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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Scripture Mastery “Be Prepared” Activity Day

This information was originally published at and sent out as part of Ken Alford’s email list to Seminary teachers. Scripture Mastery “Be Prepared” Activity Day Allow students to prepare short talk outlines based on various scripture mastery scriptures. Then, whenever they get called upon to give a talk or thought; they’ll have a head start on their preparation. You can also let students work in teams and share their results….
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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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Four Column Scripture Analysis

By Adriene Olsen Murray Adriene Olsen Murray: I used this idea from our Seminary Coordinator. It works best with a short section or block of scriptures. It was really fun. The kids found things that I had not thought of and explained what it meant to them. Divide the board into four columns: 1. Zinger — find verses in the block of scripture that are awesome, stand out to you,…
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Answer with a Scripture

I have a new favorite tool for getting my students to participate! I have had way too many times when I have asked a soul searching question and they just look at me with blank stares and no matter how long I wait (I am good at waiting) I get no response. I know they have the knowledge and insight required — they are Juniors and Seniors — so today…
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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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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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Anticipating Student Questions

When I present a lesson, I try to direct my lessons so that ANTICIPATED student questions drive the discussion. When I’m reading my lesson text or scripture block, I ask myself some of the following things: – Does this passage have any unusual words or difficult phrasing? – Do I understand the background of this passage? Who is speaking? Why? – How can the footnotes help me understand the background…
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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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Helping Students Learn to Use Scripture Aids and Mark Scriptures

Since this is my first year, I’m still learning and looking for ideas on how to teach students to use the Gospel Study Aids like the Bible dictionary, index, gazeteer, maps, footnotes, and other supplements during their scripture study. Here are a few of the things I’ve used with success, and I’ll add more as I find them. Please share your ideas, too, in the comments section. We’re all learning…
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