Friday, March 27, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/26/15- John 10:11-18








*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.




John 10:11-18



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. 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.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Taking Care of the Sheep object lesson with coloring pages and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The Good Shepherd lesson #206 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- The Good Shepherd Gives Up His Life for His Sheep lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd- lesson for Pre K – K with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd- lesson for first grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

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- John 10:11

sermons4kids.com- John 10:11


Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? group activities (crafts)


Introduce craft: Who is the Good Shepherd?

makingmusicprayingtwice.com- Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Washcloth

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

crafty-crafted.com- Easter Lamb Craft

roomparentideas.com- Lamb Note Card Holder

dadcando.com- Fluffy Sheep

orientaltrading.com- Lamb of God Paper Plate Craft Kit

Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).

The Lord is My Shepherd Magnet- A cute sheep magnet out of popsicle sticks. You can omit the other wooden pieces and mini chalkboard in this craft and just use cardboard or construction paper. (Hands On Crafts for Kids 20-Minute Crafts, page 30 & 31).





Hand Lamb- (this craft was at familyfirst.com, but the website has been removed)

What You Need:

• White crayon
• Black, brown, and pink construction paper
• Scissors
• White glue
• Styrofoam tray to work on
• Cotton balls
• Hole punch
• Black sharp-pointed marker
• Thin ribbon

What you do:
1. Use the white crayon to trace around your hand on the black paper. Cut the hand shape out.
2. Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. Then attach cotton balls to make a sheep.
3. Punch an eye for the sheep from the brown paper. Use the black marker to draw a dot in the center of the eye for a pupil. Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
4. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form a neck for the sheep. Tie the ribbon in a bow.



Games

sermon4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? group activities (games)

ezinearticles.com- Stray Sheep Game (scroll down for this)


Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.


The Lost Sheep Hide and Seek- A great activity game to go with the Bible story. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 146 for game piece and page 146 for directions).



Herding Sheep Game

Need: Balloons and a staff

Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.

Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)

Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.

When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:

Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?
• Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?
• It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.
• Do you remember our story from today?
• Who did it say is our shepherd? (The Lord, Jesus)
• Who are the sheep? (us)

Say: Jesus is our Good Shepherd, so when we follow him, we won't ever get lost.
• What are some things that kids your age might do to get “lost” and not follow Jesus? (not go to CCD or Mass, be unkind to family/friends, disobey parents, etc.)
• Why was the shepherd happy when he found the sheep? Why might he have been angry? Which is the more human reaction?

Say: We are all like sheep. There are so many things in the world that can ‘eat us up' if we get lost and if we don't have a good shepherd watching over us. Jesus is our good shepherd, so we will follow him.
• Do you think that Jesus is happy when we choose to follow him? Why or why not?



loyolapress.com- The Lost Sheep Game

mssscrafts.com- Sheep Cards (to play Memory)

sundayschoolresources.com- What do I do? Introduce game: Jesus wants us to follow him. What does that mean? Why does he want us to follow him? Let’s see if we are good followers and can do the right thing.

The Catholic Toolbox- Sheep Memory Game

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd File Folder Game



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Snack

Introduce snack- What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd

christiancrafters.com- Sheep Treat or Shepherd’s Rod Treat (scroll down about ¾ of the way)





Friday, March 20, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/19/15- Luke 24:35-48








*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.




Luke 24:35-48



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. 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.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Mission Impossible object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

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- #1- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

sermons4kids.com- #2- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

4catholiceducators.com- He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

abdaacts.mywebcommunity.org- Jesus appears to his disciples.

mscperu.org- Breaking of the Bread clip art



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (crafts)

Witness Bracelet Introduction- We are going to make a craft that can help us tell someone about Jesus. It is called a witness bracelet because telling someone what Jesus has done in you is called witnessing.

beau.org/~vickir/crafts- Witness Bracelets

just4kidsmagazine.com- Witness Bracelets


Make banners saying “Peace be with you.” or your favorite verse from the Gospel today out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner

ehow.com- How To Make Christian Wall Banners


Make a bookmark of your favorite verse from today’s Gospel.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

creativity-portal.com- Blank bookmark templates. Three 2” x 8” blank rectangle bookmarks to download and print. Trim for smaller bookmark size. Use for collage, mixed media, and other bookmark making fun.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

parentingteens.about.com- Paper bookmark craft using a Bible verse and edged in decorative scissors.

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Disciples Memory or Go Fish
Take out the Judas cards and play one of these games.


Play Bingo using words from today’s Gospel.

Bingo Card Makers:

teach-nology.com- 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 cards

dltk-cards.com- Custom Bingo Cards

bingo.saksena.net- Free Bingo Sheet Generator

eslactivities.com- Bingo Card Generator



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedward.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedward.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crafty Crafters: Easter (Colors of Christ Cross)






So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for Easter?



Here is a craft that I like to make with my students using pony beads:




christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross

*Tip: Hot glue the blue, white, and red beads together.


Each of the bead colors are intended to remind us of Biblical truths:


Black = Sin
The black bead reminds us of our sin which separates us from God and dooms us to eternal darkness. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (see also Ephesians 2:11-13)

Red = Christ’s blood
The red bead symbolizes Christ’s’ blood shed for you and me. Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us...we have been justified by his blood...”

White = Prayer of Repentance For Cleansing
The white bead represents the cleansing that occurs when a sinner repents and turns to God. Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”

Blue = Water/Spirit Baptism
The blue bead represents baptism. Ephesians 4:5 “...one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We are baptized with water to identify ourselves with Jesus. The Holy Spirit baptizes those who trust in Jesus and takes up residence in the believers heart. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

Green = Christian Growth
The green bead represents growth in our faith. Colossians 1:10 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God...”

Gold = Eternal life
The gold bead represents eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”



Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!



Alicia made FiberOne Easter Egg Nests one year and discussed the new life of Easter- through-my-is.blogspot.com





Friday, March 13, 2015

Special Needs Ministry





As a special education teacher, I am always looking for new ideas and resources. Here are some that I found online that I thought I would share.

covchurch.org- Disability Resource Manual: A Practical Guide for Churches and Church Leaders

mintools.com- Special Needs & Disability Ministry Resources

specialneedsministry.com- Special Needs Ministry Handbook

oce.archindy.org- Resources and Materials for Inclusive Special Religious Education in all Parishes

lifeway.com- Special Needs Ministry
• Bible Studies for Special Needs Ministries
• FREE Special Needs Ministry Resources
• Adaptation Tips - Use these one-page articles to train your leaders and volunteers.

archkick.org- Religious Education for Children with Special Needs

loyolapress.com- Special Needs:
• Adaptive Finding God
• Adaptive Learning Kits
• Inclusive Faith Resources

fulleryouthinstitute.org- Refusing to Ignore Teenagers with Special Needs
Five Ideas for Inclusion

The Catholic Toolbox- Decorating & Organizing Your Classroom: Considerations For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders

The Catholic Toolbox- Inclusion of Special Needs Students in Your Classroom

The Catholic Toolbox- Special Needs Students: Information to Gather From Parents

The Catholic Toolbox- Staff Training for Special Needs Students

The Catholic Toolbox- Social Stories for Church

momsofspecialneedschildren1.blogspot.com- Visual Schedules
Children with ASD need predictability and therefore do not like change. Having a chart or visual schedule displayed of what they are going to do and activities in advance can provide security and keep inappropriate behavior down to a minimum. This technique can also be used to prepare for any change in the normal routine. Letting children that have ASD know of any schedule changes prior to the activity can prevent anxiety and reduce the likelihood of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns.



Special Needs Religious Products

loyolapress.com- Everyone has a right to catechesis, which is why Loyola Press has developed these kits for individuals with autism and other special needs.

comcenter.com- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program
Religious Education for Children and Adults with Special Needs



Saturday, March 7, 2015

How To Keep A Student On Task





When my son was in 6th grade, one of his teachers had a hard time keeping him on task. I then compiled a list from various sources and gave it to her which she found extremely helpful.

1. Since some students are visual learners, not auditory learners, consider using a model or picture of what you are talking about or what you want them to do exactly. Use graphic organizers (Venn Diagrams and the compare/contrast chart, semantic maps, etc.) to help student comprehend information necessary to complete a task.

2. Make the connections with previous skills or knowledge explicit.

3. Students often need to understand how or why concepts required for mastery are relevant. Teachers must tell the student (a) why the information is useful, (b) how the student can use it, and (c) where it fits in with the knowledge the student already possesses. Some students need to understand lesson rational before they can or will learn.

4. Show the student exactly what to do. The teacher demonstrates how to complete a worksheet, participate in a cooperative group activity, begin a project, and so forth. It is important for the teacher to demonstrate how to complete a task or assignment correctly, instead of telling the student what not to do. Many students know what they should not do but have no understanding of what is required of them.

5. Break down the information and present it in small increments. This type of instruction is active, with the teacher presenting information, asking questions, and providing corrective feedback.

6. Too much movement in the classroom. Try having the student work in a booth. You can make one out of corrugated cardboard.

7. Classroom over decorated and confusing. Minimize displays.

8. Do not give too much work to the students at once. Chunk/modify assignment as appropriate with frequent teacher checks for accuracy.

9. Give frequent feedback. Students often do not see what they are doing as they are doing it. Do not wait until he is almost done with a paper or activity and tell them that
they are not doing it correctly.

10. Prioritize what the students need to know. If it is not relevant, do not dwell on it. Highlight material that the student must know.

11. Ask the student what will help him. Students are often very intuitive. They can tell you how they can learn best, if you ask them. They are often too embarrassed to volunteer the information.

12. Teachers need to write down the directions of what they want the students to do. Give specific directions in small chunks (one at a time) and simplify them.

13. Since some students learn better visually than auditorily, teachers need to write down what they are saying on the board (key words might suffice), this can be most helpful. This kind of structuring glues the ideas in place.

14. Simplify choices.

15. A point system is a possibility as part of behavioral modification or a reward system for students. Students respond well to rewards and incentives. A daily self-control checklist that the teacher fills out daily to provide information about how well the child was able to focus is beneficial (example: paid attention in class, did not disturb other students, worked independently, completed assignments, handed work in on time, followed instructions, work was neat, work was complete, etc.). The child would be encouraged to aim for a minimum daily score. The target score can be raised as they develop more self-control and self-discipline. Another example: measure how long the student is on task and then reward when they are on task that long, and then reward when they are on task a bit longer, etc. Or tell the student to do a certain amount of problems in a certain amount of time and that you will be back to check. Reward if the student complies with the request. Make sure the rewards are meaningful to them (something that they like or want, etc.).

16. Provide more immediate feedback. Example: A chart with a happy face and sad face with columns is placed on the student’s desk. When the teacher notices that the child is paying attention and getting work done, she could put a check in the happy face column. When the student is distracted, the teacher could put a check in the sad face column. A reward for improvement should be established in school and at home (a minimum of ten happy face checks in one day can be used for an extra half hour of TV, etc. or have a menu of rewards that he can pick from). The target score should be realistic and the expectations reasonable. Never take away earned points for poor performance. Encourage student to raise the target score in small increments, and praise them for even small gains.

17. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Review last week’s lesson prior to today’s lesson.

18. Give cues to the student before an important point to be made (example: “This is a major point. This will be on the test.” Etc.).

19. Check that the student actually knows what to do. The student needs to be able to paraphrase instructions, not repeat them.

20. Student must be actively engaged throughout the instructional process. Students should be provided physical cues to attend to relevant stimuli and be asked frequent questions.

21. Make sure you have the student’s attention before giving a direction.

22. Have hands-on lessons to facilitate comprehension of word-object, word-action, and object-action associations, and to promote comprehension beyond the level of the simple object label.

23. Chunk/modify assignment as appropriate with frequent teacher checks for accuracy.

24. If you want the student to understand, remember, and follow directions, begin by writing them down. For example, provide student with step-by-step directions that tell him how to complete a specific task. To help student follow steps in order, provide small boxes by each step so he can check off each step as it is completed. Take care to write directions clearly, spacing them apart so each step is visually clear to the student.

25. Seat the student that is having problems staying on task at the front of the class and direct frequent questions to him/her to help them attend to the lesson.

26. Teachers could write instructions they give to the whole class on the chalkboard so that if a student is not paying attention for a moment or cannot process the verbal instructions quickly, they will have a record and reminder of what to do.

27. Teachers might also provide the student with individual instructions in the form of a written prompt or reminder on an index card that can be taped to his desk.

28. Show a model of the final goal or completed product. It is often easier to work toward the conclusion when the student can see what he is supposed to be doing than if the end product is abstract or otherwise intangible.





Thursday, March 5, 2015

Teaching Strategies for Catechists






How do you keep your students interested and engaged in learning? Here are some ideas that might help:


thereligionteacher.com- Teaching Strategies

thereligionteacher.com- Using Inductive Teaching Strategies to Get Students’ Attention

catechist.com- Best Practices for Teaching Religion

archomaha.org- Tips For Catechists Who Teach Children With ADHD

The Catholic Toolbox- What Every Catechist Needs To Know

The Catholic Toolbox- What do students like to do in CCD?
Keeping students involved and engaged in activities that have them moving, working in groups, and discovering information for themselves allows students to become excited about their learning and they are motivated to come to class.

The Catholic Toolbox- Assessing Student Progress
How to test students can be a tricky matter. Since students learn in different ways, they must be tested in different ways to find out if they have learned the information taught in class. Assessment must include a variety of methods that will enable the catechist to determine how successfully your students are learning to live out their faith in their daily lives and in communion with the Church.