HiddenTreasures-IconRotation.org is such a BIG archive of helpful and exciting resources that it's easy to forget where you saw them or miss them entirely. That's why Robin Stewart and I were excited to take on this treasure-finding mission. Here are my first couple of treasures. More to come!

CathyWalz
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AbrahamLotMy first treasure involves a map of course!

Check out this great "map" lesson which teaches the story of Abraham and Sarah. 

I really liked how it also leads the students through drawing a “map” of their own life. And then to top it off, member "ZBCC" posted their great adaptation of that map lesson for younger children. Our members are a treasure too!

My next treasure is this thought-provoking music video and lesson idea.

The music video is “Come to the Table by Sidewalk Prophets, and the post about it has the nugget of a drama idea about Christ's invitation to those lost and without hope.  Its question of  "who is welcome, who belongs in church" could be acted out in class or in a worship setting. 

I admit it-- the song made me cry  because I miss being with my church family during the pandemic. You could have some great discussion about the lyrics. (Which ones describe you?)

To the thief, to the doubter
To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier
To the young, to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst
All the last, all the first
All the paupers and the princes
All who fail you've been forgiven
All who dream, all who suffer
All who loved and lost another
All the chained, all the free
All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who's been let down
All the lost you have been found
All who've been labeled right or wrong
Everyone who hears this song
Just
Come, come to the table

Adaptable Art Project! 

The Mission Workshop in this “Jesus and the Children" lesson set by Jenks Church has a fun art project that could be done in Sunday School or at home. Children create “caterpillar books” full of drawings about God’s blessings. 

What strikes me about this art technique is HOW MANY different Bible stories it could be used with. The lesson has a link to a blog about how to make "caterpillar" books. 

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It's fun to dig into Rotation.org's deep resources and discover hidden treasures that stir my imagination.

Here are two great approaches to teaching with puppets that I want to highlight because I know many teachers shy away from puppets these days and don't need to.

More treasure to come!

RobinStewart


"Not your Grandma's Puppets"

These two puppet treasures show a more imaginative and modern approach to puppeteering that will also appeal to older kids too.

In this Anointing of David lesson, students choose everyday objects to represent characters as they discover that while people judge based on appearances, God looks at a person's heart (and we should too). I like it because the everyday objects themselves don't reveal what's inside them, just like our own "appearance" isn't how we should be known by others.  1 Samuel 16:1-13

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In this Good Samaritan -- Who Is My Neighbor puppet lesson, students choose kitchen utensils to present a skit called "The Good Spatula."    

I like this because INSTEAD of choosing "a bearded man puppet" to be a priest, Robingraterstudents have to use their imagination and knowledge of the character to Robinbowlchoose an appropriate kitchen utensil (a fancy whisk for the priest? ) and move/act with that utensil in a way that conveys that character's attitude and actions.




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Two more treasures...

(that will help you prep your lessons--and your classrooms)



Discovering what's in the "What's in the Bible?" videos!

 What a great series of kid-friendly Bible videos for HOME and church! 

  But how do you know what's in them? 

 You consult the free outlines posted at Rotation.org of course!

whats in bibleIf you're a supporting member, you can view and print the 13 teaching outlines to the 13 DVDs in the "What's in the Bible?" series. These DVDs (created by Phil Vischer of VeggieTales fame) are recommended in a number of lessons in our public forums and in our Writing Team sets and make a great resource for HOME USE TOO.

Each guide includes an outline of the topics and stories in each DVD (along with helpful timestamps), what not to miss, what to skip if time is short, and possible follow-up questions and complementary activities. There's so much information in each guide that you could easily use it to prepare your own lesson plan!

 

Figuring Out How to Show Content

from My Cellphone on the TV

I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world. 

So that is why I am grateful for  some great articles to make it easier for anyone (even me!) to incorporate tech into the classroom--and it doesn't have to be just your A-V Workshop. You could even use this at home.

 

This article walks you through connecting your cellphone to the TV. That way, you can show online content, such as a YouTube Bible video or maps, during class. Or video a drama skit and then show it on "the big screen".  You just need an inexpensive CABLE to make you look like a tech genius!

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