Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lesson Plan- Ascension of the Lord (1st grade on up)

Ascension of the Lord

Objectives: The children will
- retell the story of The Ascension of the Lord
- identify how many days Jesus stayed after the Resurrection
- explain what Jesus wanted the disciples to do after He was gone
- identify where Jesus went and where He is seated

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

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

Ascension- the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after Resurrection
Resurrection- the bodily raising of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after he died on the cross
Baptize- when you are baptized it frees us from original sin and gives us new life in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit- the third Person of the Trinity who comes to us in Baptism and fills us with God’s life
Mass- our most important means of praying to God. At Mass we listen to God’s word, the Bible. We receive Jesus Christ in the bread and wine that has been blessed.
Bless- to bestow holiness on somebody or something
Gospel- means “Good News” and what good news the good news the gospel reading says


Introduction: We celebrate Jesus going to heaven on Ascension Thursday (write it on the board). Ascension is the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after Resurrection. This day comes 40 days after Easter. On Ascension Thursday we pray, sing, and rejoice with Jesus and all the angels and saints. We call it a holy day and celebrate it be participating in Mass. The gospel reading for that day is about the Ascension of Jesus.

Story: "The Ascension of the Lord" and then ask questions


Introduce activities: After the resurrection Jesus stayed on earth for how long? (40 days) Jesus Ascends object lesson Up, Up and Away object lesson with coloring page, word search, and crossword Click on Lessons on the left side bar. Then click on View individual lessons and levels under New Testament. Scroll down to The Ascension and click on the grade level you want. Matthew 28:16-20
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year A Activities) Mark 16:9-20
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year B Activities) Jesus Ascends (Mark) lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc. Jesus Leaves Earth (Mark) lesson with word search, crossword, word scramble, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, test, etc. Luke 24:44-53
Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources (Year C Activities) Ascension (Luke 24:44-54) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. Lesson: Apostles Witness Jesus’ Ascension (Acts 1:1-11) Lesson: Jesus’ Final Instructions and Ascension (Matthew 28 & Acts 1) Ascension Activities Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension Celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension Ascension Through the Eyes of a Child Lesson 117: Why the Disciples Rejoiced at Jesus’ Ascension (Luke 24:50-53)


Introduce craft: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.) Ascension Pull Tab Paper Craft Ascension Craft Jesus Ascends Bible Craft for Kids Ascension of Jesus craft for kids Jesus Ascending to Heaven Craft for Kids (scroll down to this) Jesus Lives!
Jesus can "ascend" from on the ground to the sky by pulling the long tab up! (scroll down to this)

Jesus Ascends- A fun craft that gives a hands-on experience of Jesus disappearing in the cloud as He did so long ago. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 60 & 61).

Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 61 & 62.)

Games: Ascension Day Games for Kids Preparing For Jesus To Come (printable game). To download game board scroll down and click on Preparing for the Second Coming FHE Lesson. Directions at (scroll down to this)

Play the game “Telephone” (use an empty cardboard paper towel roll). Start with today’s memory verse, then let the kids think of other Scriptures to pass around the circle. Talk about how we can share God’s Word with others.

Introduce game: What did Jesus want the disciples to do to the people? (To teach and baptize the ones who believed.)

Case of the Missing Person (Jesus Returns to Heaven)- In this game, kids will try to figure out who’s missing from the class. They’ll get an idea of how some people must have felt after Jesus returned to heaven. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 104.)


Introduce snack: What did the disciples see when Jesus left? (A cloud hid Him from their view.) Blue Sky & Fluffy Clouds Jello

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets. Maze Word Search (Matthew) Word Search (Mark) Word Search (Mark) Word Search (Luke) Decoder (Luke) Crossword (Matthew) Crossword (Matthew) Crossword (Mark) Crossword (Mark) Crossword (Luke) with answers Word Scramble (Mark) Multiple Choice (Mark) Test (Mark) Ascension Worksheets


Gardenia said...

I can't wait to check out all these links this week -- what a great selection you've posted. don't the snacks sound creative and delicious! thanks for putting this all together . we will definitely enjoy.

Amazing_Grace said...

I hope your family has fun with the activities. The snacks do sound yummy and I think the children will really understand the concept of ascension. :)