“Teaching that Transforms: How to Reach the Head, Heart, and Hands in Bible” By Kent Ezell, M.Ed From Christian Schools International Edifide Convention, Ancaster, Ontario October 2012 Notes Christ-centered Worldview Walking with God and His People Overview Head, Heart & Hands Framework U NIT UNIT 2 2 Becoming a Bible Explorer Unit Contents Teacher Guide Page Lesson Blackline Page 1 Understanding the Importance of God’s Word 69 13 2 Investigating Bible Content 73 15–17 3 Searching for Bible Verses 79 19–21 4 Examining Bible Concordances 82 23–25 5 Studying Bible Footnotes 85 27–28 6 Looking at Bible Maps 91 29–30 7 Spending Time with God in His Word 94 8 Unit Review 98 63 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:63 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM Know, Believe, and Live Within the elements of each lesson we will be using a head/heart/hands key to indicate an area of focus with the students. Look for the icon or combination of icons shown below as a quick identifier of the area of focus. KNOW 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:64 BELIEVE LIVE KNOW & BELIEVE KNOW & LIVE BELIEVE & LIVE 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM U NIT UNIT 2 2 Becoming a Bible Explorer Unit Summary 1 Understanding the Importance of God’s Word Selected passages 2 Investigating Bible Content Selected passages 3 Searching for Bible Verses Selected passages 4 Examining Bible Concordances Selected passages 5 Studying Bible Footnotes Selected passages 6 Looking at Bible Maps Selected passages 7 Spending Time with God in His Word Selected passages 8 Unit Review Unit Highlights ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ God gave us his Word to guide us. The Bible was written by people who were inspired by God. The Bible is organized into testaments and books and features several different types of literature. Our modern Bible has been separated into chapters and verses so we can study it more easily. Bible concordances help us find topics and verses in the Bible. Bible footnotes have been added to help us understand words and ideas better. Bible maps help us find places from Bible times so we can see where things happened and know that the places in the Bible are real. It is very important for us to spend time studying God’s Word and to spend time with God. 65 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:65 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM Background It took approximately 40 different people nearly 1,600 years to write the Bible—God’s inspired Word. This Holy Bible is the guide for the Christian life. It is powerful and eternal. We are challenged to teach young children that this book is much more than a group of stories—it is our instruction manual for living! In fact, we do not live merely by the food we eat, but we are sustained in life by every word that comes from God (Deuteronomy 8:3). We are called to show students the importance of God’s Word and how to study it. Memory Work “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees” (Psalm 119:9–12). “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). Resources Amazing Book. VHS or DVD. Bridgestone Multimedia Group. 1989. Archaeological Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2005. Bible, Ken. Sing a Song of Scripture. Kansas City, Mo.: Lillenas, 1986. Brake, Donald L. A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2008. Bruce, F. F. Bible History Atlas. Jerusalem: Carta, 2004. Carpenter, Kate. Gotta Be a Doer. CD. Jacksonsville, Fla.: Jamie DeFrates, 2001. Complete Jewish Bible, The. Translated by David H. Stern. Clarksville, Md.: Messianic Jewish Resources International, 1998. Cory, Diane. God and Me: Devotions for Girls (Ages 6–9). Richmond, Va.: Legacy Press, 2007. . Gotta Have God 2: Cool Devotions for Boys (Ages 6–9). Richmond, Va.: Legacy Press, 2007. 66 Walking With God and His People 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:66 GRADE 3 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM UNIT 2 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:67 UNIT 2 Darom, David. Beautiful Plants of the Bible: From the Hyssop to the Mighty Cedar Trees. Herzlia, Israel: Palphot, 2007. Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps with CD-Rom. Torrance, Calif.: Rose Publishing, 2008. Includes clear plastic overlays of modern cities and countries; CD-Rom includes JPEGs and PDFs of all maps. Deverell, Richard and Christine Deverell. Abingdon’s Bible Handbook for Young Readers. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995. Doney, Meryl. How the Bible Came to Us. Washington, D.C.: Lion Publishing, 1985. Embry, Margaret. Everyday Life in Bible Times: Work, Worship, and War. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994. . Growing Up in Bible Times: Families at Work and at Play. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995. Graves, Sue. What Is the Bible? Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2003. Hammond, Marcia. Young Explorers in the Land Where Jesus Lived. Elgin, Ill.: Chariot Family Publishing, 1992. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands. Union, N.J.: Hammond World Atlas Corporation, 2008. Hathersmith, June. From Akebu to Zapotec: A Book about Bibleless Peoples. Orlando, Fla.: Wycliffe Bible Translators, 2002. Hix, Hubert. God’s Special Book. St. Louis: Concordia, 1980. Jeoffrey, Aaron. Aaron Jeoffrey. CD. Nashville: Star Song, 1996. Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Eyewitness Travel. New York: DK, 2000. KC’s Travels. DVD. Orlando, Fla.: Wycliffe Bible Translators, 2002. Lawrence, Paul. The IVP Atlas of Bible History. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006. Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version, The. New York: American Bible Society, 2000. Lingo, Susan L. Basic Bible Skills. Cincinnati: Standard, 2005. Linn, Joseph. Ultimate Praise Songbook for Kids. Kansas City, Mo.: Lillenas, 1995. Literary Study Bible: English Standard Version, The. Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2007. Mason, Antony, and Michael Welphy, illus. Biblical Times. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996. Miller, Stephen M. How to Get into the Bible. Nashville: Tommy Nelson, 1998. NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zonderkidz, 2005. NIV 2:52 Boys Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zonderkidz, 2002. NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2002 (with maps © 2005). NIV Textbook Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1984 (with maps © 2005). Perego, Giacomo. Interdisciplinary Atlas of the Bible: Scripture, History, Geography, Archaeology and Theology. Translated by Stewart Foster. New York: Alba House, 2000. Richards, Lawrence O. International Children’s Bible Field Guide: Answering Kids’ Questions from Genesis to Revelation. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006. Sing With Me. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Faith Alive, 2006. 67 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM Web sites: www.biblewalks.com www.gideons.org/TGI.Web/TGI.Web.PublicWebSite/pages/Helps.aspx www.wycliffe.org Web sites for songs to learn the books of the Bible: www.MrsKate.com www.wholesomewords.org/family/kjvbkssong.html Web sites for tools or acronyms for teaching children about prayer: www.heart4home.net/christian_acronyms.htm www.prayerguide.org.uk/actsmodel.htm www.vdrc.org/English/Tools.htm For a list of additional Web sites, see Unit 1 Resources. 68 Walking With God and His People 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:68 GRADE 3 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM Understanding the Importance of God’s Word U N IT 2 LESSON UNIT 2 1 Bible Reference ✼ Selected passages To the Teacher God knew that we would need instructions and nourishment to live here on Earth. He knew that we would sometimes stumble in darkness. So he wrote us a long letter to give us guidance and encouragement. The Holy Bible, God’s true Word, should always be a part of any Christian’s equipment. Students need to be shown the importance of Scripture for their daily living. This lesson will present familiar objects to help them understand their need for the Bible. Preparation/Materials ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ Loaf of bread Light source (flashlight, lamp, candle, etc.) Bible Activity sheet, one per student Lesson Highlights ✼ Just as bread feeds us physically, the Bible feeds us spiritually. ✼ ✼ Just as a flashlight (lamp or candle) scatters darkness on a path, the Bible scatters the darkness of life. God’s Word is truth and will last forever. God’s Word prepares us to honor God with our lives. Background The Bible is the most widely published and bestselling book in the world; in fact, it was the first book ever to be printed. It is also found in more languages than any other book. According to recent statistics from Wycliffe Bible Translators, some or all of the Bible has been translated into more than 2,400 of the over 6,900 languages currently spoken in the world. About one-third of the world’s languages do not have any Bible and probably need Bible translations (representing an estimated 193 million people). Unfortunately, there are still about 250 million people who do not have Scripture in an understandable form. Impress upon students that we are fortunate to be able to read God’s Word daily in our own language and to use it as our instruction manual for life. Help them appreciate the importance of reading and studying the Bible beyond its use as a subject at school. Lesson Steps Bridge 1. Show students the loaf of bread. Ask, “Why is a loaf of bread important to us?” (Bread is a basic kind of food. We eat it to give us strength and to help us have energy to do our work.) 2. Show students the light source. Ask, “Why is this flashlight (or lamp or candle) important to us?” (It is a source of light. It helps us to see in the dark. It lights our path.) 3. Show students the Bible. Ask, “How are the loaf of bread and the flashlight (or lamp or candle) like the Bible?” (The Bible is like bread because it feeds us with 69 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:69 3/10/09 2:46:18 PM God’s truth. It also gives us strength to do our work for God. The Bible is like a flashlight [or lamp or candle] because it lights our way in a dark world.) 4. Tell students that you will be reading some Scripture verses that will show what God says about the Bible. Scripture Link 1. Read Matthew 4:1–4. Discuss the fact that Satan was trying to tempt Jesus. Jesus let Satan know that God’s Word is more important than bread. Bread could stop Jesus’ physical hunger, but only God’s Word could give him the strength he needed to defeat Satan. That’s how strong the words of God are! We can find them in the Bible. 2. Read Psalm 119:104–105. Remind students that in Bible times there was no electricity for streetlights. There were no batteries or flashlights. People used candles and oil lamps to see in the dark. Just as the people needed light to see which path to take, they needed God’s Word to show them the right path to take in life. We need God’s Word, too. It helps us discern right from wrong so that we can choose the correct path to follow. 3. Read Matthew 24:35. Discuss the permanence of God’s Word. It is never going to pass away. The Bible is true. We can trust the Bible to always help us live the way God wants us to live. 4. Read 2 Timothy 3:15–17. Tell students that Paul was writing a letter to Timothy, encouraging him and giving him instructions on how to be a good pastor of the church at Ephesus. Make sure students know that “Scriptures” is another word for the Bible. Use the following questions for discussion. • How long had Timothy been learning about the Bible? (Since he was a baby.) • How did Paul say that God is involved in the holy Scriptures? (The Scriptures are God-breathed.) • What are some things that Paul said the Bible can be used to do? (The Bible can make people wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. The Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.) • Why should people of God study the Scriptures? (The Scriptures equip us for every good work.) 5. Read Psalm 119:9–12: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.” Tell students that this is the first memory verse of the unit. Help them to learn one phrase at a time. Discuss each phrase. Make sure students understand that when the Bible says “a young man,” it includes all young people. 6. Discuss ways to hide God’s Word in your heart. (Ideas include learning the memory verses at school and church, listening to Christian music, reading the Bible or listening to an audio Bible, listening carefully to Bible lessons and sermons, and writing down Bible verses on cards and using them as bookmarks.) 70 Walking With God and His People 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:70 GRADE 3 3/10/09 2:46:19 PM UNIT 2 7. Have students share examples of times that the Bible has helped them. Be prepared to share some examples of your own to get them started. (Possibly share a favorite verse that has helped you during a difficult time.) 8. Ask, “How can we use God’s Word to help others?” (Answers may include inviting friends to Sunday school, sharing a verse with a family member, giving a Bible to someone who doesn’t own one, and teaching a younger sibling a lesson from the Bible.) Student Activities 1. Remind students that the Bible is one way God talks to us. Ask, “What do you often use to talk to friends or family when you are not together?” (Answers may include the phone, a cell phone, or e-mail.) 2. Distribute the activity sheets. Tell students that today they will use a picture of a telephone to help them decode the verses on the sheet. 3. Go over the directions together. Make sure that students understand that they will use the letters on the key pads that correspond to the numbers on the verses. Students should have little trouble completing the top verse, but they may need help with the more difficult bottom verse. (The top verse leaves out vowels, while the bottom verse leaves out consonants.) God Talks to Us Name Use this phone to decode the verses. M an 2 3 9 1- 6 l i v e 4:4b E HE AV 800 - d oe s 2 M a t t h ew 4 N 6 o n 3 n o t 3 b r e a d 6 3 2 a l o n e, b u t o n 2 6 6 3 e v e r y 3 3 9 c ome s 6 8 t h a t 6 2 f r om 3 mo u t h 6 8 wo r d t h e 6 o f 3 Go d. 6 6 Use the phone to fill in the missing vowels so you can read the verse. Use the phone to fill in the missing consonants so you can read the verse. (This is a bit trickier!) Y o u r 9 wo r d 7 t o 9 my 8 6 i s 3 f e e t 3 a l amp 7 5 a n d a 8 6 6 7 P s a l m 7 3 7 5 6 119 :1 0 5 l i g h t f o r 5 3 4 4 8 7 my 6 p a t h. 7 8 4 UNIT 2 LESSON 1 13 13 UNIT 2 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:71 LESSON 1 71 3/10/09 2:46:19 PM 4. Students who finish quickly may practice Psalm 119:9–12 together. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees” (Psalm 119:9–12). Enrichment ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ ✼ 72 Language. Read the book From Akebu to Zapotec: A Book about Bibleless Peoples by June Hathersmith and Wycliffe Bible Translators. Social Studies. Show the DVD KC’s Travels from Wycliffe Bible Translators. Music. “Thy Word” from Sing With Me. Art. Have students make a wordless picture book that tells a Bible story. Bible. Read and discuss the front matter page in a Gideon Bible or New Testament. Briefly discuss the work and ministry of The Gideons International (www.gideons.org). After reading the selection from the Gideon Bible, guide students in writing their own brief statements about the Bible, what it teaches us, who it is primarily about, and what it is like. Alternatively, have students choose an image or two from the selection below and illustrate the images suggested (e.g., traveler’s map). — “The HOLY BIBLE contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. — “It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. — “CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. — “It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.” —The Gideons International Walking With God and His People 3 TG 03_05.indd 2:72 GRADE 3 3/10/09 2:46:20 PM Webpages and Apps TEACHER RESOURCES Dropbox http://dropbox.com • This website allows you to store the same computer files on multiple computers. • It makes a folder on your home computer, school computer, and mobile devices. • You will be able to edit a file at home and it will also edited it at school. • Dropbox eliminates the need to email files to your self. Media Convertor http://www.zamzar.com • Often, we teachers receive files from our students that don’t work on our computers. With this website, you will be able to convert students’ data files into a format that you can read. Crossword Puzzle Creator http://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/ • There are a lot of different things you can do with your students on this website, such as word scrambles, word searches, mazes, math worksheets and much more. • The crossword puzzle creator lets you or your students make crossword puzzles in a simple format. Graphic Organization http://bubbl.us • This website lets you or your students organize (brainstorm) information. • The website is a lot like Inspiration (but free). Poll Everywhere http//www.polleverywhere.com/ Poll Everywhere is a simple application that works well for live audiences using computers or iPads. Students participate by visiting a fast mobile-friendly web page for your class. Instructions are displayed on-screen. The poll that is embedded within the presentation or web page will udate in real time. ARCHEOLOGY/BIBLE HISTORY Jerusalem Archeology http://www.archpark.org.il/ • A highlight of this website is an Interactive Timeline. You can chose a time period to find out more about the Events and Archaeological Remains from that time period. • Another highlight is the Historical Notes link. For example, during the First Temple Period, extensive information is given about Solomon’s Temple including the architecture and plan and decoration of temple. • A third highlight from this site is the Virtual Reconstruction Model. 360 degree panoramas are available of the temple, the plaza, and the stoas. City of David –Archaeological Site http://www.cityofdavid.org.il/index.html • On the home page, use the slide bar to watch the transformation of the temple from Ancient Past to Modern Day. Scroll across the page and notice various icons of significant places on the map. Clicking on these icons will allow you to learn about the archeological discoveries there. • Explore the Virtual Experience tab. By clicking and scrolling the Interactive Panoramic View, you will be able get a 360 degree view of the area, as well as having the ability to click on the icons again for more information. Bible Walks http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/SeaofGalilee.html • This web site is a gateway to the Land of the Bible, home of the New and Old Testaments. Packed with original images and information, it highlights the wonders and charm of the region and its relevance to the historical and biblical roots. • Following the Sites link, you will be able to connect with many images from a variety of geographical Biblical places. Many of the images include further information as well as Biblical references. • A highlight from this website is the ability to click on images to download them in full resolution. Bible History http://www.bible-history.com • This page contains links to Bible names and their meanings from a variety of sources. • One option for lower elementary students is to explore the Children’s Resources page. There are links to external sites that provide Bible stories for teachers when you are looking to tell a familiar story in a slightly different way. • This site also contains an interesting link to Intertestamental times. This link gives coins, history, people, religious groups, timelines and charts for this period. JEWISH CULTURE Jewish Website –Holidays http://www.aish.com/h/ • This site is a celebration of Judaism. It is not a Christian site. The homepage has a listing of all the Jewish holidays, starting with the most recent. Clicking on the various holidays will connect you to articles, videos, and specific information about that holiday. • Following the Recipes tab will bring you to a page with a variety of links to Jewish holiday recipes including course and menu planning. Judaism 101 http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm • Judaism 101 was originally created as an introduction to Judaism for people with little or no knowledge. But like the Passover seder, this site now includes information for the wise son, who wants to know the ritual details; the simple son, who asks simple questions; and the son who does not know what to ask. • Many students often do not understand Old Testament and intertestament dietary laws. Using the Jewish Dietary Laws link will provide an abundance of information on this topic. BIBLE REFERENCES Bible Gateway –Bible Search http://www.biblegateway.com/ • This page is a fantastic resource not only for teachers, but for students as well. I encourage everyone to introduce students to this at as early of an age as you feel appropriate. This site can be used to: § Look up specific Bible references § Search for a verse when you only know a few words § Search for passages about a particular theme § Compare translations of particular passages Biblos http://bible.cc • This is a great resource when you need more information than what Bible Gateway provides. • Bible Maps that corresponds to the Bible verse • Geographic Information • Verse Slides MAPS Bible Maps http://www.bible.ca/maps/ • This site is not the most sophisticated; however, it provides high quality Bible maps that are reproducible. You can use print, photocopy or make overhead transparencies of these maps. Bible Maps http://net.bible.org/map.php • Using a pull down menu, you will be able to access Study Maps from different times in Bible history as well as modern day satellite images of the Holy Lands. • Clicking on a specific coordinate on the map will connect you to modern day Google Maps. • Clicking on a place name on the side of the Study Map will take you to page that will cross reference the place with Biblical references and explanations. IPAD APPS Lift the Flap Bible Stories ($0.99) This is a new and interactive Bible app with touch activated flaps to open and sounds on every page. Touching each of the 40 flaps will be both fun and a great learning experience at the same time with the hidden surprises behind each flap will make it easier to remember the point of the story. Adventure Bible Memory HD Lite (Free) Bible memory is fun for kids with the Adventure Bible Memory HD app. Try this free version of the Adventure Bible Memory app to experience the features in the full app ($4.99). Do verse scrambles by filling in the blank, choose easy/medium/hard, and earn cool prizes like adventurous pictures and sounds. Even record your own voice reading your favorite verse. Bible+ (Olive Tree Bible Software) (Free) BibleReader is an amazing way to read and study the Bible. Write a note, highlight, and bookmark your favorite passages and then back up or synch them to another device with Olive Tree’s FREE cloud backup service. Bible or Not ($1.99) Bible or Not is a family-friendly game that tests the players’ knowledge of the Bible and quotes from pop culture. Test your knowledge of hundreds of “Bible or Not” quotes, score points based on difficulty, lose points for wrong answers, play against yourself and others, beat the high scores of other mobile players! - "Cleanliness is next to godliness.” – Bible or Not? - “The fallen shall rise again.” – Bible or Not? Big Bible Maps ($2.99) All 408 locations, cities, towns, kingdoms etc in the Bible are mapped, with detailed descriptions. Dynamic touch maps serve as your guide to get perspective. A search engine, browser and chapter picker aid in finding exactly what you're looking for. SOFTWARE Glow Study Bible Stop by the CSI booth to pick up a postcard for a FREE Lite version and CSI discount for the premium version. Glo is an interactive Bible that brings the full text of Scripture to life through HD videos, high-resolution images, zoomable maps, 360-degree virtual tours, customizable Bible reading plans and much more. Using the intuitive browsing lenses in Glo, it’s easy to personalize your Bible experience and find Scripture relevant to your daily life. ENRICHMENT Lesson Enrichment: activities, crafts, skits, etc. www.kidssundayschool.com • This site has many resources available for free (anything marked with a blue dot). For a small fee ($39/yr for a person or $98/yr for a group), you will have access to everything on the site. • Lessons are sorted by themes and clearly marked by grade level and amount of time they take. •This site is great for times when you want to expand your lesson or when the activity in the curriculum doesn’t quite fit your particular class. There are a wide variety of activities, skits, songs, stories and crafts that will allow you the freedom to adapt to your class needs. JUST FOR FUN Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ • Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. • You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. • You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ Jing is screen capture tool Make Beliefs Comix http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ Create your own comic strip. Wolfram Alfpha http://www.wolframalpha.com Wolfram Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. Cogwriter – Quiz generator http://www.cogwriter.com/quizzes/ This site contains many premade quizzes, but also allows you to create your own Bible quizzes. Because this site is created by an individual with distinct beliefs, you may or may not agree with all the materials. This site is mainly provided as a resource for creating your own quizzes.
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