Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics is filled with features to help introduce your middle school youth to the riches of Scripture. A key feature is the full-color art pieces interspersed throughout Breakthrough! This activity booklet contains activity pages for forty-seven of these art pieces to help your young people explore the big picture of salvation history. We have provided three different types of activity pages to help you meet the needs of the diverse learners in your classrooms and groups.
Journal Activity Pages
The journal pages provide an opportunity for the young people to explore the meaning of the art and stories using their own words and images. When young people are part of the meaning-making process, their ability to understand and own the Bible’s stories is enhanced.
Puzzle Activity Pages
The puzzle pages are knowledge focused. They provide a variety of paper-and-pencil activities—crosswords, math problems, activity sequencing, word challenges—that your middle schoolers can use to master key facts. In order to solve the puzzles, your young people will need Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics to look up the Scripture verses listed on each puzzle. This will not only help them learn about the person or event, they will also practice the important skill of locating Bible books and passages.
Interactive Activity Pages
The interactive pages are meant to be fun and engage the young people’s creativity. These pages require cutting and coloring, and the resulting objects are for use in displays, games, challenges, and spontaneous reenactments. You can use these pages in many ways to create a learning experience that fits your group and meeting space. These engaging activities will help your middle schoolers understand the connection between the experience you create and the particular biblical person or event.