ABC, I Believe

The Letter C

Scaredy Cat
(A Little Lion Learns about Courage)
Written by Carolyn Warvel

Bible Reference: Isaiah 41:10a

Printable Bible Verse Cards -  (Younger children) Print out onto card stock, write the Bible verse on the cards and make copies. KJV Cards, NIV Cards, Blank Cards (Printing Problems?)

Dictionary word: (Older Children)

Courage - The state of mind that enables one to face danger or fear with confidence and bravery.

Teaching Concept:  Children learn about how to overcome fear through this make-believe story about a little, scaredy-cat lion that meets Daniel in the lion's den.


Getting Connected - The Lesson

You can use the following story as an introduction to the story of Daniel and then read your children the story of Daniel from a children's Bible. Tell your children that you have a special story for them about a little lion called Scaredy Cat. It isn't a true story, but we can learn something very important from it.

Scaredy Cat

It was especially dark and cold in the pit this evening. The pit lions were not in a good mood. It had been many days since they had been fed. One particularly big lion called Bruno was tossing and turning trying to get comfortable, but his stomach was growling louder than he ever could with his mouth. "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!" he whined. Another lion that wasn't as big as Bruno but was just as mean grumbled, "I'm so hungry I could eat you!" Oh, quit whining, I'm tired of listening to you guys. All you do is whine," said another lion. "Besides, I heard that we just might be getting some dinner tonight." "You did?" Bruno asked hopefully. "Yep, I heard the King's men talking. They said that they tricked the king into making a new law. A law that says that if anyone prays to anyone but the King, himself, that he would be thrown in the lion's den. And you know what that means."

"No, what does that mean?" asked Leo, a not so bright lion." That means that we will soon be fed dinner. Everyone knows about Daniel. You can see him praying every morning and afternoon and evening on the roof of his house. He says that his god is the one and only God. There is no way he is going to pray to the king. So, if he prays this evening like he always does, that means we get dinner! Well, we'll know soon enough."

Not long after that the lions heard the clanking of the pit door. It opened slowly and then a man was thrown down into the pit with them. The lions gave out a roar so loud that it would have scared the pants off of anyone, but not Daniel. Daniel just stood there and stared at the lions. The big hungry lions opened their months and came closer to Daniel, but Daniel didn't try to run or cower away. He just bowed his head and prayed like he always did when things weren't going good. The lions didn't know what to make of this. They never saw anyone act like this before. But that didn't stop them; they inched forward. But something amazing happened when they tried to roar again, they couldn't open their mouths. They were clamped closed tighter than a lid on a Tupperware container. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get them opened. Now the lions were scared. They ran away and hid in a corner of the pit.

That's when Daniel heard it, a tiny cry like a kitten coming from another corner of the pit. Daniel walked over to the corner. When he got a little closer he saw a tiny lion cub cowering in the dark corner behind some rocks. Daniel spoke softly to the little lion, "It's okay, little fellow. You don't have to be afraid. I won't hurt you." The little lion liked the sound of Daniel's voice. It was very soothing. Daniel spoke again. "What's your name little lion?" The little lion answered him between sobs, "They call me Scaredy Cat." "Why do they call you Scaredy Cat? That isn't a very nice name to call someone?" The little lion answered, "Because I'm afraid of everything." "Everything, nobody is afraid of everything," said Daniel. "I am, I'm afraid of everything." "Like what" asked Daniel? "Well, I'm afraid of the dark, and being alone, and people, and other lions, and mice, and spiders, and dirt, and the clouds falling on me, and getting hurt, and getting lost, and monsters, and snakes, and . . ." "Oh, that is a lot of things to be afraid of, but that isn't everything."

Then the little lion asked, "How come you weren't afraid of the big hungry lions? Everyone is afraid of them." Daniel answered, "Because I knew God was with me. He has helped me before and I knew he would help me now. You see God is my special friend. I can talk to him anytime of the day because he is always with me. Whenever I am scared or confused, I just stop and pray and he comforts me. I have learned to trust him over the years."

"Were you always this way?" asked the little lion. Daniel answered, "Oh, no, not always. I was once little like you. I had many fears, but I learned that God loves me and that no matter what happens he will be with me." You see, little lion, the more you get to know God, the more you understand how much he really loves you. And when you understand that, you understand that God will always be with you, no matter what happens.

This made the little lion feel much better. Daniel talked to the little lion all night and told him all about his God and how loving he was. When morning came the big door opened with a moan. The king, himself, peeked through the door. He yelled, "Daniel, Daniel, are you down there?" Daniel yelled back, "Yes, King Darius, I'm still here." God has protected me from the mouths of the lions." The King was so happy! He gave Daniel a great big hug and helped him out of the pit. Daniel looked back as he was about to leave. He yelled down to the little lion, "Remember, God loves you and will take care of you." The little lion wasn't so scared anymore. He looked over to the other corner and the big, hungry lions were still cowered in the corner with their mouths closed. Somehow this made the little lion feel even better.

Discussion:

Have you ever felt like this little lion? All of us are afraid of things sometimes, aren't we? Scaredy Cat had lot of fears, didn't he? (Let your children share their thoughts.) You may even want to share what you were afraid of when you were little and how you learned to trust God to take care of you more and more as you grew older and learned to know God better and better.

Alternative Lesson:

Daniel Shows Courage

Preparation: Set the mood for this story by turning off the lights. If you have any lion stuffed animals bring them to class and set them around the room. (You will find some great ideas in the comments section of how you can set up your room to look like a lion’s den and get the children into the mood.)

Have you ever been afraid? We have all been afraid sometimes. Today you will learn about a man who had many reasons to be afraid and how he learned to overcome his fears.

I will need your help with this story. Who knows what a lion sounds like? Can someone give me a great big roar? Now what would a hungry lion sound like? He would be even louder, wouldn't he? In our story today, there are some very hungry lions. I need you to help me tell the story. Every time I say, "lions" I would like you to make your best "hungry-lion roars".

Open your Bible to Daniel 6. Tell the children that this story comes from the book of Daniel and is about a man named Daniel.

Daniel was a good man. When he was very young his parents taught him from the Bible the right things to do. He learned how to pray and worship God and he followed all the laws. He learned that he didn't have to be afraid of things like people who could hurt him, being alone in the dark, spiders, or wild animals like hungry lions (Roar) because God cared about him and was watching over him.

When he was just a young man, he was taken away from his family and made a servant in a new country. He had heard that the king of this new land owned a whole bunch of lions. (Roar) And whenever someone broke the law, they would be thrown into a pit with the hungry lions. (Roar) But this didn't scare Daniel.

In this new land Daniel had to work very hard for someone else, but that didn't make him angry and bitter. He knew that God had a plan for his life. He did the best he could do in everything they gave him to do.

The new king of the land heard about Daniel. Everyone told him how wise he was and how his God had given him special abilities to interpret dreams. The new king liked Daniel so much that he made him a boss over many of his men.

Now there were some bad men who didn't like this at all. They were very jealous of Daniel and didn't want him to boss them around. They hated him so much they wished they could throw him into the pit of hungry lions. (Roar) They knew they couldn't get Daniel to do something wrong so that the king would throw him into the pit of hungry lions. (Roar)

They knew that the only way they would get the king to throw Daniel into the pit of hungry lions (Roar) would be by tricking the king in to doing it.

And that is exactly what they did. They thought of a way to trick the king into throwing Daniel into the pit of hungry lions.(Roar) They remembered how Daniel had told them about his God. He said that his God was the one and only God, and that it was wrong to pray to anyone or anything beside the one and only God. This gave the bad men an idea. They went to the king and told him how great he was and that everyone in the whole kingdom should be worshipping him and not all the other Gods they were worshipping. The king thought that sounded pretty good so he made a law that no one could pray to any God for thirty days. Everyone in the kingdom had to pray to him.

Of course, Daniel would never do that. That night the bad men caught Daniel praying to his God just like he did every night. They took him to the king. The king was very sad to see that Daniel had broken the law. He didn't want Daniel to be thrown into the pit of hungry lions. (Roar) But he couldn't change the law now. He had to do what the law said.

Daniel was taken to the pit of hungry lions (Roar). They opened the door to the pit of hungry lions (Roar) and threw Daniel in. The hungry lions roared (Roar) and showed their sharp teeth, but Daniel wasn't afraid. He knew God was with him. The hungry lions (Roar) came closer. Daniel closed his eyes and prayed. The lions had stopped roaring!! It was a miracle. When he opened his eyes he saw the most amazing thing. Some angels were holding the lion's mouths closed. God had protected Daniel from the lions.

The next morning the king ran to the pit and had the door opened. He yelled down to Daniel, "Daniel, are you alive? Did your God save you?" Daniel called back, "Yes, God sent his angel and saved me from the hungry lions!" The king was so glad to hear that. He had some men help Daniel out of the pit. That very day the king made a new law. It said that everyone must worship Daniel's god.


Prayer

Dear God, Help us to learn to trust you more and more each day. Help us to be aware of your love and kindness for us. We know that your love is perfect and we don't need to be afraid.


Staying Connected

1. Review the Bible verse - To make your own game print out the blank spinner pattern (make two copies), cut them out, and glue them together. Print out the cat spinner pattern and cut it out. Place a small bead in the middle of the spinner circle, then place the cat spinner over the bead matching up the center dot with the bead. Insert a straight pin that has a big head into the cat spinner and through the bead. Bend the pin on the bottom so that it doesn't come out. (The cat spinner pattern also includes the mouse and cat game pieces and an elephant spinner to be used with the "Pink Elephant" lesson. (Printing Problems?)

Print the Bible verse on the spinner. You will have to put some words together to fit the whole verse on the spinner. For example you can print it out like this: Fear thou not - for I - am with - thee - be not - dismayed - for I am - thy God.
If you have preschool children you can shorten the verse to: "Fear thou not for I am with thee."

2. Review the story by playing “Spin the Lion” game - Before class make the lion craft pictured with paper plates. Go the crafts page for directions. Make up some cards with questions about the story written on them.  Add some cards with activities written on them such as “Roar like a lion”, “Walk around the outside of the circle acting like a lion”, etc.  Have the children sit in a circle around the lion. The teacher will spin the lion.  The child who is directly in line with the lion’s face has to answer a question or do something that is written on the cards.  If you would like, you can place the cards in the lion’s mouth and clip them on with a paper clip or clothes pin and have the children remove one card when it is their turn.

If you don't want to make the lion paper plate spinner, you can use a paper lion spinner. Print out the pattern onto card stock and color it. Cut it out and punch a hole in the middle. Use a paper fastener to attach to another piece of cardboard or use a thumbtack and stick it to a box. (This pattern also contains a pattern for the "Pink Elephant?" lesson. (Printing Problems?)

3. Make a Scaredy Cat Book - This little book is in the shape of a lion. The tail is made from yarn. Children can print Bible verses inside that will help them not to be scared. Print out the cover pattern and cut them out. Use the cover to trace a back cover and pages. Staple them together at the top of the head. 1 John 1: 5, Psalm 27: 1, 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 46:1-3, I John 4:18, and Hebrews 13:6 (Printing Problems?)

Your child could also use this little book for a prayer book. Help him come up with a prayer he can pray when he is scared.

(If you use this book in another way, I would love to hear how you use it. I will add it to the list of ideas and add a week to your subscription. I would love to hear from you.)

Other Ideas:

I'm going to be making the prayer book with the kids, but because they are so young and do not know how to write yet, instead of a prayer, they will draw pictures of the things they're afraid of that they would like Jesus to help them with, then they can share with the class and each child will be prayed for. Mindy Carlough

4. Memory verse scramble - Print out the cat paw prints Pattern and cut out the paw print on the dotted lines. Write one word on the memory verse on each paw print. Make a set for each child. Mix up the paw prints in each set of cards and give a set to each child. On the word "go" the children should try to place the paw prints in order as fast as they can to spell out the memory verse. The child who finishes first wins. If you have only one child, keep track of how long it take him to put the words in order. See if he can beat his time the second time around. Challenge him to do it even faster each time. (Printing Problems?)

5. Play a Bible verse review game - Use the lion beanbag in the Arts Section below or a stuffed animal to play a "Hot Potato" game. Play some music while your children stand in a circle and toss the beanbag around the circle. The child holding the beanbag when the music stops has to say the Bible verse. Keep playing until all the children have had a chance to say the verse. (Printing Problems?)


Penmanship

1. Practice printing and writing - Your child should practice the same worksheet for several days. This will not only help with his writing, but will help him remember the Bible verse. On the third or fourth day, your child should draw his own picture relating to the Bible verse and then write the letter, word, or Bible verse on the bottom of the page. On the fifth day, your child should try to write or say the letter, word, or verse from memory.

King James Version with Printing Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian Fonts

1. Tracing dotted letters - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

2. Printing using arrows - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

3. Cursive writing letter C - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

4. Cursive writing Bible Verse - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

5. Printing the whole Bible Verse - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

6. Print the word "cat" - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

7. Letter C Poster - Use this sheet to hang up in your room to make a whole collection of the letters with the Bible verse and related animal. Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

New International Version with Printing D'Nealian Fonts

1. Tracing dotted letters - NIV - D'Nealian

2. Printing using arrows - NIV - D'Nealian

3. Cursive writing the letter - NIV - D'Nealian

4. Cursive writing Bible Verse - NIV - D'Nealian

5. Printing the whole Bible Verse - NIV - D'Nelian

6. Print the word - NIV - D'Nealian

7. Poster - NIV - D'Nealian

Printing Problems? Click here

 


Art

1. Make a stuffed lion. For this craft you can use a gift bad or a plastic sandwich bag filled with yellow pompom balls or wadded up tissue paper. Go to Craft Page 19 for a pattern and directions for this craft.

2. Make a lion face with a noodle mane. This craft just used noodles glued to paper. I bought these noodles at Wild Oats (a health food store). Go to crafts page for a pattern and directions for this craft.

3. Make a Scaredy Cat Puppet and act out the story - Go to the crafts page for a pattern and directions for this craft.

 

4. Make a Lion Paper bag Puppet -

What you will need: Brown paper bags, orange and tan paper, glue, scissors, and crayons.

What to do:

1. Print out the patterns and cut them out.

Lion's face and hands - You can print these out onto tan paper or print them out on white paper and have your children color them.
Lion's mane - You can print these out onto orange paper or have your children color them.
Lion's mane lower - There are patterns to make two lion's manes on this page so you only have to print out half as many patterns.
Lion's mouth - Print out onto white paper. There are two mouths on this pattern so you only have to print half as many patterns. (Printing Problems?)

2. In class have your children color the patterns and glue them onto the lion as shown in the picture.

5. Learn how to draw a cat step-by-step - Go to Uncle Fred's web site.

6. Make a lion beanbag - (This is a great craft to teach your child how to sew, but you can also use a glue gun if you want to make it quickly.) Cut two five-inch circles and two 1.5" circles for the ears from yellow/orange or tan felt. (You can use this part of the craft to teach your child how to draw circles using a compass.) Glue or sew the ears to one of the five-inch circles as shown in the picture. Cut long strips of orange felt two inches wide. Cut slits in the strips for the mane as shown in the picture. Glue or sew the mane to the outside of the circle with the ears. Glue the other five-inch circle onto the piece with the mane and ears leaving a small opening. Fill the bag with rice or beans and glue or sew it closed.

 


God's Wonderful Creation - Science

1. Visit your local zoo if they have lions.

2. Learn more about lions online or get books from the library about lions at National Geographic Kids - http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature/Lion

3. Compare lions to house cats. See how many differences you can come up with.

4. Cat Body Language - People communicate with other people by talking. How do cats talk to each other? Cats use their voices, tails, eyes, and ears to tell people and other animals how they are feeling and what they want. Here is a quick guide to some “Kitty body language.”            

 

Arched back - Cat is scared and wants to look big 
Ears flat - Indicates anger or suspicion           

Eyes half-closed - Dreamy contentment           

Head bumping - A territorial marker and a greeting           

Kneading paws - A sign of affection and trust           

Rubbing - The cat’s way of saying “I own this.”           

Swatting with paw - Playful or aggressive           

Tail fluffed - Sure sign of fright           

Tail lashing - Playfulness or Anger           

Whiskers forward - Curiosity 

 

After talking about the cat body language signs above, do one of the following activities: 

  1. Gather twelve index cards or pieces of paper. Divide the cards into two sets of six cards each. Write the following six words on both sets of cards: happy, sleepy, mad, scared, excited, and bored. Shuffle each set of cards. Pair your children up and give one set to each child. Have one child of the pair pick a card and by using only his/her face, have them act out the emotion. When the teammate has a guess, he/she should pull out that card from their pile and show it. Do they match?
  2. After giving each child a chance to do the game above, make it a bit more difficult. Tie a bandana loosely over one member of the pair’s face. Now have them act out an emotion by using only their body, and not their face. Was this easier or harder

5. Left or Right? - Only about one in ten humans is left handed, but with animals, being left-pawed is much more common. Give each child the opportunity to work with his or her not-so-dominate hand. Have them color, eat, pick up toys, etc. with the hand they normally would not use. How does their name look? Can they eat well or is it hard to eat?

 


Fun With Numbers

Kindergarten - First Grade

1. Ordinal Numbers - Print out cat paw prints and write the ordinal numbers on the prints. Place them on the floor in random order. Have you child place them in a row in order.

Preschool - Third Grade

2. Cat and Mouse Math Games - (Review) This game can be used to review many different things depending on your child's level. To make your own game print out the blank spinner pattern (make two copies), cut them out, and glue them together. Print out the cat spinner pattern and cut it out. Place a small bead in the middle of the spinner circle, then place the cat spinner over the bead matching up the center dot with the bead. Insert a straight pin that has a big head into the cat spinner and through the bead. Bend the pin on the bottom so that it doesn't come out. (The cat spinner pattern also includes the mouse and cat game pieces and an elephant spinner to be used with the "Pink Elephant" lesson.

Print out the blank game board, cut the strips apart, and glue them together. (Printing Problems?)

To play, decide who will be the mouse and who will be the cat. The mouse gets to spin first and take three turns at the beginning to give him a head start. Play continues with each player taking a turn and moving his game piece to the nearest number on the number strip. If the cat catches up with the mouse, the cat wins. If the cat lands on the same space as the mouse, but the mouse is on one of the spaces with a mouse hole, the mouse is safe. Play until the mouse reaches the end or the cat catches the mouse. Following are some ideas you can use to make a game.

A. Place value - Write the place values your child is learning on the spinner: ones, tens, hundreds, etc. Write numbers on the game strip that have different place values. For example, if your child spins "ten", he should place his game piece on the nearest number that has the first digit of the number in the tens place.

B. Odd and Even numbers - Write the words odd and even on the spinner. Write numbers, both odd and even, on the game strip. If someone spins "odd", he places his markers on the nearest odd number and then read the number.

C. Roman Numerals - Write numbers on the spinner that would correspond to Roman Numerals written on the game strip.

D. Review Math facts - Write math facts on the spinner without the answers (don't use more than 6 facts.) Write the answers on the game strip. You can write "Spin Again" and "Lose a Turn" in the other space in the extra spaces.

3. Tracking Numbers - Print out about five copies of the cat paw prints Pattern and cut out the paws on the dotted lines. Write numbers, addition facts, multiplication fact, etc. on the paws and then place them on the floor leading to a reward in another room. Your child should follow the paw prints, saying the numbers or the solution to the math fact written on the paw prints as he goes. If he doesn't know a number or solution, tell him what it is, and have him repeat it several times. He should then go back to the beginning to start again. Keep playing until your child can follow the prints all the way to the end where he can collect his reward. (Printing Problems?)

4. Patterns - Print out about six copies of the cat paw prints Pattern and cut out the paws on the dotted lines. If you have younger children print the paws on different colors of paper or color them different colors. Show your child how you can make a pattern with the paws. Start with a simple pattern such as: blue paw, red paw, blue paw, and red paw. Keep adding to the pattern until he gets the idea. Start some new patterns and see if he can finish them. Then let him come up with his own patterns. Use more complicated patterns with older children. Add shapes or numbers to the paws, and use addition, subtraction, and multiplication patterns. Let you children set up patterns to try to stump you. (Printing Problems?)

5. Review math facts - Have your children stand in a circle. Throw the lion beanbag to one of the children while you say a math problem. The child who catches the beanbag must tell the answer and then throw the beanbag back as fast as he can. If he says the wrong answer or doesn't know the answer, he throws the beanbag to another child who tries. If that child knows the answer, he throws it back to the teacher. (Printing Problems?)

6. Review math facts craft - Give each child a small paper plate and tell them to draw a lion's face on it. When they are finished, give them strips of orange construction paper. Tell them to write the math facts they are learning on the strips of paper. If they wrote them correctly, they can then glue them onto the lion's face that they created.

First - Third Grade

7. Design a King’s Castles - Explain to your children that kings, like King Dairus, usually lived in castles. Tell your children to draw a castle; however, give them the measurements to use. For example, say, “Draw a door on your castle that is three inches high and one inch across.” Continue giving them measurements for windows, towers, or even a fence. Use harder measurements for older children. Post all pictures on a bulletin board with the title “Homes Designed For A King.”

8. Measuring and graphing - You will need a beanbag, measuring tape, pencil, and a piece of paper. Make a graph on your paper; one side should be the numbered throws and the other should be the distance in feet. Have you child stand at a start line and throw the lion beanbag. Use your measuring tape to measure how far it was thrown to the nearest foot. Graph the throw on the piece of paper. Have your child throw it ten different times and mark it on the graph each time. Older children can graph their own or their sibling's throws. When the graph is complete, discuss which throw was the farthest, which was the shortest, did your child improve with practice, etc.


Fun With Letters and Words

Preschool - Kindergarten

1. Decorate the letter "C" - Print out the letter "C" pattern, cut it out, and have your child decorate the letter. Here are some ideas to decorate the letter: (Printing Problems?)

1. Look for pictures that start with the "c" sound, cut them out, and glue them to the letter.
2. Look for pictures of cats, cut them out and glue them to the letter.
3. Decorate it with lion stickers.
4. Print out the letter on to card stock (heavy paper), punch holes all around the outside of the letter, and have your child lace some yarn through the holes around the outside and back through another hole all the way around the letter.

2. Rescue the Picture - You will need a lion puppet for this activity. You can use the paper bag puppet or other animal puppet if you don't have a lion puppet. You will also need some pictures of different objects that will fit in the lion's mouth. You can glue the pictures onto sticky notes or place rolled up tape on the back so they don't fall out of the lion's mouth when it opens it. Tell your child that the lion is very hungry and it will eat almost anything, even little kid's fingers. Show your child what the lion has in its mouth by opening the mouth of the lion. Ask your child if he knows what the picture is and what letter the picture starts with. Tell him that if he can tell you the beginning letter sound, he can save the object the lion is eating. But if he says the wrong letter sound, the lion will not give it to him and may even try to bite his fingers. After your child has guessed the letter sound open the lion's mouth again. Tell your child to see if he guessed the right sound by reaching in the lion's mouth and pulling out the picture. If he said the correct letter sound, the lion will let him have the picture. If he answered wrong, he better be careful because the lion is very hungry.

3. Read "Scaredy Cat" by Joan Rankin - There are a lot of things to be scared of for a little kitten who doesn't understand the world. But Mama Meow explains to little kitten why he doesn't have to be afraid. When little kitten does feel just a little brave and takes a chance, he learns that things aren't always what they seem to be.

Kindergarten - First Grade

3. Play "Is it a Word?" with words ending in "an" and "at" - Print out the beginning sound cards and the ending sound cards onto different colors of card stock (Heavy paper). Cut apart the patterns. Fold down the tops of two paper bags as shown in the picture. Glue the "Ending sounds" and Beginning Sounds" labels and the "Is it a Word?" title on the bags as shown in the picture. Place the cards in the appropriate bags. (Printing Problems?)

Before you start point out the fact that the word "ant" has the word "an" in it and that "cat" has the word "at" in it. Tell your children that they are going to try to find some more words with these words in them.

How to Play:
1. The first player selects one card from each bag and puts the letters together to see
if they spell a word. If the letters spell a word, the player gets a point. The player then
places the cards back in the bag and shakes it up again for the next player. The first
player to reach ten points first wins.

Preschool - Third Grade

4. Make a Scaredy Cat Book - Print out the cover pattern and cut them out. Use the cover as a pattern for the inside pages. (Printing Problems?)

Uses for this book:

  1. Write a word rhyming with cat on each page.
  2. Write a short story in the book.
  3. Have your child dictate his own story to you.
  4. Write other words that start with the C sound in the book.

5. Play "Cat and Mouse Letter" game - Print out the spinner pattern 1 and spinner pattern 2. Cut out the patterns and glue them together. Glue the spinner circle onto a piece of cardboard or box. Print out the cat spinner pattern and cut it out. Place a small bead in the middle of the spinner circle, then place the cat spinner over the bead matching up the center dot with the bead. Insert a straight pin that has a big head into the cat spinner and through the bead. Bend the pin on the bottom so that it doesn't come out. (Printing Problems?)

Print out the letter game board. Make more than one copy. Cut the strips apart and tape them together to make a long strip of letters. Cut out the mouse and cat game pieces. (Printing Problems?)

To play, decide who will be the mouse and who will be the cat. The mouse gets to spin first and take three turns at the beginning to give him a head start. Play continues with each player taking a turn and moving his game piece to the nearest letter on the letter strip. If the cat catches up with the mouse, the cat wins. If the cat lands on the same space as the mouse, but the mouse is on one of the spaces with a mouse hole, the mouse is safe. Play until the mouse reaches the end or the cat catches the mouse.

This game can also be used to review many different things depending on your child's level. To make your own game print out the blank spinner pattern (make two copies), cut them out, and glue them together. Follow the direction above to make the spinner. Print out the blank game board, cut the strips, and glue them together. Following are some ideas you can use to make a game. (Printing Problems?)

1. Consonant blends - Write the consonant blends your child is studying, or has trouble with on the spinner. Write words with those consonant blends on the game strip.
2. Words spelled with certain vowel sounds. Write the vowel sounds on the spinner and write words with matching vowel sounds on the game strip.

6. Tracking Words - Print out about five copies of the cat paw prints Pattern and cut out the paws on the dotted lines. Write your child's vocabulary words on the paw prints and then place them on the floor leading to a reward in another room. Your child should follow the paw prints, saying the words that are written on the paw prints as he goes. If he doesn't know a word, tell him what it is, and have him repeat it and sound it out several times. He should then go back to the beginning to start again. Keep playing until your child can follow the prints all the way to the end where he can collect his reward. (Printing Problems?)

6. Feed the Hungry Lion Spelling Review Game - You will need a lion puppet that can open and close its mouth for this review game. Tell your child that the puppet is very hungry. Give your child some small sheets of paper and tell him that the paper is the puppet's food, but the puppet only likes to eat food that has words on it and only words that are spelled correctly. Give your child a spelling word and tell him to write it on the piece of paper and then try to feed it to the puppet. If the word is spelled correctly, make the puppet eat it up and make happy sounds. If the word is spelled incorrectly, make the puppet start to chew on it but then spit it out and choke on it. Tell your child that the puppet didn't like it because he didn't spell the word correctly. Let him try again until he spells it right.


Physical Fitness

1. Play "Mouse, Mouse, Cat" game - This game is played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" only the children say, "Mouse, Mouse, Cat". The "cat" chases the "mouse."

2. Lion King Chase - Choose one child to be the Lion King. All the children sit in a circle on chairs with their chairs facing outward. Have each child hold an animal picture card. Animal cards pattern 1 and Animal cards pattern 2 - (There are two of each animal on this page, so if you don't have a lot of students you can discard the mates.) The Lion King walks along the outside of the circle of chairs calling out animal names as he goes. As he/she calls each animal, the child or children holding that animal must get up and follow the Lion King in the circle. When all of the children have been called, Lion King yells out “I am Hungry” and begins to run all around the circle. As soon as he sits down, the rest of the children must run and find a chair. The child without a seat becomes the new Lion King. (Printing Problems?)  

 

3. Lion Paws - Print out the lion paw prints, make copies, and cut them out. Place them on the floor around your room in a winding path. Have the children follow the footprints and roar like lions. Give them different movements to do as they go along such as hop on one foot, skip, jump, walk backwards, walk on all fours, etc. 

 

4. Lion Passing Game - Play this similar version of Hot Potato. Gather a stuffed lion or a make a paper cutout of a lion. Have the children sit in a circle, play some music, and pass the lion around the circle. When the music stops, the child holding the lion sits in the middle of the circle in the “Lion’s Den.” Play again and have a new lion in the center for each round.

5. Go on a Lion Hunt! - The teacher reads the story while the students perform the actions to the story. When they see the lion, the children have to do the motion backwards to run home. If you follow the link to "Going on a Bear Hunt", you will find a soundtrack for the song. Just substitute lion for bear. See Michael Rosen on YouTube perform this. Find the lyrics here: http://www.timmyabell.com/music/lyrics/ol/bearhunt.htm

6. Throwing a lion beanbag - Give each child a beanbag. Children can practice throwing the beanbag as far as they can, as high as they can, into a container, through a whole, knocking objects over, etc.


Cooking Up Something Good

Have a "grrrreat" breakfast" - Spread cream cheese that has been died orange on an English muffin. If you don't have an English muffin you can use a piece of toasted bread that has been cut into a circle. Sprinkle corn flakes around the edge of the muffin for the lion's main. Use raisins for the eyes and a cherry or a dot of jelly for the nose.


Just for Fun

1. Tracking - Print out the cat Paw Prints and make copies. Cut them out. Set up a trial of paw prints that lead to a stuffed lion. Have your children try to follow the prints to find the lion.

2. Watch "The Lion King" movie.

3. Be Copycats - Have one child be a cat and clap a rhythm for the rest of the group. They can do all clapping, or can add some stomping or other movements in their pattern as well. Invite the other children to be copycats and repeat the pattern. Then have a different child be the leader.

4. Play "Pin the Tail on the Lion" - Play this game just like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" except use a lion. Print out the lion pattern onto legal-sized paper and color the lion. Print out the tail pattern, cut it out, and use it as a template to cut tails from orange construction paper. Note: Instead of using thumbtacks, just have your children stick the tails on with a piece of tape. (Printing Problems?) .

5. Lion Beanbag Game - Play a "Hot Potato" game with the beanbag.


Songs

Lions in The Den
By Nancy Foss
(Sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The lions in the den go roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar.
Repeat
All day long.

Daniel's in the den praying to God, praying to God, praying to God.
Repeat
All night long.

The lions in the den go snore, (9 times)
Repeat
All night long.

Daniel's alive, jump up and down (3 times)
Daniel's alive, jump up and down, turn around and sit down.

(You can have the kids just roar or snore using sounds if you don't want to
repeat the words roar and snore so many times).

Daniel in the Lions Den
By Narita Roady

(Sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The king told everyone to "Pray to my idol, pray to my idol, pray to my idol",
The king told everyone to "Pray to my idol, pray to it, for thirty days."

Daniel said, "I can't, I only pray to God, only pray to God, only pray to God".
Daniel said, "I can't, I only pray to God, all of the time."

The king said, "Then you have be a lion dinner, have to be a lion dinner, have to be a lion dinner."
The king said, "Then you have be a lion dinner because you won't obey me".

Daniel was thrown in the lion's den, lion's den, lion's den, lion's den.
Daniel was thrown in the lion's den, clank, clank, clank.

It was dark in the lion's den. Daniel couldn't see a thing, Daniel couldn't see a thing,
Daniel stayed alive so clap your hands, and sit down.

The lions in the den went roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar.
The lions in the den went roar, roar, roar, they were very hungry.

Daniel starting praying to our God, to our God, to our God.
Daniel starting praying to our God, to protect Him from all harm.

God answered prayer and shut their mouths, shut their mouths, shut their mouths.
God answered prayer and shut their mouths so they couldn't bite.

Daniel stayed alive, so jump up and down, shout real loud, turn around.
Daniel stayed alive so clap your hands, sit down.

 

“Six Little Friends” 

By Marie

(Sing to the tune of “Six Little Ducks”)

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little boy whose name was Mark,

He was scared of the night and dark.

 

Refrain:

He/She was scared, so he/she prayed

And God was with him/her so he/she wasn’t afraid.

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little girl who liked swimming in the pool,

She was scared of going to school.

 

(Refrain)

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little boy who liked running real slow,

He was scared when the wind would blow.

 

(Refrain)

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little girl who was getting really tall,

She was scared of spiders on the wall.

 

(Refrain)

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little boy with a great big smile,

He was scared of the crocodile.

 

(Refrain)

 

Six little friends that I once knew,

Tall ones, big ones, little ones too.

But the one little girl with a twinkle in her eye,

She was scared of lightning in the sky.

 

(Refrain)

 

 

“Lions Big”
By Marie

(Sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”)

Lions big and lions brown

Great big lions all around.

At the zoo you will see

Just how pretty they can be,

Lions big and lions brown

Great big lions all around.

 

 

“I Have A Kitty”

By Marie
(Sing to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me.”)

 

I have a kitty, yes I do.

He is white with eyes of blue.

He knows me when I call his name

Playing with yarn is his favorite game.

 

Yes, I love my kitty,

Yes, I love my kitty,

Yes, I love my kitty,

God made him just for me. 


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Danielle’s Place of Crafts and Activities
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Comments

We would love to hear your comments about this lesson. If you taught this lesson, we would love to hear how it went, if you changed anything, added anything, what age you taught and was it appropriate.  Any comments that would help others teach this lesson are welcome.

I used this lesson for my three boys I home school. Their ages are 6, 4 and 2. First we did the, "Make a Lion Paper bag Puppet" craft. All three boys colored the patterns and then cut them out and I helped where needed. Then we pasted the colored and cut out patterns on the paper bags. My boys enjoyed making these lions. After we completed the lions we all sat down in the living room with the lions and I closed the blinds and told the boys I was closing the blinds so the living room would look more like a lions den. We all sat in a circle and I began to read the story. All three boys sat with me and listened and roared their new puppets along with the story. It was really neat to see all three paying attention. After the story they asked a couple questions and then we sang the song, "Lions in the Den". The boys enjoyed the song because it was easy for them to catch on quickly and it was to a tune they already knew well.