Friday, April 10, 2009
Lesson Plan- Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter (1st grade on up)
Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter
Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter
- explain why the apostles did not always recognize Jesus immediately
- explain why some do not believe until they see it with their own eyes or touch it
Prayer, questions and vocabulary words from last week’s lesson
Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold 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).
Emmaus- near Jerusalem (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Recognize- you know who the person is by looking at him
Stranger- someone you do not know
Prophets- someone who knows the future
Doubter- someone who does not believe
Wound- an injury or damage to a person like a cut, etc.
Read story: "Road to Emmaus and Thomas the Doubter" and then ask questions
Introduce activities: Who did the two disciples not recognize? Jesus
sermons4kids.com- Checking The Roll object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin
sermons4kids.com- The Road To Emmaus object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin
sermons4kids.com- ID Please! object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin
childrensermons.com- Without A Doubt lesson
childrensermons.com- Road To Emmaus lesson
calvarycurriculum.com- The Road To Emmaus, Thomas Doubts lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
jesuswalk.com- Appearance on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) lesson
jesuswalk.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (Luke 24:36-46) lesson
sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (crafts)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! group activities (crafts)
sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus group activities (crafts)
sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly group activities (crafts)
craftingthewordofgod.com- Road To Emmaus (craft)
biblecraftclub.com- Doubting Thomas Craft & Road To Emmaus Craft (scroll down to these crafts)
growingkidsingrace.blogspot.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (craft)
jesus-without-language.net- Thomas (John 20) craft
godlyplayblog.blogspot.com- John 20:29 craft
jesus-without-language.net- Jesus Appears to the Disciples craft
static1.squarespace.com- Walk To Emmaus Spinning Craft
amysfreeideas.com- On the Road to Emmaus (scroll down to this craft)
lambsongs.co.nz- He Has Risen Craft Wheel (scroll down to this)
Key Chains- Give students a piece of craft foam and markers. Have the students make a key chain emphasizing today’s lesson about Jesus. Guide the students into coming up with a phrase to put on their key chain. Have students decorate key chain. Use a hole punch to put a hole into the key chain and add a short chain. This will make a good reminder that Jesus is always with them where ever they go.
Introduce craft: What was Jesus nailed to?
Forgiven- Students will make a cross out of nails. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, pages 103 & 104).
kidfrirendlythingstodo- Making A Cross Necklace Out of Nails
Use 2 or 4 masonry nails to make this craft
instructables.com- Horseshoe Nail Cross Pendant
orientaltrading.com- Nail Cross Necklace Craft Kit- Oriental Trading Company
christiandollarstore.com- Metal Nail Cross Necklace Craft Kit (Makes 12)
christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.
sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (games)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! group activities (games)
sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus group activities (games)
sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly group activities (games)
Take a verse from today’s lesson Luke 24:13-35. Make paper footprints with the words of the verse on each footprint. Let the kids put them in order.
ecounterchristianity.co.uk- Doubting Thomas (scroll down to Activity)
easybreezysundayschool.blogspot.com- Doubting Thomas (game)
flamecreativekids.blogspot.com- Doubting Thomas: Recognizing Jesus Games
teresaklassen.wordpress.com- Doubting Thomas Ice-breaker idea
Introduce game: Who did the two disciples not recognize? Jesus. Let’s see how well you can recognize someone.
Materials: paper bag
Directions: Blindfold one student using a paper bag. Pick another student for the first student to guess who it is. The blindfolded student will try to find out who the person is by asking questions to figure out who they are. The unknown student answers the questions using a disguised voice. Once they have identified their fellow class member, that student can be blindfolded and have a turn.
Questions: Was it hard or easy to recognize the person from their voice?
Introduce game: Who wouldn't believe that Jesus was alive until he saw the marks of the nails on Jesus' hands and feet, and touch the wound in Jesus' side?
Thomas the Doubter
Need: Large nail with blunt point, 1 chair
Directions: A student is picked by the teacher to play the part of Thomas. He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the class. A large nail is put under the chair. While Thomas is turned around with his or her eyes closed, the teacher will choose a student to sneak up and take the nail and hide it somewhere on his person. When this person is ready, then everyone will say: “Doubting Thomas, where is the nail?” The teacher will then say. “Does _____ have it?” (This student may or may not have it). Thomas will then stand up and turn around. Will Thomas doubt what the teacher says or will he believe the teacher? If Thomas believes the teacher, he will say, “I believe _____ has it.” Or he will not believe the teacher and guess who might have the nail. Who ever has the nail is now Thomas.
Introduce activity: How do we know what is real or true? Two fun activities to emphasize the story Doubting Thomas.
Know For Sure Relay
Need: 2 different size boxes that have individual snacks for each child inside, tape boxes shut and do not tell the student’s what is inside the boxes
Directions: Set up a relay with two teams (if you have a lot of students, have more teams each with a box with snacks inside). Place snack boxes at another point in the room for each team to run for. Do not give the students any hints about what is in the boxes. The first student in line runs to the box, carries it back to his team and gives it to the next team member in line. This player funs it back to it’s starting point and leaves it there. The player returns and goes to the end of his team line. Repeat until everyone has had a turn.
Then hold up one of the boxes. Say: What do you think is in this box? Hold up another box and say: What about this box? Do you think both boxes have the same thing inside? Do you know for sure what is inside the boxes? How can you find out for sure? (By opening up the boxes.) We have to see with our eyes to know for sure what is inside the box don’t we? Let’s open up the boxes and see if you are right. (Let each student open up a box.) Say: We are going to have these snacks for later. (Put the boxes to the side.)
These games 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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.
Road to Emmaus File Folder Game- Luke 24:13-35
Be the first one to Emmaus and back to Jerusalem and win the game!
Road To Emmaus Game- Review Luke 24:13-35. Draw on the board a chart and have the players throw a suction toy at the board. Where ever it sticks, the team has to follow the directions. The team with the most points wins.
Introduce snack: Do you doubt what you eat?
Have various foods for the students to try and blindfolds. Place a paper plate and spoon in front of each student. Have students pair off and one child put on a blindfold. Put one piece of food on each plate and have the student feed his partner that is blindfolded the food with a spoon. Have the students guess what they are eating. Discuss. Try other foods. Have the other student feed his partner various foods that have not been done. Discuss.
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
More 365 Activities for Kids (do the Road to Emmaus add to the picture puzzle on November 25).
sermons4kids.com- Stop Doubting and Believe (maze)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (maze)
sermons4kids.com- Road to Emmaus (maze)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (word search)
sermons4kids.com- Road to Emmaus (word search)
sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (word search)
4catholiceducators.com- Luke 24:13-35 (word search)
web.archive.org- Luke 24:13-35 (word search)
sermons4kids.com- Doubting Thomas (jumble)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (jumble)
sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears To His Disciples (crossword)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (crossword)
sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus (crossword)
web.archive.org- Luke 24:13-35 (crossword)
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not! (matching)
biblewise.com- On the Road to Emmaus (fill in the blanks)
biblewise.com- On The Road To Emmaus
Use the word bank to fill in the blanks in the story about what happened on the road to Emmaus.
biblewise.com- Write the letter that comes between the two letters to find out what Jesus said to a doubtful Thomas.
sermons4kids.com- Believe It Or Not (multiple choice)
sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus (multiple choice)
sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (fill in the blanks)
calvarycurriculum.com- The Road To Emmaus, Thomas Doubts lessons with circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, etc.
sdc.me.uk- Luke 23:13-35 Year A Worksheet
tes.com- Doubting Thomas Worksheets
jesuswalk.com- Appearance on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) lesson (questions at bottom that can easily be made into a worksheet)
jesuswalk.com- Jesus Appears to His Disciples (Luke 24:36-46) lesson (questions at bottom that can easily be made into a worksheet)
smp.org- The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Part II
Discussion questions based on The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
smp.org- Just a Closer Walk with Thee
A worksheet where students are asked to read and reflect on the Gospel of Luke’s powerful image of how Christ is present in the celebration of the Eucharist through the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
smp.org- Encountering Jesus: Writing Assignment
This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It gives two options for a writing assignment that uses scripture and the imagination.