Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Scripture Egg Hunt

Use this Easter ABC activity for a Scripture Egg Hunt

"Easter ABC Fill-in" from the Friend magazine, April 1996
There are 25 questions, all relating to Easter, each answer begins with one of the letters of the alphabet, excluding "x".

Idea #1:

  • Copy the questions.
  • Cut the questions in to word strips
  • Fold the word strips and place each one inside a corresponding plastic egg (example, the "A" Question has an "A" written on the outside of the egg) 
  • Hide the eggs 
  • Have individuals or teams work to find 25 eggs, one for each letter of the alphabet, excluding the letter "x"
  • After the eggs are found have participants open each egg and answer the questions, either verbally or written. 
  • Use this as a base for an Easter discussion
Idea #2 (works will with larger groups) _I use 27 eggs for this method
  • Copy the questions
  • Cut the questions in to word strips
  • Place the word strips for all 25 questions inside 25 of the same color egg, no writing letters on the outside 
  • Have 1 color egg for each team to hunt for (example-if you have 5 teams, have 5 different colors of eggs, 27 of each)
  • With the 2 extra eggs, I have one labeled "start" and one labeled "End" 
  • In the "start" egg, I have a small paper with the written instructions such as:
  • 1) where to hunt 2) not to open the eggs until they find all 25 2) come back to the group (or classroom) and work together to answer all questions, using their scriptures, if necessary.        3) Check their answers 4) Open the "end" egg once they have all the correct answers.
  • In the "end" egg, I tell them where to go to look for a Happy Easter treat (small goodies, baskets, bags, breakfast, etc)
Other Ideas:
  • Use this as a classroom or family game with everyone drawing letters of the alphabet to answer the corresponding questions.
  • Use as an activity at Easter Dinner-great discussion.
  • Simply print the sheet and have students answer as many questions as possible in a specific amount of time
  • Use as "question of the day" in the days/weeks leading up to Easter.
  • Seminary adaptation: Use the 25 Scripture Mastery verses with key word clues inside the eggs. So many directions to go with this idea as a base.
Leave a comment for other ideas and adaptations.
Wishing all a Happy and Blessed Easter

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Holy Week

This morning was the start to our Easter Holy Week.
My students were greeted at the entrance hall with the floors covered in palm leaves.
This opened our devotional discussion on Palm Sunday.
During devotional time next week, we will discuss what happened each day during Easter Holy Week.
HERE is a wonderful resource for studying/teaching Easter Holy Week.

As a treat, we had Hot Cross Buns.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LDS General Conference Preparation

Making the Most of LDS General Conference

The week before LDS General Conference, I spend time encouraging my students to prepare their hearts and minds for the messages from our leaders.
As part of the preparation, I challenge them to write down one question they would like answered as they watch/listen to each session of LDS General Conference.
The instructions on this M&Ms tag are brief and to the point.

  • Write down a question (s)
  • Pray about it
  • Listen for answers (I add...write down the answers and remember they are personal revelation)

The last day of class before General Conference, each student receives their own"Make the Most of General Conference" bag of M&Ms.
Once their question (s) is written down, I tell them to open the bag of candy and eat it as they enjoy General Conference.
Here  and Here are instructions for downloading the M&M General Conference tags (not created by me-see links)
HERE is a link for copying the M&M attachments
Here is a link to my Pinterest Board with additional General Conference ideas.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Re-Charging and Hitting a Wall

Welcome Back and Time to Finish Strong!

We returned to school and Seminary today after a much-needed Spring Break.

Prior to the break, I had hit a "Seminary Wall" and was feeling more burned out than I can remember feeling in the last 3 years. I recognized the burn out and that my students were not getting my best efforts. My students and I were tired due to the time change and the busy-ness of spring was pressing down on us from every direction.
Spring Break came not one minute too soon and I was able to re-group and refresh my body, mind, and spirit. I went in to Spring Break conscious of the need to slow down and charge up. I believe I did this and it felt good to return today.

Knowing that I set the tone for our class, I was determined to return fresh inside and out. I even made sure I wore bright spring colors rather than my usual dark skirts and tops.

What do you do to recharge?
Have you ever "hit a wall" in your Seminary teaching?
How do you/did you handle it?

This message from President Monson, "Finishers Wanted", was on my mind as I prepared to return to class and encourage my students to "Finish Strong".

These signs set the tone on the entrance door this morning:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Zion's Camp

Doctrine and Covenants Sections 103 and 105-Zion's Camp

As my students  entered the building yesterday and today, they were greeted by these signs:
We started class with our prayer and devotional.
We sang Hymn #250 We Are All Enlisted
After devotional, I called them all to attention, asked if they had their supplies and if they had made arrangements for the care of their families, homes, crops, and businesses while they were gone. Then off we marched from room to room (see more details below)

Entrance Door
 Up Close

Yesterday, I showed the movie Zion's Camp
and today we marched from room to room discussing the:

1) Miracles witnessed
2) Trails experienced
3) Warnings given
4) Lessons learned
Our discussions came from D&C  Sections 103 and 105 and this lesson from the Church History and the Fullness of Times Manual

In each room, we discussed another aspect of Zion's Camp.
Ultimately, they were to answer these questions as part of our conclusion:
1) What was the true purpose of Zion's Camp
2) Would you have joined Zion's Camp?
3) Will you join Zion's Camp (the Lord's Army) today?
4) How can you be a member of the Lord's Army every day?

We had some great discussions and moving from room to room was very effective.

Friday, February 20, 2015

School of the Prophets

The School of the Prophets was established and held in the upper room of the Newel K Whitney Store in Kirtland, Ohio during the winter of 1832-1833.
In his talk, A Principle With a Promise, President Ezra Taft Benson describes the conditions and dimensions of this room as a little under 11'x14'.
My students measured and taped off an area that was this size and then I asked them to sit shoulder to shoulder during our lesson.
If I had access to picnic benches for them to sit on, this would have been even more effective.
This is a great setting for teaching the introduction to the Word of Wisdom or any other lesson/principles taught at the School of the Prophets.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One Step at a Time

Grace to Grace
Doctrine and Covenants 93: 1-20 (Lesson 97 in Seminary Doctrine and Covenants Teacher Manual)
We have John's testimony of how Christ became like His Father and received the fulness of His Father's glory.
He became like His father, one step at a time, grace to grace
We, too, may become like our Heavenly Father, one step at a time, grace to grace.

To demonstrate this principle, I set up a ladder in our classroom and asked a student to climb to the top.
At first, the student was very willing, until I told him he could not use the steps.
We discussed how difficult this would be.
After some discussion, I had the students write on sticky notes the steps they need to take to receive the fulness of our Heavenly Father's glory.
We discussed the things they wrote down and then they placed the notes on the steps of the ladder, emphasizing the importance of each step.
As part of the discussion, we read this quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith.
(this is where I got the idea to use a ladder rather than have them just come up to the chalkboard and write their answers)
If you dont have access to a ladder, a small step stool will work or you can place stepping stones on the floor and ask them to go from start to finish without stepping off the stones, etc.
The students can label the stones just as we labeled the steps on the ladder.
There are lots of adaptations.

The following statement by the Prophet Joseph Smith clarifies one aspect of growing from grace to grace until we receive a fulness:

It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us; but that we should have a little at a time; then we can comprehend it. When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the gospel—you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 268).

Happy Teaching!