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K-2 Catechism Lesson: Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors

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To begin the lesson, gather the children in a circle and show them a colorful coat or fabric. Ask them if they know what the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is about. Briefly explain that it is a story from the Bible about a young boy named Joseph and his special coat.


Lesson Focus 1: The Significance of Joseph's Coat In this lesson, students will explore the significance of Joseph's coat in the story. They will discuss how Joseph felt about his coat and how his brothers felt about it, allowing them to understand the emotions and motivations of the characters. The suggested book for the read-aloud, "Joseph and His Brothers" by Teresa Olive, will further enhance their understanding of the story. The arts and crafts activity of decorating a coat will encourage creativity and self-expression, while the physical activity of a color scavenger hunt race will reinforce the concept of colors in a fun and engaging way. Read Aloud: "Joseph and His Brothers" by Teresa Olive - Read aloud the story of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors from Genesis 37:1-36. - Encourage children to listen attentively and ask questions about the story. Arts and Crafts Activity: Decorate a Coat

- Provide each child with a plain white paper cutout of a coat shape. - Encourage them to decorate the coat using various colors of crayons, markers, or colored pencils. - Optional: Provide fabric scraps, glue, and scissors for children to create a tactile collage on their coat shape.


Joseph's Colorful Coat coloring page

Physical Activity: Color Scavenger Hunt Race

- Divide the students into small groups and give each group a list of colors to find. - Set a time limit and have the groups race to find objects or items in the classroom or outdoor area that match each color on their list. - The group that finds all the colors first or finds the most colors within the time limit wins. - This activity will not only get the students moving and active, but it also reinforces the concept of colors and can be a fun way to engage them in the lesson.


Color Scavenger Hunt cards

Lesson Focus 2: Pursuing Dreams and Trusting in God's Plan


In this lesson, students will explore the theme of pursuing dreams and trusting in God's plan, as seen in the story of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors. They will discuss the dreams that Joseph had and why his brothers were upset about them. The suggested book for the read-aloud, "Joseph and The Dream: Based on Genesis 37/46:7” by Patricia A. Pingry, will further enhance their understanding of Joseph's dreams and the concept of destiny. The arts and crafts activity of creating a dream board will allow students to visualize and express their own goals and aspirations. The physical activity of following a dream path will reinforce the importance of perseverance and courage in pursuing one's dreams.


- Read aloud the story of Joseph's dreams from Genesis 37:1-11.

- Encourage children to listen attentively and ask questions about Joseph's dreams.


Arts and Crafts Activity: Dream Board


- Provide each child with a poster board or a large piece of paper.

- Instruct them to cut out pictures or words from magazines or draw and write their own goals and aspirations.

- Encourage them to arrange and glue these pictures and words onto their dream board.

- Optional: Provide markers, colored pencils, or paints for children to further decorate their dream board.


Physical Activity: Follow the Dream Path


- Create a simple obstacle course or pathway using cones, tape, or other markers.

- Explain to the children that they will be following a dream path just like Joseph did in his dreams.

- Have the children take turns walking, hopping, or skipping along the path, pretending to follow their own dreams.

- Emphasize the importance of perseverance and courage in pursuing their dreams, just like Joseph did.


follow the dream path obstacle race


Lesson Focus 3: Forgiveness and Reconciliation


Lesson Focus 3 centers around the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation, as seen in the story of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors. It aims to teach students the importance of forgiving others and seeking reconciliation in order to foster healthy relationships and promote personal growth. The suggested book for the read-aloud, "The Forgiving Jar" by Wanda E. Brunstetter, will further enhance their understanding of forgiveness and its benefits. The arts and crafts activity of creating a forgiveness jar will provide a tangible reminder of the importance of forgiveness, while the recipe for a colorful fruit salad will reinforce the themes of unity and reconciliation.


- Read aloud the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers from Genesis 45:1-15.

- Encourage children to listen attentively and ask questions about forgiveness and reconciliation.


Arts and Crafts Activity: Forgiveness Jar


- Provide each child with a small jar or container.

- Instruct them to decorate the jar using markers, stickers, or other craft materials.

- Encourage them to write or draw on small pieces of paper things or people they want to forgive or seek reconciliation with.

- Have them fold these pieces of paper and place them inside the forgiveness jar as a symbolic gesture of letting go and seeking forgiveness.


forgiveness jar

Recipe: Colorful Fruit Salad

- Provide a variety of colorful fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, and oranges.

- Assist the children in washing and cutting the fruits into bite-sized pieces.

- Encourage the children to mix the fruits together in a large bowl to create a colorful fruit salad.

- Serve the fruit salad as a snack, emphasizing the vibrant colors just like Joseph's coat and the themes of unity and reconciliation.


Note: Adapt the activities and discussions based on the age and developmental level of the children.


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