Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

Holy Spirit Lesson Plan: Wind

The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult person of the Trinity to explain to young people. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. They are at least able to wrap their minds around God the Father, even if their concept of him is as an old man with a white beard.

Teaching about the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is a little bit more challenging.

My co-catechist, Tim Will from the Alliance for Catholic Education, came up with a great Holy Spirit lesson. The kids had fun and they came to understand a key concept about the Holy Spirit:

Even though we cannot see the Holy Spirit, he is present around us just like the wind. And, just like the wind pushes a leaf through the air, the Holy Spirit guides us through life.

If you have a lesson about the Holy Spirit coming up, try this. Here is an abbreviated form of the lesson we gave to our students.

Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

Lesson Objectives

SWBAT identify the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity.
SWBAT explain that the Holy Spirit helps and guides us.

Lesson Activities and Text

1. Pull up the Paper Toss Game on the SMARTBoard. 

The purpose of the game is to toss a paper ball into a trash can. (Find the game online here.) The challenge, however, is to play the wind. A fan is blowing at various strengths for each shot and you must toss the paper at an angle to get it in the trash can.

Holy Spirit Game

The Paper Toss (Holy Spirit) Game

2. Invite a few volunteers to play the game. 

Pick a few students to come to the board to play the game. Pick the students who sit quietly with attentiveness. Give each student a few tries each to get the ball in the can.

3. Class Presentation & Discussion 

Ask the students:

  • Why was it so difficult to get the ball in the trash can? (Because the fan blew the ball out of the way.)
  • Can you see the wind coming out of the fan? (No.)
  • How do you know the wind is there? (It is blowing the paper.)
  • When you go outside on a windy day, can you see the wind? (No.)
  • How do you know the wind is blowing? (You either feel it or see it blowing things around.)

Make the connection between the Holy Spirit and the wind. Explain:

The Holy Spirit is a lot like the wind coming from a fan or the wind outside on a windy day. Even though we cannot see it, it is there. Just like the wind from the fan moved the paper, the Holy Spirit moves us. The Holy Spirit guides us and helps us when we need to make important choices. Sometimes we can feel the Spirit moving us in our hearts, just like we can feel the wind against our bodies.

4. Read Scripture 

There are a few different Scripture passages that describe the Holy Spirit as the wind: Acts 2:2, John 3:8, and John 20:22.

“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:8

Read these Scripture passages with the students and have them make connections between the wind and the Holy Spirit.

5. Assessment: Exit Card 

Pass out index cards to each student as an “exit card.”

On one side have them draw a picture of the Holy Spirit.

On the other side, have them write what the Holy Spirit does.

You are checking to make sure they drew a picture of the wind, but if they draw a picture of tongues of fire or a dove too that is ok. On the other side you want to make sure they explain how the Holy Spirit guides us.

Additional Holy Spirit Lesson Resources

Holy Spirit Worksheets 

There are a some worksheets to help teach about the Trinity and the Holy Spirit available for premium members. Or, if you are not a member, click on the image below to download three worksheets to help you teach about the Trinity, Holy Spirit, and Pentecost:

Holy Spirit Worksheets

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Holy Spirit Video 

Also, if you would like to teach the students about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, feel free to show them this popular video about the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

 

And here is the 7 Gifts of the Spirit lesson plan to go with it.

A BIG shout out to Tim Will for this amazing lesson on the Holy Spirit! You can find him at the Alliance for Catholic Education website.

 

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Comments

  1. Jeanne says:

    We used magnets (found the idea on Pinterest) – 2 identical large horseshoe magnets – one was the Father, one was the Son – they were “one” (when joined together) but they were “two” when not together – we demonstrated the magnetic force that kept them apart to identify the Holy Spirit: you can’t see it, but it’s a force: the Holy Spirit of God the Father and God the Son. It was a good visual for my 3-4-5th grade students.

  2. Sandra Rankin says:

    Is it possible to download the videos for each class and how do I go about that?

  3. Margaret Murray says:

    I will try this with my 10’s tomorrow! Thanks, and God bless you all!