Friday, August 31, 2018

FREE Lessons Online






Need some ideas or activities for a certain lesson? Here are a few of my favorite links to find lesson plans for all ages.


sonseekers.com- Pre School through Upper Primary

hubbardscupboard.org- lessons for ages 2 - 6

dltk-bible.com- Old and New Testament lesson for preschool through 3rd grade. Lessons include memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- lessons for preschool through 8th grade (click on Lessons on the left side and then click on Old or New Testament Lessons)

missionarlington.org- lessons for preschool through adult

rfour.org- Free Sunday School Lessons & Resources

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Old and New Testament Lessons, Bible Verse Activities, Bible Story Review Games and Sheets, etc.

calvarycurriculum.com- Old Testament lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

calvarycurriculum.com- New Testament lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

thereligionteacher.com- Scroll down for pages of lesson plans

engagingfaith.blogspot.com- Great lesson plans for older students that really get them involved and allows them to learn through activities that reinforce teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Toolbox- Pre K through K lesson plans. Each lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Lesson Plans: First Grade on Up. Each lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



Do you have some favorite links to share to find lesson plans online?





Thursday, August 30, 2018

FREE Catholic Handwriting Sheets



Need FREE Catholic Handwriting Sheets for your classroom or home? Here are some that I found online.


crusaders-for-christ.com- Catholic Handwriting Books
Download handwriting books and sheets for free

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets



Mass

Liturgical Objects at Mass-

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet #1 (chalice, ciborium, altar, stoup, pew)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet #2 (cruets, tabernacle, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet (Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Worksheet (Book of the Gospels, ambo, lectern, Lectionary)



Holy, Holy, Holy/Sanctus-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sanctus and Benedictus Latin and English translation in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)



Lord, Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)-

The Catholic Toolbox- Lord, have mercy (Kyrie, eleison) in manuscript



Mystery of Faith-

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #1 in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #2 in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #3 in manuscript



Lamb of God-

The Catholic Toolbox- Lamb of God in manuscript
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

crusaders-for-christ.com- Agnus Dei in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Our Father: the Blessed Trinity)



Prayers

Act of Contrition-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Act of Contrition in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)



Apostles Creed-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Apostles Creed in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)


Glory Be-

The Catholic Toolbox- Glory Be in manuscript

crusaders-for-christ.com- Glory Be Copywork, Glory Be in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Catechism)



Grace Before Meals-

The Catholic Toolbox- Grace Before Meals Handwriting Sheet in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Grace Before Meals Handwriting Sheet in manuscript
Traditional version: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Hail Mary-

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary in manuscript

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary in cursive

crusaders-for-christ.com- Hail Mary Copy Work, Hail Mary in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Memorare-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Memorare in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Our Father/Lord’s Prayer-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Our Father Copy Book, Our Father manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Catechism)

crusaders-for-christ.com- Pater Noster in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Our Father: the Blessed Trinity)



Rosary-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Mysteries of the Rosary & Last Prayer of the Rosary in manuscript or cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Sign of the Cross-

The Catholic Toolbox- Sign of the Cross in manuscript.

reallifeathome.com- Sign of the Cross in print, cursive, and D‘Nealian Print

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sign of the Cross Copybook, Sign of the Cross in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)






Or make your own:

The Catholic Toolbox- Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers





Wednesday, August 29, 2018

FREE PowerPoint Games









powerpointgames.wikispaces.com- Blank Game Templates (use your own content to make these games in PowerPoint)

internet4classrooms.com- Links to PowerPoint Game Templates

wwild.coe.uga.edu/pptgames- Homemade Powerpoint Games

wikispaces.com- This site will let you download FREE PowerPoint game templates!

template.net- Besides the jeopardy game, others such as fling the teacher, learn your vocabulary and other cool game templates can be used by teachers in a classroom.

thebalance.com- Free PowerPoint game templates for teachers

tidyforms.com- PowerPoint game templates

rusnakcreative.com- This is THE place for the best FREE PowerPoint game show templates, ever. The purpose of this site is to provide teachers, educators, trainers, youth directors, and anyone else with top quality games and templates. Every game here strives to be as close to the actual game show as portrayed on TV, from the look, sounds, to the actual game-play. These games are the perfect idea for reviewing or studying material, or for a great way to have a lot of fun with your students or youth group.









Tuesday, August 28, 2018

FREE Catholic Games Online







Need some FREE Catholic games? Well, here is a list of some that are online for FREE.


cymhub.com- Youth group games

thereligionteacher.com- Fun Catholic Ice Breaker Games

cdowncym.org- Project YM’s Free PowerPoint Game & Games For The Ride

thecatholicgame.com- A quiz game about the Catholic church. Available for iphone and printable board game.

sporcle.com- Free online Catholic trivia quizzes

trivia.stanneaz.org- Online trivia game

loyolapress.com- Review Christ Our Life chapter concepts with online religion games. Each unit includes the multi-player “Stump the Shepherd” question-and-answer game. Chapter games are a mix of word games, puzzles, and matching games, all appropriate to the grade level. Grade 1 – 8.

getkahoot.com- Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free!

smp.org- Ready To Go Game Shows: Essential Catholic Beliefs Edition

The Catholic Toolbox- FREE Catholic games that are printable





Saturday, August 25, 2018

Religious Worksheets, Puzzles, & Quizzes






Need worksheets? I have found several places online where you can obtain religious worksheets, puzzles, quizzes, etc. for FREE. Here are a few of my favorites:


catholicmom.com- Sunday Gospel for the Mass activities: Mass worksheets, coloring, puzzles, crafts, games, quizzes, lessons, etc.

catecheticalresources.com- Teacher Resources for Grades 1 – 12

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

faithfirst.com- Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Mystery of God, Jesus in the New Testament, Church and Sacraments, Morality- Life in Christ, and Church History

pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.

gardenofpraise.com- Christian Bible stories with puzzles, tests, multiple choice and fill-in the blanks quizzes

dltk-bible.com- Tons of printable Christian activities and puzzles listed

sermons4kids.com- Puzzles, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, etc.

4catholiceducators.com- Mark, Luke, and John crossword puzzles

gardenofpraise.com- Each lesson has puzzles and quizzes

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Worksheets

FREE Catholic Printables- Here is a comprehensive list of FREE Catholic Printables that are online.

Christian Activity Worksheets- Yahoo group where teachers and parents can exchange Bible related activity worksheets, puzzles, quizzes, games, crafts, etc. What is posted in the files section is only some of what they have. The group will be glad to share whatever they have collected.





Friday, August 24, 2018

FREE Religious Coloring Pages





Trying to find free religious coloring pages is sometimes like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Here is a list of my favorite sites for religious coloring pages.


supercoloring.com- Christianity & Bible coloring pages

squidoo.com- Old Testament coloring pages

squidoo.com- New Testament coloring pages

saintanneshelper.com - Free Coloring Pages To Print (scroll down to these)

paperdali.blogspot.com- Free Coloring Pages

calvarycurriculum.com- In each lesson there are coloring pages to print out

bible-printables.com- Old & New Testament coloring pages

christiananswers.net- Coloring Through the Bible (scroll down to this)

free-coloring-pages.com- Bible Coloring Pages, Sheets & Pictures (Old & New Testament coloring pages)

gardenofpraise.com- Bible Coloring Book





Thursday, August 23, 2018

FREE Catholic Printables





Here is a comprehensive list of FREE Catholic Printables. If you know of any more, please comment and provide a link.


Worksheets, Games, Bulletins, Puzzles, Booklets

religion.sadlierconnect.com- Sadlier Religious Resources
Gain access to valuable resources for programs you are using.

catecheticalresources.com- Teacher Resources for Grades 1 – 12

smp.org- Catholic Connections eSource: A Parish Religion Education Program for Grades 6 – 8

smp.org- Printable worksheets (elementary level to high school)

mycatholicsource.com- crossword puzzles, word searches, coloring book, mazes, etc.

thegomom.com- Christian Life Education (worksheets)

catholiccatechist.org- Free Catholic files

catholicmom.com- Sunday Gospel for the Mass activities: Mass worksheets, coloring, puzzles, crafts, games, quizzes, lessons, etc.

faithfirst.com- Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Mystery of God, Jesus in the New Testament, Church and Sacraments, Morality- Life in Christ, and Church History

pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.

thedivinemercy.org- Download FREE Sample Pages

4catholiceducators.com- Mark, Luke, and John crossword puzzles

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

thekidsbulletin.wordpress.com- A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.

thatresourcesite.com- Click on the Free Printables tab

holyheroes.com- Has a weekly quiz and coloring page on each week's readings.

lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com- Elaine provides FREE faith based games, booklets, and more

raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com- FREE Liturgical Printables

reallifeathome.com- Catholic Printables

crusaders-for-christ.com- FREE Catholic Downloads (handwriting, coloring, 2014 Liturgical Calendar, St. Catherine Academy Gazette)

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Worksheets

The Catholic Toolbox- FREE Printables (worksheets, puzzles, games, flash cards, handwriting sheets, booklets, etc.)



Coloring

sjtb.org- FREE Catholic Coloring Pages

waltzingm.com- (scroll down for these and they are in alphabetical order)

saintanneshelper.com- Scroll down to the free coloring pages

paperdali.blogspot.com- Saint coloring pages, liturgical year, and Catholic goings on that you can download for free. Scroll down and click on what you want. The link will take you directly where you can download a black and white PDF file.

catholicplayground.com- Saints Coloring Pages





Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Catholic Mass Activities (parts of Mass, what we do during Mass, etc.)



Mass




newadvent.org- Liturgy of the Mass

therealprsence.org- The Eucharist as Sacrifice and Sacrament: Mass and Liturgy

catholic-pages.com- Tour of the New Mass

catholicliturgy.com- The Parts of the Mass



Lessons:

We Learn About Mass Teaching Edition: Handbook for Teachers and Catechists- by Gerard Moore

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Mass Reflection Questions

thereligionteacher.com- Hocus Pocus!: A New Roman Missal Lesson Plan

catholicmom.com- How to Get Teens to Participate in Mass by Jared Dees

thereligionteacher.com- “And With Your Spirit” Lesson Plan (New Roman Missal)

thereligionteacher.com- Holy Trinity Lesson Plan

thereligionteacher.com- The Liturgy of the Eucharist lesson plan

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as Thanksgiving

avemariapress.com- Transubstantiation Exercise

nottsopenchurchrs.org- Church History & Open Churches Project lessons with activities and worksheets
The materials have been devised to help children to get the most out of visiting their local church building, and help church members to feel confident running such a visit. All materials may be freely photocopied, and can be adapted to suit your needs. There aremore ideas and alternatives on the website www.nottsopenchurches.org.uk/education.

Celebrating the Mass Lesson Plans- Lesson plans for the new Missal that is to be implemented November 27, 2011. There are 22 lessons posted to help students learn the parts of the Mass. The lessons will provide catechists, teachers, or parents with activities, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc. to use with their students or child to learn what goes on during Mass and what they should do. These lessons are geared for students first grade on up.



Activities:

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Mass Activities for Kids
There are so many fun ways to teach kids about the Catholic Mass. This collection of Catholic Mass activities should help you plan your next lesson about the mass or help prepare students for school or parishes masses throughout the year. Whether you are teaching students about the liturgy or specifically about the Eucharist, try some of these activities in your parish or school classrooms.

holyfamilyyouth.org- Church Scavenger Hunt

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, worksheets, etc.

massexplained.com- Catholic Objects Definition Sheets (printable)



Booklets:

catholicicing.com- Mass Responses Booklet for Kids – Free to Print!

catholic-resources.org- Basic Texts for the Catholic Mass (free booklet you can print)


This activity is free; however it is 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this activity are not my own and are from various internet sources.

The Catholic Toolbox- Mass Booklet for Children
For you to edit and print out. This booklet is totally editable to enable you to add or delete what you want in your booklet. Make a cover or better yet, have your children make one to make it more personalized.



Coloring:

catholicfaitheducation.blogspot.com- Coloring Book of the Mass
(This PDF document contains 12 coloring pages on the parts of the Mass.)

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, worksheets, etc.



Crafts:

The Catholic Toolbox- Church Building Crafts

The Catholic Toolbox- People at Mass Crafts

catholicicing.com- Craft a Mass Kit

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, worksheets, etc.



Games:

catholicatechist.org- The Parts of the Mass (Game 1 & Game 2)

*Be sure to change the cards to be in accordance to the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.

Parts of the Mass (Game I & II), The Parts of the Mass (Silent Activity)- Game I: Using cards that are provided, the teacher reads a clue from one of the cards and the students who are in teams will try to identify which part of the Mass that the teacher is describing. Game II: Follow the same directions, but use a missalette. Silent Activity: Shuffle one set of the cards made for Game I and have the students sort the cards into proper order.


Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Several games posted:
Liturgical Memory and Go Fish Card Game, What am I? (card game), What am I? (file folder game), and Liturgical Bingo.


People at Church- Several games posted:
People at Church Cards (to play Memory or Go Fish), Who am I? (card game), Who am I? (file folder games)


Liturgy of the Word Sequence Card Game- For 2 to 4 players print out at least 2 copies of each page (for more players print more copies). Shuffle cards and the Dealer deals out 4 cards to each player. Dealer puts cards down in the middle of the table, turns over the top card, and places it beside the deck. From the cards in his hand the Dealer must place the next card in the sequence of the Liturgy of the Word on top of the card facing up. If he does not have the proper card, he must draw a card from the deck. Play moves clockwise. If the deck runs out, play moves to the next player clockwise and game continues. The first player to run out of cards wins.

Participants & Liturgical Objects Used in Mass Board Game- The ultimate objective is to move all of your game pieces off of the board before your opponent does and to have the largest number of game pieces remaining in your possession. This game can be played individually or in teams.

Mass Review File Folder Game- The idea is to answer questions about Mass so you can trap one or more opponents’ pieces between two of your pieces. Those opponents’ pieces then change color to become your pieces. The game ends when both you and your opponent cannot play another piece, or if every square on the board is filled, the game is over. You count up the number of black pieces and the number of white pieces and the winner is the one with the most pieces. Mass Review is for 2 players or 2 teams.



These games are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions.

The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions. (This game is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

Cube Signs- (To use with The Holy Mass Game). Print, cut out, and glue on die.


Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass. (This game is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)



Puzzles:

mycatholicsource.com- Word Search with answers

whenwecrosswords.com- Catholic Mass (crossword)

mycatholicsource.com- Mass (Traditional) word search

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, worksheets, etc.



Worksheets:

Mass Notes Printable- It’s no secret that kids often struggle to pay attention during Mass. Sometimes the problem is comprehension, other times it’s just listening skills. This post features downloadable resources to help the children in your church remember what was said during Mass.

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- A Tour of the Church Student Worksheet

catecheticalresources.com- Liturgy (worksheets for grades 1 – 12

thereligionteacher.com- Order of the Mass Handout (scroll down to this)
Students cut out the parts of the Liturgy of the Word and glue them in the correct order.

Preparing to Receive Holy Communion- Choose the correct word or words to complete the sentences. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 20).

Receiving Holy Communion: A Practice Session- To prepare to receive First Holy Communion. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 21 and 22).

Prayers in the Holy Liturgy- In this exercise, there are three columns. On the left is a phrase from one of the prayers in the Mass. In the center, you care to write the name of the prayer or specific part of the Mass from which the phrase comes. You may refer to a missalette to find the phrase. Ten on the right, identify the prayer form of which the given phrase is an example. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 72).

teachersnotebook.com- What's Inside the Church Worksheet Pack

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- A Tour of the Church Student Worksheet (with answer key)

eucharistatege2weebly.com- Look at the drawing of the church. On the next page you will see a list from A to Z with blanks. Fill in the blank next to each letter with the corresponding name of the part of the church; to help you choose, I put an alphabetized list of the names of the parts of the church to the side.

nottsopenchurchrs.org- Church History & Open Churches Project lessons with activities and worksheets

thedivinemercy.org- Behavior in Mass
Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, worksheets, etc.


The worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Behavior In Mass- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.

Mass Etiquette Worksheet- Write True or False in the spaces provided.





Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Activities, Crafts, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets for Prayers or Scripture






The Catholic Toolbox- Prayer Crafts

crusaders-for-christ.com- Catholic Handwriting Books (print out the prayer copy sheets in print or cursive for your students to do)

nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Memory Verse Activities

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities to use for Prayers (some great ideas here)

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers- Here are some memory activities that you can use for prayers or scripture.

Prayer Memorization Ideas- to use in your classroom or home

catholicicing.com- Printable Prayer Starters for Kids- Teaching Independent Prayer

saintanneshelper.com- Traditional Roman Catholic Prayers (teaching tips, coloring pages, worksheets, etc.)

smp.org- My Morning and Evening Prayer worksheet

handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com- Memory Verse Reward/Tracker

The Catholic Toolbox- Catholic Prayer Book Printables for Kids

christiancrafters.com- What’s Wrong
A fun game to that you could have the students learn prayers or scripture.

Bedtime At Our House/Prayers- How we learn prayers at our house.

*Write the prayer on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the prayer 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 prayer. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

Worksheets for Prayers- for all ages

Act of Contrition Activities- activities, games, puzzle, worksheet

Apostles Creed Activities- lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

Glory Be Activities- coloring, craft, games, puzzles, worksheets

Grace Before Meals Activities- crafts, games, worksheets

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities- activities, crafts, coloring, etc.

Hail Mary Activities- coloring, crafts, games, mini book, posters, puzzles, worksheets

The Catholic Toolbox- Name That Prayer File Folder Game (scroll down for this)
The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers.

Nicene Creed Activities- crafts, games, lesson, puzzles, worksheets

Our Father/Lord’s Prayer Activities- coloring, crafts, games, lessons, puzzles, worksheets

Sign of the Cross- crafts, coloring, worksheets





Monday, August 20, 2018

Top Things That MUST Be Done Before Every Class





What are the top things that must be done before every class? Well, everyone is different as well as their needs, but maybe sharing what we found that has to be done before class so it can run smoothly and efficiently will help others.


Here is my list of top things that must be done before class:


1. Have prepared and well planned lesson plans. Before you do anything you must plan and prepare. Having a well planned and prepared CCD class is essential. Without this your students cannot learn to their fullest potential. A well planned and prepared lesson plan will also help to avoid possible behavior problems that could arise in your class as well. A thorough and thought out lesson plan should include various elements to promote good learning. Using a lesson plan template will help you keep everything in mind.

2. Be prepared and know the material. Know your subject. Read, study, and learn. A good lesson depends on how well the catechist understands the material.

3. Always arrive at least 30 minutes before your class starts. To enhance your students learning prepare your classroom. A well-organized catechist and classroom is a must. Without it, your students will not learn to their fullest potential. Have all materials and equipment ready and in the classroom before class starts. The attendance list, worksheets, puzzles, coloring sheets, crafts, etc. should be within easy reach and organized on your desk or table. If crafts need to be pre-cut and/or patterns copied onto construction paper for younger students, be sure to have this done before class. Crayons, glue, pencils (sharpened), etc. should be organized in containers so you do not need to interrupt your lesson to go to search for them when they are needed. Keep these supplies nearby within easy reach. Only put supplies on the student’s desk/table when they are needed and not before. This will help keep distractions down to a minimum. Write on the chalk board vocabulary words for today’s lesson or any key words that you want your students to know before class starts.

4. Print worksheets, puzzles, crafts, etc. for your students. Make extra copies just in case you get a new student or if someone brings a friend to class.

5. All technical equipment (VCRs, computers, overhead projectors, CD/DVD players, etc.) should be ready to go and you know how to use them.



What are your tops things that you must do before class? Please comment and I will add it to the post.





Friday, August 17, 2018

Bell Work




Bell Work is class work that students are doing when the bell rings. It is always the first task the students do. Many teachers use Bell Work to keep students busy and occupied when they first come into the classroom. It can also be used when students have finished their regular work a little early. It will help these students not to rush through their work when they have a challenging activity.


Rules of Bell Work:

• Keep Bell Work simple.

• Make sure it serves a purpose in getting the day's instruction started. Use it as a warm-up activity.

• You should not have to write more than a simple instruction on the board to have the students get busy.

• Bell Work is done every day. When you describe Bell Work to your students on the first day of class, instruct them never to ask you whether there is Bell Work today. There is Bell Work every day.

• Bell Work will always be posted in the same place in the classroom.




What To Do For Bell Work:

• Review previously learned material. (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc.)

• Review today’s Gospel Reading (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc. You can get ideas from FREE Children's Worship Bulletins and/or Mass Worksheets)

Journal Writing

Mass Journals

• Silent reading.

• Word games or mind benders.

• Give them a situation and ask them “What would Jesus do?”

• Have a passage reference that relates to today’s lesson on the board. Students must summarize the passage in their own words.

• Have the students write the connection between the First Reading and the Gospel Reading from today’s Mass.

• Have the students do Spelling and Vocabulary Worksheets for review or to help the students with new spelling and vocabulary words from today's lesson.

thereligionteacher.com- Bell Work Activities



*Early in the year, your students may not be able to read, but you can point them to an activity as they enter the classroom.

• Activity Tubs: Have tubs of any kind of material for them to sort. Let each student decide if they are sorting by color, by shape, etc. They can work as individuals or in groups.

• Coloring Tubs: Coloring sheets or students can “Draw a picture of _______” (make it specific).

• Activity areas: Most Pre K and Kindergarten teachers have activity areas such as a block areas, fine motor, book, etc. or a play kitchen that you already use for activities, letting the children chose the area they want to explore. Use these same areas and activities for Bell Work.

• Handwriting Sheets/Copy Work: Have the students do manuscript handwriting sheets pertaining to today’s lesson or review previously learned material. Here is a list of Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets you can print out for FREE for your classroom or home. To learn various prayers, liturgical objects used in Mass, and other church activities, having the students write it down is a good way for them to remember. Here are a few of my favorite Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets for your students.



What kind of Bell Work do you do in your classroom?





Thursday, August 16, 2018

First Communion Activities





Need ideas or activities to help your students for First Communion? Here are some activities that might be helpful.


Resources

catholicculture.org- Catholic Activity: Preparing for First Holy Communion

pinterest.com- First Communion Ideas

ehow.com- Class Activities for Catholic First Eucharist Kids

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Resources

thereligionteacher.com- First Communion Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Resources, lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheet

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Mass Activities

catholicicing.com- First Communion Resources for Kids
Preparing, journal/notebook activities, crafts, ideas for the big day, ideas for first reconciliation, etc.

saintanneshelper.com- First Communion Resources

pinterest.com- First Communion Prep
First Communion Preparation, Patterns, Worksheets, and Activities eBook Bundle

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Preparation, Patterns, Worksheets, and Activities eBook Bundle

reallifeathome.com- Holy Communion and Reconciliation Worksheet and Activity Packet

foreverforalwaysnomatterwhat.com- First Holy Communion Resources

sacredhearthouston.org- Home Resources for Sacramental Preparation of Children



Coloring

edupics.com- First Communion

apples4theteacher.com- Body and Blood

apples4thteacher.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Eucharist

elitedresses.com- Communion Chalice and Host (scroll down for this)

supercoloring.com- Communion coloring pages (scroll down for these)

stanneshelper.com- First Communion Coloring Pages

twistynoodle.com- My First Holy Communion



Crafts

familyatthefootofthecross.blogspot.com- Corpus Christi Mosaic Craft
Beautiful chalice craft

A Framed Picture- Making a sparkling picture of communion will be a reminder of the special time we put aside to remember Jesus. (Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget: Paper Plates & Cups, page 12 & 13).

Do This In Memory of Me (craft)- An easy craft that students can make emphasizing “Do this in memory of me.”

Jesus in the Holy Eucharist Craft- Neat activity for the Holy Eucharist. A template is also provided for the craft.

catholicinspired.com- Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Art Project

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily

catholicicing.com- Craft A Mass Kit for Kids

catholicteacherresources.com- My First Communion Frame

triparishfaithformation- First Communion Plate Craft

orientaltrading.com- First Communion Crafts

funexpress.com- First Communion Cross Sign Craft Kit

pinterest.com- First Communion Bulletin Board Ideas



Make a Holy Communion Banner:

orientaltrading.com- Holy Communion Banner Craft Kit
You can buy this or get ideas from it to make your own.

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Banner Resources for Catholic Kids



Games

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (file folder game)
Students collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Eucharist Bingo
Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Holy Eucharist.

The Catholic Toolbox- Act of Contrition Board Game
The idea is to answer questions about the Act of Contrition so players can roll the dice and move their pieces up and down the road attempting to capture their opponent’s pieces.

The Catholic Toolbox- Reconciliation File Folder Game
The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.



Lessons

saintanneshelper.com- First Communion Catechism
First Communion Catechism questions and answers (scroll down for this)

sdc.me.uk- RE Resources: First Holy Communion
The table below provides links to our resources for a FIRST COMMUNION and RECONCILIATION program. The program is made up of 16 sessions. For each unit there are session plans for catechists, a worksheet for children as well as other resources such as flashcards, images and also PowerPoint presentations.

The Catholic Toolbox- Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Holy Communion

flickr.com- 2nd Grade CCD First Communion Preparation Lesson Plans
2nd Grade CCD First Communion Preparation Lesson Plans

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Reconciliation lesson

thereligionteacher.com- The Liturgy of the Eucharist Lesson Plan

storage.cloversites.com- Holy Eucharist Lesson Plans



Puzzles:

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (word scramble)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

mycatholicsource.com- Holy Eucharist (word search)

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (crossword)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

reallifeathome.com- Holy Communion Crossword Puzzle



These puzzles below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these puzzles are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Holy Communion- (word scramble)

Holy Communion- (crossword)
For younger students you can do this together on the board.



Retreat Ideas

pastoralplanning.com- Get Ready! Get Set! The final retreat and rehearsal for parents and their children before first holy communion

catechesisinthethirdmillennium.wordpress.com- Forgiveness Day – 2nd Grade Retreat

usccb.org- First Communion Retreat: Embracing Jesus’ Loving Sacrifice Present in the Eucharist

teacherspayteachers.com- First Communion Retreat - Eucharist knowledge
A retreat day for your class or your own children that combines church vocabulary, knowledge about the mass, a Bible story play, matching game, bingo game cards, and a cooking activity with the special sacrament of Eucharist in mind. Spend the day with your children preparing for Communion.

amazingcatechists.com- First Communion Retreat



Worksheets

catholicicing.com- First Communion Countdown Calendar (Printable!)

books.google.com- 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Elle Rossini, page 21 & 22
Receiving Holy Communion: A Practice Session

sacredhearthouston.org- Reconciliation activities and worksheets as well as Penance and Eucharist activities and worksheets (look under Documents)

printableworksheets.in- First Communion worksheets

catecheticalresources.com- Catholic worksheets that can be used for First Communion


This worksheet is free, however it is 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.

Eucharist worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.





Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework & Turn It In On Time





It seems to be a problem each year, but here are a few tips to get your students to do their homework and turn it in on time.

1. Only assign homework your students fully understand and are able to do by themselves. Make sure that the homework is necessary, not busy work.

2. Agenda Book/Planner- Give your students no excuse for not writing it down. By providing all students with an agenda book for CCD it will allow students to learn to become independent and turn their homework in on time. If your CCD does not do agenda books, you could ask your child’s CCD teacher if they would be willing to do this with your child. The teacher will more likely agree to this accommodation if the student has problems with turning in their homework and if the parents provide the agenda book. It should also be understood by everyone involved that it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain their teacher’s signature on their agenda book to confirm that the student had it filled it out correctly. Be sure to write all homework in the same place each time and at the close of each class remind the students to write down their homework in their agenda book/planner. At the end of class the teacher would check each and every student’s agenda book to see if they had written correctly their assignment(s). The teacher would initial it (or use a stamp) to confirm that it was correct. This step makes sure that the students had their assignments written down correctly and they would know when to turn them in on time. You can also have the parents have to sign the agenda book to verify that they had read the above and understood what their child is supposed to do.

3. Set aside a few minutes before the end of the class to review the assigned homework. Have your students look at the homework, allow them to ask final clarifying questions, and have them check to make sure they have all the materials they need. Ask your students “Is there anyone, for any reason, who will not be able to turn in their homework on time?”

4. Bible Bucks- are a great way to positively reward students for good behavior, completing memory work, completing and turning in their homework on time or even inviting their friends to church or CCD. Students can collect their Bible Bucks and they will be allowed to trade them in for assorted prizes or tasty treats from the "Bible Buck Store".

Free Bible Bucks to print out:

genejordan.com- Free Bible Bucks to print out

kidsmoneyfarm.com- Three different kinds to choose from. Use the "Word Sheets" or "Powerpoint Sheets" to customize the bills and put your church's name on them. For generic Bible Bucks, just download and use the PDF sheets.

kidssundayschool.com- Amounts of 1, 2, 5, and 10 Bible Bucks

5. Homeworkopoly- Here is a fun game to encourage students to do their homework. In order for a student to play HOMEWORKOPOLY, he or she must complete their homework and hand it in to the teacher on time.

6. Student Folders/Binders- There are many students that would turn in their homework- if they knew where it was. Teach your students that their homework is not finished until it is put away in their folder/binder, AND the homework folder/binder is put by the door to bring to class. To cut down on lost papers and to be better organized, give your students folders or binders. Make sure there is a pocket labeled HOMEWORK in the folder/binder where homework is stored.





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Student Folders/Binders



To cut down on lost papers and to be better organized, give your students folders or binders. What teachers use for student folders depends upon the grade level and what kind of work the student does in class. It can be as simple as a folder with two pockets with or without brads and be as elaborate as a small binder with dividers.


• Two pocket folder with brads.







• Small binder







• Avery #11907 Tab Dividers. You can print your inserts on the computer by using the Avery perforated tab insert sheet that is provided in the packet to make it nice and neat.



You can label the pockets:

• Class Syllabus

• CCD Class Schedule

• Class Rules

• Flyers/Announcements/Newsletters

Agenda Book/Planner- helps students stay organized and current on assignments.

Assignment & Grade Sheets- sheets to write down assignments, when they are assigned, when they are due, grades, etc.

• Homework

• Behavior- Behavior Contract & Behavior Chart, Behavior Report, etc.

Parent/Teacher Communication

• Prayers- Prayer Booklet, Prayer Chart (prayers that the student has completed), etc.

• Graded Papers

• Etc.



What kind of student folder do you use? How is it labeled?





Monday, August 13, 2018

Gospel for the Mass: 9/23/18- Mark 9:30-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Mark 9:30-37



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Who Is The Greatest? object lesson with crafts, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- A Topsy Turvy World object lesson coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- A Key To Greatness object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

word-sunday.com- Judy Babysits Her Younger Brother (scroll down to Gospel)

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples To Become Slaves lesson

ministry-to-children.com- “First and Last” Sunday School Lesson from Mark 9:30-37

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus and the Children

holyheroes.net- Mark 9:35-37

catholicmom.com- Mark 9:30-37



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (crafts)

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Coffee Filter Craft (to go with Who is the Greatest? object lesson above)

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Craft (to go with Who is the Greatest? object lesson above)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (games)

Play musical chairs and at the end reward the child who was out first! (Wait until the end of the game until you tell the children that that this is the way you will be playing!) Discuss how being the winner or first to gain something is not always the best way.



Puzzles

web.archive.org- Memory Verse Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice Quiz

sermons4kids.com- ABC Order Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Gospel for the Mass: 9/16/18- Mark 8:27-35








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Mark 8:27-35



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Playing For Keeps object lesson with groups activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Who am I? object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds A Solid Rock lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells The Disciples That He Must Suffer lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Peter’s Confession

sermons4kids.com- Take Up His Cross and Follow Me

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (crafts)

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.)

daniellesplace.com- Cross Crafts- Several cross crafts listed

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross (easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make)

momontimeout.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

happyhomefairy.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Playing for Keeps activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Who Am I?



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

web.archive.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Spiral Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Gospel for the Mass: 9/9/18- Mark 7:31-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Mark 7:31-37



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- A Greek Woman Asks Jesus' Help for her Daughter lesson

wordsunday.com- Bobbie’s Hope

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus Heals A Deaf & Mute Man lesson with activities

kidssundayschool.com- Help Me Get Well (activity for preschoolers)

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus Heals A Deaf & Mute Man page 4

Emmanuel-windows.blogspot.com- He Hath Done All Things Well clip art to color

bethanybible.org- THE MASTER’S REMARKABLE METHODS – Mark 7:31-57 (Click on picture to print out and color)

designdroide.com- Mark 7:31-37 coloring sheet



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (crafts)

hebidsthemcome.com- Jesus Heals a Deaf Man craft

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- booklet to put together and color (page 6 & 7)



Games

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (games)

resourcewell.s3.amazonaws.com- Silent Hunt (page 3) and Speak His Praise Balloon Bounce (page 8)

missionarlington.org- Hands-on Activities for Jesus Heals a Deaf Man (page 5)

daniellesplace.com- Bandage Relay and Play A Memory Game



Puzzles

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Dot-to-dot page 8

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quizzes &/or Take Home Activity Page

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Take Home Activity Page with questions and fill in the blanks (page 9)