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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Class 11/17/13

This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word.

*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the person(s) and say what they are called. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.


Who are the boys and girls that help at Mass? (Altar Servers)

Who are the group of singers? (Choir)

Who is the person who sings solo (alone) and leads special parts of the Mass? (Cantor)

What do you call the people who play musical instruments? (Musicians)

Who helps the priest administer (give out) the Body and Blood of Christ? (Eucharistic Ministers)

Who reads the first and second readings? (Lector)

Who says hello and make us feel welcome in the church? Who guides us to our seats and helps collect our offerings? Who hands out the church bulletins? (Greeters/Ushers)

Who leads us to celebrate Mass? (Priest) What is his name? (Father _______)

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word.

*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the object and say the word. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.


What is the name of the wooden bench you sit on at church? (Pew)

What is another name for the holy water fountains or fonts at the entrances of the church? (Stoup)

What is the name of the table of the Lord in the sanctuary? (Altar)

What is the name of the cup used by the priest/Eucharistic ministers for the Blood of Christ? (Chalice)

What is the name of the cup with a lid for the Body of Christ in the Tabernacle? (Ciborium)

What is the name of the wine that has been consecrated by the priest at Mass? (Blood of Christ)

What is the name of the bread that has been consecrated by the priest as Mass? (Body of Christ or Blessed Sacrament)

What is the name of the ornate receptacle used to place the Body of Christ? (Tabernacle)

What is rung during the Consecration of the Mass? (Bells)

What is the name of the book used by the priest or deacon to read the Gospel of the day during the Mass? (Book of the Gospels)

What is the name of the podium where the lector reads the Lectionary at Mass? (Lectern)

What is the name of the large podium? (Ambo)

Which book is read during the Liturgy of the Word and read by the lector? (Lectionary)

Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Profession of Faith

During the Profession of Faith we stand and declare what we believe in. In the Profession of Faith we state our belief in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit- the Holy Trinity. (Draw on the board the Trinity symbol with: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.).

The Creed is to be sung or said by the priest together with the people on Sundays and Solemnities. It may be said also at particular celebrations of a more solemn character. If it is sung, it is begun by the priest or, if this is appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir. It is sung, however, it is done by everyone together or by the people alternating with the choir.

If not sung, it is to be recited by everyone together or by two parts of the assembly responding one to the other.


Do we stand or sit during the Nicene Creed? (Stand)

Is the Nicene Creed sung or said? (Either)

In the Profession of Faith what do we say we believe in? (Our belief in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit- the Holy Trinity.)

Celebrating the Mass Activity-

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Nicene Creed Craft: One God

Make craft according to directions. Have students trace the beginning of the Nicene Creed: "I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible." (Printed out on tracing handwriting sheet.) Glue prayer on a piece of construction paper. Glue the bottom part of the hand on the back of the prayer with the hand showing above prayer.

Nicene Creed Tracing Handwriting Sheet- Students write their name on the top line. Students then trace the handwriting sheet and follow directions above.

Lesson Plan-

David & Goliath and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “David and Goliath” 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.).

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 from below.

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 gave 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.

Mini Book-

lambsongs.co.nz- “David is Brave” by Jill Kemp

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 was the name of the giant that David killed?

christiancrafters.com- Copy and paste the Goliath picture on a piece of paper. Color Goliath and glue on a 2 liter soda bottle. The children will then stand behind a chair and roll a small ball and try to knock Goliath down.

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.

David & Goliath No Contest- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grace 1 - 3 by Linda Standke, page 10

Homework- Give each student a David & Goliath Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. 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!

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