Grade 1 Lesson 2


Lesson 2:  Justice


Prayer
In order to attract Divine blessings and create a spiritual atmosphere, begin your class by reciting a prayer. The prayer suggested for this lesson is the following:

"O God! Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy love, and give it milk from the breast of Thy Providence. Cultivate this fresh plant in the rose garden of Thy love and aid it to grow through the showers of Thy bounty. Make it a child of the kingdom, and lead it to Thy heavenly realm. Thou art powerful and kind, and Thou art the Bestower, the Generous, the Lord of surpassing bounty."

At the conclusion of the prayer, one or two children should be asked to say a prayer they already know.  You may then help them review the prayer they began to memorize during the previous class.  


Music / Song
In the activity that follows the children then sing two songs - the one introduced in the last lesson and the new one below.

A Noble Way   Link to song & Music Sheet   

After the songs, You could explain the theme of Justice in the following way:

God loves justice.  He is pleased with us when He sees us treating other people with fairness and justice.  
We must respect the rights of every human being and make sure we do not take away from anyone what they deserve. 
In order to help us be just, let us memorize this quotation of Baha'u'llah:

The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 
The children will find the quotation easier to memorize if they understand it well.  It is recommended, therefore, 
that you spend some time discussing the meaning of the words and phrases with them. 


.Memorization of Quotation


        "Tread ye the path of justice, for this, verily, is the straight path."

Put to music HERE

Another memorization activity   The “step game“, in which children stand in a line and slowly advance one step at a time, each saying one word of a quote in sequence when they step ahead, continuing until they cross a finish line. We used bristol board to write out quotes and prayers in large print so that they can easily be seen from a distance.

Pictures used for Memorization of Quotes for Lessons 1 - 10   Link to Download here

Picture Cards used for Memorization of Quotes & Prayers for Grade 1 lessons  Link to Download here

Story
Here is the story of 'Abdu'l-Baha which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  Justice
Here is a link to a pdf file with all the stories in Grade 1 Illustrated.   Link to Illustrated Stories for Grade 1 
There are many ways to make the story come alive.  It's always nice to act this story out with props - Having pictures as you go through the story.
Having the class act out or tell the story.  Use puppets.
This story could be told as though the story tell is the driver of the coach explaining what happened on that day and how he felt.  


Game  Now you can play the "Sharing" game 
One good way to do this activity, is to have a sheet that all of the children stand on.  Fold the sheet in half for the second attempt.  
And keep folding the sheet in half, and see how small you can get it with everyone still being able to fit on; team working this.  

Alternative Game

It's Fair to Share Game 
On individual slips of paper write down the name of things or animals such as: bird, bunny, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, candy bar, TV remote, basketball, brush etc. Prepare a few more slips of paper then the number of children in the class. One child draws a slip out of a basket and reads it to them self and sets it aside without saying it out loud. If there are non readers in the class they can draw and a teacher can whisper what it says in their ear. The child pretends they have this imaginary thing for a few seconds and then pass it to the person next to them. For example if it said "bunny" they might cradle it in their arm gently, pet it a couple times and pass it to the next person carefully. If it said "hair brush" they might pretend to brush their hair a couple times and pass it to the next person. If it's a sandwich they might hold it like a sandwich, take a big bite and pass it to the next person. The item continues around the circle like that person to person. The only talking is when the object is handed from one person to the next the receiver says "Thanks for sharing" and the giver says "You're welcome". Everyone copies what the first child did even though they might not know what the object/animal is suppose to be. When the object has made it back to where it started everyone else in the group makes one guess as to what it was they think they all just shared. The person who started the round tells everyone what it actually was. Let everyone have a turn being the first.

Colouring  Below is the colouring sheet .  
Extra ideas Link for Lesson 2

Closing Prayer