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 Puzzle Sheet- Cut out strips and glue strips of the Hail Mary in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Hail Mary. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.
• 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-
Final Blessing & Concluding Rite
Standing at the altar or at the chair and facing the people, with hands joined, the priest says:
Let us pray.
We all stand and pray in silence with the priest for a while, unless silence has just been observed. Then the priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer after Communion, at the end of which the people acclaim:
If there are announcements to be made they are made at this time. If there is any other parish business to be taken care of, it usually will happen at this time as well.
Then the dismissal takes place. The priest, facing the people and extending his hands, says:
The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
The priest blesses the people, saying:
May almighty God bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (The people make the Sign of the Cross when the priest says this.)
Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
Go in peace.
The people reply:
Thanks be to God.
Then the Priest venerates the altar as usual with a kiss, as at the beginning. After this he is joined by the other ministers in front of the altar, and after a brief moment they all bow toward the altar. While this is happening the congregation sings the final hymn. The ministers of the liturgy, minus the Book of the Gospels, now exit the church. The congregation should remain in their places until the end of the closing hymn.
When you leave your pew, be sure to genuflect and do the Sign of the Cross. Just before you leave the church bless yourself with Holy Water at the water font or stoup, making the Sign of the Cross.
*Then ask students questions from the lesson.
Celebrating the Mass Activity-
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.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.
Mary is the Mother of Our Church and go over vocabulary words with students. Follow lesson for younger children.
Read story: “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and ask students questions from lesson. 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: Who is the mother of Jesus? Who does your mother love? Mother’s Day is coming soon so we are going to make something special for her.
emmaslunch.com- Heart Picture Fame Craft
Make frame according to directions. To make into a magnet put a sticky magnet on back of heart frame. Show students how to make a simple envelope with the colored construction paper and staples. Students can decorate their envelope with crayons and magic markers and put their frame inside as a present for Mom. You can also use paper lunch bags to put present inside that the students decorate.
Introduce craft: What do we need to make to go with the gift that we are making for our Mom’s? (A card.)
dltk-holidays.com- Click on Mother’s Day Four Fold Cards
Have students decorate lunch bag for their Mom. Print out cards and have students color and tape to their gift bags after they have put their gift inside.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- (Mother’s Day) Have students read the Mini Book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a section) and later take home to read to their parents. Students need to trace the words in the book, draw a picture of their mother, say something nice about their mother, and learn what God says about Mothers. Students may also color Mini Book.
Games- Introduce game: Who is the mother of our Church? (Mary)
Mary is the Mother of Our Church (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.
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 Mary. The first team that spells MARY wins.
Introduce game: Do you know the prayer Hail Mary? Let’s find out.
Hail Mary (file folder game)- A fun way to practice and see how well you know the Hail Mary prayer.
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.
Mary is the Mother of Our Church- (word search)
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!