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Teacher's manual

connect Upper Primary B2

a christian education curriculum for children aged 10 to 12 years.

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Contents For the teacher What you will find in each lesson Music CDs and CD-ROM Curriculum stance Training and support Five circles of learning Connect icons

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Introduction—God keeps his promises Lesson 1 Survivor: Egypt begins Lesson 2 The leader Lesson 3 The challenge Lesson 4 The rescue Lesson 5 The Law Lesson 6 The tabernacle Lesson 7 The exploration Lesson 8 The people’s response Lesson 9 The land Lesson 10 The new covenant

Exodus 1:1—2:10 Exodus 3:1—4:17 Exodus 7:1—10:29 Exodus 11–14 Exodus 19–20 Exodus 25–40 Numbers 13–14 Deuteronomy 4 Joshua 1–6 Various

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Introduction—God’s promise for the world Lesson 11 The gospel: then and now Lesson 12 The need for the gospel Lesson 13 The good news of the gospel Lesson 14 The fruit of the gospel Lesson 15 The goal of the gospel Lesson 16 The hope of the gospel Lesson 17 The body of the gospel Lesson 18 The love of the gospel Lesson 19 The Christmas promise Lesson 20 Miriam

Romans 1:1–17 Romans 1:18—3:26 Romans 3:21—5:21 Romans 6–7 Romans 8:1–13 Romans 8:14–39 Romans 12:1–8 Romans 16:25–27 Matthew 1 1 Timothy 4:12

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Christmas assembly

Matthew 1


Special lesson—The environment

Genesis 1–2; 2 Peter 3:13


Teaching ideas Help with classroom management Helpful teaching techniques Teaching Memory verses Is your class different? Bible icon The special needs of indigenous students Understanding the student: the learning theory undergirding Connect Activity Books icon in the (S)RE class Using appropriate language When a student wants to make a response Christian Education outcomes Visual Aid icon

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LESSON AIM ■ To help students to understand that being declared innocent and looking forward to heaven affects the way we live now.

LESSON OUTCOMES Students will learn about: ■ how the goal of heaven should change the way we live now ■ how God has given us his Spirit to help us live the way he wants us to. Students will learn to: ■ know what it looks like to say ‘No’ to their sinful desires and to choose to live the way God wants them to.

MEMORY VERSE You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can boast about. God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. Ephesians 2:8–10 (CEV)

the goal of the gospel romans 8:1–13 In these first few verses Paul contrasts the weakness of the Law with the power of the Spirit. The Law was only able to reveal sin and condemn sinners. However in Jesus’ sacrificial death for us, God condemned the sinful nature and gave life through the Spirit. Those whom God has made alive are no longer enslaved to the sinful nature but live according to the Spirit and produce ‘fruit’ (good deeds) in keeping with the Spirit (8:1–9; see also Galatians 5:13–26). Even though our physical bodies are still destined to die, those who live by the Spirit will be physically raised again, by the power of that same Spirit, just as Jesus was raised from the dead (8:10–11). Therefore, the obligation of all who have been made alive by the Spirit is to live by the Spirit and to walk in step with him, since it is through the Spirit that we become children of God. It is through the Holy Spirit that God adopts those who are in Christ Jesus as his own children, and gives them the right to be co-heirs with Christ, if indeed they share in the sufferings of the Son of God (8:12–17).

» Bible background Chapter 8 is the glorious climax of Paul’s argument in this section. Romans 8 is concerned with the work of the Spirit. It begins with the victorious declaration: ‘If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death’ (8:1–2, CEV).

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» You will need

■ If you intend to use an interactive whiteboard, review the PowerPoint slide(s) for this lesson on the CD-ROM that comes with this manual.

✔ A CEV Bible marked at Romans 8:1–6, 11–13 ✔ Visual aids on pages 164–167 of Lesson 15 Media release, Marathon runner timeline, Romans timeline and Thoughts from a marathon runner (see Before you start) ✔ Piece of cardboard ✔ Activity books ✔ Materials for Taking it further (optional) ✔ Now no condemnation (track 10) on CEP’s Upper Primary CD (Ben Pakula) ✔ CD player or MP3 player and portable speakers ✔ The CD-ROM from this manual if you intend to use an interactive whiteboard to display the PowerPoints of the lessons, song words or prayers.

■ In the Bible focus the students will complete a timeline in their Activity books. You will need to reproduce the Visual aid on page 165 of the Marathon runner timeline on a piece of cardboard.

OTHER RESOURCES If your lessons are longer than the standard, you may find the following resources useful. ■ Ephesians 2:8–10 (track 15) on Colin Buchanan’s Practise being godly CD. ■ Titus 3:5 (track 26) on Colin Buchanan’s Practise being godly CD. ■ Practise being godly (track 2) on Colin Buchanan’s Practise being godly CD.

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■ Ask the following questions to help students fill in their Marathon runner timelines. What kind of training would Stavros have done? What kind of diet? What kind of decisions would he have had to make about bed times, wake-up times, how he spends his time, and so on? Help them to think about how winning the race would have affected the way Stavros lived in the lead-up to the race. They can draw pictures or write words. ■ The next two lessons are based on the image of a marathon runner. It would be helpful for you to do some research on what life is like for a marathon runner. To this end please read ‘Thoughts of a marathon runner’ on page 167.

» teacher’s prayer Thank God that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Pray that the students will look forward to an eternity with Jesus.




Pray that the goal of heaven will affect the way the students live now.


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» Way in

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I want to tell you about Corey. Visual Aid icon Corey just won the award for the most gold medals at his little athletics iconhas been training all year for carnival. CD Corey this day. Every afternoon he’d go for a run at the park.Music He’d practise his long jump and icon shot-put and even his high jump! Corey’s goal all year was toicon win as many events as he could Word in this carnival, and all the hard work paid off! He got his trophy!

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■ What are some goals that you have had in the past? Body icon (Accept responses. You may need to help them think of some Space & examples Vision iconlike winning a certain race or sporting competition, or saving up to buy a particular item.) Interpersonal icon ■ Did you achieve your goal? (Accept responses.) Self icon

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■ How did you change the way you did things Nature icon your goal? in order to reach (Accept responses.)

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Our future goals shape the way we live in the present. In the next part of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul encourages them that their future goal or destiny should shape the way they live now. Let’s head into our media briefing.

» Bible focus Bible icon for today is … Our media release (Remind the students that all the stories in these Activity Books icon media releases are fictional.) Read the Visual aid on page 164 of the Visual Aid icon Lesson 15 Media release. Wow! 10 minutes in front of the silver CD icon Bible icon medallist? That is unheard of! What a great race for Stavros Massoud and a great victory Music icon Activity Books icon for Australia. Distribute the Visual aid on page 165 of the Word icon Visual Aid icon Marathon runner timeline. In pairs or small groups ask the students to design a Maths Logic icon CDwhat icon&life timeline of might have been like for Stavros Massoud in the 12 months before the Body Olympic marathon Musicicon icon(see Before you start). After about five minutes ask for volunteers to report Space &with Vision icon back to the class their timelines. Word icon

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When you have a future goal in mind, it shapes Biblelive iconin the present. the way you Distribute the Activity books and ask the Activity Books icon students to open to Lesson 15. This is what Paul says in his letter to the Romans. Visual Aid icon He shows them that their goal in life should affect the way they are living now. Have a listen.

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Read Romans 8:1, 11 from your CEV Bible.

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■ What Activity does Paul sayicon the future holds for Books thoseWord who belong icon to Jesus? (Accept responses. They won’t be punished Visual Aid icon and they will &beLogic raised to life.) Maths icon ■ So what is the goal of those who belong to CD icon Jesus? Where Body iconare they heading? (Accept responses. Heaven.) Bible icon

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Space & Vision icon are heading to Those who belong to Jesus Bible icon Activity Books icon heaven. Word icon Interpersonal icon

In their Activity books, ask the

ActivityVisual BooksAid iconicon to copy your example Mathsstudents & Logic icon Self icon (using the Visual aid on page 166 of Visual Aid CDicon icon the Romans timeline) and write ‘heaven’ onto the Body icon icon end of theNature top half of their timeline along with the words ‘noCD punishment’ and icon Space &Music Visionicon icon‘life’.

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Followers of Jesus can be confident that their Music icon Word again icon Interpersonal icon and they will get to bodies will be raised live in heaven forever.

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Self Stavros icon Think about Massoud. He was always the favourite. He was always going to win Body icon &icon Logic icon Nature the race. Maths His victory was definite. Just like that, those who belong to Jesus can be Space & in Vision icon Their goal is icon confidentBody of their place heaven. Bible Exploration icon secure, definite! Space &Interpersonal Vision icon icon

■ Why can those who follow Jesus be confident? Interpersonal icon Self icon (Accept responses.) Read Romans 8:1–4 from your CEV Bible.

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■ Why does Paul sayExploration we confident? Bible Nature icon Activity Books iconcan beicon (Accept responses. Jesus, the perfect man, died our place so that we can be BibleinExploration Visual Aid icon icon declared innocent.) ■ Is it because of the good things we do that CD icon we can be confident of our place in heaven? (Accept responses. No. It is only because Music icon Jesus died in our place; on our own we would only ever earn death. But the gift of God Word is eternal lifeicon in Christ Jesus our Lord, see Romans 6:23.)

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Encourage the students to draw a cross at the beginning of the top half of their timeline and write Visualunderneath Aid CDicon icon it and a set of law ‘Jesus’ death’ tablets at the beginning of the bottom half with the words ‘our Alsoicon add the words ‘death’ and CDworks’. iconMusic ‘punishment’ (see page 166 for a completed example of the Romans timeline). Music icon Word icon

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Paul then goes on to show us how the way we think reveals goal.&Have listen ... Wordour icon Maths Logicaicon Read Romans 8:5–6 from your CEV Bible.

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Refer again to theBooks timeline. Activity icon

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■ Which person on your timeline is ruled by Visual icon icon icon their desires? Space Aid &Interpersonal Vision (Accept responses. The bottom person. Ask the students add ‘Desires’ down the side of Interpersonal icon CD iconto Self icon the bottom half.) ■ WhichMusic person on your Nature icontimeline is ruled by icon Self icon the Spirit? (Accept responses. The top person. Bible Exploration icon Ask the Nature icon Word icon students to add ‘Spirit’ down the side of the top half.) Bible Exploration icon

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■ How does a person ruled by their desires think? Body icon (Accept responses. Selfishly. They only think about Space themselves.) & Vision icon We could say that their goal in life was to Interpersonal icon please themselves. ■ What are some examples of the kinds of icon thingsSelf that a person with this goal might think about? Nature icon Ask the students to draw (Accept responses. a person with a thought bubble on the bottom half ofBible their Exploration timeline. Ask them to write their icon answers in the thought bubble. Pleasure, food, money, getting my way, the things they want, not caring about others, and so on.) ■ What is the end result for someone whose goal is to please themselves? (Accept responses. They will die.)


■ What does a person ruled by the Spirit think about? (Accept responses. They think about spiritual things.)

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Unlike Stavros Massoud, our place in heaven doesn’t come because of our hard work. Our efforts only earn us death. But Jesus died in our place so that we can be declared innocent. Bibleus icon In this way he gives what we need to be acceptable to God. But it is a gift. We didn’t do icon Activity Books icon anythingBible to earn it.

■ What do you think Paul means by that? (Accept responses. Paul means that they think about things that please the Spirit of God.) Their goal in life is to please God. ■ What are some examples of the kinds of things that a person with this goal might think about? (Accept responses. Ask the students to draw a person with a thought bubble on the top half of their timeline. Ask them to write their answers in the thought bubble. Loving others, being kind, speaking nicely, sharing, being generous, putting others first, and so on.) ■ What is the end result for someone whose goal is to please God? (Accept responses. They will have life and peace.) The things we think about reveal our goal in life. Our goal influences the way we think but also shapes the way we act. ■ What do you think might have happened if Stavros Massoud had thought like this? ‘I’m going to win the Olympic medal for sure so I don’t think I’ll worry about training today! I might just sleep in and I think I’ll have pizza for dinner tonight!’ (Accept responses.) Stavros might have been the favourite runner. He may have thought he was definitely going to win the gold medal. But if he didn’t train or keep focused on the goal, he would have lost. Paul says the same to those who follow Jesus. Our goal, where we are headed, must influence the way we live now! Read Romans 8:12–13 from your Bible icon CEV Bible. ■ What Activity does Paul tell icon the Romans to do? Books (Accept responses. They must not live to satisfy their sinful desires. With the Spirit’s help Visual Aid icon they must say ‘No!’ to them.) If we are heading to heaven and our goal in life CD icon is to please God then we will say ‘No’ to our sinful desires. But we don’t do this to be saved.

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■ Remember, what did our good deeds earn us? (Accept responses. Direct the students’ attention to the bottom half of their page. Good deeds on their own earn death.) Our good works can’t save us. But our goal in life is to please God because he has saved us. And if this is our goal, then we will choose to say ‘No’ to the things he doesn’t like and ‘Yes’ to the things he wants us to do. ■ Do you think it would be easy to say ‘No!’ to your sinful desires? (Accept responses. It’s not easy. Even though we have been declared innocent we are not perfect yet. Each day we have to choose not to do the wrong thing and choose to do the right thing. And this can be very difficult.) ■ Did the Romans have to say ‘No!’ to their sinful desires on their own? (Accept responses. No they didn’t. God’s Spirit lived in them and he helped them to make the right choices.)

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» Connections Being one of Jesus’ followers who have been declared innocent means that we need to choose to do the right thing! We need to say ‘No!’ to the sinful things we might want to do and say ‘Yes!’ to the things we know God wants us to do because he’s saved us and we want to please him. ■ What are some examples of sinful things we need to say ‘No!’ to? (Accept responses. Ask the students to write their answers in the table in their Activity books. Lying, saying mean things, hurting others, disobeying our parents or school teachers, stealing, being jealous, and so on.) ■ What would be the choice in these situations that would please God? (Accept responses. Ask the students to write the alternative in the next column of the table in their Activity books, beside the sinful action. Telling the truth, speaking kindly, not being aggressive, listening to and obeying our parents and teachers, being generous, being thankful to God for what he’s given us, and so on.)

If Jesus has taken our punishment and we have been declared innocent, then we can’t keep living our sinful lives. If we are heading to heaven then the way we live now matters. But we don’t have to do this on our own. God has given us his Spirit to help us to live his way, which is the best way. I want you to think about one thing that you do that you know God wouldn’t like you to do. Now think about what you could do instead. Ask for volunteers to share their answers, have one ready yourself if your students aren’t confident enough to share these personal thoughts. In a minute I’m going to pray that the Spirit would help us to say ‘No!’ to this and to live the way God wants us to! Let’s pray.

» Concluding prayer Dear God, thank you that Jesus died on the cross to take away the punishment for our sin. Thank you that because he died in our place we can be declared innocent. We are sorry for the sinful things that we do. We think particularly of the thing we thought about just now. By your Bible icon Spirit, please help us to say ‘No!’ to our sinful desires and to live the way you wantBooks us to.icon Amen. Activity

Visual Aid icon Bible icon Direct students’ attention to

ActivityCD Books icon icon Lesson 15 in their Activity books. Students can listen to Now no Visual(track Aid icon Music condemnation 10)icon on CEP’s Upper Primary CD (Ben Pakula) while they complete their activities.CD iconWord icon

Music icon Maths & Logic icon Body icon Word icon Vision icon Maths &Space Logic&icon Interpersonal icon Body icon Space &Self Vision iconicon Interpersonal Natureicon icon Self iconBible Exploration icon Nature icon

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Bible icon Activity Books icon Visual Aid icon Bible icon

Activity CD icon Books icon

SINGING Bible icon

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Say no toActivity sin (track 5) on CEP’s Upper Primary CD Books icon Word icon CD icon (Ben Pakula).

Bible icon Visual Aid icon Supplementary suggested in Other Maths songs & Logicare icon Music icon resources at the start of the lesson. Activity Books icon CD icon Body icon Word icon

GOAL-MAKING CHART Visual Aid icon Music icon Space icon Maths & & Vision Logic icon

Ask the students to think of a goal they have. CD icon Interpersonal icon Word icon Bible icon Body icon Ask them then to make a chart that might lay out how theyMusic will need to live leading up to achieving icon Maths &Books Logic icon Activity Self icon Space & Vision icon that goal.

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MEMORY VERSE POSTER Maths Logic icon Space & Vision icon Bible Exploration icon CD Selficon icon

Ask the students to design Interpersonal icona poster to remind Body icon Music icon Nature icon verse for the term. them of the Memory

» teacher reflections

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» taking it further

■ Were students able to copy your Romans timeline easily into their Activity books? ■ Do all students have a good view of the front of the classroom from their desks?

» For next lesson ■ Next lesson includes an interview with the marathon runner Stavros Massoud from today’s lesson. There are a couple of ways that you could use this interview. You could ask a young sporty man from your church to come and play the part of Stavros, or you could ask a student to be the interviewer while you play the part of Stavros. Whatever way you do it, make sure the person playing Stavros knows their part well and understands what life might be like for a marathon runner.

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Ask the students to imagine what it might have Bibleicon Exploration icon Self icon Massoud been like Body for Stavros to win the Olympic gold medal for the marathon. What might he have Nature Space &icon Vision icon been thinking and feeling? What might he have done? Perhaps they could draw a picture of what Biblebeen Exploration icon first few moments Interpersonal icon it might have like in those after he won? Discuss what it might be like for God’s people when Jesus returns and they get to Self icon live forever in heaven with him.

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Read Galatians 5:13–26 and discuss how people who are guided by the Spirit should live and how they should not live.


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Media release It’s a proud day for Australians everywhere! Australian Stavros Massoud has just won the Olympic gold medal for the marathon. He ran into the stadium late yesterday afternoon 10 minutes ahead of the silver medallist, Christopher James. What an outstanding athlete! We knew he was the best in the field and he would always win this race but this result is just incredible!

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MaRathOn RunneR tiMeLine

The race

The finish line

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Thoughts from a marathon runner …

The first thing you need to consider is the commitment to training. The more you put in during the preparation period, the more you will get out during the event. It’s important to have a training guide or diary as it helps to ensure you are doing enough training but also gives you the structure to train well. It’s important to stick to the training schedul e as best you can, even when you aren’t in the mood to train—often the most beneficial training sessions are the ones you do when you can’t be bothered or that you would prefer to put off because you would rather do something else. It is also really motivating when you are training in the pouring rain/ freezing cold/late at night etc knowing that many people would have decided not to. The other thing with training, especially for marathons, is to increase the total mileage every week—that is, do a little more each week to improve your body’s ability to perform. To safely increase your mileage the rule is to increase your longest run by no more than 10% each week and to increase your total mileage by no more that 10% each week. Every 5–6 weeks you should reduce the volume in a week to allow your body to recover /rest. Throughout the training program there are a lot of times when you will need to sacrifice social events to train. I would attend some social events but go home early to ensure I was getting enough sleep. I also had to avoid certain activities when it got close to the race, i.e. I didn’t play soccer in case I got injured. With respect to diet, there are plenty of changes that need to be made including how often you eat—eat more regularly but less—and what you eat. You need to try to avoid acidic foods like onions and tomatoes because they affect digestion, and avoid eating within two hours of going to bed to ensure good quality sleep. While fat is a good source of energy, your body metabolises it at lower exercise intensity levels so it is important to get enough carbohydrates especially close to the event to ensure you get the right energy release during the event. Fresh fruit and vegies are a good source of vitamins and minerals so they are great for general good health. There are two main hardships when training for a marathon. The fi rst is physical. This is overcome through preparation. The second is mental. This is about self-talk and continuing to push when your body is telling you to stop. The most powerful self-talk is to visualise what success looks like and to keep heading towards it. There are heaps of other things but the key is discipline to train, commitment to work hard when training, as well as making sacrifices in the present to get the most out of the future.

Stavros’ runners

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