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Objective The children will recognize signs of Easter.
Gather in a circle and sing “He Is Risen, Alleluia” (CD-2, #2) to begin your class session. Note that we can sing the Alleluia again now that Easter is here!
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Dear God, help us to listen today. We want to learn more about Jesus. Thank you for raising Jesus up and for filling us with new life too.” The children respond, “Amen. Alleluia.”
Activity l Signs of Easter Talk together about signs that Easter is here. Easter cards, flowers in church, Easter clothes, eggs, baskets, Easter Mass, company for dinner, spring weather. Give each child a chance to contribute. Summarize by saying that Easter is a time of special joy because Jesus’ Father raised him from the dead. Because we are followers of Jesus we have his new life in us too.
Story l The Easter Egg Hunt (pages 2-3) Ask: Who has helped color Easter eggs or gone to an Easter Egg hunt? Tell them the reason we color eggs at Easter is to remind us of Jesus’ Resurrection. Just as new life is hidden inside of an egg, so was Jesus hidden inside the tomb after he died. Then God called him to new life. The hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed tomb of Christ. When we crack an egg, it symbolizes Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.
Distribute Good News and invite the children to open to pages 2–3. Have them infer from the title and  rst illustration what the cartoon story might be about. A little girl is getting a prize for her coloring page. Read the story aloud together or let the children read together in pairs of weak and strong readers. Invite them to retell the story to you.
Discuss the Know questions related to the story. 1. Allison used Jen’s markers to color her page. Maybe Jen would really like the bunny herself. 2. Jen goes to
the Easter egg hunt with Allison. She helps her  nd the most eggs and even the egg with  ve dollars in it. Allison shares the money with Jen because she has the bunny. Ask: How are these children acting like Jesus? Being helpful to one another, saying they’re sorry, forgiving each other, sharing what they have, enjoying a fun activity together.
Activity l Stretch and Pretend If possible, take the children outdoors to observe all the new life in nature. Or lead them in pretending they are animals and plants, using movements but not their voices to answer your questions:
l Can you swim like fish?
l Can you fly like a butterfly?
l Can you stretch like a giraffe?
l Can you open slowly like a flower?
l Can you slither like a snake?
l Can you walk like an elephant?
l Can you jump like kangaroo?
l Can you pounce like a tiger?
l Can you grow like a grain of wheat?
l Can you walk on soft little feet like a kitten?
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will hear and dramatize the Easter Gospels.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Sit in a story circle where you proclaim the Gospel. Ask: What do you remember from the Palm Sunday lesson? What happened to Jesus next? What is this Sunday about?
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel, Part 1 l Jesus Is Raised to New Life (page 1) Gather in the Gospel area to proclaim the story of Jesus’ Resurrection. Note that Good News includes Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene (John 20:10–18), a part of John’s Gospel that
is a bridge from the Easter Gospel to the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Easter. Also note that Mary Magdalen is the first witness to Jesus’ Resurrection in all four Gospels. Assign the three reading parts.
Ask: Why did God raise Jesus from the tomb? God wants Jesus’ followers, which include all of us, to know that death is not the end of everything. When we die, God brings us to a new, happy life. We know this is true because it happened to Jesus and Jesus told us it would happen to us, too. Ask: Why did Jesus say “Peace be with you” to his scared friends? Jesus wanted them to know that they could trust in God. Peace is knowing everything will be okay.
Activity l Gospel Drama Direct the children in acting out the Easter Sunday Gospel. Read the part of Narrator and assign children to the parts of Jesus, Mary, Peter, and John.
Sunday Gospel, Part 2 l Jesus Appears to His Friends (page 3) Assign three students to read this touching scene.
Ask: Why didn’t Jesus scold Thomas for not believing he has risen from the dead? Jesus knows that his Resurrection was something very, very unusual and special. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he is with us because we can’t see him.
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       Easter John 20:1–18*
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SUNDAY GOSPEL Color the Alleluia.
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morning, Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb. The stone was rolled away! Mary: Peter! John! Come and see. Jesus has been taken from the tomb.
at the tomb, weeping.
Jesus: Why are you crying? Mary: Are you the gardener? Where did they put Jesus? Jesus: Mary!
Mary: Teacher.
Narrator: Mary ran to tell Jesus’ other followers.
Mary: I have seen Jesus! He called me by my name.
* The Easter Sunday Gospel is John 20:1–9. We have added Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene (John 20:10–18) here.
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Narrator: Peter and John ran to the tomb and went inside. The wrapping that had been around Jesus’ body was folded. John saw and believed Jesus had Risen. Peter and
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Narrator: Very early in the John went home. Mary stayed
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