Teach Children About the Kingdom of God.
Use this 31-page unit study introduces children to Christ's use of parables as a teaching tool.. The parables of the Mustard Seed and the Seed Which Grows of Itself are featured in this lesson about the Kingdom of God, based on Mark 4:26-34.
Just about everything you need to deliver a CCD or Religious Ed lesson on the weekly Gospel is included in this packet. (Please note that some activities will require scissors, glue, and a stapler.) This lesson could also be used for formal CCD or Religious Education classes, home catechesis, or a Sunday school class as well.
Weekly Liturgical Lesson Student Sheets
There are two thematic lesson sheets that focus directly on God's Word in Mark 4:31-32. Additional printables are included for lesson reinforcement and fact recall; they include a Fill-in-the-Faces worksheet, a graphic organizer that focuses on the meaning of the "Kingdom of God," and a lesson based cloze activity that reiterates the main paragraph from the student lesson sheet.
Weekly Liturgical Lesson Teacher Guide
The teacher guide includes a full lesson plan, which you may alter to meet the specific needs of your program or learners. The plan includes a Gospel focus sheet with the week's Gospel reading, vocabulary focus, lesson highlights, and catechetical references. It also includes a layout that will take you from gathering, through the lesson to closing. As well, the guide contains a copy of all student content and matching answer sheets.
*NOTE: We design our lessons to span a full class period, however you can pick and choose to use only the materials that you need for your time limitations. It is our belief that teachers should be equipped with more materials than they need rather than run out of things for students to do in a class meeting.
This liturgy lesson contains fun activities or extensions, which are found immediately following the lesson plan pages. Activities are based on creativity and game play.
The Play to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include thematic crossword and word search puzzles.
The Create to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include: the Mark 4:31-32 Scripture Passage Coloring Page, God's Kingdom Must Grow acrostic poem sheet, The Mustard Plant Poster Activity, and the unprompted mini-book, God's Message on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Children are also encouraged to decorate their lesson cover page in a creative way, which is explained in the lesson plan.
Take Home Materials
Although children may take home all of their lesson sheets and creations, they should also have a tangible reminder of God's Word. This liturgy lesson includes a Get the Gospel! printable scripture trading card featuring the theme: Learn About God's Kingdom.
Liturgical Week: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Focus: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Theme: God wants us to learn about His Kingdom.
Gospel Reference: Mark 4:26-34
CCC: 541-543, 545-546, 1023
Dogmatic Constitution of the Church - Lumen Gentium by Pope Paul VI, 11/21/1964, No. 2, 3, 5