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connect Lower Primary B1

A Christian Education curriculum for children aged 7–9 years.

Contents For the teacher What you will find in each lesson Music, drama, PowerPoints and PDFs Curriculum stance Training and support Five circles of learning Connect icons

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Introduction—Who is Jesus? Lesson 1 Introducing … Luke 1—2:38 Lesson 2 Jesus is God’s Son Luke 2:39−52 Lesson 3 Jesus fulfils God’s promises Luke 4:14−30 Lesson 4 Peter follows Jesus Luke 5:1−11 Lesson 5 Jesus heals and forgives Luke 5:17−26 Lesson 6 Jesus commands the wind and the waves Luke 8:22−25 Lesson 7 Jesus has power over death and disease Luke 8:40−56 Lesson 8 Jesus knows the future Luke 9:18−22, 44b−45, 51 Lesson 9 God’s will be done Luke 22:39−53 Lesson 10 Resurrection—eternal life with God Luke 24; 1 Corinthians 15

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Introduction—God's big promises Lesson 11 God’s great grace Genesis 1–11 Lesson 12 Promises to Abraham Genesis 12:1–9 Lesson 13 Abraham has a son Genesis 15:1—18:15; 21:1–7 Lesson 14 God’s family grows Genesis 24 Lesson 15 Trust God, trust Jesus Genesis 25:19–34 Lesson 16 God is in control Genesis 27:1–40 Lesson 17 Joseph trusted God’s promises Genesis 29:31—30:24; 37 Lesson 18 Jesus saves Genesis 39–41 Lesson 19 God keeps his promises Genesis 41–50 Lesson 20 Mothers’ Union Australia Philippians 4:6–7

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Easter assembly

Luke 23–24


Special lesson



Coping with change




Teaching ideas Help with classroom management 218 Helpful teaching techniques 220 Teaching Memory verses 223 Is your class different? 226 Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 227 Understanding the student: the learning theory undergirding Connect 228 Using appropriate language in the (S)RE/RI class 230 What the Bible says about living as God’s friends 231 Christian Education outcomes 232






God’s great grace



Genesis 1–11

LESSON AIM ■■ To show students how the Bible explains that God is gracious and kind, even though people always want to live their own way.

LESSON OUTCOMES Students will learn about: ■■ the sin, consequences, grace pattern in Genesis 1–11 ■■ how the Bible describes God’s grace and kindness. Students will learn to: ■■ define sin, consequences and grace ■■ see that God loves people.

We remember that God created all things and his creation was very good (Genesis 1–2). However, the bliss did not last long. Soon Adam and Eve were led astray by Satan. They chose to ignore the command of their good God and King, rejecting him to follow their own desires (Genesis 3). This was the beginning of the disastrous downward spiral that is sin. Very quickly things went from bad to worse. Not only had death entered as a reality into human existence, but so had pride, envy, jealousy and even murder—brother killed brother (Genesis 4). Sin spread like a plague. The children of Cain were evil to their core (Genesis 4:17–24) and eventually, every thought and plan of the human heart was only evil all the time (Genesis 6:5). But despite the spread of sin God continued to be both just and gracious. As people sinned and faced the consequences of their sin in his judgement, God remained merciful and offered grace (see the table below).

MEMORY VERSE [God] doesn’t tell lies or change his mind. God always keeps his promises. Numbers 23:19 (CEV)

At the end of chapter 11, it seems that the pattern had been broken. Was God no longer being merciful and gracious to the people he had made? Genesis 12 provides the answer.

» Bible background This lesson sets the scene for the promises to Abraham in Genesis 12. To understand the promises properly, it is important to understand what happened before Genesis 12.

God’s grace to the world after Babel, scattering people throughout the whole world (Genesis 11:8–9), was that through Abraham the whole world would be blessed. This is the context in which we meet Abraham (Genesis 12).




Adam and Eve

Eating the fruit (Genesis 3:1–7)

The curses (Genesis 3:8–19)

Expulsion from the Garden and clothing (Genesis 3:20–24)

The world

Complete wickedness (Genesis 6:5)

Flood (Genesis 6–8)

Covenant with Noah—The rainbow (Genesis 9)

The Tower of Babel

Pride—Building a tower (Genesis 11:1–4)

Confusion of language and scattering (Genesis 11:5–9)

Let’s find out (Genesis 12)


✔✔ A CEV Bible ✔✔ Scissors and glue ✔✔ Visual aids on pages 114–119 of the Genesis 1–11 chart, Adam and Eve activity, The world activity, The Tower of Babel activity, Adam and Eve in the garden and Noah leaving the ark ✔✔ Adam and Eve in the garden and Noah leaving the ark from the Connect A1 Visual aid pack (optional) ✔✔ Coloured pencils ✔✔ Activity books ✔✔ Materials for Taking it further (optional)

OTHER RESOURCES If your lessons are longer than the standard, you may find the following resources useful.


» You will need


again and bring each group to the front of the classroom, one at a time, so they can write their answers on the larger Genesis 1–11 chart (you may choose to write the answers on the chart depending on time). ■■ If you choose not to use the Coloured Visual aids from the Connect A1 Visual aid pack then you will need to photocopy and enlarge the Visual aids on pages 118–119 of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and Noah leaving the ark.

» Teacher’s prayer Thank God for his precious word, the Bible. Thank him for his plan to bring eternal life to those who trust and follow his Son, Jesus. Pray for your own organisation and enthusiasm this term as you seek to bring all glory to Jesus.

■■ The one and only God (track 14) on Colin Buchanan’s Live in the Big Tent album or (track 20) on Colin’s Favourites album. ■■ Revise a favourite song from Term 1.

BEFORE YOU START ■■ If you intend to use an interactive whiteboard, review the PowerPoint slides for this lesson (see page 6 of this manual). ■■ You may like to talk briefly about the rules for the classroom from the beginning of last term to remind students what kinds of behaviour are expected in your Scripture class. ■■ You will need to photocopy and enlarge the Visual aid on page 114 of the Genesis 1–11 chart.




■■ Form the students into three groups. You will need to photocopy Adam and Eve activity, The world activity and The Tower of Babel activity and give one to each group. Students should read the paragraphs and then choose which rectangles to glue in the blank spots. After each group has put the text under the correct headings, bring the class together




» Way in Welcome back from your holidays everyone! ■■ Can everyone think of one sentence to describe one fun thing you did in the holidays? (Accept responses.) ■■ And who can remember one thing we learned last term? (Accept responses.)

When the group who worked on Adam and Visual Aid icon Eve come to the front of the classroom to write their answers, display the Visual aid CD icon on page 118 or the Coloured Visual aid of Adam and Eve in the garden.

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Well done. What great memories you all have!

When the group who worked on The world come to the front of the classroom to write their icon answers, Word display the Visual aid on page 119 or the Coloured Visual aid of Noah leaving the ark.

Well, today we are going to read from the very beginning of the Bible.

Note that there is no Visual aid to display for The Tower of Babel group presentation.

Open your CEV Bible and show students Bible icon Genesis 1.



the interactive whiteboard you can use the special Biblewrite iconon the board and use the markers that PowerPoint slide provided (see page 6 for more Activity Books icon information).

This wasActivity a long time Booksbefore icon Jesus, thousands of years ago. You might remember some of what we are going to talk about from last Visual Aid icon year. But as we will find out, the whole Bible is about God’s promises to us and about Jesus. CD started! icon So let’s get

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■■ What pattern can you see that has formed icon on ourSelf chart? (Accept responses. It is the sin, consequences, grace Nature pattern.)icon ■■ Who can tell me what sin is? Bible Exploration icon (Accept responses. Sin is when people live their own way and not God’s way. They ignore God.) ■■ Who can give me an example of consequences from our chart? (Accept responses. One example is that Adam and Eve didn’t listen to God and ate the fruit that God commanded them not to eat. So God made them leave the Garden of Eden, and Adam would struggle to grow food.) ■■ What do you think grace means? (Accept responses. Grace is God’s kindness to his friends, even when they don’t deserve it. Although people do the wrong thing and ignore God sometimes, he is kind and remains the friend of anyone who trusts and follows Jesus.) ■■ How do you feel about the fact that even though no-one is perfect, God is still kind? (Accept responses. Link this to some of the teaching from Term 1 about Jesus.) We saw people being disobedient in our lesson today but God kept being kind because he loves his people so much. But we haven’t yet seen how God was kind after the Tower of Babel event. We’ll have to wait until next lesson to find out more about God’s grace and love.


Music icon Maths & Logic icon CD icon Bible icon

The solution to the Visual Aid puzzle icon activity is: GOD DOESN’T TELL LIES OR CHANGE HIS MIND. CD icon GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES. Music icon NUMBERS 23:19 (CEV) This is how Christians talk to God. If you would Word icon like to pray with me please join me. If you don’t then please lower youricon head so we don’t get Maths & Logic distracted while praying this short prayer.

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Dear God, thank you that even though we icon your kindness and are notInterpersonal perfect you show love to us in Jesus. Thank you that the Bible tells usSelf thaticon you sent Jesus to die on the cross for people’s sin and by trusting him peopleNature can live with you forever. Amen. icon

ILLUSTRATE Maths & Logic icon


Ask students to open their Activity books Activity Books icon to Lesson 11 and complete the activities.

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Students Body couldicon look at the Interpersonal iconchart from this lesson and choose either Adamicon and Eve, The world or Maths & Logic The Tower of Babel. They could then draw and Space & Vision icon Self icon colour a picture to represent those events. Body icon

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Students Nature could take icontime to think about, and then either write Selfdown icon or discuss, how they feel about God’s love and grace towards them.

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Read Genesis 9:1, 7 and explain that God says this to Noah after the great flood. Now ask students to read Genesis 11:1–4 and guide a discussion focusing on what God commanded and how the people responded. How might this passage be a warning of how not to respond to God?

Bible Exploration icon Bible icon Activity Books icon

» Taking it further Visual Aid icon Bible icon CD icon


Music icon Activity Books icon

God is better than the footy (track 4) on CEP’s Visual Aid icon Word icon Connect B1 Lower Primary Music and Drama CD. Supplementary songs suggested in Other Maths & Logicare icon CD icon resources at the start of the lesson.

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DEFINITIONS Space & Vision icon Word icon

Lead the Interpersonal class in a discussion icon about what the Maths & Logic icon following words mean: sin, grace, love.

» Teacher reflections ■■ Were the students able to work well in their groups? Were you accessible during group work time? ■■ Did the students begin to grasp the concept of grace?

» For next lesson ■■ You will need to photocopy some Visual aids.

Students Body could then write biblical definitions of Self icon icon each word.

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Grace Consequences

The Tower of Babel

The world

Adam & Eve

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ADAM AND EVE God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful garden to live. They were never hungry or uncomfortable. God gave them one command and that command was that they were not allowed to eat from one of the trees in the garden. This tree had the power to let them know the difference between right and wrong. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit from this tree. Then they realised they were naked and hid from God. After this God said that the woman would be in pain when she had children and would experience trouble with her husband. God said that the man would struggle to grow food and would struggle to earn a living. But God still loved his creation so he made clothes for Adam and Eve now that they realised they were naked and also sent them away from the garden. This was so they wouldn’t eat from the tree that would let them live forever.




Adam & Eve

Consequences for the woman and the man

Eating from the fruit tree that God said not to eat from

God gave them clothes and kept them from eating from the tree that would let them live forever

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THE WORLD After Adam and Eve had many children, and they had their own children, there were many people on the earth. But these people didn’t love or follow God. They were very bad and every thought they had and every plan they hatched was against God. So God brought a flood to the earth and wiped out all the people, animals, birds and reptiles that weren’t on the ark. But God saved Noah and his family. They weren’t perfect but they loved God and wanted to live his way. Noah built an ark and when the rain came God shut the ark and kept everyone on board safe while it rained for 40 days. Then God put the first rainbow in the sky and promised Noah that he would never again flood the earth. He also blessed Noah so that he would have lots of children and his children would have lots of children, so that there would be people everywhere in the world.




The world

Promise to Noah— The Rainbow

Complete wickedness


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THE TOWER OF BABEL After God promised Noah he would never flood the earth again, Noah and his family grew and grew until the world had lots of people. Some of these people settled in a place called Babylon and forgot about God. They thought they were the most important and the best— they were very proud. They decided to build a tower that reached to the sky so they would be famous and so everyone could live together and not be scattered on the earth, even though God had said to have children and fill the earth. So God came down to the people and confused them by making them speak different languages. They couldn’t understand each other and had to stop building the tower. And God scattered those people all over the earth.




The Tower of Babel

Confusion of language and scattering

Pride— building a tower

Let’s find out next lesson

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Connect B1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual  

A sample from the Revised 2018 Connect B1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual.

Connect B1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual  

A sample from the Revised 2018 Connect B1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual.