Monday, July 19, 2010

July Sharing Time Week 4 - Pioneer Examples

Update July 2015- Hi friends, thanks for finding me!  This lesson was posted in 2010 and is still one of my post popular posts.  I'm in the process of re-launching my blog and transferring over old PDF files and making them instant downloads.  I just finished this one, so jump over to camillepardo.com and you'll find my Pioneer Lesson with printables that actually work.  Check back for lots of great Primary ideas.  Thanks!

Here are my plans for a fun sharing time, tying in the theme with Pioneer Day.
First, I will explain to the children that Jesus Christ is a perfect example for us to follow because He always obeyed Heavenly Father and he showed love to everyone. We are celebrating Pioneer Day this week, the pioneers followed Jesus Christ's example. Today, we're going to try to be pioneers and get our covered wagon all the way to the Salt Lake Valley. To get there, we have to make smart decisions and have Jesus Christ as our example. Each time we make a good decision we will move closer to Salt Lake. There are some obstacles on our way too, but the pioneers will help us get through them.
I am using this link to make a 3D covered wagon. Print and assemble this covered wagon from the July 2001 Friend. Cute eh? I'm only putting together the wagon, not the oxen, but it's up to you. (Print it from the link though, not here, I shrunk them to show you so they would end up tiny!)

I'm using a piece a yarn that will stretch all the way across the primary room. I will loop the wagon through the yarn, and we will slide it along from one end of the room to the other. Don't tape it too high, I want the children to be able to reach it.
Cut and fold word strips and place in the wagon. One child at a time gets to come up and choose a paper, answer the question, then move the wagon forward. There will be 3 obstacles on our way, a blizzard, a mountain and a river. Each obstacle has a pioneer story to match, after we discuss the story and how the pioneers followed Christ's example of loving one another we will remove the obstacle and keep on walking.
Here are the obstacle matchups:
Snowflake: GAK picture 414 - Martin Handcart Company, Bitter Creek Wyoming 1856
Mountain: GAK picture 412 - Mary Fielding Smith and Joseph F. Smith crossing the plains
River: GAK picture 415 - Helping the handcart company across the Sweetwater River
(I will summarize the photo from the back of the picture and discuss who was following Christ's example.)
Here are the cutouts for the snow, river and mountain. To print, clicking on the image, then right clicking and saving to your computer. If the quality isn't good, email me and I'll send the pdf file.

Here are the word strips. Again, if you have trouble printing, just email me and I'll send over the word document. The decisions aren't difficult, but they have a right answer. Some children will need prompting from you and their teacher.

In closing, I will bear testimony that in following Christ's perfect example we can overcome obstacles and reach our ultimate goal - eternal life. We can be just like the pioneers and help others on their way.

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56 comments:

Brooke said...

This is the cutest Sharing Time idea I have ever seen! I am so excited to use it! You're awesome, thanks so much!!!

Tiffany said...

I think you should teach the first week sharing times because that's what I teach :) Good ideas and printouts!

Lori said...

This is perfect. Thanks so much. I printed out the wagon...is it supposed to be small? Mine printed out only 4 inches, before folding.

Camille said...

Sorry Lori I wasn't more clear, click on the link to print the wagon. I shrunk the image just to show it to you. Thanks!

Aunalia said...

Thank you so much for this great idea!! Just became president and love your site. :)

Darcey said...

What a great idea and visual aids. My 1st counselor already used up the Sharing Time outline ideas for weeks 3 & 4 so I am in need of something fun and informational!

Shanda said...

I LOVE this! Thank you so much for posting!!! Would you mind sending me the email of the choices? My email is chopinmusicfan@gmail.com

Thank you again! This ties in perfectly with the lesson, and we get to learn about pioneers (which I think is very important too!).

Tracy said...

Fabulous idea! Any chance you have the summary of the pioneer stories you are going to tell? I find my biggest issue is too much info and not enough time. ;) Great site!!

Camille said...

Tracy - if you look at the GAK (gospel art kit) pictures, they have the large story and a paragraph summary on the back. I'm going to tell in my own words what is said in the short summary. Ie: "The pioneers got stuck in a freezing snow storm, some were dying. Brave rescuers left Salt Lake with supplies to rescue them all before they died."

Shanda said...

Tracy, if you don't have the GAK, you can actually find the summarized story on lds.org too. We have moved one too many times in the past few years & I thought I lost my kit, so I became very familiar with this site. I found my kit though! And I guard it with my life now that you can't buy it anymore! Just click on the picture to see the story & summary:
http://www.lds.org/hf/art/0,16812,4218-1-4,00.html

Bart's Clan said...

Love it! Can you please send me the pdf files? When I print everything, it is very small. Thanks!
Loripreston1@yahoo.com

Cheryl said...

Thanks so much, I had the idea for combining the theme with pioneer day but was having problems thinking of ways to do it how I wanted. You are a great help. THANKS!!!

Shelly said...

I am LOVING this idea! What a great combination for this weeks lesson and applying it to Pioneer Day. Thank you for making my job easier, I know it is a lot of work for you.

Wendy said...

Thanks for posting this! I think it will be perfect for this week.

Jen Tornow said...

THANK YOU! Great idea. Love that you tied in Pioneer Day.

sarah said...

This is a great idea. Can you please e-mail me the word strips. sarahanntdf@hotmail.com Thanks

Josie said...

This is so wonderful! You are such a great help. Would you mind emailing me these word strips? josiechristensen80@hotmail.com. Thank you so much!!

Natalie said...

LOVE this!!!! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this lesson. I too am having a hard time printing the words strips= mind sending them to me??? Thanks!! Also, one quick question- how do you introduce the obstacles?? Maybe to be more specific- when do you bring them in? Thanks again!!
natalieann4@yahoo.com

Lisa R said...

This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Will definitely be using this on Sunday!

crazymomma5 said...

LOVE IT!!!!! Great idea, you are a huge help. I tried to print the pdf's and they were too little. The wagon was 4" even after clicking on the link. could you send me the pdf's via e-mail. keliallen@mchsi.com Thanks

laura said...

This is just what I was trying to come up with and you have done all the work. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas and hard work.

Shanna said...

Adorable, love it! Could you please send me the files? Thank you! shan@babbitts.net

Aubrey said...

I just found the website while looking for a Pioneer idea for Sharing Time this week. Thank you thank you. I am just so glad that you share your ideas for the rest of us to utilize.

The Lenhard Family said...

Thank you so much for the very detailed sharing time! I love and appreciate how you coordinate resources that I already have like the GAK photos. I too was wondering how you incorporate the obstacles. I'd also love the files if you wouldn't mind sending them. Thanks again!

belinda99@gmail.com

Emily said...

I have been trying to put something like this together for awhile now and just kept getting stumped- I LOVE how you tied in the monthly theme to pioneers and I am just so grateful to you for sharing your ideas! You are so talented- you saved me and I am looking forward to more helps from you in the future!
Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!

Bekki said...

Please can I have the word file for the wordstrips? red_ivy23@hotmail.com

Thanks for the great idea--you are amazing to share your talents with us!!!

Amanda said...

I love this your idea! Can you email the word strip doc.
amandagepford@gmail.com

Gayle said...

This is a fabulous idea! And yes, I'm procrastinating, but if you have time to send me the word strip and picture files, I would really appreciate it! :-)

bgh@byu.net

andrea said...

Thanx so much for posting this sharing time, could u please send me the word strips, im having trouble printing them, thank you, Andrea

Andresfam said...

Thank you, thank you! I SO appreciate creative people like you who are willing to share your ideas with those of us who aren't.

andrea said...

Sorry, I forgot to leave my email address, Jeppsen5@msn.com, I just needed the word strips, thank you so much love the idea!

Jana said...

You are sooooo awesome & just the inspiration I needed for this week's lesson! I appreciate your work!!!!! Could you please email me the wordstrips as well!!!!!: janamarie7@hotmail.com
Thank you oodles!!!

Kim said...

Thank you so much!! I am really excited to present this sharing time this week. It is just perfect. Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiration with us.

Dan and Wendi Roberts said...

I love this idea! Will you please email me the files for the lesson? Also, I tried to print the wagon from the link and it still only prints out tiny. Do you have a pdf of the wagon by chance? Thanks!

Wendi
RobertsWD@aol.com

Maren & Danny... said...

Love Love this idea! Can't wait to use it tomorrow...could you email me the word strips? marenjones@yahoo.com

Thanks SO much!

Mackenzie said...

Wow! Thanks for your hard work, I love your ideas!

Christi said...

Fabulous! I may be too late, but could you please email me the word strips and wagon? Thank you!!! christi.dickerson@gmail.com

Jennybug said...

This is exactly what I needed! It's the idea that was forming in my head, but I just didn't have the time this week to put all together. Thank you so much!

e said...

I'm using your great ideas and outline today. Just wanted to say thank you so much!!!

thefoxkids said...

thanks so much for being willing to share your ideas!!! we live so far from Utah that most of the kids didn't even know it was Pioneer Day on Sat.. so this sharing time was AWESOME!!!

Cindy said...

Thanks for the idea! It will help out a lot Sunday!

Erin said...

Do you still have the files? If so, would you be willing to email? ewindbigler@gmail.com

julia said...

I love this idea! Do you still have these files? If so, could you email them to me? jsknaphus@sfcn.org Thank you so much!

carolee said...

Hopefully you get this before Sunday, but I'm interested in the pdf file of the questions. What a great pioneer day idea! Thank you.
crawfordclan21@gmail.com

Kylene said...

Great idea. Could you send me these files? kyleneanne@gmail.com

Thanks!!

Mickelmonkey Mama said...

Thanks! This will be perfect for us! Great idea.

Brande J. said...

I am doing my Pioneer sharing time this Sunday and this is the best sharing time idea I have found out there. Thank you so much!

abby's photo shoppe said...

I am doing my pioneer day shariNg time this Sunday and would love the files emailed to me. Can you help a girl out? Thanks for the cute idea!
Janegirl222 ( at ) gmail

Cintli Lozada said...

I'm doing pioneer sharing time too this sunday and this idea it's really cute and seems to work for both junior and senior primary...could you please e-mail me the files. Thanks!
c_pinina@hotmail.com

Ellie Clair said...

I'm doing pioneer sharing time too this sunday and this idea it's really cute and seems to work for both junior and senior primary...could you please e-mail me the files. Thanks!
Beckybriggs@gmail.com

Kari said...

I know this is an old post, but if you could email me the files I would really appreciate it! Thanks for the great idea!!

Kari said...

oops....heres my email address.
karischwitzer@yahoo.com

The Poulters said...

Exactly what I was looking for! thanks!

Kelly said...

I LOVE this idea! Any chance you can send me your PDF files by tomorrow....yes, I apologize for my procrastination but I just hadn't found what I wanted until tonight :) kellykennedyjones@gmail.com

Erickson Family said...

Great ideas!! Could you send me your files for this? erickson.family11@gmail.com. Thank you!

K.C. McConaghie said...

Love this lesson! Is there anyway you could email me the PDF files ASAP? I'm having to throw together a lesson after last minute presidency changes for the day. I hope you see this in time. ;-) Thank you so much! irishfirefam@gmail.com

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