Page 10 - Teaching Guide - Good News
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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will identify choices they make.Gathering Provide name tags for the children so you can welcome them and they can get to know each other. Put the name tags in a basket or on a bulletin board. The children find their tag when they come into the room. Any tags left will alert you to the children who are missing.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we gather as your followers. Bless our time together and help us to make good choices.” The children respond, “Amen.”Activity l Name Game If the children do not know each other well, play a game that uses their names. Sit in a big circle. You begin by rolling a ball to a child, saying, “I roll the ball to___.” That child repeats the action and words. Everyone will hear his or her name said aloud and will speak another child’s name.Cover Activity l The Gospels Tell Jesus’ Story (page 1) Stay in the circle and distribute Good News. Read the title for the page aloud together. Ask: What is a Gospel? The story of Jesus’ life on earth as written down by people of his time. Ask: How many Gospel writers were there? Four: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.Call the children’s attention to the four illustrations and ask volunteers to describe one to you. The illustrations show four different events in Jesus’ life—his birth, teaching ministry, Death, and Resurrection.Have the children find the words Start and Finish on the maze. Then direct them to go to their worktables and find their way in the maze from Jesus’ birth to his Resurrection.Story l Helping Miss Mason (page 2) Have the children bring their copies of Good News to the story area, open to page 2, and speculate from the illustration what the story might be about. Read the story aloud as a class with the children taking turns reading paragraphs. Or, if you know your children well, assign the three character parts to three good readers and have the rest of the class read the narrative parts aloud together.Discuss the story using the Know question. Give every child a chance to be heard.Activity l Stretch and Move Give the children an opportunity to work off some energy before they continue with the lesson. Move to the open area and play a game of Simon Says, using the following commands:Touch your toes / Bend to the right / Stomp your feet / Bend to the left / Crouch down and jump up / Zoom like a bird / Stretch up to pick apples / Twirl around / Make wings like a chicken / Fall asleep like a baby / Get up and tiptoe to the Gospel area.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize that Catholics read from the Bible every Sunday at Mass.Sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l The Story of the Two Sons (page 3) This Sunday’s Gospel is a parable, a story Jesus tells that invites us to look at ourselves. Read the title aloud and identify Jesus at upper left. Ask half the children to read the father’s part together and the other half the two sons. You can read Jesus’ words.Discuss the the story, responding first to Jesus’ question about which son did his father’s will. Let them take their time with Jesus’ question and thenproceed to the first two Know questions. Enjoy listening as the children wrestle with what the Gospel asks of them.Catholic Faith Word l Gospel (page 4) Make sure the children understand the meaning of this term.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)Read “Jesus Calls Us to Listen and to Change.”Have the children reflect on and then share their answersto the third Know question with a partner.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG1-10

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