down to: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19 (This craft is a cute bucket of worms with the scripture on it.) Easy Fishing Toy Set (craft to make)
Children make a fish then play like they are going fishing. Clothespin Fish & Fishers of Men Craft (scroll down for these crafts)

Fish Crafts:

Japanese Wind Sock- Create a unique "kite"- the traditional Japanese carp wind sock. (The Picture Book of Kids' Crafts and Activities by Roxanne Henderson, page 178 & 179).

Magic Fish-in-the-Ocean Puppet- A cute craft that the fish actually swims and comes to the surface. (Crafts From Your Favorite Fairy Tales by Kathy Ross, page 38 & 39). Crafts for Fish Fish Crafts


Introduce game: Jesus knew his disciples very well. They were his friends. How well do you know your friends?

Who is knocking at my door?

Need: one chair

Directions: The students sit in their own seats while the one who is “It” sits in a chair in front of the room, with his back toward the other students. Someone is chosen by the teacher to go up and knock on the back of the chair or floor. When “It” hears the knocking he asks, "Who is knocking at my door?" The knocker answers in a disguised voice "It is I.” “It” has to guess who the knocker was. The knocker then becomes “It”. Fish Size Sequencing, Fishers of Men File Folder Math, Fishers of Men Game
Scroll down to these games that are posted on page 1 & 2. Fish Games (6 are posted here) Counting Fish Flashcards Fish Matching Game
Use these printable Fish Matching Game cards to play all sorts of games. Fishy Dominoes Make a Fishy Lotto Game

Introduce game: Who are the apostles? What are their names? Simon Says Meets the Apostles
The idea of the game is to teach the name of the apostles.

The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing- Following Jesus (Disciples Follow Jesus)
This game will help children understand that their actions can let others know they are followers of Jesus. (page 75)

The following 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.

Disciples Memory Game or Go Fish Game- A fun way to review the names of the disciples.


Introduce snack: What did Peter and Andrew do for a living? They were fishermen. Cup ‘o Fish
Make edible fish in the Sea of Galilee in a plastic clear cup. Sailboat Snack

Introduce snack: What did Matthew do for a living? He was a tax collector. Cheese Gelt Coin

Get a round cracker and spread peanut butter on it. Cover with another cracker and you have edible money.

Letter F Snacks-

Fig Newton’s, Fruit Roll-Ups, Figs, Fruit, Fruit Cups, Fish Sticks, Fudge, etc.


Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles. Fishing for People (coloring) Fishers of Men (coloring pages) Follow Me (coloring)
Scroll down to this. Fishers of Men (coloring)
Scroll down for this. “Come Follow Me!” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)


Booklet What begins with F? (mini book)

Fishers of Men- (handwriting) Letter F fisherman (handwriting) Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter F

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Fisher of Men puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 19 - 23). Fishers of Men
Cut and paste activity. Fishing for People (fish maze) 12 Disciples (maze) The Fishermen (what’s wrong) Connect the dots in alphabetical order (dot-to-dot)
Matthew 4:19 Fish Themed Worksheets Drawing and Coloring Activity Worksheets (Fish themed)
Scroll down to this. Fish Shape Count Worksheet Fish Maze
The goldfish needs to go into it's bowl. Draw the path through the maze to the fish bowl starting at 1 and counting by 1s up to 100. Fishy Counting Worksheet How many fish? (worksheet)

Fishers of Men- (Bible Story Puzzle’n’Learn! PK – K, page 95.)

Fisherman of Men- Look at the pictures in each row. Color the pictures in each row that look the same as the first picture in that row. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 25.)

Matthew Helps Jesus- Matthew made lots of money collecting taxes. But he left it to follow Jesus. Each row has a number written in the front. Count and circle that number of coins. If there are not enough coins, draw the correct number. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 26.)

Twelve Helpers for Jesus- Look at this picture of the 12 apostles. Can you guess which one is Simon Peter? Remember, he was a fisherman. Who is Matthew? Hint: He was a tax collector. Pick out James and John. They were brothers and looked alike. Color the picture. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 27.)


Mama to 3 Blessings said...

wow - what an awesome study - I think I will do this with my son.
Thank you for the information! 1st time @ your blog - VERY nice!

Ticia said...

You create really detailed lesson plans. I'm going to save this for when I get to this story of Jesus' life.

maliq said...

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