Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

15 November 2011

Where's Jesus

Strand(s): The Bible
Year level: Upper Primary/Middle School
Phase: Synthesise
Time: 10 - 20 minutes
Summary: A learning activity to check students’ ability to look up Bible references while familiarising themselves with Biblical geography.

Once students have learnt to look up references in the Bible the following activity might be used to check their skill level while getting them to look at maps of Israel. This may help them to understand that the places Jesus went to, as recorded in the Gospels, are historical locations, some of which may be visited today.

Provide students with a map of Israel focussing on Biblical places (these can be found online) and a list of the following references without the place names attached. Have students identify the location mentioned in the passage and find the location on the map.

Mark 10.46 Jericho
Luke 19.29 Mount of Olives
Luke 24.13 Emmaus
Luke 1.26 Nazareth
Luke 2.3 Bethlehem
Mark 6.53 Gennesaret
John 12.1 Bethany
Luke 2.41 Jerusalem
John 4.5 Sychar
John 1.44 Bethsaida
John 2.11 Cana
Matthew 4.13 Capernaum
Matthew 15.39 Magadan
Luke 7.11 Nain
John 6.1 Tiberias
Mark 7.24 Tyre

A way of extending the activity would be for the students to come forward and mark a large map and to tell the class what event in Jesus life occurred at the location they looked up.

11 November 2011

Charting the Bible

Strand(s): The Bible
Year level: Middle school, Senior school
Phase: Enhance
Time: 30 -60 minutes

One way of helping students to engage with the Bible is to get them to compare and contrast parallel narratives within the Gospels.

Use T Charts and Y Charts in your RE classroom to help students unpack and explore Biblical texts.

Provide students with a copy of the Last Supper from either Mark (14.12-31), Luke (22.7-34) or John (13.1-30). Give each student only one, but make sure all three are handed out around the class. Alternatively give students in small groups one of the texts for the group to explore. One way of helping students engage with the text is to use a Y Chart Chart (Innovative Teachers’ Companion: Secondary Edition 2012, page 288, or see www.itcpublications.com.au ) The headings: feels like, sounds like, looks like, might be used to help students explore the mood and details of the events expressed in the text.

Students could be given time to provide feedback on their particular reading. A section on the board could be used for the feedback from the three different readings.

Next provide students with Matthews account of the Last Supper (Matthew 26.17-35). Have the students complete a T-Chart Chart (Innovative Teachers’ Companion: Secondary Edition 2012, page 276, or see www.itcpublications.com.au) comparing their previous reading with the Matthew reading using Similarities/Difference as the headings?

As an extension (synthesis) exercise classical or contemporary paintings of the Last Supper might be explored by students for elements that appear in one reading but not another. Images of this sort can be found at http://www.textweek.com/art/art.htm

A helpful resource for this topic is the documentary Easter in Art by Tim Marlow.