Printable Lesson Plan
A printable version of our Redemption
Bible Lesson Required printables are
-Morning Circle Time
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
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Bible Theme: Holy Spirit Helps Me!
In this lesson children will learn that God sent his spirit
to help, provide and guide us. This is a wonderful
lesson to introduce the concept of the Trinity to
Preschool Theme: Geography
This page is full of printables to help you teach
children about other countries and climates. You'll
find coloring pages, cards, handwriting worksheets and
The Polar Bear Son, by Lydia Dabcovich.
A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if
he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life,
forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a
traditional Inuit folktale.
Today's letter is "I." Introduce today's topic by discussing where the children live. Help them
to understand that they live in a town, which is in their state or territory, which is in their
country, which is in their world. A graphic can be very useful here to help the children
visualize their place in the world. Tell them there are lots of countries in our world. Ask them
what the name of THEIR country is. Say the name of your country out loud. See whether the
children can name the first letter of their country.
Snack Time: Ice Cube Snacks
Ice Blocks: Fill up ice cube trays with fruit juices. Cut
straws into thirds, and place into the cubes for handles.
(You may wish to wait until the cubes are partially frozen
to put in the straws, as they'll stand up better.) Prepare
these ahead of time so that the children can help make
them. Optional: Freeze gummy fish inside the cubes.
One of the cultures discussed today was the Inuit, who live in the arctic
regions in harshly cold conditions. Prepare a discovery center full of
books and objects related to "Eskimos." You could include faux furs on
the table, white blocks to create igloos, and some mittens, furry hats,
coats, and "skins" to play dress-up. Include cold items for tactile
exploration, such as two bowls of ice water full of ice cubes, with tongs
for the children to transfer their "icebergs" from one bowl to another.
Discuss how the ice can float in the water.
Classroom Sled Race
This is a great way to teach the children to follow directions. Divide the children up into two
teams of 2 to 4 children each. Use a large sheet for each team. Have a pile of objects at one
end of the room, and a large box at the other end which will be the "igloo." Tell the children
that in the arctic, families used to have to move their belongings on sleds, and that it's very
hard work. See how fast the teams can get their belongings from one end of the "ice" to their
"igloo." Each team should spread out their sheet (their "sled") near the pile of belongings.
They need to listen for instructions about what objects to "pack" onto their sled. You might
call out "take one red item," "take a big heavy item," "grab something with wheels," or "take
something to wear." The children will try to put the items you call out onto their sleds as
quickly as possible. Then have them wait until you call out "Mush!" to race as quickly as they
can (without losing their belongings) to their igloo. Be mindful to not allow this to become
Explain that ice-fishing is an important part of life for people who live
in very cold parts of the world. Briefly explain how ice-fishing works,
then let the children pretend to do their own ice-fishing by using a
magnetic fishing game. You can easily create your own magnetic
fishing game by purchasing small flat magnets and some wooden dowel
rods at your local craft or hardware store. Tie and then hot-glue a
length of string to the end of a wooden dowel, then tie a paper clip (for
a hook) to the other end of the string to create the "fishing rod."
Create "fish" by gluing the magnets to cut-out paper fish.
|Bible Verse Bracelets:
John 16:7 (GNT)
"But I am telling you the truth:
it is better for you that I go
away, because if I do not go, the
Helper will not come to you.
But if I do go away, then I will
send him to you."
|Make an Igloo
You can choose whether to create individual artistic igloos, or perform a large-scale
class project. For individual art projects, simply create an igloo template and let
each child "build" their igloo by gluing either miniature marshmallows or small
cotton balls to the template. If you're really ambitious, consider collecting clean
empty milk jug containers in anticipation of this lesson unit. Hot glue the
containers together, building your classroom igloo from the ground up, the old
fashioned way! It might take some tenacity, but many classes have done it! For
fantastic information on how to build a milk jug igloo, including a video, look here.
Inuit Crafts and Activities
We studied all about Inuit life and
made some fun crafts alongside each
part of our unit. You are sure to
find some helpful ideas and
Explain that today's letter is "I." Show and say "I."
Demonstrate the long and short sounds of the letter
"I." Can the children think of things that begin with the
"I" sound? (Ice, igloo, ice cream, insect, in, inside, iron,
island, and itch are some examples.)
Tell the children that there are lots of states and
countries that begin with the letter "I." Prepare some
photos ahead of time to show the children state or
country names with a picture of something from that
region. For example, show the name "Iowa" with a
photo of a field of corn. Some other places you might
include could be Idaho, Illinois, Ireland, India, Israel,
Italy, Indiana, and Iceland. You may want to include
peoples as well: Irish, Iranian, Indonesian, Inuit, Inca,
and Iroquois. Show the children (using a globe) where
these places are, and talk about what the weather,
animals, trees, and people might be like. Have fun and
take your time discussing all the interesting variety of
cultures, plants, animals on our planet.
Children Just Like Me by Anabel Kindersley
Published to coincide with UNICEF's fiftieth
anniversary, a celebration of children around the world
is based upon interviews with young people from all
walks of life and reveals their diverse cultural
backgrounds and universal similarities.
Igloos and Inuit Life by Laouise A. Spilsbury
Did you know that people called Inuits once lived in houses
made of snow? What other things helped Inuits live in the
Read: Igloos and Inuit Life by Laouise A. Spilsbury
Introduce this story by explaining that you are going to be talking
about one of the cultures that begin with the letter "I." Show some
pictures of igloos and Inuit people. Let the children point out some
obvious characteristics about the pictures and briefly talk about them
(ice, cold, furry coats, snow, etc.) Then read the story. Take your time
looking through this book on how Inuit people live today and how
they lived before modern times. Discuss any questions that the
children come up with. Be sure to emphasize that although igloos
are interesting and neat, they are not really used as dwellings today,
except for hunting journeys, etc. (Inuit people live in modern houses.)
Music & Movement:
Action rhyme: "My Igloo" (author unknown)
“My igloo is round with a tiny door. (Make a small circle with your hands.)
It's made of cold ice and snow. (Pretend to shiver.)
The inside is covered with blankets & fur. (Make a wide sweeping motion.)
So it's warm when the winter winds blow." (Make a blowing wind noise and hug yourself
to pretend to keep warm.)
You could also have some dramatic play by pretending to be arctic animals like polar
bears and seals.
Inuit Lapbook Printables
We have an entire set of printables
you can use to make a lapbook. From
shape books, to flap books, printable
vocabulary cards and more! This is a
great way to learn about Inuit life,
culture and the geographic region.
|I is for Inspired
This is a Bible Coloring Page
of the Bible being the
Inspired word of God.
Read: The Polar Bear Son, by Lydia Dabcovich.
After reading the story, talk a little about the life of Jesus.
Discuss how his mother Mary raised him, how he was killed,
and how he had to go to his Father, but that he will return.
Discuss how we can call on him through prayer and he will
"come" to us, and how he provides for us. Explain that Jesus
promised to send us a helper, the Holy Spirit. Draw parallels
from the story to these truths.
|Make a classroom igloo following the instructions in the
"Art Activity" section above.
Watch a video about Inuit life.