Scripture Mastery Devotional Preparation Activity Day

Scripture Mastery Games

This information was originally published at and sent out as part of Ken Alford’s email list to Seminary teachers. Scripture Mastery Devotional Preparation Activity Day This idea is similar to the idea above, but students are given time to prepare devotionals. If your students are like mine, devotionals are too often done “on the fly”. This activity day gives you and your students the opportunity to “fix it”. To make…
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Kids Teach Mini Lessons

By Becky Mike Edwards Becky Mike Edwards: #Teachingmethod Last night during my prayer a teaching idea came to my mind that had never used before. Today I posted a sign “pick a lesson” along with five topics. I let the kids know that THEY would be teaching five mini lessons today. One at a time, several students picked a topic and then led the discussion on that topic. I let…
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On the Spot

On The Spot

Courtesy of John Bushman: As a coordinator for S&I, it has not been my style to be very controlling.  It has been my goal to give great tips and helps, but in the end, the teachers decide what works for them or not. BUT… now I want to mandate something because it can be so VERY helpful to the teacher and the students.  With the teachers I coordinate, I want…
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Five Step Mini-Lesson

Vanessa S. shared this on the Come Follow Me Facebook Group, and I asked her permission to share it here.  She said:   “[A]fter some initially rather disastrous experiments having my girls teach, I eventually came around to this handout, which the girls told me has been very helpful. It outlines the steps for preparing a “mini-lesson” from a conference talk excerpt. I have a similar one that focuses on…
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Write the Chapter Header

The purpose of this activity is for kids to learn to pick out what is the most important information in a section of scripture and to summarize it.  This is a valuable skill to learn for preparing talks or lessons. Hand each student a mini post it note.  Have them place the post it note over the chapter header of a certain passage.  Give students 3-5 minutes on a timer…
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Handout Holder

I am teaching the 14-18 yr old youth in Sunday School.  One idea I have used seems to be working: I bought a composition notebook and pen for all the kids.  Every handout (I try to have one every week) is given to them with a piece of sticky Velcro.  They put one piece on the page and one on the back of the handout.  They also use the book…
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Explaining Exemplars

In Explaining Exemplars, you take a good example of something, like a general conference talk, and examine it to find why it was effective. Give pairs or small groups of students examples of good practice, and perhaps some examples of bad practice or examples containing a few common errors. They may have the same, or different exemplars. After examining and discussing it, each group critically appraises the exemplar to the…
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60-Second Explorers

Tell students you will give them sixty seconds to find out everything they can about a certain passage. If this is the first time your students have done an activity like this, you may want to give them a chance to tell you some techniques they might want to use: reading the chapter header, checking the footnotes, skimming, watching for the paragraph markers, etc. Turn them loose. When the timer…
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Using a Scripture Journal

Many teachers use a Scripture Journal to help students retain information they are being taught or to help themselves with personal study. Here are some ideas for using a scripture journal that will give you lots of ideas. Occasional Use During Class My friend DeAnn purchase a composition notebook for each student for use as a scripture journal. Into this book they paste quotes and are assigned to write FITs…
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