Friday, April 30, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter S







S- Samson


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Samson
- discuss that Samson’s strength came, not from within himself, but from God



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

Samson 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:


Read story: “Samson” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story you can do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 32 - 33) as the story unfolds.

Or read “Samson Had a Secret”

lambsongs.co.nz

Cover

Booklet



Then ask questions from below.

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.

Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers, by Group Publishing- Good Gifts (song) and Samson’s Special Gift (finger play), page 56.

thedowsschoolroom.com- Samson (song)

missionarlington.org- Samson Song (page 3)



Activities:

Introduce activities: What did Delilah do to Samson so he would lose his strength? Cut his hair.

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Samson lesson

dltk-bible.com- Samson & Delilah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

missionarlington.org- Samson (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Samson (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

childrensministryvault.com- Preschool Instant Lesson: Samson the Strong Man
Activity: How Strong Are You?

baptist-church.suite.101.com- Samson and Delilah lesson with activities

childrensermons.com- Samson object lesson



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did Delilah do to Samson to lose his strength? Cut his hair. We are going to help Samson grow back his hair.

Hair Growing Samson- Cute craft that students actually grow hair for Samson. (Crafts From Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 26 & 27).

hometipsworld.com- Plant Pals
Another cute grass growing craft that you can use for Samson.

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Strength of Samson


Introduce craft: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats that ordinary humans cannot do? (Samson)

newchurchvineyard.org- Lion Puppet

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Samson is Born Story Wheel

Samson Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 25 & 26.)



Games:

Introduce game: What did Philistines do to Samson when they captured him? How do you think it is being blind? Discuss.


Samson, A Mighty Man

Need: Blindfold or paper bag that can fit over student’s head.

Directions: Student must guess whose face he is touching while blindfolded. Teacher might have to do hand-over-hand to keep the touching just on the head and face.


The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing- Super Strength (God Gives Samson Strength)
This game will help your students realize that God gives us strength as they play tag and learn about Samson (page 41).







Samson- Answer questions about Samson as you work your way around the board. Try to be the first player to remove all of your pillar while other players attempt to add to it.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: To be strong like Samson you need energy. Let’s eat some energy snacks.

(Examples: veggies dipped in a ranch dressing, fruit dipped in a sweet creamy dip, protein shake, etc.)

hubpages.com- Simple Trail Mix Recipes

cooks.com- Trail Mix Recipes

foodfit.com- School House Snacks
Boost energy levels when they are flagging


Letter S Snacks-

Salad, Salami, Sandwich, Seafood, Sherbet, S’mores, Soup, Spaghetti, Spinach, Squash, Stew, Strawberries, String Beans, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

sagaofsamuel.com- Samson (coloring) The Heroes of the Bible Coloring Pages: Great for your VBS, Sunday School or Homeschool activities.

stmax.org- Samson (coloring)

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Samson (coloring)
Scroll down for this.

baptist-church.suite.101.com- Samson and Delilah Coloring Page (scroll down to this and click on it)


lambsongs.co.nz- “Samson Had A Secret” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with S? (mini book)

Samson- (handwriting)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Samson (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter S

dltk-bible.com- Samson and Delilah (maze)

More 365 Activities for Kids- (do any of the Samson puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from April 25 - 30).

God Made Him Strong (maze) page 44, Samson (code to solve) page 45- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K





Thursday, April 29, 2010

FREE Lessons Online






Need some ideas or activities for a certain lesson? Here are a few of my favorite links to find lesson plans for all ages.


sonseekers.com- Pre School through Upper Primary

hubbardscupboard.org- lessons for ages 2 - 6

dltk-bible.com- Old and New Testament lesson for preschool through 3rd grade. Lessons include memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- lessons for preschool through 8th grade (click on Lessons on the left side and then click on Old or New Testament Lessons)

missionarlington.org- lessons for preschool through adult

rfour.org- Free Sunday School Lessons & Resources

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Old and New Testament Lessons, Bible Verse Activities, Bible Story Review Games and Sheets, etc.

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.



Do you have some favorite links to share to find lesson plans online?





Wednesday, April 28, 2010

That Resource Site



As you well know, finding good and educational Catholic resources for your classroom or home is a monumental feat, but there is a blog that makes it a whole lot easier: That Resource Site




Just like their logo says, they put fun in learning and all the activities are free! Activities include: Games, Help For Homeschoolers, Printables, Notebooking, Lapbooking, Lessons, Faith Study, Books (Mini Books, Book & Novel Studies, Book Reports, etc.), Worksheets, etc. (*Please follow the copyright rules concerning the activities.)



*Click on their “Site Map of Our Resources” link which will take you to a site map of all the resources they have available. :)





Saturday, April 24, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter H







H- Holy Spirit


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



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

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.



Plan:



Circle Time:

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

Cover and Booklet


Then ask the questions below:

1. Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.

2. What will the Holy Spirit do for the disciples? He will give them the power to speak bravely about Jesus and all that he has taught them.

3. What happened to Jesus after he told the disciples about the Holy Spirit? He was taken up to heaven.

4. Jesus has gone to be with God, but one day will Jesus come back? Yes.

5. Should you be sorry for the bad things you have done? Yes.

6. Did Jesus die for us? Yes.

7. Will God always help you and be with you? Yes.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.

turnbascktogod.com- Holy Spirit, Loving Spirit (song)

turnbacktogod.com- Holy Spirit We Welcome You (song)

turnbacktogod.com- The Holy Spirit Is My Helper (song)



Activities:

dltk-bible.com- Pentecost lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

clclutheran.org- Pentecost lesson with activities

missionarlington.org- Who is the Holy Spirit? lesson with activities



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

dltk-bible.com- Flying Dove Paper Craft

enchantedlearnilng.com- Peace Dove Craft

catholicicing.com- Holy Spirit Craft (make a dove from a paper plate)

artisthelpingchildren.org- Tons of dove crafts posted here.

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).


Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson- The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile) Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence n their life (page 224).

jas.familyfun.go.com- Whirly Bottles
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig.

sermons4kids.com- Making A Windsock



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.)



Games:

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.

The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing- Listen Up
This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit (page 105).



Snacks:

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.

pillsbury.com- Carmel Sticky Buns

all recipes.com- Cinnamon Buns



Letter H Snacks-

Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Honey Nut Cheerios, Ham and Cheese on Crackers, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets.

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (coloring)


lambsongs.co.nz- “Holy Spirit Comes” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with H? (mini book)

Holy Spirit (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter H

puzzles.about.com- Day of Pentecost (dot-to-dot)

More 365 Activities for Kids November 29- Which group of disciples is the odd one out?





Monday, April 19, 2010

Follow Me (file folder game)



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.



Follow Me: See how well you know the disciples by playing this game.

Place your marker on START. Determine who goes first and play moves clockwise. The player to your left draws a card. On most of the cards are questions about the disciples. If you answer the question correctly you get to roll the die and move the number indicated on the die. If you answer the question incorrectly, you stay where you are. If the card says “Go Back 2” etc. you must follow the directions. If you land on the picture of a rooster, you lose your next turn. If you land on a space with a letter on it, the player must name a disciple whose name starts with that letter (Matthew 10:2-4). If the disciple has already been named earlier in the game, the player must identify another disciple starting with that letter. If the player is wrong or names a disciple that has already been specified, the player moves back to where they were. If all the disciples have been identified for that letter, then the list can be restarted. The first player to FINISH wins.


Directions- Print out Directions and cut out. 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.

Game 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 Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (100 question cards are posted.)






Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lesson Plan- Ascension of the Lord (1st grade on up)



Ascension of the Lord


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



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards.



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



Plan:

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.



Activities:

Introduce activities: After the resurrection Jesus stayed on earth for how long? (40 days)

childrensermons.com- Jesus Ascends object lesson

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.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.)

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Ascension of Jesus craft for kids

daniellesplace.com- Jesus Ascending to Heaven Craft for Kids (scroll down to this)

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.)



Games:

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.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.)

busycooksabout.com- Fruit in a Cloud

ichef.com- Jessica’s Marshmallow Cloud Recipe

shine.yahoo.com- Berries in a Cloud

taste.com- Fairy Cloud Cake (make one with Jesus on top)

grouprecipes.com- Soft As A Cloud Fruit Dip

Heavenly Jello Treats by bchsmamaof3



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets.

sermons4kids.com- Maze

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (Matthew)

gardenofpraise.com- Word Search (Mark)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (Mark)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search (Luke)

silk.net/RelEd- Crossword (Matthew)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (Matthew)

gardenofpraise.com- Crossword (Mark)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (Mark)

sundayschoolsources.com- Crossword (Luke) with answers

gardenofpraise.com- Word Scramble (Mark)

gardenofpraise.com- Multiple Choice (Mark)

gardenofpraise.com- Test (Mark)


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.)





Friday, April 16, 2010

Virtues Game






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.


Virtues Game: The objective of the game is to get the most points by answering questions about theological and cardinal virtues.

Set a timer for a specified time. Have a player roll the die on the floor in front of the class. If the die lands on a blank space, they do not answer a question. If the die lands on "?", they are asked a question by the teacher about theological and cardinal virtues. If the player answers correctly, they receive a point (you can use tokens, write it on the board, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive a point. Players must collect as many points as they can. The game is over when the timer goes off. Whoever has the most points, wins. You can play this game individually or in teams. For an added challenge, you can also have "Lose 1 Point" and "Take 1 Point" on one or a couple of the sides of the die. When a player rolls "Lose 1 Point", they must lose 1 point. If a player rolls "Take 1 Point", they may take a point from any player they choose.


Directions & Questions- Print this out and play the game.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die to play the Virtues Game.





Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rosary Lapbooks





A Rosary Lap Book is a creative way for children to record information they are learning and create attractive presentations of that information, as well as use the information to study.


The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Faith Folder- This is a lapbook to buy, but it can give you lots of ideas to make your own.

familiacatolica-org.blogspot.com- Rosary Lapbook (in English or Spanish)
*Be sure to click on Translate to English at the top of the blog so you can read it in English.

scribd.com- Rosary Lapbook by xolivas
English version of her Rosary Lapbook from familiacatolica-org.blogspot.com




Rosary activities that you can put inside your lapbook:

Rosary Resources- activities, coloring, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.





Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Crowning of Mary





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:


campus.udayton.edu- Scroll down to “Ways to Celebrate Mary’s Month” & “May Crowning Suggestions”

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- May Crowning

catholiccusisine.blogspot.com- May Crowning food ideas

americancatholic.org- ideas for all ages with a coloring book

Mary is the Mother of Our Church- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.

Rosary Lapbooks- is a creative way for children to record information they are learning and create attractive presentations of that information, as well as use the information to study.

The Catholic Toolbox- Hail Mary Activities
Coloring, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.





Mary is the Mother of Our Church File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.





Hail Mary File Folder Game- How well do you know the prayer Hail Mary? Work your way around the game board and find out!





Monday, April 12, 2010

Why can't we see God?






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.

kidstalkaboutgod.org- Children answer this question in their own delightful way.

holyspiritinteractive.net- Just because we can't see God doesn't mean he isn't real. Believing that God is there even though we can't see him is faith.

kidssundayschool.com- Do You Believe? An activity to compare how easily children believe in things they cannot see to show how they can believe in an unseen God.

answers.agblogger.org- Various scriptures from the Bible answers this question.





Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): David and Goliath





David and Goliath



Objectives: The children will
- retell the story of David and Goliath
- discuss that we must trust in God to help us



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

David and Goliath 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:


Read story “David and Goliath” from your own story book. While reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 37 - 39) as the story unfolds.

Then ask some questions from below according to their abilities:

1. What did David look after? (His father’s sheep.)

2. What musical instrument did he play? (A harp.)

3. What did David take to his brothers who were soldiers in King Saul’s army? (Food)

4. What was the giant’s name? (Goliath)

5. The giant shouted to King Saul’s army to send someone to fight him and whoever wins the fight, wins the battle for his whole army. Yes or No (Yes)

6. David put something on but it was too big and heavy for him. What was it? (King Saul’s armor and sword.)

7. When Goliath saw David coming, what did he do? (He made fun of David.)

8. What did David have to fight Goliath with? (His sling and five rocks.)

9. How did David kill Goliath? (The stone from his sling hit Goliath in the middle of his forehead and killed him.)

10. What happened to David when he became a man? (He became the King.)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who killed Goliath?

Wee Sing Bible Songs- Little David Play Your Harp, Only a Boy Named David

sundayschoolsources.com- Big and Small & David and the Giant (songs)

dltk-bible.com- Only a Boy Named David (song)

daniellesplace.com- Sad King Saul (song)
Scroll down to this.

David (song) sung to Bingo- (Pray & Play Bible 2 by Group Publishing, page 63.)
Scroll down to this.

childrensministry.com- David Meets Goliath (finger play)

sugardoodle.net- David & Goliath Finger Play

David Finger Play- (First & Favorite Bible Lessons for Preschoolers by Beth Rowland Wolf, Bonnie Temple, page 33 & 34.)



Activities:

Introduce activities: David put something on but it was too big and heavy for him. What was it?

dltk-bible.com- David & Goliath lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

missionarlington.org- David and Goliath (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

clclutheran.org- David and Goliath lesson with activities

assemblies.org- Bullying: David and Goliath lesson to help children learn coping strategies for bullying situations

daniellesplace.com- David Takes A Dare lesson with activities




Movie:

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




Crafts:

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.)



Games:

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.

daniellesplace.com.- Play a “Duck, Duck, Goose” like game (scroll down to this)



Snacks:

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



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Goliath (coloring)
Scroll down for coloring sheet with or without Bible verse.

sermons4kids.com- David Playing the Harp (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath #1 (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath #2 (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- David and Goliath #3 (coloring)

coloring.ws- David and Goliath (coloring pages)

Goliath and David (mini book)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 38.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- David and Goliath (mini book)
Scroll down to this.


lambsongs.co.nz- “David is Brave” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


G is for Goliath (handwriting sheet)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 39.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Letter G for Goliath (handwriting)

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.





Name That Prayer (file folder game)



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.




Friday, April 9, 2010

Good Shepherd: Sheep Memory Game



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.







Sheep Memory Game- Make 2 copies of game cards and have the students match the sheep.

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













A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter G







G- The Good Shepherd


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



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

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.



Plan:


Circle Time:

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)

kiddiddles.com- The Good Shepherd (song)



Activities:

Introduce activities: If a shepherd has lost one of his sheep, what should he do? He goes and looks for the lost sheep.

missionarlington.org- The Good Shepherd (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

daniellesplace.com- The Good Shepherd lesson with activities



Crafts:

Introduce craft: If a shepherd has lost one of his sheep, what should he do?

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

activityvillage.co.uk- Sheep Collage

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)




Games:

Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

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).

loyolapress.com- Hide and Sheep (scroll down to this)

mssscrafts.com- Sheep Cards (to play Memory)



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.









Good Shepherd: Sheep Memory Game- Print out 2 copies of the game cards and have the students match the sheep.















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.







Snacks:

Introduce snack: What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd

christiancrafters.com- Sheep Treat or Shepherd’s Rod Treat (scroll down almost to the bottom)


Letter G Snacks-

Grapes, Green Beans, Grape Juice, Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Grape Jell-O, Green Jell-O, Grape Nuts, Gummy Bears, Graham Cracker Bears, Ginger Ale, Gum, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

sermons4kids.com- I am the good shepherd (coloring)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with G? (mini book)

G is for Good Shepherd- (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter G

The Good Shepherd (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K, page 110.

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd (dot to dot)

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.





Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Liturgical Year: Sitting Duck! (file folder game)



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.


Sitting Duck! Answer questions about the liturgical year as you make your way around the board. Be careful for the "Sitting Duck!" space or you might have to go all the way back to START.



(You can play this game with 4 people or divide the group into 4 teams.) Place your marker on START. Determine who goes first and play moves clockwise. The player to your left draws a card. On most of the cards are questions about the liturgical year. If you answer the question correctly you get to roll the die and move the number indicated on the die. If you answer the question incorrectly, you stay where you are. If the card says “Go Back 2” etc. you must follow the directions. If you land on the picture of a target, you lose your next turn. If you land on a sitting duck, all players must say out loud “Sitting Duck!” Another player who happens to come by on the game board (they can land on the space or just be passing by on their roll) can BUMP you back to START. The first player to FINISH wins.


Directions- Print out Directions and cut out. 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. (All text is in Juice ITC font.)

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 Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. *Use only the Game Cards that are age appropriate.