The 6th Grade resources at pursueGOD.org are designed for churches to use as their 6th Grade Sunday School curriculum. The track covers 39 weeks in total, with bonus lessons that can be used throughout the summer. Scroll down to get started on lessons.
Watch the Intro
Just for Teachers
The Award Program
Hey 6th Grade teachers! Motivate your students to pursue God with 6th grade awards:
- Complete the first 3 Quarters to receive the Q3 Award Certificate. Give it out in class or in front of the whole church!
- Complete the pursueGOD.org Chapter a Day Bible Reading Plan to receive the New Testament Award. Be sure to have parents sign off on their readings.
For Quarter 3 we recommend involving student mentors from 8th or 9th grade – this will help to create a discipleship culture at your church and will assist with the 6th graders’ transition into the youth group. Here’s how it works: in Quarter 3, the mentor attends Sunday School each week and leads a student group for the discussion time in the last half of class. Here are the details:
- Coordinate this element with your youth pastor or leader.
- Mentors lead student groups of 2-4 6th graders
- Mentors are at least 8th graders
- Mentors must be trained in advance – see Training 101 at pursueGOD.org
We recommend involving student mentors in the award process. Let them present awards at the end of Quarter 3 in front of the class or the entire church.
Here’s how to lead your Sunday School class or small group using the 52-week pursueGOD 6th Grade Track. For each lesson in the track, we recommend the timed elements below. (Feel free to download and print lessons.)
Open with small talk. (5 min)
This is a great time for leaders to speak with students. After a few weeks you will find that they are more open during this time than in group discussion. It is also a great time for students to build relationships with each other. Strong relationships with peers encourages consistent attendance. They look forward to the social element of class.
Icebreaker (10 min)
The leader will present icebreaker activities that promote discussion. This time allows everyone to learn about each other beyond church. Topics discussed will help you with small talk next week. It is very important for leaders to be a participant in these activities. It will allow your students to relax and feel comfortable talking with you about deeper issues when the lesson rolls around.
Prayer (2 min)
The obvious reason for this time is to communicate with God, but it also brings the kids from some social goofiness to “it’s church time”.
Lesson Preview (8 min)
Watch the video together or share your own summary (get lessons from the Lesson Schedule above). Share pertinent Bible verses and a few poignant questions they can ask themselves. This will stimulate thought.
Snack and Game Time (15 min)
After 8 minutes of “Bible talk”, student’s attention span has already reached its limits. Snacks should be what the kids like (yes even if it is sugary). This part of the day really is what keeps kids coming back. These kids are hungry all the time, and if they get good treats they will show up! Games should be interactive and fun. Outside whenever possible!
Lesson Review (10 min)
Now it’s time to see what the kids remember. Review the lesson they previewed earlier by asking them to piece together the main points. Invite one or two kids to read the Bible verses from the lesson as you review it. Allow kids to continue to snack as they listen and share.
Group Discussion (10 min)
This should have the same feel as the review above, but now you’re opening up the conversation. Use the discussion questions from the lesson as needed, but be ready to go “off script” as the conversation develops. If you were successful early in class with making students comfortable talking to you and the group, then they will open up more about their spiritual walk during this segment.
Close (5 min)
Pray together to close down your time. At the end, always have a game in your back pocket. You never know when the adult service will go long and you are out of material. This game usually needs to be inside and somewhat quiet.
Special thanks to Ben Finkbeiner for developing this leader content.
The lessons below come from our student section at pursueGOD.org.
Quarter 1 (Fall)
- Back to School Tips for 6th Grade
- Drive, Part 1: The Good Life
- Drive, Part 2: Helping Others
- Drive, Part 3: Eternity
- Jesus, Part 1: Baptism
- Jesus, Part 2: Temptation
- Jesus, Part 3: Zaccheus
- Jesus, Part 4: Loaves and Fishes
- Jesus, Part 5: Healing on the Sabbath
- Foundations, Part 1: Trust Jesus
- Getting to Your Faith Moment
- What Is Baptism?
- Christmas Lesson*
*Insert where necessary in the quarter.