Rotation.org Writing Team
Last Supper ~ Lord's Supper
Computer* Lab or Laptop Workshop
*The following lesson plan can be used in a computer "lab" setting (students gathered around various computer workstations), --or by a teacher with one computer running the software. If needed, the laptop can be connected to a larger monitor or TV portable LCD projector to display the screen on the wall
Summary of Activities
Students will play a fun software game (Jesus in Space CD's Last Supper mission) that helps them sequence and remember the story details of the Last Supper. Then they continue on in the program playing games exploring the connection between the Passover Seder (the supper Jesus and his disciples celebrated) and the Lord's Supper we celebrate today.
"Jesus In Space" software program is now free to the supporting members of Rotation.org!
Scripture for the Lesson
Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-20, John 13:1-30
The first game in this lesson draws all four Gospels for its Last Supper details.
See the Bible Background at rotation.org for this set's complete list of objectives.
The Jesus in Space software's Last Supper mission travels to the Planet Whammo where robots have requested your students' help to get the story right.
Preparation and Materials
- Read the Bible Background and scripture.
- Decide whether you will be using the software in a multiple computer "lab" setting, or just on one computer (perhaps projecting it on the wall with an LCD projector).
- Print the Jesus in Space teacher's guide.
- Print page 3, third mission "Last Supper" of the student guides for Jesus in Space.
- Preview the "Mission 3" Last Supper activities in the Jesus in Space software (Sunday Software).
If you only have one computer...
Jesus in Space Mission 3's Last Supper quiz games and presentations can work well by projecting them to a larger group from a single laptop, or plugging your computer into a larger external monitor or LCD projector for the group to view. BIG Tip: If using one computer with a larger group, plug a USB mouse and keyboard into your laptop so that you can pass the keyboard and mouse to your students instead of moving the laptop around when you invite them to help you navigate the program and take turns playing the games.
Mission 3's activities in the software walks you through the Last Supper~Lord's Supper story like a lesson plan would, ...beginning with the basic story and going deeper. The software will pause between activities so that you can elaborate or ask questions. There are points where the onscreen characters share important information. The navigational menu allows you to jump around.
Welcome your students and explain how today's lesson will unfold. Ask them a few warm-up questions, and then tell them that today's software games are going to help fill in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus' last meal with his disciples before he was crucified.
- What do we call Jesus' "last meal" before he was killed?
- What does our church do to celebrate that last meal?
How often do we celebrate it?
- What's so special about Jesus' Last Supper?
Dive Into the Software
1. Watch the Opening of the Jesus in Space program. If short on time, skip by Opening and the Asteroids game using the program's navigation options.
2. Select Mission 3 and Land on Whammo.
3. Play the Whambot Story Quiz with Lt Stu, Chief Wackimac, the Whambots. If you do well, you get to play the Stockboy Game, so if you are unsure of the correct answer, watch for the chapter and verse signs that are quickly raised by the robot and look up the passage in your Bible.
Be sure to read the quiz instruction graphic above (and also in the software guide). It explains how the quiz game works. Basically, a robot steps up to say something about the Last Supper story, and Lt Stu (your students) must decide if the robot was right or wrong. The game is designed to get the kids to listen carefully and maybe even use their Bibles!
Discussion Stop: Right after the Whambot Quiz and before the Stockboy Game, Lt. Stu and Chief Wackimac discuss the relationship between the Passover Seder and Communion. Use this pause for follow-up questions.
4. Play the Whammo Labs Seder Game. In this game, you are trying to fill the Passover Plate by correctly answering questions about it as you run and jump around the lab.
View Shelbot's Communion Presentation back on Spaceship Tarsus. It is an ecumenical presentation about the meaning of the Lord's Supper. After the presentation, you may use the discussion questions from the presentation (seen below) or come up with your own.
Here are the questions asked at the end of the Communion Presentation:
- What is your favorite special meal?
- Who is there with you and what do you eat?
- How is Jesus like food to us?
- How does our church celebrate the Lord's Supper? -what do we do?
- What do you think is most important to Jesus? -That we celebrate his special meal exactly the way he did 2000 years ago? Or, that we remember his saving life, death and resurrection in many important ways? --and why?
- Are you happy or sad that the Church doesn't have you wash people's feet like Jesus did? Why?
- Add: How could we convince our church to include foot-washing as part of our Lord's Supper celebration --just like Jesus included it?
For Younger Students: In the Whambots Quiz Game and at the quiz "locks" in the Whammo Labs game, the game will pause as long as you need after each question to help them think about it. Give clues if needed. Younger children may have trouble timing the robot mallets in the Whammo Labs game. Expect that all players will rush in and fail a few times before they get the hang of it.
Tech Notes: If using a laptop, check to see what kind of "video out" connector it has. Many have standard VGA connectors that will allow you to plug your laptop into the VGA-in port on a TV or extra monitor. Some newer laptops only have HDMI connectors.
Jesus in Space works on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 10. Its optimal age range is ages 6-12. Kindergartners and First Graders will enjoy viewing it and playing, if they have someone to read screens and help them play. Young teens will enjoy the program's sense of humor and games. Be sure to print the free guide to the program.
Written by Neil MacQueen for the Rotation.org Writing Team
Copyright 2016, Rotation.org Inc.
Jesus in Space content and images copyright Sunday Software. Used with permission.