1. What did Samson’s parents do to him to show that he belonged to God? They never cut his hair.
2. What happened to Samson so he would loose his strength? His hair was cut.
3. What did the Philistines do to Samson after they captured him? They blinded him.
4. Later, what did the Philistines not notice about Samson? That his hair was growing.
5. Where did they chain Samson during a feast? Between two pillars.
6. What did Samson ask God to do? Give him back his strength.
7. How did Samson rescue the Israelites from their hated rulers, the Philistines? Samson pushed the two pillars over and the whole temple crashed down. Samson, all the Philistine rulers and thousands of people were killed.
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What did Samson’s parents do to him to show that he belonged to God? They never cut his hair.
calvarycurriculum.com- Old Testament lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
calvarycurriculum.com- New Testament lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
thereligionteacher.com- Scroll down for: “And With Your Spirit” Lesson Plan (New Roman Missal), Hocus Pocus! A New Roman Missal Lesson Plan, Genesis Creation Stories Lesson Plan, Post Confirmation Lesson Plan, Rite of Confirmation Lesson Plan, Feast of the Epiphany in the Modern Day- Lesson Plan Activities, Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as “Thanksgiving”, Teaching the Mysteries of the Rosary to Elementary Students, etc.
engagingfaith.blogspot.com- Great lesson plans for older students that really get them involved and allows them to learn through activities that reinforce teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Toolbox- Pre K through K lesson plans. Each lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.
The Catholic Toolbox- Lesson Plans: First Grade on Up. Each lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.
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Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story Pentecost/Wind and Fire
- discuss ascension
- identify who God was going to send to help the disciples
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.
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.
Introduction to story: Say to the students- 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.
Read your story “Holy Spirit” or “The Holy Spirit Comes” by Jill Kemp
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.
Pentecost- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 63 & 64.)
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”.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- 12 Disciples Memory Match
This is a matching game which you can use as a file folder game or a concentration/memory game. Children match the disciples and learn new ways to say "Hello" in different languages. Use with Pentecost resources and when talking about the Holy Spirit.
daniellesplace.com- Wind and Fire Relay
Before class cut crepe paper into 2 feet lengths. Divide your students into teams and give them each a straw and a piece of crepe paper. Have them use the straw to blow the crepe paper across the room and back. If you don’t want them to get on the floor, have them blow the crepe across a table.
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.
Objectives:The children will
- retell the story of The Ascension of the Lord
- identify how many days Jesus stayed after the Resurrection
- explain what Jesus wanted the disciples to do after He was gone
- identify where Jesus went and where He is seated
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
Ascension- the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after Resurrection Resurrection- the bodily raising of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after he died on the cross Baptize- when you are baptized it frees us from original sin and gives us new life in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit Holy Spirit- the third Person of the Trinity who comes to us in Baptism and fills us with God’s life Mass- our most important means of praying to God. At Mass we listen to God’s word, the Bible. We receive Jesus Christ in the bread and wine that has been blessed. Bless- to bestow holiness on somebody or something Gospel- means “Good News” and what good news the good news the gospel reading says
Introduction: We celebrate Jesus going to heaven on Ascension Thursday (write it on the board). Ascension is the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after Resurrection. This day comes 40 days after Easter. On Ascension Thursday we pray, sing, and rejoice with Jesus and all the angels and saints. We call it a holy day and celebrate it be participating in Mass. The gospel reading for that day is about the Ascension of Jesus.
Story: "The Ascension of the Lord" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: After the resurrection Jesus stayed on earth for how long? (40 days)
sermons4kids.com- Up, Up and Away object lesson with coloring page, word search, and crossword
clutheran.org- Click on Lessons on the left side bar. Then click on View individual lessons and levels under New Testament. Scroll down to The Ascension and click on the grade level you want.
mssscrafts.com- The Ascension (look under Jesus’ Final Days) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.
textweek.com- Matthew 28:16-20
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year A Activities)
textweek.com- Mark 16:9-20
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year B Activities)
sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus Ascends (Mark) lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.
gardenofpraise.com- Jesus Leaves Earth (Mark) lesson with word search, crossword, word scramble, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, test, etc.
textweek.com- Luke 24:44-53
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year C Activities)
kidsclubs4jesus.com- The Ascension (Luke 24:45-53) 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 Ascension (Luke 24:44-54) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
Introduce craft: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.)
sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus Lives!
Jesus can "ascend" from on the ground to the sky by pulling the long tab up! (scroll down to this)
Jesus Ascends- A fun craft that gives a hands-on experience of Jesus disappearing in the cloud as He did so long ago. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 60 & 61).
Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 61 & 62.)
Introduce game: What did Jesus want the disciples to do to the people? (To teach and baptize the ones who believed.)
Case of the Missing Person (Jesus Returns to Heaven)- In this game, kids will try to figure out who’s missing from the class. They’ll get an idea of how some people must have felt after Jesus returned to heaven. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 104.)
Play the game “Telephone” (use an empty cardboard paper towel roll). Start with today’s memory verse, then let the kids think of other Scriptures to pass around the circle. Talk about how we can share God’s Word with others.
Introduce snack: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.)
During the Month of May -- a month both named for and dedicated to Mary -- Catholics have long honored her by placing a crown on her image. The tradition in the United States and many other countries has been for school children to have a "May Crowning" ceremony, with a procession, pretty dresses and a wreath of fresh flowers that one child gets to place on the statue. A song for these festivals, "Bring Flowers of the Fairest", with its refrain "O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May..." has been a familiar favorite for generations.
Here are some activities to help you celebrate the Crowning of Mary:
I’m waiting for this inevitable question to be asked by my students one day. This unavoidable inquiry cannot be prevented from happening at the most inopportune time and CCD teachers and parents must be ready to answer within a moment’s notice and be able to explain this fully so the child can understand. Here are a few sites that have some answers to this monumental question that might be of some help:
*Please change this to your faith teachings. :)
Why can’t we see God?
gqkidz.org- The goal of GQkidz.org is to answer the questions that kids ask in a way that kids can understand.
Introduce movie- Who did David kill with just a stone and a sling?
Veggie Tales: Dave and The Giant Pickle (25 min.) and ask questions:
Note: You can skip Silly Songs with Larry during movie.
Where did Dave live? In Israel.
What was Dave? A shepherd.
Who was attacking the Israelites? The Philistines
Who are the Philistines? They were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves.
Who put an army together to save Israel? King Saul
Who was the Philistine’s strongest man? Goliath
What did Dave bring to the battlefield? Food
Who would fight Goliath? Dave
Who were God’s chosen people? The Israelites.
King Saul game something to Dave. What was it? His armor.
What was wrong with it? His armor was too big for Dave.
How many stones did Dave get? 5 smooth stones.
How did Dave kill Goliath? His sling and a rock that hit him in the middle of his forehead.
Who did Dave trust to help him? God
Introduce craft: Who did David kill with just a stone and a sling?
christiancrafters.com- Defeat Goliath Copy and paste the Goliath picture on a piece of paper. Have the children color Goliath and cut out. Have each child glue Goliath on a 2 liter soda bottle and roll a small ball at it like bowling. (Students make this game to take home for a craft).
ehow.com- David vs. Goliath Game Children can help make Goliath and play a fun game.
David & Goliath- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 27 & 28.)
Introduce game: What was the name of the giant that David killed?
ehow.com- David and Goliath Games for Kids (3 are posted)
chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- David’s Sheep Color Words This is a file folder game where children match the color of the sheep to the written form of the color word.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- David’s Sheep Number Words This is a file folder game where children match the number written on the sheep to the written form of the number word.
ehow.com- David vs. Goliath Game Children can help make Goliath and play a fun game.
ehow.com- David vs. Goliath Game Children can help make Goliath and play a fun game.
Introduce snack: Who was bigger, Goliath or David?
Grilled Cheese People- Have the children make one little person and one big grilled cheese person using various shapes from their grilled cheese sandwich (circle, big rectangle, long skinny rectangles for legs and short skinny rectangles for arms, etc.)
daniellesplace.com- David and Goliath Snacks Scroll about ¾ of the way down to the second paragraph above the poem: Five Little Stones
Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.
The Shepherd Boy (maze), A Not So Mighty Giant (color by number)- Name That Bible Character: PK – K by Sharon Thompson, page 21 and 22.
The Shepherd Boy (maze), A Not So Mighty Giant (color by number)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn!, PK – K, page 52.
David Plays His Harp (find 6 harps), David and Goliath (place in sequential order)- Bible Story Puzzles: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 14 and 15.
David Plays His Harp (find 6 harps), David and Goliath (place in sequential order)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K, page 50.
The Harp Player (dot-to-dot)- Dot to Dot Bible Pictures: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 11.
The Harp Player (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K, page 51.
David and Goliath (find the hidden in the picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God's Word: PK - K by Linda Standke, page, 12.
David Plays His Harp (find 5 harps) page 50, The Harp Player (dot-to-dot) page 51, The Shepherd Boy (maze) page 52, A Not-So-Mighty Giant (color by number) page 53, Shepherd and Soldier (color the picture, cut out, and sequence) page 54, David and Goliath (find the hidden in the picture) page 55, A Wise King (dot-to-dot) page 56- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K
David Fights a Giant- Circle the objects that are big. Put a square around the objects that are little. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Children of the Bible by Carla Williams, Chuck Galey, page 39.)
David Serves Saul- Color this picture. Then circle the pictures below that rhyme with LOVE. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Children of the Bible by Carla Williams, Chuck Galey, page 40.)
Measuring Goliath and David (Use the ruler here to measure how tall Goliath and David are. Then use other things in the room to measure them.)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 40.
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.
Name That Prayer File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers.
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.
Question Cards- (Questions are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the questions or use your own.) 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.
Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story of The Good Shepherd
- identify who is the Good Shepherd
- explain what to do if they lost something
- identify who they are supposed to follow and do what he says
- discuss when kids their age might do to get “lost” and not follow Jesus
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Good Shepherd 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.
Introduction to story: Here are questions to open with. Since they might all want to answer at the same time, use the sheep Beanie Baby (or any other toy sheep) to pass around. The child holding the sheep is the only one who can share while holding it. Ask one question – if they answer yes, they can explain further. If they answer no, they then pass it to the next child until a yes answer and explanation.
Have you ever lost something?
Was it something valuable to you or something not worth much?
How hard did you look for it?
Did that depend on how valuable it was to you?
Did you ever find it?
If so, what did you do when you found it? If not, what did you do?
Have you ever been lost? What did it feel like? Did you find your way back, or did someone find you? How did you feel when you were found?
Have you ever helped someone look for something they lost?
Have you ever just stumbled upon something someone else lost?
Was it expensive or not worth much?
What did you do with the item you found?
Read story "The Good Shepherd" from your own story book. Then ask questions from below.
If a shepherd has lost one of his sheep, what should he do? He goes and looks for the lost sheep.
Who is the Good Shepherd? Jesus
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who is the Good Shepherd?
The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation by Beth Branigan McNamara- Good Shepherd Finger Play (page 134)
sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)
Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?
What Lamb Is Missing?
Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.
vtaide.com- Teaching Kids about the Good Shepherd (5 games posted)
Herding Sheep Game
Need: Balloons and a staff
Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.
Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)
Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.
When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:
Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?
• Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?
• It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.
• Do you remember our story from today?
• Who did it say is our shepherd? (The Lord, Jesus)
• Who are the sheep? (us)
Say: Jesus is our Good Shepherd, so when we follow him, we won't ever get lost.
• What are some things that kids your age might do to get “lost” and not follow Jesus? (not go to CCD or Mass, be unkind to family/friends, disobey parents, etc.)
• Why was the shepherd happy when he found the sheep? Why might he have been angry? Which is the more human reaction?
Say: We are all like sheep. There are so many things in the world that can ‘eat us up' if we get lost and if we don't have a good shepherd watching over us. Jesus is our good shepherd, so we will follow him.
• Do you think that Jesus is happy when we choose to follow him? Why or why not?
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).
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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
The Good Shepherd File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to find the most lost sheep. Place the sheep cards face up on the game board on the big sheep. Set an egg timer for a specified time. Place your markers on "START”. Roll the die and move that many spaces. If you land on a sheep that says “FOUND”, take 1 sheep card from the pile. If you land on a sheep that says “LOST”, return 1 sheep card to the pile. Players must collect as many lost sheep as they can as they move around the board. Note that the board is set up so you can move around it many times. The game is over when the egg timer goes off. Whoever has the most lost sheep, wins.
Introduce snack: What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd
The Lost Sheep (dot-to-dot)- Dot-to-Dot Bible Pictures: PK-K by Linda Standke, page22.
The Lost Sheep (dot-to-dot) page 109, The Good Shepherd (maze) page 110- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K
education.com- Tracing Numbers & Counting: 3
On this worksheet, kids trace the number 3 several times, then write their own. After tracing and writing the number, they count the number of sheep they see in the picture (three), and record the information in a graph.
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