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, Hail Mary
Hail Mary Roll a Prayer- 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- 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.
After giving the Holy Communion to the deacon, the Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers the congregation may receive Holy Communion.
We stay kneeled until it is time for us to receive Holy Communion. We then walk slowly with our hands folded as we make our way to the priest or Eucharistic Minister.
First graders have not received first Holy Communion, hold your arms across your chest (demonstrate this) when you approach the priest to receive a blessing. After receiving a blessing, follow the line and walk back to your seat and kneel to pray or for meditation.
Then priest may return to his chair and when he sits down the people can sit down. If appropriate, a sacred silence may be observed for a while, or a hymn may be sung.
What do we do until it is time for us to receive Holy Communion? (We kneel.)
What do you do if you have not received first Holy Communion? (Hold your arms across your chest when you approach the priest or Eucharistic Minister to receive a blessing.
What do you do after you have received the Body and Blood of Christ? (Follow the line and walk back to your seat and kneel to pray or for meditation.)
When can you sit down? (When the priest sits down.)
Celebrating the Mass Activities-
Introduce craft: Who gives out the Holy Eucharist to the people in church? (The priest and the Eucharistic Ministers.) Who is present in the Holy Eucharist? (Jesus)
Jesus in the Holy Eucharist Craft
*This is an adaptation of catholiccollector.blogspot.com craft. This blog and craft have been removed.
1. Print out host template. Cut out and fold host so that it opens like a door with the picture of Jesus inside.
2. Print out template of chalice. Cut out template. Fold a yellow piece of construction paper in half and put the flat side of the chalice template on the folded edge. Trace around template and cut out. When you open it you will have a complete chalice. Be sure to draw in the top part of the chalice.
3. Glue chalice to your background paper and let your child decorate it with crayons, markers, plastic jewels, sequins, etc.
4. Glue host above the chalice making sure the door opens the correct way. You can also draw a cross on the outside of the host.
Easter/Empty Tomb and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “The Empty Tomb” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Easter 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 craft: Did they find Jesus in the tomb on Easter? Let’s make something that shows what they found.
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: Today I will send home a Take Home Test. Let’s see how well you can answer the questions.
The objective of the game is to be the first player to score 10 points. Have a player roll the die on the floor in front of the class. If the die lands on a blank space, they do not answer a question. If the die lands on “?”, they are asked a question by the teacher from the test. If the player answers correctly, they receive a point (you can use tokens, write it on the board, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive a point. The first player to score 10 points, is the winner. You can play this game individually or in teams. For an added challenge, you can also have “Lose 1 Point” and “Take 1 Point” on a side of the die. When a player rolls “Lose 1 Point”, they must lose 1 point. If a player rolls “Take 1 Point”, they may take a point from any player they choose.
Make a die out of a large juice carton and put a ? mark on some (at least 3) of the sides of the die. mssscrafts.com- directions to make die.
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.
He’s Not Here!- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grade 1-3 by Linda Standke, page 29
Homework- Give each student Test #4 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.
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