Ten Commandments

It feels as though I have not taught my 4th graders for a few weeks now, because of guest speakers and Presidents’ Days, etc. Tonight, that all changes as I get back to the basics with my li’l ones and focus on the Ten Commandments one last time!

As you may recall, back in January, we made a DVD of the kids doing mini-presentations on the Ten Commandments. For tonight’s class, I put together the following worksheet which invites them to match the description of each mini-presentation to the Commandment it describes. This will serve as the basis for our discussion tonight, as we review all Ten Commandments.

Ten Commandments matching

Ten Commandments matching answer key

Finally, we’ll participate in a Jeopardy-like review game on the Ten Commandments. Some of you may recall that I found this easy-to-use Jeopardy program online a few years ago. It basically uses PowerPoint to create the game which I then project using an LCD projector and my laptop…it’s a lot of fun!

Ten Commandments review game (it might take a while for the file to open)

I plan to conclude the evening by leading them in a guided reflection about their experience with the Sacrament of Reconciliation last week. I’ll simply invite them to go back into their memory and recall their experience of the Sacrament last week but to picture Jesus there with them and to talk to him about it.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

9 Comments on Ten Commandments

  1. Surely Joe, Teaching kids about the ten commandments and the sacrament of reconciliation is our sure way to go to heaven. God Bless. You are our inspiration.Thanks.

  2. Hi Joe

    just reading through the lesson makes me excited – would you perhaps have the reflection on script. thanks for your wonderfull ideas. may god bless you always in your ministry.

    • thanks, Ally. Sorry, I don’t have a script for the reflection. My plan was to do it spontaneously. God bless you too!

  3. Hi, Joe ~ My computer will not allow me to download the Ten Commandments Review Game. Is there another way you can post it? I used the Ten Commandment Mini Presentation with 5th Graders and they loved it! Thanx!

    Barbara

    • Fran, all you need to do is save the one that I posted and then go in and change whatever you want to suit your needs. You can change the topics, questions, answers, prize values, etc.

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