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                     Teaching This Week’s Lesson
   Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize ways they are connected to others.
Begin Seeds class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Easter People” (CD-1, #14).
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Loving God, thank you for bringing us together in our Seeds class. Help us all learn how to stay connected to you and grow to love Jesus more and more.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity l Who? Sit in a circle. Help the children see that they all are connected to others by asking them to raise their hand if they can answer yes to your questions: Who is wearing something red? Who has a brother or sister? Who likes to sing? Who has a pet? Who has curly hair? Who likes pizza? Who likes to swing? Who has brown eyes? Continue as needed with questions that fit your group so that every child raises his or her hand a few times. Point out that we are all connected to other people and we need other people too.
Explain the term community as a word we use to talk about groups that have a connection and who care for one another. Ask: What is a community you belong to? Seeds class, town, Church, family, school, friends, sports team.
Story l Swimmy Explain that a community of fish is called a school. Invite the children to pay attention to how important having a school is to Swimmy. Share the story of Swimmy by Leo Lionni ( If you are unable to share the video in your classroom, you may find the book in your local or school library or tell the story in your own words.
After sharing the story, ask: How did Swimmy feel when he got away from the tuna and swam alone in the sea? What helped Swimmy feel happy again? Why didn’t the new school of fish want to swim and play and see things? What did Swimmy do to help them? What other kinds of things can only be done when everyone works together?
Activity l Stretch and Sing Invite the children to swim like fish as you lead them around the room while playing and singing “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will interpret Jesus’ image of the vine and branches.
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches. (page 1) Gather in a circle in the space you reserve for proclaiming the Gospel. Ask: Who has a vegetable garden or a fruit or nut tree at home? Ask: What happens if a plant or tree doesn’t get enough water? What happens if a branch is broken off the plant or tree? Will that branch still grow a leaf, vegetable, fruit, or nut? If possible, show a branch or vine to the children to help them understand this concept. Tell them that Jesus used a plant to explain how we are connected to him:
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered. When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored.
Ask: What connects you to Jesus? We are his brothers and sisters through Baptism. We are all children of God. Ask: What can you do to make your connection to Jesus strong? Make loving choices, go to Mass and Seeds class, pray, listen to parents and teachers, be kind to others.
Distribute crayons and give the children time to color the vine and branches on page 1.
Activity l Gospel Creative Drama Invite the children to dramatize Jesus’ words in the Gospel. Choose one child to stand as a tree trunk. The other children pretend to be attached to the tree as branches. When all of the branches are touching the tree, instruct the children to sway as if there were a gentle breeze blowing. Suggest that the wind is picking up and then have them act out a strong wind. Repeat the sequence.
Ask: What is it like for the branches when it is very windy? Is it difficult to remain part of the tree? Did any branches fall off? What is it like for people when they get afraid or worried? Does it help to know Jesus is our friend and we are connected to him?
  Jesus is the vine.
We are the branches.
Color the vine and the branches.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter

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