What are you doing in your classroom or home? I think it would be great to see what others are doing to exchange some ideas. I am constantly looking for new activities to do and I know others are too.
This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:
• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be, Lord’s Prayer/Our Father
Our Father Roll a Prayer Worksheet- Cut out prayer strips. Students roll a die to collect all the pieces to their prayer. The first one to collect all the pieces to the prayer is the winner. Students then glue in the spaces provided the prayer in the correct order.
• 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, lectern, ambo, Lectionary, missal, Book of the Gospels, Processional Cross, cruets, Sacramentary, Sanctuary Lamp, Presider’s/Celebrant’s Chair, missal, hymnal) 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 or the definition.
Celebrating the Mass Lesson-
Sign of Peace
We are all standing and the priest, with hands extended, says aloud:
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles,
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
(The priest joins his hands.)
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
The priest turns toward the people, extending and then joining his hands adds:
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And with your spirit.
Then if appropriate, the deacon or priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
And all offer one another a sign, in keeping with local customs, that expresses peace, communion, and charity.
During the Sign of Peace at our church we greet one another as Jesus greeted his friends. We shake hands with the people around us and say, “Peace be with you” to share God’s love and to bring God’s love and peace to all you meet.
Are we standing or sitting during the Sign of Peace? (Standing)
What do we say after the priest says, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.”? (“And with your spirit.”)
What do we do after the priest says, “Let us offer each other the sign of peace.”? (We shake hands.)
What do we say to the person when we shake their hands? (“Peace be with you.”)
How can you share peace with others outside of Mass?
Celebrating the Mass Activities-
Introduce craft: How can we share God’s love and bring God’s love and peace to all you meet? Here is a craft that you can make that might help.
marthastewart.com- Crayon Hearts
Students can write on hearts with a permanent marker: “Peace Be With You”
Palm Sunday and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem” 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 the people wave at Jesus and put on the ground in front of him?
Tip: Use the pattern and draw the palm branches on the paper before class.
One Page Bible Story-
lambsongs.co.nz- “Jesus Rides A Donkey” 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: How are we to treat others?
Temple Bowling- This game will help children discover God wants his house to be a place of worship. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 83). *Use empty 2 liter soda bottles.
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.
Blessed Is the King - Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grade 1-3 by Linda Standke, page 26
Homework- Give each student a Palm Sunday 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!