Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

"Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" CS, 57
Possible Gospel Principles:
August 2010 Week 1--Jesus Christ is a God of Miracles
August 2010 Week 4--Miracles come to those who have faith.

I haven't timed this one out. My primary presidency asked me to teach the song for June, July, and August during the first months of the year. I decided to teach "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus", my pick for August's song of the month, during February. I'll use this lesson plan and teach both the presidency member's and music leader's parts over multiple Sundays during singing time.

Presidency Member: Story time--you can invite the children to sit on a blanket you brought or on the ground.

Use pictures 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-19, 1-21, 1-23, 2-11, and 2-12 from Primary Visual Aids Cutouts Sets 1 & 2--People or use pictures that look like a primary teacher and her class.

Tell the story of a primary class that acted unusually rowdy one Sunday. In exasperation the teacher asked them if they would act that way if Jesus were there. One of the children remembered a lesson he/she especially liked about Jesus and begged the teacher to tell stories of Jesus. Use key words from the first verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" as you tell the story.

Music Leader: Teach the first verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus". Ask
  • What did the children want their teacher to tell them?
  • What kinds of stories did they want to hear?
  • Where did the stories take place?

Presidency Member: Continue the Story

Ask what story about Jesus they would ask their primary teacher to tell.

If you are teaching Week 1's gospel principle hold up GAK #210 and briefly tell the story of Jesus filling the nets with fish (Luke 5: 1-11). Invite the children to pretend to pull nets full of fish into a boat. Testify that Jesus has power over the earth.

One of the children in the story specifically requested the story of Jesus with children. Hold up Gospel Art Book #84 and GAK #216. Briefly tell one or both of the stories found in 3 Nephi 17: 11-24 and Mark 10:13-16 using key words from the second verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus". If you are teaching Week 4's gospel principle emphasize the faith the parents had that Jesus could truly bless their children. Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine that Jesus is holding and blessing them.

Music Leader: Teach the second verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" and review the first verse. Ask

  • Where did the children who came to Jesus stand?
  • What did the primary children in the story imagine? Did you do that too?
  • What kind of words did Jesus use?
  • What kinds of deeds did Jesus perform?
  • Point out in the picture the love light of Jesus' face.

Presidency Member: DVD "Finding Faith in Jesus Christ"

Before primary cue the DVD player to the story of Jesus calming the tempest at the beginning of the DVD.

Before you push play tell the children to watch for what is happening to the people who are in trouble.

Pause after the DVD shows the disciples' distress and ask what is happening to the people. Ask the children if they can guess who the people are--explain that Jesus and his disciples are in the boat.

Music Leader: Teach the first two lines of the third verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus". Ask

  • What was the sea doing? (two things--rolling and tossing)
  • Explain that a tempest is a storm. Where was the tempest?
Presidency Member: Ask the children to listen when you play the movie for the name the disciples call Jesus.

Pause right after the disciple calls Jesus "Master" and ask what name the disciples called Jesus. Rewind just a little bit for those who didn't catch it and let the disciple continue so the children can hear what he asks.

Pause again to point out the faith the disciple had in Jesus. The disciple knew Jesus could keep them safe from the storm. Ask the children what they think Jesus will do next. Play the DVD to the end of the story to see if the children are right.

Music Leader: Teach the second half of the third verse of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" and review the whole song. Ask:
  • What did the disciples call Jesus?
  • What kind of master is Jesus?
  • What did Jesus do to calm the tempest?

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