While studying the Life of Christ with my elementary Bible class, we worked on project folders that gave them hands on activities to do that hopefully helped them with their memory work while being interesting at the same time. Click here, New Testament Project Folders, to see the other project folders in this series.
First of all, I’ll show you the basic folder and then look closer at the individual components. I have added links to the PDF files of the activities in this project folder. Some of them have instructions, some don’t. There are a couple of mistakes here and there but if they were perfect, you’d know for sure they weren’t mine. The mistakes were one of the reasons I was stalling on uploading these files. You’ll just have to be creative, I guess. Be sure to look at Dinah Zike’s foldables for clearer instructions and visuals on how to put the activities together.
I sent home a study sheet so the students could work on their memory work at home with their families. Print it back to back on regular copy paper.
Front cover of project folder. This file also contains the back of the project folder, reward stickers and bookmarks with the weekly Bible reading.
The back cover is a good place to keep track of what has been accomplished. The top half gives the student a place to put a sticker for every Bible reading they did during the quarter. My goal was for each child to read the entire New Testament (either alone or with the family) in a year. The bottom half gives them a place to put stickers showing the memory they completed.
First Opening of Project Folder — Now we can look closer at each component of the first opening of the project folder. We’ll start on the left and move towards the right.
New Testament Books — This is a zipped file and will need to be opened after it is downloaded.
In our class, the students were expected to memorize what happened in each book of the New Testament. These two booklets offered a hands way to do that. The first one covers Matthew – Romans and the second one covers 1 Corinthians – Colossians. The rest of the New Testament books are memorized during the second quarter of our Life of Christ study.
Open the booklet and there is a place for the student to glue a picture that will help him remember what is in that book. My husband drew these pictures. Each part of the picture reminds them of something in the book. For instance, Mark was written to the Romans so there is a Roman bust. Mark emphasizes the miracles of Jesus so there is a marigold to remind them of miracles.
After gluing the picture in the appropriate place, the student lifts the flap and fills in the information inside — who wrote it, who it was written to, what it’s about and a key verse.
The next section (left side of folder) is devoted to the 12 Apostles. The top half gives the students a place to either copy the names of the apostles or even better, write them down from memory.
The bottom half gives the students an opportunity to open their Bibles and find out a fact about each apostle.
Open the booklet and the apostles names are listed. Lift the flap and find the passage listed. Find a fact about the apostle whose name is on the flap and write it down.
Just to the right of the 12 apostles is the Lord’s Prayer. Like the 12 apostles, the top half is a place to either copy or write down from memory the Lord’s prayer.
Underneath this is the activity for the Lord’s prayer. This activity gives the student helps the child write his own prayer by modeling the prayer Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray.
Open the booklet and the Lord’s prayer is written on flaps.
The student lifts each flap and puts that portion of the Lord’s prayer in his own words. When he is done, he can open all the flaps and see his prayer that he wrote based on Jesus’ prayer.
The far right of this part of the project folder is devoted to The Beatitudes.
On each flap, key words are written that should help the student remember the order of the beatitudes. Lift the flap and the student will write the beatitude that goes with those key words.
Second Opening of Project Folder: Now we’ll look at the components for the second opening of the project folder. Like the first, we’ll start on the left and work towards the right.
The two activities for learning the salt and light passages are the same.
When the booklets are opened, there is a place to draw a picture about that part of the passage (there are more than one page).
Lift the flap and the student is to copy the passage.
The center section has the map of the Bible lands during the time of Christ. The student colors the map and is supposed to draw a line from the event on the right to the location it happened. Apparently this student wasn’t paying attention to directions.
Underneath the map is the timeline. The pictures from this timeline came from a poster I bought at a teacher’s supply store. This timeline covers the first part of Christ’s life. The rest is covered in the next project folder.
Open the timeline and the student glues the timeline pictures in order.
On the far right of the second opening are activities for The Wise and Foolish Man. These are similar to the Salt and Light booklets.
Open the book and draw a picture of the part of the passage that is shown on the left.
Lift the flap and copy the passage.