This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:
Review & Introduce-
• Review- Sign of the Cross
• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet
• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards
• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards
• Introduce- new objects using cards (chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ)
Prayer Activity- Introduce prayer activity: How do we set a table?
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.
*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 and a great way to remember 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.
Do you know Grace Before Meals? Have the students glue the prayer on the plate. Teach the students how to do Grace Before Meals. Practice.
Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Entering the Church
Celebrating the Mass Activities-
Game- What Should You Do Game
Craft- Make a prayer book.
My Prayer Book
Directions- Print out the three pages of prayers. Fold pages in half and cut into 2 equal pieces. Students pick a color of construction paper. Have them fold the construction paper in half. Students then put prayer pages in order and put inside book. Students staple book together. Students write “My Prayer Book” on the front and their name. Students then can decorate their book any way they like.
Lesson Plan- Creation and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “How the World Began” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).
Craft- Introduce craft: What did God make? This wheel should help you remember what God made.
Creation Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 5 & 6. *Click on Excerpt and go to page 5 & 6.
Story- Sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of you and read, “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Ashley Bryan
Creation (Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray, page 16 & 17)
Have students read the mini book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color mini book.
Game- Introduce game: What did God make? This game should help you remember what God made.
What God Made Bingo
Directions- Students play regular bingo, but with pictures. The first one who gets three in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal) on their bingo card first, wins. Each student picks a picture card from the bag and tells whether or not God made it.
What did God Make? (File Folder Game)- Identify whether or not God made it as you work around the board. The first player to FINISH wins.
Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.
Homework- Give each student a Creation Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Students can use the Creation Story Wheel to help them fill out the Take Home Sheet. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.
What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!