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Weekly Bible Journal Prompts

As a Christian teacher, I was always looking for meaningful ways to integrate Bible into different areas of the curriculum. Every Monday I had my students complete a journal entry based on a different prompt I'd come up with (where was your favorite vacation? what animal makes the best pet and why? etc.) and while it was fun to read these, they didn't really dig deep. I wanted something that would give my students the opportunity to develop good writing habits and also challenge them to think critically from a biblical perspective - thus, Bible Journal Prompts was born!


This resource includes 36 prompts (I used one for every week in the school year) that can be done in any order.

Each prompt gives the student a Bible verse (or passage) to look up and then asks them to reflect on what they've read with a specific prompt. There are two templates included for you to choose from:
1. Bible Journal Prompts with space for a picture
2. Bible Journal Prompts with extra lines (no picture)

I have also created a Power Point presentation with all of the prompts if you'd like to display the prompt on a projector and have the students answer it in their spirals/journals:

Here are some examples of the prompts included:

I've also included a teacher checklist for you to use to keep track of the prompts you've assigned to your students. Lastly, I've also provided blank templates (printable and on the PPT file) for you to type your own prompts if you'd like:



Here's what teachers are saying about this resource:

"My youth group enjoys how this bundle lets them write. They enjoy writing, and it is so great that this encourages them to write about what our God has provided for us. This is a must have bundle." -Kaila W.

"This is an awesome product. My 3rd-5th graders are creating Bible interactive journals with this product. They love it!!!" -April L.


"I am a Christian school teacher, and I love products that already have built-in biblical integration. I am so excited to use this with my students this year! This will be fantastic for daily journal writing." -Cynthia S.

Simplify your lesson planning with this print-and-go resource that will get your students digging in their Bibles, reflecting on what they read, and developing their writing skills - sounds like a win-win-win to me! :)
Click here to download this resource --> Bible Journal Prompts




God Gave Us Easter - Preschool Activities


Teach your preschool students about the true meaning of Easter with these print-and-go activities to supplement the book God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren. The story tells of a Papa Bear explaining the Gosepl-centered reason God gave us Easter in a way kids will understand.


This print-and-go resource accompanies the book God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I am not associated with this book or author – I just thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to create some activities to supplement your reading of the story. You can purchase the book on Amazon (click here) or at your local bookstore, or check it out from your library.
This fun and engaging resource includes the following activities to supplement your reading of the book God Gave Us Easter:
•E is for Easter handwriting practice
•Christmas or Easter?
•Rainbow Crosses
•Easter Shadow Matching
•Easter Counting
•"Stained Glass" Cross Craft
•“I Love You” Letter Matching Practice
•Easter Dot Painting
•Easter Coloring Page (with John 3:16)
If you use this resource in your classroom or with your children, I’d love to hear about it! Please e-mail me at joyinthejourneyteaching@yahoo.com and I'll feature you on my blog and/or Facebook page.


Simplify your lesson planning today! Visit my TPT store to download this print-and-go resource.


The Real Reason We Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is coming up! 
It is celebrated every year on March 17th.

If you were to ask your students what this festive day is all about, I bet they would answer with things like:
*wearing green (or else you get pinched!), 
*hunting for lucky shamrocks, 
*funny little leprechauns searching for gold at the end of rainbows, etc. 

While we can have fun with all of these things, none of those are the reason that St. Patrick's Day became a celebrated day. 
The holiday was created to honor Saint Patrick, a priest who lived in the 4th century and had a heart for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

This year, in addition to (or instead of!) focusing on shamrocks, leprechauns, and gold coins, teach your students about the TRUE hero of the story: Saint Patrick.
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"

To simplify your lesson planning I've compiled a list of resources for you:

VIDEOS
Here are a couple of videos that summarize the details of Saint Patrick's life and ministry.
This first one is more "kid-friendly" and, although slightly silly, it gives a great depiction of the main plot events in St. Patrick's life. It's produced by the creators of Veggie Tales.
This second one is better suited for older kiddos (upper elementary and above) and does a great job of giving an overview of Saint Patrick's life. It's 2 minutes long - and the perfect overview if you want a short, succinct summary.

BOOKS
Here are some book suggestions that explain the life of Saint Patrick for kids:
 
Click on the links to see these books on Amazon* - or head to your local library to see if you can check these out for your students.
*I am a part of the Amazon Affiliates program, so if you purchase these books through Amazon, I receive a small commission (at absolutely no cost to you.) This commission helps pay for postage and giveaways.

ACTIVITIES/WORKSHEETS:
To supplement your study of this noteworthy God-fearing man, I have created a packet of fun and engaging, print-and-go resources for you!
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
The packet includes a 2-page biography of St. Patrick and a 10-question reading comprehension quiz. The text is written on a 4th or 5th grade level, but younger students could definitely do the activities with the support of an adult.
I always have my students highlight the answers in the passage - it trains them to take their time, look back at the passage, and read both the questions and the answers carefully.

Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
Also included are three interactive notebook foldables to engage your students and help them with fact recall. Complete student directions and suggested answer keys are included.

Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"

This is probably my favorite activity included in this packet - the students are given pictures from the story and they must write captions to describe what it being illustrated. This helps with story detail recall, sequencing, summarizing, and writing.
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
There is also a Fact-Opinion activity based on their reading:
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
Lastly, there are two Bible activities:
The first one uses St. Patrick's comparison of a three-leaf clover and the Trinity. Students draw symbols (or write words) to represent the three members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Then they write a letter to a friend, explaining St. Patrick's metaphor.
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
Saint Patrick faced many difficult situations in life that might have caused him to fear or want to give up - but he turned to God for strength, courage, and comfort. "Do Not Be Afraid" sends students digging in their Bibles, hunting for verses where God commands his followers not to fear. 
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"
You can purchase this 20-page packet for only $4: 
Looking for something to teach your students about the true story of Saint Patrick? If so, this print-and-go St. Patrick biography Bible packet is the just-right thing for you! Take the opportunity to teach your students about this brave man with a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Resource created by Jessica Lawler, "Joy in the Journey"

CRAFTS:
Here is a couple of FREE craft ideas for you (click on each picture to be taken to the original source)
Shamrock Trinity Craft from biblestoryprintables.com 
The Prayer of Saint Patrick coloring page from Herald Entertainment
St. Patrick Paper Bag craft from CatholicIcing

I also have a resource geared towards preschool-age kiddos:
Teach your 3, 4, and 5 year olds all about the true story of Saint Patrick in an age-appropriate way. Filled with crafts, activities, and games - this print-and-go resource will simplify your lesson planning! Grab it today --> Saint Patrick Preschool Packet

I hope you found some helpful resources in this (by no means exhaustive) list. If you have any ideas or activities that would help students learn about Saint Patrick, please leave a comment! I'm always on the lookout for new treasures :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Teachers Who Pray: Maturity


Welcome to another week of Teachers Who Pray! Today let's pray for MATURITY.

Now I know you read this and automatically think, "Yes! My students can be so immature - let's pray that they grow in maturity!" And we'll get there. But first I want you to, with humility, pray that YOU YOURSELF would demonstrate godly maturity. Pray that you would conduct yourself with maturity when responding to a disgruntled parent e-mail. Breathe. Pray. Reflect. Respond.
Pray that you would respond maturely when a student pushes your buttons this week. Be the example for how to react in difficult situations - this is a life lesson your students need to see modeled again and again.
Pray for the eyes to see where you may have reacted or spoken immaturely to a coworker and need to apologize. Demonstrate a godly maturity that will point others to Christ with your humility, your grace, and your patience. 

Pray for your students as they continue to grow and develop. Pray for hearts that are open to correction, that they may grow in maturity. Pray that they would seek the Lord when times get tough, trusting that He is the One who loves us best. Pray that they would develop a maturity that would compel them to look to Jesus, rather than the world, as an example of how to live. Pray for the maturity to recognize God and His Word as the absolute authority on what is right and wrong.

This week's verse is from 1 Corinthians 14:20 "Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature." (ESV)

I'm praying for you, dear teachers! Let's show God-honoring maturity in how we deal with administration, coworkers, students, parents, and our families. Feel free to share this post with a friend - and leave a comment if I can pray for you this week 

Shape Scavenger Hunt at the Pumpkin Patch!

Happy Fall, everyone!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love cold weather, sweaters, corduroys  apples, pumpkins, leaves crunching...you get the picture.

My main girl, Anne, says it best:
Every fall we take a field trip to the pumpkin patch. How cute is this little farm/pumpkin patch? It's right down the road from our house and we love exploring here!
 Here are my cute little pumpkins:

This year I decided to have some extra fun at the farm by sending my kiddos on a Shape Scavenger Hunt!

First we read the book Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. It's an adorable story that highlights real-life shapes that can be found on a pumpkin farm. 

Here is a small sampling of the pages included:



After reading the story you can take your students on a field trip to a pumpkin patch/farm and have them hunt for various fall-themed shapes. If that is not possible, take your students on a virtual field trip or you can have the students hunt through the book and color the items as they find them. Have your students cut out the pages, line them up in order, and staple at the top to create a booklet.

This fun-filled activity is a festive way to introduce and review basic shapes to your students - plus give them real-world examples of shapes we see every day. My son has been pointing out various shapes we see all over the place. I call that a successful activity!

So now it's time for you and your students to have some fall fun!

Buy the book, 
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares, on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O8V8KJ
OR Watch the book being read on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF79nRA2mYA
Visit my TPT store to download the Fall Shape Scavenger Hunt booklet:

FREE Condiment Morning Labels

I believe that having a clear plan for morning work helps to provide the students with a smooth start to the school day. Help your students know exactly what to do when they walk in your classroom each morning with these fun signs. 

Divide the morning work into three categories: 
1. Ketchup (Catch Up = missing/make-up work)
2. Mustard (Must Do = current assignments)
3. Mayonnaise (May Do = may do if they have extra time)

These FREE morning work labels are a must-have for any elementary classroom. Click on the picture to download these print-and-go signs:

My Mouth is a Volcano!

Do you know a student who BLURTS OUT in class? One who has a hard time containing his thoughts and opinions? He might be like Louis, the main character in My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. Louis's words are so important that they cannot be contained. They ERUPT from his mouth like lava from a volcano. 


Story Synopsis: All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano! My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis’ perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

You can buy the book on Amazon here --> My Mouth is a Volcano

I love this story and the message it presents. To supplement the book and simplify your lesson planning, I have created a packet of print-and-go activities for you:

This Resource Includes:
•Story Summarizing Graphic Organizer - give your students practice identifying important story elements
•Volcanic Verbs Cards (12) –print, cut, laminate and display these twelve vivid verbs from the story. 
I have also included a blank page for you to add more verbs, if you’d like.
•Volcanic Verbs Graphic Organizer
•Hunting for Hyperbole Activity
•Once Upon a Time…Writing Activity: A creative writing prompt that asks the students to highlight important words by writing them in a different way (colors, squiggly font, all caps, etc.) just like the author did.

•Before & After Writing Activity: A visual of Mom's lesson from the book - erupting words vs. breathing them in until it's your turn to speak.
•Don’t Erupt Reminder Cards (6 per page) –print, cut, and put on each students’ desk as a reminder not to interrupt
•Breathe It In Sticker Chart (6 per page) –print, cut, and put on each students’ desk, Every time they wait their turn to speak, give them a sticker to put in a box (or draw a smiley face). When they have reached 10 filled boxes, they earn a prize.

Grab this resource for only $3 today --> 

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