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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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.

sundayschoollessons.com- A Father Welcomes a Lost Son lesson

daniellesplace.com- Lesson, crafts, games, etc.

dltk-bible.com- The Prodigal Son lesson with coloring pages, crafts, name tags, puzzles, games, and take home sheet.

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources


lessonplanofhappiness.org- Prodigal Son Puppets Stick Puppets or Flannel Board Figures

Introduce craft: What did the son do when he ran out of money? (He hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.)

daniellesplace.com- Pig in a Basket Craft (scroll down to this)

dltk-bible.com- Paper Bag Pig Puppet- with color or black and white template

enchantedlearning.com- Paper Bag Pig Puppet- (scroll down for this)

Pink Plate Piggy Bank (Kathy Ross Crafts Colors by Kathy Ross, page 10 – 12)

family.disney.com- Handy Hamm Piggy Bank

video.about.com- How To Make A Piggy Bank

Plastic Bottle Piggy Bank- The Everything Kids' Money Book by Diane Mayr, page 11

woojr.com.com- Printable Pig Mask

kidscraftroom.com- Pig Mask

youtube.com- How To Make A Pig Mask

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.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Prodigal Son (file folder game)


Introduce snack: What job did the son have to do when he ran out of money?

perpetualpreschoolcom- Pig Snacks

preschooleducation.com- Pig Slop, Pink Pig Sicles, Pigs in Mud, and Pigs in a Blanket (scroll down for these)

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

biblewise.com- Lost Sheep (maze)

More 365 Activities for Kids- Lost Sheep puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. at September 29 – October 3.

More 365 Activities for Kids- Jesus told many stories. In this story a woman is searching for her lost coin. The artist has hidden several coins. How many can you find? September 23 page.

More 365 Activities for Kids- Parable of the Lost Son puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. at September 24 – 28.

sermons4kids.com- Prodigal Son Dot to dot

biblewise.com- maze

sermons4kids.com- Lost Sheep Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Luke 15:10 Word Search

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Lost Son Word Search

web.archive.org- The Prodigal Son Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Parable of the Lost Son Word Shape

dltk-bible.com- Prodigal Son anagrams, cross words, cryptogram, word mining sheets, word search

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Lost Son Decoder puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Luke 15:10 Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Lost Sheep Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Luke 15:10 Decoder

dltk-bible.com- Lost Sheep/Lost Coin puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Lost Sheep Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Lost Sheep & Coin Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Luke 15:10 Crossword

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Son Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Luke 15:1-3; 11-32 Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword


sermons4kids.com- Luke 15:10 Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Lost Son Multiple Choice


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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