Life of Christ CD Outline version: August 2017
by Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software
Printed from www.sundaysoftware.com/site/outline-christcd
View the Life of Christ CD description at https://sundaysoftware.com/site/life-of-christ-2/
Life of Christ CD is a huge program with a lot of different parts, which is why this guide is huge with many different parts! As you explore the LoC CD, this guide will help you better understand how all the parts of the program are connected, and how you can teach with them in various ways. The program gives you several different menus and link options to get at the material, -and that can be a bit confusing at first. It just takes a little time, clicking, and reading.
This guide gives you a lot of information not found on the CD. It contains some secrets, and also contains the answers to the cluebook. …So hide this from the kids! If you need tech support, email email@example.com. The tech support numbers and other links within the program no longer work. You should also visit www.sundaysoftware.com/support for LoC CD tech support.
Teachers often have questions about “how to use this CD” in the classroom. There are several ways, and they are described below. After reading this, if you need help, email me. <>< Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software
Life of Christ CD has 3 different types of content and content areas:
(1) The 40 lessons. Each from 4-7 minutes long with a question and quiz at the end. These are located in the “orange crate” on the professor’s desk.
(2) The “interactive study materials” on the Professor’s Bookshelf and office. Quizzes, maps, pictures, matching games, etc. Some of this material is related to the 40 lessons, some is more general “Overview/About the New Testament” content.
(3) the Castle Game and Cluebook ….which offers an adventurous way for students to plow through all the content.
Way to Use LoC #1: As an Independent, Self Guided Curriculum
Students sign-in, start at Lesson 1, and work their way through all 40 lessons and quizzes. After taking each quiz the students get credit for it in their “Scorebook” and get a clue to fill-in the onscreen Cluebook. As their Scorebook and Cluebook fills up, the program offers them “Certificates” to print out. When they complete the entire course, they can print out their “Master Bible Explorer” certificate. Done.
Way to Use LoC #2: Cherry-picking a Lesson and Related Content from LoC CD to Create a Lesson Plan
This is the way most Sunday School use LoC CD. The teacher picks a story presentation from the lesson crate that matches what their curriculum says they should be teaching that day. Sometimes they precede the LoC presentation by reading the same passage from the Bible. After the students view the lesson presentation, they answer the discussion question posed at the end of the lesson, then take the 6 question quiz. This can take 15-20 minutes.
For more follow up on the lesson topic, the teacher will need to look in the Professor’s Bookshelf for any content related to the lesson. For example, they may find a map or extra quiz that matches the story they are working on. Many times, they do not find something that matches, and that’s when you need to move on to another piece of software or related activity. In this respect, sometimes you will only use LoC CD in a computer lab lesson for 20 minutes, then move on.
After the lesson presentation, discussion and quiz, it is quite common to move on to another piece of software to do an activity related the lesson presentation.
You’re working on Lesson 16: Jesus Calls the Disciples. After viewing the Professor’s lesson presentation, talking about it and taking the quiz, -the teacher may have the older kids find Galilee on one of the Professor’s maps and ask “What were the disciples giving up by going with Jesus?” and “What do you give up?” (You can also have them look up the word “disciple” in the Bible Words dictionary. It means “learner”. So you might ask, “What is Jesus calling us to learn?”) Then the teacher may have the students move on to Let’s Talk CD where the kids come up with different types of “calls” from Jesus to different types of occupations, or voicing a “call from Jesus” to give up something specific if you’re going to follow him.. “We know what he said to fishermen, but what would Jesus say to a student? a carpenter? a nurse?” What would he call them to come “learn”? “Come to Me and I will make you a builder/healer of ?” “What would Jesus ask a student to give up in order to follow him?” (In Let’s Talk CD the computer will speak out-loud whatever the kids type.) Or… after viewing the lesson presentation, the teacher may have the kids turn on Cal and Marty’s Scripture Memory Game CD and edit into the game the verse “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men!” …to play as a memory game.
What you do AFTER the lesson from the crate depends on you, –it depends on your lesson subject, what Life of Christ CD gives you on that subject (or doesn’t), and what other software you may have at hand that you can use to follow-up on the lesson’s subject. I recommend looking at the many lesson ideas linked on the Let’s Talk CD webpage so you can get an idea how that specific program works well with following up on Life of Christ lessons. You can also find our other software and lesson ideas for Jesus stories in our online story Cross References.
HOT TIP: When you’re in a lesson, roll your mouse to the leftside of the screen and click the EYEglasses. This will reveal the lesson’s text with clickable icons that link to multimedia and other study content on the Professor’s Bookshelf that is related to the lesson’s subject matter. Preview it in advance of the class to know what interactives on the Professor’s shelf match your lesson.
Way to use LoC #3: Creating a course of study that Overviews the New Testament
At some point, you should certainly use Life of Christ CD to do a several week LESSON UNIT that does one of two things:
(1) AN OVERVIEW OF CHRIST’S LIFE, and/or (2) AN OVERVIEW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. As you browse all the quizzes and matching games on the Professor’s Bookshelf, this lesson unit possibility should jump out and bite you.
You probably wont’ need to use most if any of the 40 lessons, or the Cluebook/Castle for this “New Testament Overview.” Rather, you would create a course of study that takes your students through the various interactive elements and media found on the Professor’s Bookshelf. This guide will help you identify them. You could create a wall chart of a set of those interactive elements and media to chart individual students through them. The teacher gives the students a worksheet that has a question to fill out for each activity –to hold them accountable for paying attention. Those questions/answers could also become the basis for a discussion after the software use. You could do this for several weeks in a row as part of an “NT OVERVIEW” unit you are putting a class through. Or, you could do this unit in pieces over the course of a year, one piece at the end of a class.
More about the “Castle Game”
The Castle game is found by clicking the window in the Professor’s Office, is really just a series of more LoC quizzes “guarding” doors in the castle. The quizzes are part of the cluebook game, so if you’re not using the cluebook, then the quizzes, while interesting, will probably not match up to any particular lesson you are focusing on.
Inside the castle, you use your MOUSE to move the virtual scenery looking for an invisible hotspot which will start an animation. When you see the animation, click and the quiz will open. The quizzes will get you ONLY 7 of the needed 60 clues to fill your Cluebook, and the info in the quizzes is a bit random, so they are hard to correlate with a particular Jesus lesson. If students get stuck answering some of the quiz questions in the Castle they can always go out and study the subject they don’t understand on the Professor’s Bookshelf to find the correct answers, -or take a lesson on the subject from the crate of 40 lessons on the Professor’s desk.
To bypass the NT Books game guarding the main gate, click on the lower right corner of the NT Bookshelf.
Getting Back to the Professor’s Office…. once you enter the Professor’s Office, you can access/return to other parts of the program by ROLLING YOUR MOUSE to the LEFT SIDE of the screen. A menu will open. Some menu options are not available in certain areas of the program.
Now let’s break down all the content found on the LoC CD…
Summaries of the 40 Lessons
Here are the Lesson Summaries and the Question found at the end each presentation. To see what other recommended CDs also contain these stories (and you may already own) go to https://sundaysoftware.com/site/lessons-and-resources/new-testament
Tip: When you’re in a lesson, roll your mouse to the leftside of the screen and click the magnifying glass. It gives you a printable version of the lesson text, with hyperlinks to multimedia content related to the subject matter.
Getting to Know Who’s Who
1. Getting to Know Jesus (John 5:31-47)
What Jesus accomplished, What are Gospels, Why they wrote them, Do you know Jesus is your Savior?
2. Getting to Know Matthew (Matthew 9:9-10, 10:1-3)
Who he was, what were taxes, Jesus parties with sinners, Why Jesus chose Matthew, Matthew wanted to prove Jesus fulfilled prophecy, Do you think God only likes good people?
3. Getting to Know Mark (Acts 13:4-5, 13; Acts 15:36-39)
The tradition of who Mark was and how he came to be with Paul, Mark focused on what Jesus did –action and power. Have you ever tried to run away from something God wanted you to do?
g to Know Luke (Luke 1:1-4)
Who he was, he was like a news reporter, Luke took great care….what can you do to know you know the truth about Jesus?
5. Getting to Know John (John, all chapters)
John was one of Jesus’ best friend, why John’s gospel is different, John’s use of “I Am,” Do you believe that Jesus is God’s Son?
NOTE: Strangely, for the most part it is only the first four or five lessons in Life of Christ that might stir controversy from a biblical point of view. Lesson 5 takes the traditional view that the gospel writer John and the Book of Revelation’s John as the same person. Many scholars don’t think that’s correct.
Beginnings to Baptism
6. An Angel Brings Good News (Luke 1:11-22)
About Mary, Gabriel, Zechariah & Elizabeth. Zechariah at first didn’t believe what he had been told. Do youreally believe that God will do all he promises?
7. The Savior is Born (Luke 2:1-20)
The essential Christmas story here. Can you imagine what the shepherds thought and felt?
8. Visitors for the Newborn King (Matthew 2:1-12)
All about the Magi and Herod. How do you worship Jesus? What gifts can you give him?
9. Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:21-52)
As a baby and as a boy his parents brought him to the Temple. Jesus was being obedient to God. How do you do it?
10. The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3, John 1)
All about John the Baptist and the baptism. Our baptism is a symbol of new life in Jesus.
Introducing the Son of God!
11. The Lamb of God (John 1:15-34)
What John the Baptist meant when he called Jesus the “Lamb of God” (the one who takes away sin). Have you asked God to pass over your sins?
12. Three Temptations (Matthew 4:1-11)
Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness and what those temptations meant. How do you prepare yourself to fight off temptation?
13. New Wine out of Water (John 2:1-11)
The Wedding at Cana story. When you pray, do you try to tell God what you want, or do you present your needs and trust him to do what is best?
14. Jesus Tells His Secret to a Lonely Woman (John 4:4-42)
The story of the Samaritan woman by the well. Do you reject people who are loved by God? How do you introduce others to God?
15. Jesus Tells His Secret in His Hometown (Luke 4:14-30)
Jesus is thrown out of Nazareth. What would you have said after Jesus’ sermon?
Ministry with His Disciples
16. Four Fisherman (Luke 5:1-11)
Jesus calls his first disciples. Are you just interested in Jesus, or do you want to follow him?
17. Faith That Goes Through the Roof (Mark 2:1-12)
The healing of the paralytic let down through the roof. Jesus claims to be able to forgive sin (which got him in trouble). What do you do to get close to Jesus?
18. Jesus’ Power Over a Storm ( Mark 4: 35-41)
Jesus wakes up and rebukes the storm. Do you think Jesus has the power to comfort you when you are frightened?
19. One Boy’s Lunch Feeds 5000 (John 6:1-14)
The basic story. What do you have that you could offer to Jesus?
20. Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-32)
Peter also tries to walk. When you pray do you focus your attention more on Jesus’ power or on your problem?
Lessons About Life and Death
21. A Glimpse of Glory on a Mountaintop (Luke 9: 28-36)
The Transfiguration story. Have you taken time to pray to God?
22. Who Will Throw the First Stone? (John 8: 1-11)
Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Background info of the law concerning adultery. How would you have felt?
23. Jesus Blesses the Little Children (Mark 10:13-16)
Background on “blessing.” Thoughts about children. How does the story make you feel about Jesus’ love?
24. Some People Will Do Anything to See Jesus –Zaccheus and The Blind Man (Luke 18:35-19:10)
A full telling of the Zaccheus story. If you were in the crowd, what would you have done to see Jesus? How eagerly to you seek him now?
25. A Rich Young Ruler Wants Eternal Life (Mark 10:17-27)
The man didn’t ask for eternal life, he assumed he had to do something to earn it. Would you choose riches in heaven or on earth?
26. Learning About Life After Death –Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
An explanation of the meaning of the Lazarus story. How would you feel seeing some come back to life?
The Road to the Cross
27. Mary Prepares Jesus Body for Burial –with perfume (Matthew 26:6-13)
Mary believed Jesus when he said he would be crucified and wanted to show she loved him. What can you do to show your love for Jesus?
28. The Plot to Catch and Kill Jesus (Matthew 26:1-16)
Why the Jews and Caiaphas plotted to get rid of Jesus. Has jealousy ever made you say something that hurt others?
29. A Grand Entry Into Jerusalem –Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28-46)
The prophetic prediction behind the act. Jesus sobs over Jerusalem (and why). Do you honor Jesus as your king? If so, how?
30. Disruption at the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17)
Why people needed their money changed. People misuing the Temple. Children sang praises. When and how do you praise the Lord?
31. New Meaning to the Passover Meal (Luke 22:14-23)
An excellent presentation on the history and practice of the Passover meal and how Jesus redefined it. Have you ever taken Communion to remember Jesus’ death?
32. Arrested, Tried, and Tortured (Luke 22:47-23:45)
Jesus, the crowds, the priests, the soldiers, and Pilate. Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do?
33. Jesus Goes to the Cross (Luke 23:26-49)
Explanation of cross, calvary, the sign, meaning of some of his last words. How would you have felt watching Jesus die?
Jesus is Alive Forever and Ever
34. The Burial and Resurrection (Matthew 27:57-28:15, Luke 24:1-7)
The women discover the empty tomb. How would you have reacted?
35. Resurrected Messiah Visits Friends and Followers (Luke 24:13-44)
The road to Emmaus story. Why shouldn’t the disciples have been surprised at Jesus’ resurrection? How would you have acted?
36. Saying Good-bye and Spreading the Good News (Matthew 28:19,20)
Jesus’ Great Commission to his disciples, his ascension. What is the good news about Jesus?
37. Jesus Selects An Apostle (Acts 8:1-4, 9:1-31)
The story of Pentecost, the selection of Stephen and his stoning, plus the conversion of Saul to Paul. Would you still follow Jesus if you could be arrested for being a Christian?
38. The Devil’s Destruction (Ephesians 6:10-18, Revelation 20:10)
All about the devil and the origins of evil. (NOTE: Check your theological needs here.) The devil is defeated and thrown in a lake of fire in John’s vision. Do you ever feel that you’re in a war with the devil and his evil forces?
NOTE: Some teachers may find this material out of step with their own theology. This should not deter you, however, from needing to deal with the subject matter of the devil and nature of evil. It IS important (whatever your opinion is) and the kids find the subject fascinating.
39. God Makes All Things New (Revelation 21:1-22:6)
John’s vision of the future: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth….” What is heaven all about. How is John’s description of heaven different from what you thought heaven would be like?
40. The Teachings of Jesus –Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7)
What he taught and why some people didn’t understand it. Become wise by learning the teachings of Jesus, that’s what disciple means. How can you learn his teachings?
HOT TIP: When you’re in a lesson, roll your mouse to the leftside of the screen and click the EYEglasses. This will reveal the lesson’s text with clickable icons that link to multimedia content on the Professor’s Bookshelf that is related to the lesson’s subject matter. Preview it in advance of the class to know what interactives on the Professor’s shelf match your lesson.
Answers to the Cluebook
If you’re NOT using the “Cluebook” feature in the game…where the kids are studying their way through the entire CD, you don’t care about the cluebook answers here. The Cluebook can be found by moving your mouse to the LEFT SIDE of the screen. Depending on how you are using Life of Christ, you may not use the Cluebook feature at all.
Why are we giving away the answers? Because sometimes kids (and teachers) get stuck, and need help, and because some folks like to preview ALL the program’s materials before using. How quickly should you help out a student with the answers? That’s up to you.
1. Bethlehem 2. Caesarea 3. John 4. Man 5. Tarsus 6. Jerusalem 7. Disciple 8. John 9. Cana 10. Patience 11. Turkey 12. Philippi 13. Prayer 14. Thursday 15. Gentiles 16. Holy 17. General 18. Stephen 19. Blasphemy 20. Repentance 21. Patmos 22. Forgiveness 23. North 24. Micah 25. Calvary 26. Servanthood 27. Coin 28. Antioch 29. Capernaum 30. Pentecost 31. Bible 32. Christian 33. Onesimus 34.Belief 35.Apostle 36. Lazarus 37. Golgotha 38. Pilate 39. Sword 40. Gethsemane 41. Rome 42. Andrew 42. Lois 44. Repent 45. Samaritan 46. Samaria 47.Magdalene 48. Faith 49. Nazareth 50. Gospel 51. Jericho 52. Miracle 53. Jordan 54. Cyprus 55. Olives 56. all 57. Covenant 58. tomb 59. Damascus 60. Worship
The Professor’s Office Treasure Chests
What’s in the Treasure Chests? I’m not going to spoil it for you. But the combinations to get into them are revealed as you go through the independent study game. Maybe you can use this as a reward to some of your students who want to spend extra time ‘beating the game’ to open those chests. Why not!
The Secret Castle Bypass “Hotspot”
There is an undocumented “Secret Bypass” that allows you to get past the New Testament Books Game at the Castle Gate and continue straight into the castle. Double click on the rock wall just to the right of the instruction panel (see graphic at right). It’s a very specific location, without any visual marker, so take your time and double click it. This is handy if you’ve already done the game. This bypass is only on version 3.0 (the version number is printed on your CD). See my Castle Notes below for more Castle helps.
How to Stop the Narration in the Castle:
Click once during the opening narration to stop the narration and proceed with the game or secret bypass.
How to Return to the Office in the Castle:
Move your mouse to the left side of the screen to open up the menu.
“Books” on the Study Shelf in the Professor’s Study
The BOOKS are: Study | Practice | Map Tours | Bible Books | Bible Timeline | Word Study | Bible Facts
“Practice”, “Map Tours” and “Bible Facts” are the most interactive. Study is text. Here’s an outline of what’s in each of those…
In the “STUDY” Book on the Professor’s Shelf
Miracles of Jesus –printable summaries of 35 miracles
Parables of Jesus –printable summaries of all Jesus’ parables
Maps –nine maps to select from (and print) –Mediterranean Area, Israel, Paul’s Journeys
*Look for other maps in the “Map Tours” section or by clicking on the Globe in the office.
Memory Verses –20 some printable verses from the New Testament
Bible Reading Plans — printable list of 365 scripture references
Lesson Text — The printable scripts from each of the 40 multimedia lessons with links to related materials on the CD* A key resource. See notes below.
Books of the New Testament — printable list arranged according to time of writing (beginning with Galatians), includes author, time of writing, place of writing and who the book addresses.
Articles –the following articles can be printed out. They contain quite a bit of solid background information about the Bible, who , why, what. They are well-written and can be used with older students and adults. Theologically speaking, I found them fairly traditional, though not without a few nits to pick. Alas, only God is perfect.
The Articles to Print are:
- Knowing God through the NT I
- Knowing God through the NT IIKnowing God through the whole Bible I
- Knowing God through the whole Bible II
- How can I know God through his book I
- How can I know God through his book II
- 10 reasons to believe the Bible
- 10 reasons to believe Christ rose from the dead (Actual Reality’s “Resurrection Theater” video clips would dovetail nicely with this last article.)
In the PRACTICE Book on the Professor’s Shelf:
General | Matching | Map Tours | Bible Books | Bible Timeline | Bible Words | Bible Facts
GENERAL– Here’s a list of what’s in the “general” section.
New Testament Book Hooks -Memory Aids to remembering what the books are about.
New Testament Book Names –drag each book to it’s correct location (just like the version at castle entrance)
New Testament Book Order –place books in chronological order
New Testament Content –Interactive Review/overview of book content
Geography –Identify Key Locations on maps of Israel and Mediterranean by dragging names onto locations
Jesus’ Ministry –drag descriptions of key Jesus events onto map locations
Interactive Map of the New Testament World –click on map locations to hear audio, read text, or see video. See graphic of this below on this page.
Interactive Map of Jerusalem -(excellent) click on Jerusalem locations that trace events of Christ’s last week. Video, audio, photos, text. Also located in this area is a slideshow of 16 Jerusalem locations (with music playing in background). **I have created a worksheet with the locations ‘blanked out.’ You can find it at www.sundaysoftware.com/lasttwo.htm
Old Testament Prophecies of Christ –game in which you drag the New Testament fulfillment to the Old Testament prophecy. Students will need to look up the passages. Correct matches reveal picture of Jesus.
The Gospels Compared –chart showing differences in author, view of Christ, audience, tone, characteristics, etc.
MATCHING– 7 matching games.
Correct matches are rewarded with a clue. Assumes a general familiarity with Bible, probably best suited to fourth graders and above.
Getting to Know Who’s Who –a matching game…. Gospel, gentile, Matthew, Moses, Messiah, Luke, Jewish, John the Baptist, “I Am,” Mark.
Beginning to Baptism –a matching game…….Elijah, Bethlehem, Caesar, Gabriel, Jerusalem, King Herod, Simeon, Mary, Nazareth, Anna.
Introducing the Son of God –a matching game….Idols, Isaiah, Jacob’s Well, Bread, Cana, Passover, Samaria, Lamb of God, Galilee, Egypt
Ministry with His Disciples –a matching game…..Andrew, James/John, Bread and Fish, Walking, Simon Peter, Blasphemy, King of Kings, Parables, Capernaum
Lessons About Life and Death –a matching game…..Heavenly glory, Eternal Life, Bethany, Salvation, Peter/James/John, Martha and Mary, Zacchaeus, Jericho, Exodus, Lazarus
The Road to the Cross –a matching game…..Caiaphas, Unleavened Bread, Expensive Perfume, Pilate, Calvary, Communion, City of Zion, Last Supper, Judas, Covenant
Jesus is Alive Forever and Ever –a matching game…..Damascus, Book of Life, Stephen, Joel, Mary Magdalene, Great Commission, Saul, Joseph and the Rich Man, Lucifer, Island of Patmos
Many of these can also be accessed from the Practice book or office Globe. Passion Week in Jerusalem –narrated map of Jerusalem with eight audio clips to hear. (Use Interactive Map of Jerusalem to see how much students remember!) TIP: Other programs have maps in them too. These include Sandals Bible Atlas -which has video to go along with the map tours. (sundaysoftware.com/sandals.htm) In certain lesson presentations, if a ‘map’ or location is especially important to the story, you can find it linked to your story by rolling your mouse to the left and clicking the eyeglasses icon. Then look at the text of the story for the blue “globes” and “map” icons to click and see that map interactive.
I have created a Student Worksheet for use with the LoC Map “Jesus Last Two Days”. Basically, I just copied the map, erased the name locations, and the kids fill them in as they listen and explore the interactive map. https://sundaysoftware.com/site/loc-worksheet
Select a New Testament book, then select from one of five information icons to learn more about the book:
1. An outline of the book
2. What Does It Say, it’s location in the New Testament
3. “Faces and Places” described in the book
4. Key Verses and Themes
5. So What –what is Matthew trying to tell you?
WOW! …a lot in this one. Students see an interactive timeline and hear a narrated tour of it. Clicking on a timeline subject pulls up a brief printable article on the subject (about two paragraphs each) or may also reveal a narrated map presentation or other teaching element. Subjects include People, Events, Period, Scripture. A veritable who’s who in the New Testament and an excellent overview of the entire New Testament story.
Periods included in timeline: Between the Testaments, Life of Christ, Passion Week, Early Church, Paul’s First Journey, Paul’s Second Journey, Paul’s Third Journey, Pauls’ Arrest through Close of NT.
BIBLE WORDS — A Bible Dictionary from Abraham to Thomas. Click on the Word and see a three or four sentence description.
BIBLE FACTS — Test your understanding of Bible facts by selecting from any of five topical quizzes:
Men in the Bible –27 questions
Parables-Stories & Events –71 questions
Women and Children –27 questions
Geography –42 questions
Popourri –33 questions
Professor Newheart’s Multimedia Filing Cabinet
Film and Photos are located (oddly enough) in his office multimedia filing cabinet:
Video Clips : Jerusalem | Herod’s Temple | Herod’s Palace | Valley of Gehenna | Pool of Bethesda | Kidron Valley
Postcards on Life of Christ and the Gospels: 16 narrated slides of the Gospel locations as you would see them today. (Great photography, nice background music.
Slide packets *All these slides have text.
- 16 un-narrated slides touring Jerusalem. (Pathways Through Jerusalem does it more spectacularly)
- 4 un-narrated slides touring Bethlehem as it appears today. (A Walk in the Foosteps of Jesus does it too).
- 5 un-narrated about Sea of Galilee
- 4 un-narated slides of Caesarea by the Sea as it appears today.
Pertinent media pieces are also linked in the text of the lesson you are studying. So for example, if you are studying the Temptation of Jesus, roll your mouse to the left of that lesson presentation, click the “eyeglasses” icon, and then click the video or photo icon in the lesson text to see the video clip of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Professor’s Globe on top of the cabinet –extra links to maps. Many of these maps are also accessible through the “books” on the Professor’s shelf.
Now here’s where it can get a little confusing at first…
Life of Christ CD actually gives you SEVERAL WAYS to ACCESS BOOKSHELF interactives.
1. Through the Bookshelf. This is the main way to cherry-pick. The “Practice” Book is best. Study is merely for print. Bible Facts has the interactive quizzes. But there’s a better way to find material related to a specific lesson presentation. Read on!
2. Through the “Eyeglasses” link while in a Lesson. Open a narrated lesson from the orange crate and roll your mouse to the left and clicking the EYEGLASSES icon. This brings up a text of the narrated lesson you were looking at with embedded LINKS to material from the Bookshelf which is related to the lesson. In this mode, you’ll also see keywords of the text highlighted. These can be clicked on to reveal a definition.
Example of how to use the EYEGLASSES feature in your lesson plan:
Say you were using the Lesson 13: New Wine out of Water. While in that lesson presentation, roll left and click on the Eyeglasses icon in the menu that appears. Now you will see the text of your narrated presentation with LINKS in it. (See screenshot above). The word “GLORY” highlighted. Clicking it will pull up an interesting definition of that word in biblical terms. In your student handout, you’ve asked them to “define the word glory”.
3. This third way is sort of nice too, but is really just another version of the Bookshelf menu. You’ll find it when you roll left in a lesson and click the Chain “Links”. This will show you a Master Menu of items from the Bookshelf. They are organized differently than as seen when you simply click the Bookshelf. This is a nice master menu.
Neil Opines About Some of the Material in These Links
Not all the links to media/photos/map are worth looking at. Depends on the lesson you’re in. In Jesus Stills the Storm, for example, having your kids take a look at the Sea of Galilee photos makes sense to get an idea and image of where the story took place. But looking at those pictures in the Call to Disciples lesson doesn’t make much sense, even though they are linked in that lesson too.
It’s the same with the highlighted words seen in the printed text when you click the eyeglasses icon. Some word studies are better than others. “Disciples” is an interesting word concept to click on (it means “learner”). But “Authority” in the Stills the Storm lesson isn’t that interesting a word study.
Which is to say, PREVIEW and PICK YOUR SPOTS!
Matching LoC Lessons to Other Recommended Software
Many other software programs have similar Jesus stories in them. The best way to find out what matches is to consult our NT cross reference. Here are a few obvious ones:
Jesus in Space CD (Baptism, Last Supper, Emmaus)
Faith through the Roof CD (Jesus heals the paralyzed man)
Five Loaves, Two Fishes CD (Jesus feeds the 5000)
Walking in Their Sandals Bible Atlas CD (has numerous interactive Jesus maps with photos and videos of locations)
Actual Reality CD — Consult our outlines of these programs for more information about Jesus. It does especially well on the stories of Cross and Resurrection, and “Who is the Christ?”
*A complete Cross Reference of all Jesus material found in all our recommended CDs can be found HERE. https://sundaysoftware.com/site/lessons-and-resources/new-testament-story-software-cross-ref/
Following Up LoC CD by using Let’s Talk CD
After teaching with the original LoC for many years, one Sunday after church I thought up the program LET’S TALK CD. I was looking for another piece of software I could use to expand on the LoC lesson and quiz we had just taken, and wrote Let’s Talk. Consult my Lesson Ideas for Let’s Talk CD and you’ll read A LOT of Jesus lesson ideas you can use. https://sundaysoftware.com/site/lets-talk-lessons/
With “Let’s Talk” teachers or students create their own lesson comments/questions/quizzes which an animated character speaks aloud on the screen. The character can even be programmed to ASK questions about the lesson which your students can respond to for others to hear. It’s a piece of software meant to complement the use of many programs, such as Life of Christ, Footsteps of Jesus, or Walking in Their Sandals CD –where the time spent in those program may be less than 10 to 12 minutes, and you want to create an exciting follow-up computer-aided discussion.
Age Range Notes:
Life of Christ was made for older children and younger youth. Most of us use it with Grades 3 through Senior High. Yet, many of the lesson presentations in the Professor’s orange crate of lessons are appropriate enough for Grades K-2 –provided you do some interpreting, and help them with the quizzes. Depending on which lesson you choose, some of the vocabulary and concepts may be a bit much. The story oriented lessons, such as Jesus on the water, tend to be more understandable to younger kids. The Holy Week lesson, on the other hand, tend to be rather ‘high concept.’ The Professor’s Bookshelf (research materials, really) are too old for younger children.
Neil’s Castle Navigation Tips
The Castle is a set of 3d-like panoramic images which you navigate with your mouse. Inside the castle are a set of Jesus quizzes. They are part of the Cluebook/Scorebook adventure through the LoC content (as described above). When you enter the castle, HOLD your left mouse key and move the cursor left and right in the pictures to turn around in the castle images. Then, stop holding the mouse button and ROLL your mouse over OBJECTS in the rooms. When your mouse cursor turns into a hand, it means you can double-click that hotspot/object to make something happen, such as, move forward to a new room, reveal a quiz, or make the object you are clicking on ‘spin’ revealing a clue envelope. Some objects only spin and reveal nothing; others reveal answers to your cluebook you may be trying to fill up. When you find an object with a clue attached, it will open revealing the answer you need to put into your cluebook.
HOT TIP: Before clicking “close” on the clue, roll your mouse over the left side of the screen to reveal the menu with a link to your cluebook. After adding the clue in your cluebook you’ll be returned to the castle.
The Castle is meant to be sneaky and a bit hard, but that’s part of its charm. A ‘map’ at the bottom of the Castle screen shows you where you are. It’s helpful when you start to get turned around! You can also zoom in and out in any of the panoramic images by clicking either your SHIFT key or your CTRL key.
Create student worksheets to guide students to different content. Include a question to complete at each step to hold them accountable.
Don’t just sit there after lesson presentation finishes. Use the opportunity for discussion. For example, here is a set of follow up discussion questions for Lesson #31 — New Meaning to the Passover Meal
- According to the presentation, what did the Passover meal celebrate? What were the essential elements of the meal?
- According to the presentation, what two elements of the Passover meal are found on Christian communion tables?
- According to the presentation, what new meaning did Jesus give to the Passover meal?
- What does it mean to say “Jesus was the lamb sacrificed for us.”
- How does it make you feel knowing Jesus died on the cross for your sins?
- The next time you take communion, what will you remember most about Jesus on his last night?
- To start the game after installation you must go to “Discovery Interactive” in your PROGRAM group to start the program or use the Desktop icon (if you made one as suggested above).
- The ‘saved’ user files for LoC are found on your C drive”s Programs (x86) folder, in the folder titled “The Life of Christ”.
- The “locgdata” folder is what you can save and move to other installed copies of LoC if you need to transfer your sign-in and completed lesson data to another computer. You may have other data also saved, so go ahead and copy all four folders seen here on the right.
- Do not press the ESC key during the game. It automatically quits the game without warning.
- When typing name into certificate, you need to manually center it in the field in order for it to be centered on the printed certificate. Does not apply to version 3.0 or 4.0.
- To erase names from the sign-in list — Depending on which version of Life of Christ you have, open Windows Explorer and burrow down to the users.dat file in the Life of Christ FOLDER found at either C:\The Life of Christ or C:\Program_Files\The Life of Christ\LOCGDATA (or whatever folder you have installed Life of Christ to on your computer). RIGHT click the users.dat file and select “open with” and choose Notepad. Edit the list or delete the text, and “Save” using exact file name and extension. This should do it. (Do not use a wordprocessing program –it will leave funny code in the text).
- If you have older versions of Life of Christ CD mixed with newer versions of the CD in your lab, then you may encounter an odd situation where you use a newer CD on a computer that has LoC installed using an older version of the CD –and the program won’t work. Bottom line: if you have multiple versions, mark which CDs belong to (were installed to) which computers. See our Support Page notes for more details.
- There is a way to make a backup/archival copy of the Life of Christ CD, in case yours ever gets scratched due to handling. You CANNOT simply copy or “burn” a copy of the master CD because it has copy protection that will thwart that. Contact Neil@sundaysoftware.com for specific instructions on how to properly make a working back-up copy.
Life of Christ is being used in Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Southern Baptist, Episcopalian and Church of Christ churches (to name a few). There are a couple of places, sentences, ideas, and choices of wording that I would have changed; …lesson 38 about the Devil, for example. That lesson I just won’t use. Some folks get hung up on vocabulary they aren’t used to. For example, “The Plan of Salvation” (tucked away in the Articles on the Professor’s Shelf) isn’t the way Presbyterians talk about salvation. Students will encounter different flavors of Christianity, so don’t hide from it in the software either. Use it as an opportunity to express your church’s point of view and tradition.
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