Description: Adventures on Route 66 is an extensive, fun, fast-paced curriculum which takes kids through the 66 books of the Bible chronologically. Students add people and events to a large timeline each week to help them envision the “big picture” of the Bible. They also work on memorizing Bible verses and learning to find things in their Bibles. Crafts and snacks reinforce Bible lessons.
Goal: Help students understand the order and organization of the Bible.
Often young students are taught Bible stories in random
order (for example, to match a certain theme). The goal of this curriculum is
to help students see the “big picture” of the Bible by studying the people and
events of the Bible chronologically. We call this Adventures on Route 66, referring to the 66 books of the Bible.
Overview: The lesson plans for the Adventures on Route 66 Sunday school curriculum are written to cover 1-1/2 hours and follow this basic format:
You will, of course, need to adjust the time allotted to each item depending on your class length.
Each part of the lesson plan is covered in detail below.
During this time, we use games and songs to help students learn the names and order of the 66 books of the Bible, the 10 Commandments, Bible memory work songs, etc. Click on the photo below for ideas and resources for learning the books of the Bible, including printable visuals and cards.
Other Bible memory work songs and ideas can be found here:
During this time, we divide our class into smaller groups, generally by age, three to four students per teacher if possible. Each student works through a list of verses at his/her own pace. Teachers assist students as needed, and students quote verses to teachers when they are ready. Our kids really enjoy this time!
You will need to assess the size of your class to determine the number of adults you need to help during small-group time. Four teachers works very well for 15-20 students. From time to time we have had some extra helpers come in just during small-group time to assist students and listen to them quote verses.
You will also need to decide what verses you want your students to memorize. We work on doctrinal verses as found in a series of workbooks called Quick and Powerful Scriptural Concepts for Children by Valda Johnson and Ilene Sargeant, published by Out of the Fire Publications, 230 SE Pine Street, Albany, OR 97321. You can find Quick and Powerful at Pentecostal Publishing House.
The basic idea with the Quick and Powerful system is to have students work on six verses at a time, quoting one at a time, then two at a time, etc., until they are ready to test on all six verses. We then offer prizes for students who pass with a score of 80 percent or better. My “Bible Memorization” page has more information if you need additional ideas.
Anything worth teaching is worth reviewing. We want our students to remember the things we have been learning, cumulatively, throughout the quarter and the year. We use questions taken from previous Adventures on Route 66 lessons, often incorporating them into a quick game to make Review a fun and interactive time.
Have a basic list of about five rules. (We call ours "Power Hour Promises.") Review these quickly and pray with your students to help them focus right before the Bible Lesson. Click the photo below to go to my "Free Sunday School Printables & Visuals" page and print our Power Hour Promises.
Preparation: Most of the Bible Lessons in the Adventures on Route 66 curriculum use the Read with Me Bible as a text.
We use the Bible timeline from KONOS, adding figures to the timeline each week as we study them. This helps us visualize the order of events and people in the Bible.
NOTE: I carefully measured and taped (with doublestick tape) the lines of the timeline to a sheet of corrugated plastic (Coroplast). Each week we use pieces of rolled tape to attach figures to the timeline, avoiding sticking the tape to the timeline itself. When we are finished with the curriculum for the year, I remove and file all the timeline figures but leave the timeline in place. The corrugated plastic board is easily stored with the timeline in place, ready for the next time we study this curriculum.
Lesson Organization: Lessons follow the same general pattern.
I like to begin the Bible Lesson by showing students an object (for example: clay, from which I am making a human figure, while introducing the topic of Creation). The purpose of the object is to gain the students’ attention as we begin the Bible Lesson.
The next part of the lesson generally involves reading a few pages from the Read with Me Bible. I chose this Bible as the basic text for this series because it uses the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), which is a Bible translation, rather than a paraphrasing or retelling (as is the case with many children’s Bible storybooks). Also, it has colorful, engaging illustrations.
NOTE: I really enjoy reading aloud to kids; however, I know not everyone does. I suggest practicing reading the stories aloud several times before class, so that you will be very comfortable with them. Be sure to use lots of expression in your voice to make the reading interesting. When you are reading the stories during class, make sure the students can see the pictures. If you must turn the book towards yourself to read, be sure to turn it back toward the students after you finish each page.
After reading from the Read with Me Bible, we discuss questions related to the reading and add any figures to the timeline. We repeat this general pattern until all information is covered for that week’s lesson. Some lessons have visuals in place of or in addition to the Read with Me Bible. You will find these visuals on my "Free Sunday School Printables & Visuals" page.
The Bible Lessons are scripted with words you are to say in bold and suggested answers in (parentheses). Highlighted words are actions you are to take.
Bible Lessons end with a thought to take away or a way to apply what we have learned. We then pray together. It is so important to give the kids an opportunity to respond to the Bible Lesson!
This is where kids get hands-on with the Bible, exploring its organization and looking up specific verses. We purchased a case of inexpensive Bibles to have on hand in our classroom. However, kids should be encouraged to bring a Bible from home so they can become familiar with their very own Bibles.
This is the part of the class where the kids enjoy an activity, craft, and/or snack related to the Bible lesson. Our goal is to reinforce the lesson even during activity time.
Putting all of the above elements together makes for an exciting learning environment. My prayer is that you and your students will be blessed by your Adventures on Route 66!
Click the on the links below to open a printable PDF file of each lesson plan.
Any printable visuals associated with these Adventures on Route 66 lessons can be found here.
Printable activity/coloring pages can be found here.
Click below for a video of our end-of-year wrap-up of Adventures on Route 66, demonstrating a bit of what we learned.