We’ve missed a few weeks of Neighborhood Sunday School, but today we completed the Fish Books.
Here are the results for the 8 week unit on Fish.
Week 1: Genesis 1: 20 – 23. First mention of water/sea life in the Bible. Activity: Make fish books and decorate the first page. Lesson: Just as you created these fish–each different and unique–so the LORD created every fish, every animal, every plant, and each and every one of you. As created, you have a MAKER to whom you belong.
Week 2: Leviticus 11:9 – 12. Clean and unclean fish that the Israelites may/may not eat. Activity: Have bucket of “yucky looking” water. Ask who would like to put their hand in the water? Ask if the hand would stay clean? Don rubber glove. Ask, “Now I can put my hand in the water, but not be defiled by the water.” So the similarity to scales on fish. Glue verses into Fish Book with a simple illustration. Lesson: In the world, but not of the world.
Week 3: Jonah 1:1 – 17. Story of Jonah and the great fish. Activity: Draw Jonah getting swallowed by the whale. Use the shape of the page to be the fish and draw the inside of the fishes belly with Jonah entering. Add verses and coloring page to Fish Book. Lesson: Obey GOD’s voice.
Week 4: Luke 5: 1 – 11. JESUS calls the fisherman as disciples. “Cast your net on the right side.” Activity: Snack on Goldfish crackers is mesh bags while listening. I used the mesh bags off onions and Clementines to be the “nets”, then added tons of fish stickers in the net. Add verse and coloring page to Fish Book. Lesson: When we follow HIM, HE provides.
Week 5: Mark 6 : 32 – 44. JESUS feed 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes from a lad. Activity: 2 Swedish Red Fish and 5 crackers. We traced them before eating them. Add verse and coloring page to Fish Book. Lesson: Even kids can give.
Week 6: Matthew 17: 24 – 27. Peter finds coin in fishes mouth. Activity: Coloring page. Add foil coin to mouth of the fish. We ate the chocolate inside the coin. Add verses to Fish Book. Lesson: Obey them that have the rule over you.
Week 7: Luke 24: 33 – 43. JESUS asks for honeycomb and a fish. Activity: We traced our hands, then drew in a fish and a honey comb. We also added the holes in JESUS’s hands Lesson: CHRIST is a risen Man!!
Week 8: Revelations 2: 8 – 13. Martyrs. Why do we see the FISH used as a symbol in Christianity? Activity: Discuss how other still are being killed for CHRIST and how we may “suffer” for CHRIST’s name. Draw the FISH symbol and add verses in their Fish Books. Lesson: CHRIST was rejected, and so will we be if we are CHRIST-like. (Sorry, I don’t have photographs of the last lesson.
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