Tuesday, May 17, 2011

LRH: Good Sportsmanship Lesson Plan - Lesson 1

Several years ago I taught a class on good sportsmanship at the For His Glory homeschool co-op.  This lesson plan could be used for a Sunday School class, small group, homeschool or just about any group of kids!

Lesson 1: It’s just a game … does Christian Character matter?

Devotional Text:
1 Peter 3:15  Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. … Give a kind and respectful answer and keep your conscience clear. This way you will make people ashamed for saying bad things about your good conduct as a follower of Christ. You are better off to obey God and suffer for doing right than to suffer for doing wrong. (CEV)

Memory Verse::
1 Peter 3:15 Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life.

Abiding by the Rules – Why is it important?

  • We are to honor Christ in everything that we do.  Following the rules is one way to honor God
  • The 10 Commandments tell us that God thinks that rules are important – and rules are good!  How else would we know how to play the games?
Teamwork & Following Directions
  • Many games require teamwork – working together.  It is important to be able to talk to your teammates, and more important, to be able to listen to them!
  • Just like rules are important, following the directions is important too!  Many times there is someone who is older, or who has played a game more often, who can help you to understand the rules.  It is important to listen to them and follow their directions.  I am going to be this person for our class time.  It is important that you listen to me and follow my directions, so that everyone can have fun and learn how to play lots of new games!
I printed several copies of the "Dot Game", like this one from Mom's Minivan (a great resource for road-trips!)  Review the rules, ask if the kids have any questions and have fun!

Next lesson: Sportsmanship and Losing

If you have a Kindle you can get the game for free here:

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