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Ash Wednesday Lesson Plan Objectives and Assessments
- Students will be able to (SWBAT) explain that ashes were used as a sign of repentance in the Old Testament.
- SWBAT explain why we wear ashes on Ash Wednesday.
- SWBAT make connections between what they decide to give up for Lent and the meaning of ashes on Ash Wednesday.
- Students will feel (SWF) determined to live out their Lenten commitments.
Ash Wednesday Learning Activities
1. Bell Work: Make a list of the things that you have in your life that you are thankful for (i.e. your iPod, your cell phone, your computer, your video game system, your new shoes, your favorite dress, etc.)
2. Prayer: Read the Ash Wednesday Psalm as a class. Announce the response, “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned,” and read Psalm 51 from the USCCB website.
3. Hook: Read aloud the story of Jonah and the city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-10). Ask students, “What were the signs that the people of Nineveh used to show their repentance?”
Ash Wednesday Worksheet: From Ash Wednesday to Easter. Give students some time to write about what they have decided to give up for Lent this year. Remind them that we often desire things (even good things) that will one day become dust and ashes. We give things up for Lent to remember that all we have is a gift from God and that being with God and following his will should be our greatest desire.
7. Proof: Ash Wednesday Quiz
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