The following notes and graphics are for use with the interactive Zaccheus story found in Sunday Software’s Awesome Bible Stories CD. Worksheet Idea: Make a student worksheet of the first set of screenshots. Have students write their answers to the study note questions as they progress through the story. To copy these graphics, Right Click […]
UPDATE: Since we closed and donated our software to Rotation.org, I am directing you to the “Computer Workshop” forums in the Lesson Forums at Rotation.org where I have added software suggestions and some lesson plans for most major Bible stories and Holy Days (like Pentecost). Guides and links to download my software can be found in the Software forum at Rotation.org. <><Neil
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Four lessons introducing Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy the story “after Egypt & Sinai” through Art, Computer, Game, & Video activities for grades 2 thru 8 from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software Why these books are important to teach… Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy complete the Exodus story. They move from “the giving of the Law,” to “choosing to […]
Concepts, Techniques, Lesson Planning, Room design By Neil MacQueen Please note: I’ve extensively improved and expanded the following article and posted it over at Rotation.org in their Video Workshop Forum where you’ll also find many other great ideas and techniques. Teaching with Video Concepts, How-to, Techniques, Lesson Plan Ideas, Room design Most people know me […]
5 Great Lesson Ideas The “stewardship topic” comes up every year in church, and thus, I’ve taught it several ways in my computer labs. This page contains 3 Great Ideas for Teaching about Stewardship using our software. It also has a list of suggested Stewardship Bible Verses. And at the bottom of this page is my […]
This article is my contribution to all the other prayer resources out there. It addresses some key issues and shares some unique lesson techniques and for teaching about prayer in a Sunday School classroom. This article also includes references to three of my software programs that have content “about prayer” or can be used to generate […]
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Download Neil’s Son of God movie teaching outline This free guide outlines all 36 scenes in the Son of God movie (2014) and includes discussion questions for each scene. The “scenes” correspond to those in the DVD’s scene menu. Neil is a Presbyterian minister (PCUSA) who specializes in creating Sunday School teaching materials, most notably, interactive […]
Spreading the Good News: Book of Acts DVD #11 I have written teaching guides for each of the DVDs in the What’s in the Bible? series and donated them to the supporting members of Rotation.org. Check them out here. Each guide has notes specific to the particular DVD (there are differences from DVD to DVD). […]
Here are some great ideas to help kickstart your thinking about how to make your classroom even more welcoming to your kids. Let these ideas inspire your own! Beach Decor: $1 Noodles from the Dollar store. Hang them from the ceiling using fishing line and thumbtacks. Fisherman’s nets and sea critters from Oriental Trading […]
Computer Software Lesson for Psalm 23 by Neil MacQueen Check out the new Psalm 23 lesson plan I wrote for the Writing Team here at Rotation.org The following lesson ideas also works for other memorable psalms, such as Ps 8 and 51. Point of View: Psalm 23, has been called “The Gospel in Miniature” and […]
Below are TWO software lesson sketches you can use to study Philippians 2:5-11, (or any long section of scripture) with any age. Use them for two different classes, or fit them together into one class if you have plenty of time. (1) Lesson 1 below, “How Few Can You Do,” uses Sunday Software’s Let’s Talk software. (2) Lesson 2 below uses […]
The following is a lesson sketch and set of resources for teaching our famous “Pentecost Pirates” and/or “Pentecost Surfers” lessons using the “talk aloud” found in either the Kid Pix 4 or Let’s Talk software. 1. Define the Good News Write down in 3 or 4 sentences what the “Gospel” is. Here are two starter […]
Notes on my lessons about… ACTS 16: Paul and the Philippi Jail I’ve done the Acts 16 story of Paul & Silas in the Philippi Jail in two different churches. Here are some of the details of how we did each. NOTE: The photos on this page are from our SECOND VERSION of the jail. The FIRST […]
A lesson plan by Neil MacQueen from sundaysoftware.com for use with Galilee Flyer CD. This is the original version of my Kingdom Parables lesson plan which later appeared in a slightly altered format at rotation.org’s website. → See another Lesson Set from Neil: At Home in God’s Kingdom (4 software lessons, 4 video lessons, and 4 skits/drama […]
I no longer recommend NEST videos as a matter of course. There are many good animated and non-animated Bible videos to teach with. Look up your Bible story in the lessons archive at www.rotation.org and look in the “Video Workshop” topics for that story to see all the videos that are being recommended for that […]
Here’s THE LINK to my 10 page PDF Outline of the wonderful “Joseph” DVD. I wrote this guide for my own class use. It details each episode and each chapter in each episode, including KEY DIALOG you’ll want discuss with your students, and what sections you will want to skip. It’s a 10 page PDF, which […]
This page lists the FORTY LESSONS in Life of Christ CD (now out of print) The Life of Christ CD webpage is at https://sundaysoftware.com/life-of-christ-2/ Each lesson presentation includes graphics, animation, sound, narration, bible text and a discussion question. The list below gives you the discussion question. Presentations can last between 6 and 8 minutes in […]
Software Lesson Plan for Teaching About Deborah from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com I originally wrote this for the volunteer “writing team” I belong to at rotation.org. You can play “How Few Can You Do” in a number of ways, including using the Let’s Talk software which is now free to the supporting members of Rotation.org. Learn […]
3 Lesson Plans for Teaching the Story of Cain & Abel Genesis 4 from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software, www.sundaysoftware.com I wrote this as an 3-week “anti-bully-ing” lesson set for grades 1-6. It deals with anger/jealousy, and ends with a neat art lesson and applying the “Mark of Abel” to our students (a cross as a […]
7 week Unit on “The First First Family” The stories of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Esau …from Neil MacQueen’s lesson files at www.sundaysoftware.com Please note: Sundaysoftware’s website is in the process of closing. Many graphics and theme elements no longer work. Below are the lesson notes and outlines for teaching a unit about Abraham, Sarah, […]
A Computer Workshop Lesson about Zaccheus from Neil MacQueen. www.sundaysoftware.com Luke 19:1-10 This lesson is for use with the Zaccheus story found in Awesome Bible Stories ► Related Resource: Print our page of screenshots showing the narrated study notes found in the Zaccheus story. I love teaching Zaccheus because: a) He is short like our […]
You can find and UPDATED version of this lesson idea at Rotation.org’s Ruth Lesson forum, along with other great lesson and software lesson ideas. RUTH A lesson from Neil and Sunday Software, www.sundaysoftware.com Ruth 1:1-22 “Whither thou goest I will go.” This is a great memory verse to learn using Cal & Marty’s Scripture Memory, Though […]
ISAIAH 6: SEND ME! Computer, Music and a “Sensory/Science” Demonstration a lesson sketch from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com See an updated version of this lesson idea and more at Rotation.org’s Isaiah lesson forum. A friend recently ask me how I would teach Isaiah 6 in her computer lab, and I responded with this suggestion: The “Here […]
A CREATION STORY LESSON by Neil MacQueen Using the interactive Creation Story found in Awesome Bible Stories software (now free to the supporting members of Rotation.org) A newer version of this lesson is posted at Rotation.org: https://www.rotation.org/topic/295011598215931882?reply=295011598215931898#295011598215931898 INTRODUCTION The Genesis 1 story of Creation is one of the most beloved and quoted scriptures in the […]
Jesus Feeds the 5000 is a free lesson set from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software The 5 Loaves ~ 2 Fishes software referenced in these lessons can be downloaded for free by the supporting members org Rotation.org along with the game and teaching guide. More Jesus Feeds the 5000 lesson plans of all kinds can be […]
Note: I’ve donated all my “Sunday Software owned” software for free downloading by the supporting members of Rotation.org. Many of the following titles are part of that collection. I continue to maintain this page for those who own these titles or come across them. For lots of different kinds of Lent and Holy Week Lessons, […]
Important Locations in the Story of Jesus’ Last Days in Jerusalem For use with the interactive map found in the Life of Christ CD. 1. Go to the Professor’s Bookshelf in the Life of Christ CD and click the “Practice” book. Click on the “Tour…Passion Week in Jerusalem.” This is a narrated map of Jerusalem […]
Here’s a “Jesus and Peter Walk on Water” lesson plan that uses Life of Christ software, and Cal and Marty’s Scripture Memory software together. It has a great interactive demonstration after the use of Life of Christ CD, a “visual prayer” at the end, and demonstrates how to work with the question posed at the end […]
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Two lesson resources by Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software While you’re here, check out our list of interactive Christian software for home and church use. And print my free “Teaching with Video” teacher’s manual. Update: Many of my Bible movie guides have been updated, improved, and posted in the Bible Videos Resource Forum at Rotation.org. I love good […]
Jesus Calls Peter, James, John and Us to become Fishers of People Luke 5:1-11 A lesson from Neil MacQueen using Life of Christ CD and Let’s Talk CD Warm Up Write the word YES and NO on opposite ends of the classroom. Tell your kids to move to the answer that matches their response to […]
The lesson plan below has been revised, updated, and posted in the “Jesus as a Boy in the Temple” forum at Rotation.org. You’ll find other great lesson ideas there as well. Teaching the story of the Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:40f) a lesson plan from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com Here’s the currently available software that teaches […]
This page is a menu to my free VBS and Summer lesson sets. All of these sets include software lessons, as well as, other types of media and activities, -but you don’t have to use the software lesson if you don’t want to (oy!). They also work as Workshop Rotation Model lesson sets (4 or 5 weeks […]
On this page: Notes on teaching with our Exodus Adventures adventure-lesson game. Exodus Game, Art, and Video lesson ideas for teaching about the Exodus with using, or without using the three lesson adventures in the Exodus Adventures software. Example classroom schedules for using the Exodus software’s three stories over a period of weeks or as a VBS […]
from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com These Christmas story questions come right out of my own Sunday School. They can be used for a Christmas Gameshow, or typed into the Fall of Jericho Quiz Making Game’s question editor and turned into a Jericho quiz game for up to four teams. Below the questions is an answer key […]
Rotation.org’s Advent Forum has a terrific bunch of Advent and Christmas ideas, lesson plans, video clips, and ideas for celebrating Advent and Christmas in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic when so many social-distancing restrictions will affect our regular traditions and gatherings and have canceled many community and traditional events. Download article as PDFAdvent, Christmas, COVID, ideas, lessons, worship
Note: Some of the lesson ideas and software may be out of date, but the point of this post is to show you how we created a “Church Camp Themed” Sunday School experience in a small church that took our summer attendance from ZERO the previous summer to 12 to 14 each week at Camp […]
Click this link to view and print Bongo’s free “Read the Bible” Poster for your classroom. You can save the image to your computer, or ‘copy’ and paste into a document where you can resize it as needed. This poster was created as part of Bongo’s Bible School Curriculum, which is also free. This four […]
written by Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software Printed from www.sundaysoftware.com/site/bongo-bible-school-2 Be sure to see Bongo’s game guides and additional docs at www.sundaysoftware.com/bongo I have re-formatted and uploaded this entire set of lessons as a PDF over in the Lessons About the Bible forum at rotation.org. Bongo Loves the Bible software is now FREE to download if […]
Neil’s Bible Movie Guides & Outlines I love teaching with videos too, and often need a TEACHING OUTLINE of the movie for my own use or to give to a teacher. Thus, I occasionally create my own. Outlines help you lesson plan. They help set up the video with the kids, tell the teacher what to […]
Welcome to our FREE VBS/Summer Sunday School lesson set from Neil MacQueen that answers some very important questions and complaints kids have…. Why do I have go to church? Church is boring! Why do I have to go to worship? I don’t need church to be a Christian! The people are hypocrites! How do I […]
“At Home in God’s Kingdom” Lesson Plans for Teaching about the Kingdom of God from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software → You may also be interested in my single software lesson plan on the Kingdom Parables (seed, leaven, pearl, treasure) → Update: I’ve updated and posted many of the following lesson ideas in the Kingdom Parable […]
VIEW THE ADVENT, HOLY WEEK, and PENTECOST lesson forums at Rotation.org. Since closing sundaysoftware.com, I have moved most of my recommendations and ideas into those free forums at Rotation.org. Jump down to the children’s sermons section Jump down to the New Year’s Ideas Most of the programs mentioned on this page can now be downloaded for […]
Over at www.rotation.org we’ve created a presentation of some of our FAVORITE FREE “at-home” Advent and Christmas resources for families. Check out the video and go to www.rotation.org/pages/advent to see all the links to our favorites. Go to a menu of links to all the resources seen in the presentation Download article as PDF
Rotation.org has added a brand new forum all about Preparing for Advent 2020 worship, Christmas programs, teaching, at-home traditions, Live Nativity, and Blue Christmas, favorite Christmas videos, Zoom singing and worship, and an “Advent Haggadah” — all with an eye toward adapting to the restrictions and realities of the COVID pandemic which churches and our […]2020, Advent, COVID, Nativity, teaching, traditions, worship
Update: I have revised and posted my Paul and the Bright Light lessons in the ACTS lesson forum over at Rotation.org. That forum has other Paul lesson ideas too. The Paul software mentioned in these lesson plans is out of print, but many churches still own it, thus I maintain this page. Paul and the […]
Who is Neil MacQueen and Why Does He Have All These Lesson Resources?
I’m a Sunday School teacher, Christian education geek, and Presbyterian minister. I write lesson resources for our software, and I write for my own classes. I am also a lesson writer over at www.Rotation.org, -a website full of free resources and lessons.
Some lessons I’ve posted are fully formed, others are outlines or sketches. I believe all lesson plans are starting points, and would expect you to adapt and improve on what I’ve written.
In many cases, the software itself IS my lesson plan, and the written materials are merely guides with additional suggestions. Not all software is like that. Some need lesson plans wrapped around them. Read my descriptions and guides for help.
If you have lesson plan needs that you don’t see addressed at this site, or need help finding a resource here, don’t hesitate to email me. – Neil