Objectives:The children will be able to - retell the story of Zacchaeus - discuss that Jesus loves us no matter what mistakes we have made - discuss that Jesus and God forgive us and that we must forgive others too
Review: Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Zacchaeus 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.
Read story: “Zacchaeus” from your Bible story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 96 – 97.) as the story unfolds.
lambsongs.co.nz- Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree (under New Testament): Click on Activity 1 & Activity 2
Then ask questions from below:
What did Zacchaeus do for a living? He was a tax collector.
Why did everyone not like him? He often took extra money and kept it for himself. He was dishonest.
Why could Zacchaeus not see Jesus? Because he was short.
What did he do so he could see Jesus? Climbed a tree.
Jesus taught Zacchaeus that what he did was wrong and to live in God’s way so what did Zacchaeus do? He gave half of his property to the poor and he would give back four times the amount he stole from others.
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What did Zacchaeus do for a living? He was a tax collector.
childrensministry.com- All Clear Object lesson to teach children about how God has forgiven us. (The teacher can also just add the numbers or objects on the chalk board and erase it to show “all clear”.)
Introduce game: What did Zacchaeus do so he could see Jesus? He climbed a tree.
Zacchaeus, Come Down!- Blow up balloon and tie it off. Remind the students that the people did not want Zacchaeus to be with Jesus and they grumbled. Using masking tape, mark spots on the floor that the student must stand on. Have one student stand on each marker and tell the students that they must stay where they are standing (they cannot move their feet) and they have to keep Zacchaeus (the balloon) from touching the floor. The teacher starts the game by saying, “Zacchaeus, Come Down!” and tosses the balloon up high in the air for the students who must try to keep Zacchaeus from touching the ground using their hands.
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biblewise.com- Zacchaeus (maze) Jesus is going to Zacchaeus house. Which path will He take?
comingtofaith.com- Jesus Teaches Us How To Love (maze) Follow the path through the garden to reach “Love For Others”.
sadliereligion.com- Sharing God’s Love (Grade 2, Chapter 19) Fill the hearts with ways that you can share God’s love with others. Click on Pick a Grade, Type of Visitor, then on Go To. Under Printable Activities click on Chapters.
comingtofaith.com- Forgiveness Write the number of the sentence that matches each picture. (The class can do this page together as a group.)
A Tree Climber (trace the dotted lines to finish drawing the man in the tree) page 114, Zacchaeus (find the difference) page 115, A Man in a Tree (dot-to-dot) page 116, Zacchaeus! Come on Down! (find and circle the hidden picture) page 117- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K
Zacchaeus (memory puzzle the children color, cut out, and play.)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 142.
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