Edited and Adapted with Permission By Kathryn M. Martinez November 2004 Originally Written by Karen Caroe 1998

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Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Read and discuss. Note that this is another "red-letter" title. Jesus gives the title to himself. Bible: Read John 10:1-21 for more full understanding.

  • How does God’s name of Shepherd emphasize his nature as protector?

SCIENCE: Shepherds use many tools to keep their flocks safe, including specially trained dogs. A practical science experiment could be to train a pet to do something and track how long does it take, what incentive does it require, etc. Another scientific study could be on the biology and life cycle of sheep. Additional biological studies could include the various predators of sheep.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Compare/Contrast how Christ can be the lamb and the shepherd
JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Encourage the student to write a story about how Jesus performed the position of shepherd in their own lives.
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: Using an atlas, locate areas of the world where sheep and shepherding are one of the main products.
COOKING RECIPE: Using one of the edible claydoughs at the end of this unit, make shepherds’ crooks.
CRAFT: : Begin to set up a nativity scene. Put in Mary, Joseph, shepherds and lambs thus far.
SAMPLE PRAYER: You may wish to have the student memorize Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepherd ….”)

  • After reading Psalm 23’s familiar words, discuss how these verses refute the common misconception about the character of God in the Old Testament? Why does God compare believers as sheep in need of a shepherd? (both are prone to wander, cannot protect themselves, need care, are ignorant of danger, difficult to train).

MUSIC: Learn "While Shepherds watched Their Flocks by night."

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