As a teacher, we receive many gifts throughout the year as students and parents seek to show their appreciation for our hard work. I always want to thank them for the generosity, but sometimes writing out thank-you notes throughout the year can seem a daunting task. But not anymore...
I printed the thank-you notes in color (but you could also print in black and white on colored paper) and then cut them apart. When a student gave me a gift, I jotted down a quick note to myself and then during my lunch break each day, I addressed the thank-you notes and sent them home that day. It kept the task from getting overwhelming and I was able to thank them specifically for what they brought without writing out a long note each time.

Some of the notes are specific to items your students may bring in - simply print, sign, and give out:
And other notes include more space for you to write a note to the family:
This cute, user-friendly, print-and-go packet is a real time saver for teachers! This 40 page packet includes notes to say "Thank-You" on any number of occasions - when a student gives you a gift, when a parent drops off a coffee, when a family donates a book, etc. Each template is included in both color and black & white. The resource also includes teacher directions and suggestions.
Want to check them out? Click here to see the print-and-go thank-you notes!

FREE Bible Devotional Activity for Kids

Happy Friday, dear teachers!
As a Christian teacher, it was my desire to not only teach students the curriculum, but also give them opportunities to develop personal Bible reading skills. Reading Bible passages and thinking critically about what it means is not something that will just happen without effort. 
When we read the Bible we want to:
  • read
  • decode important vocabulary
  • determine context/historical background
  • think critically
  • make connections
  • reflect/apply it to our lives
  • pray

It takes time and practice for adults to develop these skills - and we can't expect our students to do all of these things without direct instruction, modeling, and a whole lot of practice!
To give my students the needed practice, I set up a time each week to do a "Digging Devotion" where the kids would dig in their bibles and complete a devotional page.
Give your students a copy of the activity page and a Bible passage (or let them choose!) and get them digging in their Bibles and thinking critically about what they read. Perfect for Christian school teachers, Sunday school leaders, and homeschooling parents. 

Today's FRIDAY FREEBIE is a little different - instead of hosting it in my TPT store, I'm sending this FREE Devotional Guide for Kids activity page to all subscribers of my Christian Teaching newsletter. Sign up here -->

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National Day of Prayer: Prayer Activities

Related imageToday (May 2nd) is the National Day of Prayer. Americans across all 50 states will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

Every year on the National Day of Prayer I like to spend intentional focused time teaching my students about praying and practicing the important discipline. 

We take notes in our Bible journals using these interactive notebook foldables:

 You can get all of these templates to use with your students by visiting my teacher shop: Prayer Interactive Notebook Foldables 

Here's what teachers are saying about these activities:
"What a great tangible tool for kids to use in prayer!" -Hannah M.
"Our prayer journals got a facelift with these awesome interactive activities!" -A Teacher's Highlight Reel
"This was be such a great reinforcement of all we've been discussing in Bible class. It's fun, creative and thorough. THANKS!!!" -Melissa G.

Teachers Who Pray:
Every Sunday I do a weekly prayer post for teachers to use to pray for the upcoming week in their classroom. Each week includes a prayer prompt and a Bible verse focus. Join me on my Facebook page to see the weekly Teachers Who Pray posts!

Bible Mother's Day Activity

On Mother's Day we honor our mothers and thank them for the sacrifices they've made and the love they've poured into their families all year long. I wanted to create a Bible activity for students to dig deep in their Bibles and take a look at important mothers that demonstrated godly character traits. We can learn from these mothers and recognize the important character traits in our own mothers. Then the students could make their moms (or aunts or grandmothers) a sweet little craft card for Mother's Day.

I've created a print-and-go resource for you to use with your students. This Important Mothers in the Bible download includes six mini biographies of important mothers in the Bible and an activity page for your students to take notes on:
It also includes a print-and-go craft/card that can help your students see the important qualities in their own God-loving mothers (or grandmothers or aunts, etc.)
There are multiple flower templates for you to choose from:

Click here to download this print-and-go project --> Important Mothers in the Bible

Happy Mother's Day, teacher friends! I pray you feel loved and cherished on this special day!

Preschool Bible Lessons: Jesus Calms the Sea

I love creating these Bible-themed preschool lessons - I think it's so important for little ones to be introduced to Bible stories and biblical concepts in a way they can understand and remember. These print-and-go Preschool Bible lessons make it so easy for you to use these activities with your students. Each resource includes lesson plans, skill activities, fun crafts, and more - perfect for the busy teacher, Sunday School leader, or homeschooling parent.
Through these activities the children will learn that Jesus did miracles! Through the Bible story and activities, the kids will learn that we don't need to fear when we are afraid because God is always with us. Jesus demonstrated His mighty power by calming the storm with his words - we serve an awesome God!
This print-and-go preschool Bible resource includes:
  • List of materials
  • Suggested Bible verse (Mark 4:41)
  • Suggested lesson plans
  • The Story: Jesus Calms the Sea (kid-friendly story paraphrased from Mark 4:35-41)
  • Activity: Chalk Storm
  • Activity: Ocean in a Bottle
  • Activity: Musical Storm
  • Sequencing: Story Events in Order

  • Letter Matching Activity: Fear vs. Peace 

  • Handwriting: S is for Storm Handwriting Practice Page
  • Comparing Activity: Sizing Up the Storm
  • Shadow Matching Activity: Storm Shadows

  • Craft: Jesus Calmed the Sea flip book
  • Craft: Peace! Be Still!

  • Mark 4:41 Bible verse cards (10 per page)

My preschoolers absolutely loved these activities - and I was so encouraged by how many story details they remembered! As Christian teachers, we want more than just cute bulletin boards and activities - we truly hope that our students come away from these lessons understanding more about the Bible, who God is, and who they are in God's eyes.

If you'd like to use these activities with your preschoolers, you can check out the full resource here --> Preschool Bible Lessons: Jesus Calms the Sea

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Two Truths & a Lie {Bible Edition}

Two questions for you:
1. Do you want your students digging in their Bibles and thinking critically about what they read?
2. Have you ever played the game Two Truths and a Lie? 

If you answered yes to number 1, you're in good company. Building Bible fluency and getting your students to think about Bible passages they read is a main goal of Christian teachers and parents alike. 
If you answered no to number 2, here's how the game works: a person must tell three statements: two must be true and one must be a lie. It's a common ice breaker game and a great way to get to know some people a little bit better. Because it's such a popular game, I thought I'd create a fun version of the game, with a Bible twist. In this version, the students have to read a passage and then read three statements. Two of the statements are true and one is false (the lie). It's a fun way to integrate Bible and critical thinking/close reading skills - sounds like a win-win to me!

There are 36 Bible prompts, available in three formats:
  1. Worksheets
  2. Task Cards
  3. Power Point presentation

These “Bible Two Truths and a Lie” cards can be used in a variety of ways:
  • Task cards: Set up a Bible research center and have a group of your students go through the cards, either individually, in partners, or in small groups
  • Morning work activity: This activity can be done once a week for the entire school year. Give each student the activity sheets and have them read the passage and circle the lie (incorrect statement)..
  • I have also included a Power Point presentation for you to display for your class and have them answer in a notebook, if you’d prefer to do that.
  • Early finishers: Give these pages to the students who finish another activity early
  • Homework: Assign these pages as daily/weekly Bible homework
Notes about this print-and-go Bible game:
  • A full answer key is provided for this Bible Two Truths and a Lie trivia activity.
  • The cards cover Bible verses that span the entire Bible.

Here is a Bible Two Truths and a Lie sample question:
Read Jonah 1:1-3, 15, 17
A. God called Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach.
B. Jonah jumped off the boat and swam to land.
C. God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah for three days and three nights.
Statement B is the lie because Jonah told the sailors to throw him off the boat, which they did, and then he was swallowed by a great fish.
These activities would be perfect for the Christian school classroom, homeschool classroom, and/or Sunday school classroom. I've designed it for 4th, 5th, and 6th gradersalthough younger students could do this with teacher/parent assistance.

Visit my TPT store to check it out further --> Bible Two Truths and a Lie

This Bible teaching resource was created to save you time and simplify your lesson planning, all the while challenging and engaging your students. Add this to your teaching arsenal for use, year after year!

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