Lesson Plans K and 1st grade 4/14/2007 & 4/15/2007 Topic: Easter Items needed: Bible, masking tape, permanent

markers (several different colors), transparency paper, craft template Objectives: 1. To make the children feel welcomed and loved 2. After completing this lesson, the children will understand the resurrection of Jesus, and how the disciples found hope and joy because He rose from the grave. This hope and joy is available to all who know Jesus.
Hand out Bayside Bucks for those that brought their Bible ($2), and $3 for every rule they can tell you. 4 Rules: 1. No talking while the teacher is talking 2. Keep your seat in your seat 3. Praise God 4. Have fun

Teacher Explanation: (Please note that this is a written script, but it is just here to aid you. Feel free to “go with the flow”.) Bible Verse for April: “Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me " John 14:6 Lesson: Introduction: After Jesus died on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for His body. Joseph was one of Jesus' secret followers. He was usually afraid of the Jews, but on this day he was bold enough and strong in his love for Jesus that he volunteered to take care of his body. He and Nicodemus wrapped Him in strips of linens with spices, in accordance to Jewish burial customs. Then they placed Him in a new tomb. After this, Pilate gave an order to make the tomb secure, and to have it guarded. He was afraid the disciples would deceive the people by removing the body and claiming Jesus had been raised from the dead. This is where our story today begins.

Read Matthew 28: 1-10 Discussion Questions: 1. Who were the first disciples to visit the tomb? (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary) 2. When did they go to visit the tomb? (After the Sabbath - or Sunday morning.) 3. How would you react if you visited a grave of a loved one today, and found it empty? How did the two women react? (They were afraid) 4. Once the women understood that Jesus was alive and they would see Him again, how did they react? (They were filled with joy and hurried to tell the others) Game: What you will do: Have the children line up in a straight line facing the leader on the right side of the line. The right side of the line is "In the Tomb" and the left side of the line is "Out of the Tomb." The leader yells, "Out of the tomb or in the tomb.” Upon hearing the command, the children jump from one side to the other. If the children jump in the wrong direction or don't jump to the other side when it's a valid command they are out of the game. The last player still in wins the game. The leader will try and get the players to miss jump by pointing to one side as they yell to jump to the opposite side or by repeating the same side and/or changing the pace. Craft: What they will do: Children will color the transparency template using the different colored permanent markers. Please remind them that the markers are permanent and not to get them on their clothes. What you will say: Easter is a celebration of Jesus resurrection. Death and sin could not keep Jesus in the grave; He rose again on the third day! This craft will remind us of that wonderful day! Just as the permanent markers stain the clear transparency, sin stains our lives. The Bible tells us that our sins can be forgiven: "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they

shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 The good news is, Jesus conquered sin. Whoever believes in Jesus and asks to be forgiven can have their sins washed away. Take this craft home and tape it to your window. Each morning as you see the light of the sun shine through the picture remember John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Let God's light shine through your life.

Snack: Handout snack for those that want it. Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the chance to hear Your word today. Thank you for giving up your son in order to save us. Amen.

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