Friday, February 27, 2009

Lesson Plan- Good Samaritan (1st grade on up)

The Good Samaritan

Objectives: The students will be able to
-retell the parable of the Good Samaritan
- explain the message of the parable of the Good Samaritan
- name different ways to show love for others
- identify others as neighbors and describe ways to help
- explain that God commands us to love one another and to help anyone in need

Prayer, questions and vocabulary words from last week’s lesson

Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Jerusalem- the capital of Israel and holy city of the Jews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Jericho- town in the Jordan Valley. Known as the world’s oldest town (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Robbers- people who steal things
Inn- like a hotel where you can sleep and eat


Read story: "The Good Samaritan" and then ask questions


Introduce activities: What does loving your neighbor really mean? A Neighbor’s a Neighbor! object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin Won’t You Be My Neighbor? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc. Samaritan Neighbor object lesson The Good Samaritan lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. The Parable of the Good Samaritan Lesson Plan Lesson 51: Salvation and Good Works (Luke 10:25-37) 110 Summer Acts of Kindness for Kids (FREE Printable with activities)


Movie- Veggie Tales: Accepting and Helping- Are You My Neighbor? The Story of Flibber-o-loo (The Good Samaritan) 15 min) and ask questions:

1. What does loving your neighbor really mean? Help others when ever they need help even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Why wouldn’t the mayor and the doctor stop and help Larry? They said that they were too busy.
3. What should the mayor and doctor do? Help Larry.
4. Who helped Larry? A fellow from the other town.
5. Should we help people in need? Yes.
6. How can we help others?

Crafts: A Neighbor's a Neighbor! group activities (crafts) Won’t You Be My Neighbor? group activities (crafts) Good Samaritan Crafts

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel:

This craft 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 It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Directions: Print the top and bottom wheels out on cardstock. Cut out wheels. Cut out circle shape on the inside line edge of the top wheel. Have children color wheels. Attach a brass fastener through the center of both wheels. On the back of the bottom wheel attach a strip of cardstock (at least 1 inch wide and 6 inches long) leaving half extended over the side (so you can turn the wheel). You can also draw an arrow on the top side of the strip on the end to indicate which way to turn the bottom wheel.

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel- Printable template

Introduce craft: What are some things that people have done for you that were nice? What can we make to help remind us of the many kindnesses you have received from others? Let’s find out!

Gratitude Jar-God's gifts sometimes come through other people. (Crafts For Christian Values by Kathy Ross, page 26 & 27). Have the children write down on small slips of paper the kind things others have done for them and put them inside the jar. If the child cannot write, they can color pictures of kind things people have done for them and put them into the jar.

Or make a Gratitude Jar by like this one: Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar. Sharing/Helping Hands
This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content. Kindness Calendar Quilt Craft
You plan vacations. You schedule school work. Why not set a date for doing good deeds? Fill your colorful calendar quilt with acts of kindness! Circle of Kindness Craft
Spin this Circle of Kindness for kids can be inspired to do good deeds. (Although it is suggested to make this craft for Rosh Hashanah, it can be used any time to encourage kindness.) Family Kindness Jar Create A Kindness Jar With Kids Teaching Kids Kindness With A Kindness Jar DIY Random Acts of Kindness Jar Craft

Love Notes- Cute magnet craft to put on your refrigerator to leave loving messages to the people in your family. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, pages 54 & 55).

Loving others demands respect, consideration, cooperation, care, etc. Love is about giving. Fill these chore charts out or have the students come up with their own chores to do and color. These can be given to parents or friends/family etc. to show they are serious about their respect for them, care, etc. They are to bring the chore charts back signed next week and receive a small gift as a reward for their good deeds. Custom Chore Chart Customizable Chore Chart Free Printable Chore Chart Templates for Kids 20 Free Printable Chore Charts 21 Chore Cards and Chore Charts to Print

Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”. (Love Bug Lady Bug) Paper Plate Lady Bugs
Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”. Lady Bug Invite
Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock.


Introduce game: Being a good Samaritan means doing something for someone else without wondering what that person will do for you in return. Can you think of nice things to do for another person? Backyard Bingo
For a 'green' spin on a great game, we recommend a round of backyard bingo. This good Samaritan activity isn't just helpful, it's a lot of fun, too. Kids can become bingo winners and expert recyclers at the same time. Ice Water Welcome
The Ice Water Welcome is a good Samaritan activity that gives back to a group of people that don't often get much gratitude: construction workers.

Introduce game- How are we to treat others?

“Win or Lose by How You Choose” by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Directions- Show the children the picture and read the situation. With each situation there are a series of answers for the children to choose from. Ask the children what they would do. Do not tell the children the right answer. Explore and evaluate the different choices together with the children.

Introduce game: How well do you know the story “The Good Samaritan”? Let’s find out. Good Samaritan Board Game
Color and black & white templates available. Students can color black & white version. The Good Samaritan Giant Board Game

Good Samaritan Board Game- Students make their own board game based on the parable “The Good Samaritan”. (This idea is from which does not exist anymore.)

1. Make up your own board game based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

2. First, make sure you read the story and know it well.

3. Next, draw the downhill path from Jerusalem to Jericho onto your game board on the other side of this paper.

4. Add detail to squares to make the game more interesting.

You can add things like this:

Beaten up, miss a turn.

Priest passes by. Go back two spaces.

Levite goes past. Throw a six to continue.

Samaritan stops to help. Take an extra turn.

Arrive at the inn. Go forward three spaces.

You could also add extra hazards, such as:

Rock fall, go back three spaces.

Sun very hot, miss a turn.

5. Get a die and some counters, and you can play the game with a friend.

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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Random Acts of Kindness- Place your marker any where on the game board. Roll the die and move clockwise that many spaces. Read out loud whatever is on your space and say whether it is a Random Act of Kindness or not. If it is a Random Act of Kindness, receive 1 Random Acts of Kindness token (or milk cap, poker chip, etc.). If it is not a Random Act of Kindness, lose a token. When the player receives 10 Random Acts of Kindness tokens, they work their way around the board to “Spread Kindness”. Players must roll the exact number to “Spread Kindness”. Continue playing to find out who comes in second, third, fourth, etc. place.

The Golden Rule- This game helps promote why someone would use proper manners and etiquette in our daily lives.

Introduction: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What does this mean? It means we should treat others the same way you want them to treat you. That is easier said than done. Do you respect everyone and treat them kindly at all times? During our daily contact with others we can show compassion and generosity by treating them with respect and courtesy. This dignified and respectable behavior that we give to others is part of what Jesus was talking about. Try your best to treat others as you would like to be treated and you will find that it will help you so much in everyday life with getting a long with others.

Directions: Put the colored Game Cards in two different small baskets and set near the game board. Place your markers at START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has True or False or P’s & Q’s on it, draw the corresponding card and read it out loud. Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).

The Good Samaritan- Follow the directions on the board and be the first one to FINISH and win.

Jesus is Our Savior- Jesus is our rescuer and offers us a lifeline when we’re trapped in sin. How can we solve the problems in our life? Jesus is our savior and if we follow him, he will show us the way.

Directions: Place your markers on START. Players roll the die and move (swim) that many spaces. Players must follow the directions on the space that they land on. If they land on a drowning in sin picture, they draw a card and read it out loud. On the cards are life problems that the player must state what they should do to rectify the situation. If they are correct, they receive a life saver token. If they are not correct, they do not receive a token. If the player lands on a space that is already occupied by another, BUMP that player back to the START space. Players work their way to the life saver at the end of the board. The player with the most life saver tokens wins.

Good Neighbor Game- Separate cards and tokens and put in 3 small baskets near the game board. Place your marker on START. Determine who goes first and play moves clockwise. The player to your left draws a SITUATION card and reads it out loud. On the cards are situations that you must state what you should do as a good neighbor would do. If you answer the question correctly, you roll the die and move the number indicated on the die. If you are not correct, you stay where you are and try again on your next turn. If the player lands on a CHANCE space, they draw a CHANCE card and read it out loud. The player then must do what the card says (move forward, move back or lose a token). If a player lands on GOOD DEED they receive a Good Deed token for doing a good deed for their neighbors which in turn will hopefully spread more acts of kindness throughout the neighborhood. If a player lands on a space that another player is on, be a good neighbor and take the nearest space behind them that is not occupied. The first player to FINISH with the most Good Deed tokens wins the Good Neighbor Award.

What Would Jesus Do?- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.

Directions: Put the Game Cards in a small basket near the game board. Place your markers at START. The player spins the spinner and follows the directions. If you spin to move ahead 3, 4, or 5, you move ahead that many spaces. During your turn be careful because if you place your marker on any space in the maze you must continue in that path even though it might be the wrong way to go. On your next turn however, you can change directions and get on the right path to FINISH. If the player spins WWJD you draw a Game Card and read it out loud. The Game Card might have a “What Would Jesus Do” (WWJD) situation and you must tell what the right thing for you to do if you were in that predicament. If you are correct, you move ahead 3. If you are not correct, you stay where you are. The Game Card might also have a colored square on it that the player must move his marker to and continue playing the game from (don’t lose your temper because that’s not what Jesus would do).

How Rude!- A fun and exciting way to review what is considered rude behavior in today’s society. The game includes 6 types of interactive game cards: multiple choice, scenario, true/false, reward for good manners, charades, and consequences for bad manners. Players or teams roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. Whichever color is on the space you land on indicates the color card that will be used. The player to your left will read the card aloud to you and you will try to answer correctly. If you answer your question correctly, you may stay where you are. If you are not correct, everyone says, “How Rude!” and you move back to where you were. The first player or team to get to the “FINISH,” square first is the WINNER!

6 pages of cards

Moral Dilemmas- Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do? Here is a game that has students try to solve their problems the best way. (Scroll down to this.)


Introduce snack: How can we be kind to others?

Have students wash their hands and make an easy snack for another class. (Make arrangements with the other classroom prior to the lesson so you have permission from that teacher and they know that a snack is being brought to them).

(Example: popcorn, trail mix, cheese whiz on a cracker, etc.)

After they have delivered their treat, they may have some as well.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

A Good Helper maze- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Good Samaritan puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from October 4 - 9).

The Merciful Samaritan (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 24. Help Him Out (maze) Find the In (maze), page 7 Good Samaritan Activity Sheets (anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.) (word search) The Good Samaritan (word search) (crossword) (decoder puzzle) (fill in the blanks) The Good Samaritan (quiz) Help Is On The Way Worksheet (page 8) Luke 10:27-37 Worksheet A Kind Man Worksheet
Circle the best answer for each question or statement. What Does It Mean? Matching Worksheet The Good Samaritan Worksheet (scroll down to this) The Parable of the Good Samaritan Worksheets (scroll down for these)


Unknown said...

I do remember these. LOL

Anonymous said...

Great ideas!! I will implement some with an added message. In this parable Jesus is the Good Samaritan. He came to rescue us from sin, darkness and the grave. He gives us eternally life. A free gift. What the Good Samaritan gave to the injured man was free without merit or worthiness. Thanks for reading.