God Created Me and Saved Me—Unit 1

Grade 4—Unit 1

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, Faith Alive Bible, The Lutheran Study Bible

Objectives:

  • Praise and thank the triune God for telling us about His qualities and works through His Holy Word.
  • Express the intent to honor God as His children in the way we use and care for His creation.

Duration of Project:
This project will cover content from two of your lessons in One in Christ. Each activity is connected to each lesson, so the lesson should be delivered prior to participating in each post. Think about integrating this project into your writing time throughout the day.

It will be important to put due dates for each post and responses, but allow the conversation to run for as long as your students are continuing to discuss the topic. If you enjoy this type of discussion and activity in your class, you can find other applications for blog use in your course (integrating its use in social studies, language arts, science, etc).

Activity:
Using either KidBlog, Blogger, or the discussion board feature of your school’s LMS, have students in your class create a post in which they rewrite the explanations of questions 101–103 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation in their own words. This can be done in conjunction with Lesson 1.

After they rewrite each explanation, have them read Genesis 3:1–24 (Lesson 2). We come upon the first Gospel message in the Bible, the protoevangelium, in Genesis 3:15. Have students create a second blog post describing the fall into sin and what God has done for us, pointing to the protoevangelium and the Offspring (Jesus Christ) who was crucified for sinners!

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students write their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. Here at the beginning of the year is the perfect opportunity to set the standards of conduct in your classroom for online communication. Here are some tips for you to use in your expectations:

  • Students write in full sentences.
  • Students need to respond to at least two different classmates’ posts.
  • Students should keep comments positive and uplifting.
  • When students find something they disagree with, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than as a direct statement.

Differentiation:
For students who struggle with writing, scaffold the activity leading up to the writing in smaller chunks that you can give feedback on directly. As an example, for the first blog post, write a direct question for each student to answer for the three questions in the explanations. Bring a light to the areas of strength for each student and show how writing will support that strength in their creative process.

For students who need the activity extended or who enjoy digging deeper into theology, partner with your pastor or another church worker to do a mini-lesson on the protoevangelium in depth, utilizing the explanation from The Lutheran Study Bible for Genesis 3:15. This activity can then be used as a pull-out situation during the class period as you give more individual attention to students who need help with their writing.