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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Class 1/12/14

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.

• 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, cruets, Sacramentary, Processional Cross) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help for any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.

Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Preparation, Prayer, Dialogue

There is an order to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. First, the priest prepares the gifts. Then they are blessed. Next we share Holy Communion. (Write this on the board.)

As the priest prepares the gifts the people are sitting. Then he stands at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says:

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.

The people rise and reply:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings, at the end of which the people acclaim: Amen.

Then the Priest begins the Eucharistic Prayer. Extending his hands, he says: The Lord be with you.

The people reply: And with your spirit.

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: Lift up your hearts.

The people: We lift them up to the Lord.

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

The people: It is right and just.


Are the people standing or sitting when they say:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

How do we respond after the priest says the following:

Extending his hands the priest says, “The Lord be with you.”

People: (“And with your spirit.”)

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: “Lift up your hearts.”

People: (“We lift them up to the Lord.”)

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.”

People: (“It is right and just.”)

Celebrating the Mass Activity-

Preface Dialogue Matchup- Match what the priest says (the blue cards) to what the people say (green cards). Glue the cards next to each other in the proper order onto construction paper.

Lesson Plan-

Jesus is Baptized and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Jesus is Baptized” 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.). Follow lesson plan and discuss ‘What does baptize mean?’ with the class.

Craft- Introduce craft: What hovered over Jesus’ head after he was baptized? (A white dove.)

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).

One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “John the Baptist” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.

Game- Introduce game: Who was baptized by his cousin? (Jesus)

Jesus Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Jesus. The first team that spells JESUS 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.

Jesus is Baptized- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grade 1-3 by Linda Standke, page 18

Homework- Give each student a Jesus is Baptized 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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