Thursday, January 20, 2011

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter U

U- Uzziah

Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Uzziah
- state what they should say when someone does something kind
- name things that they are thankful for
- discuss why it is important to tell Jesus and God “Thank you”
- state what they should say when someone says “Thank you” to them

Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson

Vocabulary Words:

Uzziah 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.


Circle Time:

Read story: “Uzziah” from your own story book.

Then ask questions from below.

What did Uzziah forget to do for God? He forgot to thank God.

Who started to believe that he was the one who was the best? Uzziah

What did Uzziah do instead of thanking God for what God did? Uzziah started bragging about the things he did.

Was God happy with Uzziah? No

What disease did Uzziah suddenly get? Leprosy

Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What should you say when someone does something kind for you? How do you feel when you say “Thank you” to God? Father, We Thank Thee (song) Thank You, Lord, For This New Day (song) Thank For The World So Sweet (song)


Introduce activity: What did Uzziah forget to do for God? He forgot to thank God. King Uzziah (scroll down to Preschool Lesson) King Uzziah (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)


Introduce craft: What should you say when someone says “Thank you” to you? God has given us so many things to be thankful for. What are you thankful for? Thankful Tree
Make green leaves or fall color leaves for the fall. This also makes a great bulletin board. Thanksgiving Placemat
This is a printable placemat, with the bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks" The child in the picture is saying "Thank you" in American Sign Language, and there is a spot for children to write what they are thankful for. After decorating laminate or cover with contact paper so the child can use it for thanksgiving snacks!

Grace Before Meals 3-D Picture- Students make a placemat any way they like using a large piece of construction paper 18 X 12”and other craft supplies. Then glue a napkin, silverware, plate, and a plastic cup on it like a place setting. Students then glue the Grace Before Meals prayer on the plate.

*After my students make their placemats I asked them, “How do we set a table?” We then do it slowly step-by-step making the craft (I have the students glue the prayer on the plate later) so hopefully they can help out at home setting the table.

I then say to my students: Do any of you say “grace” or thank God before you eat your meals? Do any of you have a “standard” grace you say at home? (Give a few examples.) Why do we say grace? Is it important? Why?

Sometimes we can easily forget to thank the Lord for all He has given to us. Uzziah forgot to thank God. A great way to remember to thank God is to always pray to Him to thank Him for the food He gives us to eat each day.

We have lots to be thankful for. Let’s not forget to say thank you to God.

Grace Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Introduce craft? What terrible disease did Uzziah get? Leprosy Make a mask out of paper plates. Color the face with brown spots to represent
leprosy. Thankful Leper crafts First Aid Kit Necklace Craft


Introduce game: What terrible disease did Uzziah get? Leprosy Play Tag
Let someone pretend to be Uzziah. That person will try to put white sticker dots on everyone. Leprosy Tag Game

Introduce game: What did Uzziah do instead of thanking God for what God did? Uzziah started bragging about the things he did. Bring a rope and play tug-of-war. Talk about how the two sides can represent following God’s ways or following our way. Share how pride pulls again God’s way to try to make us do things our way. Share how God’s ways are best and He always wants to help us and give us the best.
Thank you God for - in this game, children sit in a circle and pass the beanbag to each other, whoever is holding the beanbag says "thank you God for ______" and then says something they are thankful for and passes the beanbag to someone else. Encourage children to give everyone a turn with the beanbag and not just pass it back and forth to the friends next to them. Also, when children say something, never criticize what they are thankful for. Preschool aged children often think of things we forget about/take for granted from pets to pillows, to their beds to thank God for.

Introduce game: What letter does Uzziah start with? U

Play Horseshoes- Show the students one of the horseshoes and ask them what letter do they see. Then play Horseshoes.

Introduce game: How do you think God feels when you say “Thank you” to Him? Play a Musical Chairs Thank You Game (scroll down to this game)

Who Gave Thanks To God: (card game) Are you thankful to God? Here is a fun game about Biblical characters that are thankful to God.

The object of the game is to match more pairs of cards than the opposing player(s). On each turn, the player will turn over two cards (one at a time) and will read them out loud (or someone else can read the cards for them). The player keeps them if they match (the question card is answered correctly by matching it with the proper picture card). The cards are color coded to avoid confusion of which pair of cards match (each matching pair shares the same text box color). If the player successfully match a pair of cards, that player also gets to take another turn. When a player turns over two cards that do not go together, those cards are turned face down again where they were found and it becomes the next player’s turn.

Introduce game: Uzziah became prideful and forgot about God. He thought other things were more important, like himself.

I Love God Above All Things: is played with a deck of cards with pictures of various objects on them. The purpose of this game is see if you can "lose" all of your objects (cards) that you have valued over God.

4 pages of cards

Introduction: We are to love God above all things. We cannot value money, power, TV, music, video games, homework, friends or other things before our relationship with God. Can you put God first in your life?

Directions: Four cards are dealt to each player if three to six players are involved. With only two players, five cards are dealt to each. All remaining cards are placed face down in a draw pile. Randomly choose a player to go first. On your turn, ask for a specific card. You must already hold one of these cards. For example: "Charlie, please give me the cell phone." If Charlie has it, he gives it to you and you go again. Otherwise, he says "Go Fish" and you draw from the draw pile. If you happen to draw the card you asked for, you get another turn. If you draw anything else, it is now the next player's turn. When you collect both cards, immediately show the set to the other players and place the cards face up in front of you. When the draw pile runs out, keep playing until all of the cards have been made into sets of two. When the draw pile is exhausted, no one says "Go Fish." If you ask someone for a card she doesn't have, it becomes her turn. The first player who runs out of cards says, “I love God above all things” and is declared the winner.


Introduce snack: We need to be thankful to God for giving us our basic needs. As in the prayer we just learned, we are thankful for the gifts we are about to receive.

Letter U Snacks-

Upside Down Cake, U Shaped Rice Krispie Treats


Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring. Thank you Lord for . . . (coloring #1) Thank you Lord for . . . (coloring #2) Help Comes From the Lord (coloring) I am Thankful for . . . (mini book the children make) I am Thankful (mini book the children make) What begins with U? (mini book)

Uzziah- (handwriting)

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