The Sacrifice—Unit 1

Grade 6—Unit 1

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS—Collaboration with an art project

Reference Material:
Genesis 22:1-18 The Lutheran Study Bible, Faith Alive Bible

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge that God requires a complete commitment in faith and obedience toward Him—an impossible task for any and all people
  • Observe that God sent Jesus—true God and true man—to do the impossible for us, serving as our substitute and sacrifice
  • Live for the Lord who died for us so that we may live eternally

Duration of Project:
This project could take a few weeks to a month, but it will be done in conjunction with your art class. As the teacher finishes the art projects, begin working with the students on photographing their art, and then assign the blog portion of the project. Even though this project may take a little while, you will be able to continue on with your lessons because a lot of the work will be happening in art class prior to your students writing their blog.

Activity:
Lesson 6 recounts the story of Abraham and Isaac going up to the top of Mount Moriah. In this activity, you will want to collaborate with your Art teacher. This is a perfect time to introduce an interdisciplinary project to your class and the art class.

After teaching Lesson 6, have your students create some piece of artwork that represents the faith that Abraham had with the victory that Jesus won for us on the cross. This may be a picture, painting, or even a sculpture. Through the artwork, students will display the confidence that we have because God has provided Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins.

When students are done, have them take a picture of their artwork and then write a blog post explaining how it represents what they learned in Lesson 6.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are writing their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. This is the perfect opportunity at the beginning of the year to set the standard in your classroom for how online communication is expected. 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:
This is a good practice regardless of students’ cognitive ability level, but especially important as it pertains to students who struggle with concepts and comprehension. Have students write a proposal for what they are going to create, and don’t allow them to start until you have approved their proposal. This will allow you to have constant feedback with your students and make sure that they understand and comprehend what is being taught prior to them creating.

For students who are going to excel at this project, when they finish their blog post consider using the app Aurasma for them to create an interactive experience with their artwork. Go to https://www.aurasma.com to learn more.