Monday, December 11, 2017

Make a Christmas Ornament from a Pass-Along Card

I teach Seminary and have 30 students.  I am always looking for cheap gift ideas that I can give to my students.  Here's one that I came up with for Christmas.

It's a Christmas tree ornament made from a pass-along card!  

I actually bought these cards from the artist at BYU Education Week.  I was looking for something inexpensive and that was from the Book of Mormon, since that is what we are studying this year.  One of the artists, David Bowman, sold me a large signed copy of this picture, plus 30 pass-along cards that I could give to my students.  

Here's how I made the ornament:

First I laminated the card to make it stiff and have a shiny coating.  Then I cut out heavy cardstock scrapbook paper to match the same size of the pass-along card. 

 I just traced the card on the back of the cardstock and then cut it out.

I drew some guidelines on the card so that I could know where to place the tape.  After several attempts with free handing it I decided that this worked best for me.  It might be a step that you can skip if you have a better eye than I do.




After that I used electrical tape to outline the edges of the card, folding it over the edge so that half was on the front and half was on the back.  It's the only black tape that I could find, but it ended up working really well because it was stretchy.
Once all the back electrical tape was in place and trimmed, I put a layer of washi tape to look like a silver frame.  


Then I punched a hole in the top of the card and added a matching scripture that went with the picture. 


Then I added some silver ribbon.


Here's how they turned out.  
I'm very pleased with them, and I hope that my class is also.


Here's another view of it on my tree.



Here's a printout of the quote that I used if you would like to use it also.  Just right click your mouse and save it into your pictures or you can also copy and paste it into your printing program.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book of Mormon LDS Seminary, Having the Students Teach Mosiah 28 through Alma 2 (Lesson 68 & 69)

If you're like me you are nearing the end of the semester and trying to combine lessons so that you have time to give the test.  I have also been giving a lot of lessons where I am doing all the talking.  Whenever things in Seminary start going this way I know that it's time for a student involved lesson.

 This one went so well that I really wanted to remember it so I decided to post it on my blog. I do this so that I will remember it and know where to find it if I have to teach it again.  Then maybe someone else can use my ideas.

I basically divided the chapters into 6 sections because I have six tables.  I try to encourage the groups to include everyone in their presentation.  I also gave them a blank paper for them to draw a picture.  That gets more students involved.  Each group worked on theirs for about 5-10 minutes.  You can usually tell when they are about finished.  If they are goofing off tell them that they only have another minute.  That always seems to get them going.


When they are done preparing I call them up as groups.  Then just let them give their presentation.  I take a photo of their picture so that I can display it on the TV during their presentation.  I usually have them explain their picture.

I have to say that this one went extremely well.  I am so proud of my class.  They are AWESOME!

Here are the handouts that I gave to my class.  If you want to use them then just copy and paste them into your printing program.  You can also right click and save them into your pictures.  Leave a message and let me know how your class did.














#mosiah28 #mosiah29 #alma1 #alma2 #LDSSeminary #BookofMormon

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LDS Seminary - News Broadcast- Book of Mormon - Teaching Moroni 19-21 - The Lehi Nephi Morning News







Whenever I feel like I've been doing all the talking I have a day where the students get to teach.  This time I decided to make it into a Newscast.  I divided the class into 8 groups and gave each group a paper to write their newscast, and a paper to draw a picture to go with their newscast.  I gave them about 5 minutes to get it done.  Then I called each group up to present their news cast.  I started it off with the picture above and a recap of the events that preceded Mosiah 19.

As the groups came up I took a picture with my phone of their drawing.  I then "aired" the picture on the TV Screen as they presented the newscast.

Here's a copy of the page for each group to draw on.  Make 8 copies (one for each group).  Click on the picture to make it large.  Then copy and paste it into your printing program, or save it into your pictures.


Here is a printout for each of the 8 groups Newscasts:















I have to say it was fun to see all of the students involved.  As always when I do something like this that I see the students who don't pay attention as the ones who get into it the most.  It was a fun day!

Here are some of the pictures that my class drew for their Newscast:












I hope this idea is helpful for you.  I think that you could adapt it to any lesson.  Good luck!

#LDSSeminary #BookofMormon #Moroni19-21

Book of Mormon Liahona Gift, Activity and Printout




I teach Seminary and wanted a fun craft type of activity to do with my students along with a cute little gift for Christmas.  We are studying the Book of Mormon this year so I wanted my gift to go along with what we have studied. 

I found the Ferrero Rocher chocolates at Costco.  A box of 12 was only $10, so they ended up costing under $1 a gift!  Then I printed out these labels to glue onto the package.  I just used a glue stick and it worked fine.

To make a copy for yourself just click on the picture to make it large.  Then copy and paste it into your printing program, or save it into your pictures.  Size it to fit a full sheet of paper.


and here is the tag to attach to the Lehi's Luscious Leahona's
I printed mine on gold cardstock that I bought at Walmart.



I really wanted the students to make a Liahona, but I had all of these images of the student's taking them to school and getting smashed, or just throwing them away. So I came up with this craft activity that will fit into their journal.  Surprisingly, they seemed to really enjoy doing the craft.

I thought that this could be a fun craft project for Primary or Family Home Evening.  It's cheap and easy to do.  Plus is doesn't make a big mess!

I bought a bunch of rhinestone stickers at Michael's, along with metallic pens.



I had them color and put the stickers on as I taught the lesson.  Easy, cheap, and the Liahona's won't get ruined!

Just click on the picture to make it large.  Then save it into your pictures or copy and paste it into your printing program.

I printed mine on cardstock to make it more sturdy.



I have to say that I was pleased with the response of the students.  Most of them really appreciated a craft and they could listen while they worked.  I don't do this very often, but there are some students who really respond to an activity once in awhile.

Here are a couple of examples of finished projects:



I also have a large printout that you can use:



Please let me know how yours turned out. 
 I would love to hear about your experience!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LDS Seminary Book of Mormon Lesson Handouts



Every now and then when I really like a quote from the lesson I make a journal sized handout for my students.  Each time I make one I post it on my blog for others to use if they need to.  Feel free to copy and paste it into your printing program.  You can also right click and save it into your pictures.  Most of them are in black in white so that they are ink friendly.  I often print them on colored paper to make them a little more colorful.  Enjoy!

Lesson 2: Studying the Scriptures




Here's a handout that I printed out and then gave out to groups of students.  They were to come up with clever ways to get their scripture study in each day and then share their ideas with the class.



Lesson 11: 1 Nephi 7






Lesson 12: 1 Nephi 8





I printed these out for my lesson and gave them to groups of students.  Each group drew the portion that they were assigned. Then each group shared what they learned.





LESSON 17  1 Nephi 16








Lesson 20: 1 Nephi 19





Lesson 24: 2 Nephi 2 (Part 2)



Lesson 26: 2 Nephi 4

I had the students read through Nephi's psalm while listen to the BYU men's choir sing it (You Tube).  I had them pick out their favorite verse, and then we voted on it.  This is the one that one.  I made print of it to give to them.  I am having it professionally printed at Costco.  Here it is in 3 different sizes:

8 1/2 x 11


5 x7


4x6


Lesson 32: 2 Nephi 12–15

I got this from 

LDS Seminary Teacher Group

Sharon Prescott Haynie
#2Nephi15 verse 20. Here is a very effective object lesson. Make one caramel apple and one caramel coated onion. You ask two kids to come forward and have a competition to see who can eat their caramel apple fastest. The moment the second kid gets into their onion, the competition unravels real quick. Read 2 Nephi 15:20 "Wo unto them that call evil good and good evil, that put darkness of light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Discuss how things might look sweet but actually aren't. Discuss how Satan uses counterfeits for goodness.

Hint: You cannot put the caramel on the onion the night before or it will get all weird and bubbly from the onion juices. In the past I used those caramel sheets you can find at the grocery store and just covered the onion right before seminary started.

I added this print out to all of my apples:



We made of list of all the Spiritual Crocodiles that we could think of and wrote them on the crocodile below:





I wanted a little more detailed map than the one in the manual so I put together this one.


The Atonement of Jesus Christ

“The Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Doctrinal Mastery Book of Mormon Teacher Material (2017)

LESSON 67 Mosiah 27 #MOSIAH27