Sunday, January 19, 2014

Class 1/26/14

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

• Introduce- new objects using cards (Presider's/Celebrant's Chair, Sanctuary Lamp)
Discuss what each object is and what we do with them. Then collect the cards and show each card to the students. Have the students identify the object and what we do with them.

If the students need help:

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

Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Holy, Holy, Holy

At this part of the Mass we praise God with all the angels. We praise God’s power, might, and glory. We call out “Hosanna” which is a Hebrew word that means “pray” or “save us”. (Write Hosanna – pray or save us on the board.) Sanctus is the Latin word for “holy”. (Write Sanctus – holy on the board.) The name of this prayer is the Latin Tersanctus meaning “three holies,” because “holy” is repeated three times (hold up 3 fingers) at the very beginning of the prayer.

The Priest, with hands extended, continues the Preface. The People are still standing.

At the end of the Preface he joins his hands and concludes the Preface with the people, singing or saying aloud:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

At the end of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” in most churches you will kneel. What do we do in our church? (We kneel.) There are some churches in which kneelers are not present and the custom may be to stand.


How many times do we say the word holy? (Three times.)

Who are we praising? (God)

What does Hosanna mean? (Pray or save us.)

What does Sanctus mean? (Holy)

Are we standing or sitting during the “Holy, Holy, Holy”? (Standing)

What do we do at the end of the “Holy, Holy, Holy”? (We kneel.)

Celebrating the Mass Activities-

The activity below is free, however it can 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 It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Holy (worksheet)- Have the students fill out the worksheet. Go over worksheet with students. Try playing the game below and allow students to place their worksheets in front of them to use when needed.

Game- Have students sit in a circle. Say the first 3 words of Sanctus (English or Latin version that you use at your church) and toss a small ball to one student. That student must fill in the next 3 words (they can look on the board or their worksheet). Then they toss the ball to any student. Continue game until the students have learned Sanctus.

Lesson Plan- Temptation of Jesus and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: Read story“The Temptation of Jesus” and ask questions from Temptation of Jesus Take Home Sheet. 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 today’s activity: Today we are learning how Jesus used the Bible to help him say “no” to the devil. Show the children your craft. Read the Scripture Memory Verse written in the pickle. Say: Just as we need bread we also need other nourishing types of foods such as meat and cheese. Jesus knows that the Bible is the best food for our souls. Just as it is important to eat food each day to stay healthy, it is also important to read the Bible every day to stay healthy in our souls. Today we will make hero sandwiches to remind us that true heroes are nourished by God’s word!

Hero Sandwich from Jesus Defeats Satan: Lesson 1 (page 5, & 16).
On pickle: Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4


1. Distribute the paper plates, crayons, pickles and glue sticks. Have the children glue their pickles near the bottom edge of their plates.
2. Give the children one of their bread slices. Have them glue the bread to their plates above the pickles.
3. Have the children pick three of the sandwich items (cheese, bologna, salami, turkey, lettuce, tomato slice, etc.). Have them glue each item onto their bread.
5. Give the children their second slice of bread. Help them tape the bread to the top of their sandwiches.
6. Have the write their names on their plates, and color them.

Mini Book-

The Temptation of Jesus (coloring booklet)

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: How did Satan tempt Jesus? (He told him to turn stones into bread. He told him that he would give him the kingdoms of the world. He told him to jump off the roof of a temple and the angels would come and lift him up so that he wouldn't be hurt.) How well can you avoid temptation? Let’s find out!

Directions- Divide the class into teams and do questions out of “Win or Lose by How You Choose!” by Judge Judy Sheindlin

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.

More 365 Activities for Kids- Jesus was Tempted by Satan spot the difference puzzle on August 18

Homework- Give each student a Temptation of Jesus 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!


Mike Vitamvas said...

I came across your blog from Ministry to Children site. I appreciate what you are doing.

I'm with Memory Cross and we make creative origami cards that are used to share the Gospel and teach children Bible stories and verses.

I'll add your site to our list of resources. I think people who visit our site would appreciate knowing about yours.

Amazing_Grace said...

Thanks, Mike! :)