If you work with teenagers and pre-teens, you know that they deal with all sorts of self-esteem issues. They need to be reminded frequently how loved they are by God, and that they are marvelously made! Whether or not you are a religion teacher, you can do this in your classroom. It integrates reading, art, creativity, music, and writing with our faith.
This activity touches the hearts of the students, and you will be surprised with some of their emotional reactions. I always am! Now, this is a great activity to do for Valentine’s Day or during the month of February...but it’s perfect for any time of the year!
Here is what this 22 page packet includes:
-Readers’ Theater- The Wemmicks
This is a powerful story that contains much symbolism! The idea is that we are made by God and we are worthy, no matter what others think of us or say about us. Students of all age groups can read this because the message is so universal! You will need 19 students to read the parts. If you have less, they can double up. If more, no problems, they will all get something out of this.
-The Wemmicks- A Biblical Viewpoint
This printable has the students identifying the symbolism in the story and linking it to how God feels about each and every one of us. It is a reflection activity. The students can do this on their own and then you’ll have a discussion about it. The discussion is always wonderful because it gets our kids talking about their feelings and seeing their self-worth!
-iAM LOVED Activity: This is a play on the i-phone and selfies. Students will choose scripture (included for them on page) to fill in the iphone with a selfie as God sees them and a text message from God to them. The end result is really good and makes a great bulletin board! (This packet includes a completed sample so students can see what they are expected to do.) It also includes a rubric should you choose to grade it.
-What Is God Saying to Me Through This Song: I love this activity. I gave you 2 songs to work with. You’ll play the songs for the students. (video link included) The songs are powerful and in the YouTube links, the kids will also see the backstory for each song. The printables contain the lyrics and a post- song reflection printable for the students to complete and then discuss. (I also gave you a 2 programmable printables for you to fill in if you have another song you’d like, at some point, for the students to focus on.) Music is poetry! It’s powerful and touches people! You’ll really enjoy this activity.
I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. It has helped me to really connect with my students! God Bless!