Lesson Plan: Prodigal Son/Lost Son (1st grade on up)
Prodigal Son/Lost Son: Luke 15:11-31
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story The Prodigal Son
- discuss that Jesus and God love us no matter what mistakes we have made
- discuss that Jesus and God forgive us and that we must forgive others too
- state what they should say when they do something wrong
- state what they should say when someone says I’m sorry
- discuss why the son thought tending swine was demeaning and disgraceful
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
inheritance- property or title that has been given to you because of birthright birthright- a basic right that somebody has or is thought to be entitled to from birth estate- the whole of someone’s property, possessions, and capital divided- separated into two or more parts or groups squandered- to spend or use something wastefully and extravagant way dissipation- overindulgence in the pursuit of physical pleasures; the squandering of resources such as money severe- causing great discomfort and difficult to do or endure famine- a severe shortage of food resulting in widespread hunger dire- severe, serious, or desperate circumstances hire- doing work for some kind of pay tend- take care of swine- hogs or pigs compassion- sympathy for the suffering of others, often including a desire to help embrace- to hug someone
Story: "Prodigal Son/Lost Son" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who always loves us when we make mistakes? Who always forgives us? Should we forgive others? What do you say when you do something wrong? What should we say when someone says they are sorry?
sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities
sermons4kids.com- Three Wishes object lesson with group activities, puzzles, coloring page, worship bulletin, PowerPoint Presentation
calvarycurriculum.com- The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
Plastic Bottle Piggy Bank- The Everything Kids' Money Book by Diane Mayr, page 11.
Introduce game: Why did the son find it so demeaning and disgraceful to tend the swine? (Because it was the most menial and degrading of employment. Jews cannot eat pork and consider swine unclean.)
daniellesplace.com- Feed the Pigs & Pigs Snorting Game (scroll down to these and look under Activity)
Lost and Found (The Parable of the Lost Son)- As they explore the story of the prodigal son, your kids will discover God loves each of us. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 87).
The Prodigal Son Comes Home Game- A fun board game about the Prodigal Son. The object of the game is to get your markers to the banquet. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 95 - 106 for directions, game board markers, game board, and game cards).
ehow.com- Pig Card Game: The card game Pig is tons of fun when a lot of people play. Keep your eye on everyone else's nose in this game so you don't make a pig of yourself. For added fun have the dealer call “oink” instead of “Go” and pass a card to your left.
biblewise.com- Prodigal Son (Number the pictures in the correct order.)
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.)
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