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 Respect Life Week 2018

 Grades K-3

​Two lesson plans are offered each day for this age group.  Either or both can be used depending on what grade levels are participating and what lesson best fits the students.

 

Monday

Theme:  One Family under God
Topic:  Building a Christian Community
Discipline:  Religion/Whole School
 
Overview:  Students will be introduced to the concept of a Christian community based on Gospel principles.  Through activities, they will come to understand that getting to know someone helps to learn to love them.

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Additional Student/Classroom Resources​​​

How I Love to Take a Walk Along the Street free Amazon Prime song download

Who am I? game encourages students to get to know new things about their classmates

Holy Family Travels to Egypt​, 30 second video of Matthew 2:13.  Coloring page​

Love in Any Language song. 4.5 minute video


Build a Neighborhood online activity allows kids to design a neighborhood and add to their landscapes

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS:  Pope Francis addresses a group of immigrants while in the US.  He reminds them that they bring many gifts to our nation and tells them "do not be discouraged."

Catholic Social Teaching 101: Life and Dignity of the Human Person 3.5 minute video from the US Bishops with interviews from Bishop Barron, Jonathan Reyes, and Helen Alvare.  Fantastic introduction to understanding the dignity of every person and deciding what must be our personal response and a global response to injustice.​

 

Tuesday

Theme:  Do Unto Others
Topic:  Putting the Needs of Others First
Discipline:  Social Studies/History
 
Overview:  It is natural to want the very best things for ourselves.  But, the Gospel asks each of us to put the needs of others before our own.  Students will explore generosity and selflessness in decisions large and small.

 
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

A Little Boy Shares 4 minute animated video of the miracle of the loaves and fishes

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
5 minute animated narration​ of the book​

10 Ideas for Generosity​ for young children (scroll to the end of the page for age-by-age printables)

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?​ Dr Seuss book that can be used for supplemental reading.

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Center for Medical Progress spent 30 weeks on an undercover operation inside Planned Parenthood facilities and talking with their top medical personnel.  The results uncovered the manipulation of abortion procedures and sale of fetal body parts for profit.  These videos and the discussion surrounding them has gone viral.  Many of your students will have seen them or heard about them.  Some of the best responses can be found from Abby Johnson.  She helps put the videos and their content into context and gives ideas of what positive actions to take as a result.  Abby Johnson spoke in LA with Archbishop Gomez​.  

Pro-life Pregnancy Resources​ can be found easily throughout Southern California.  This website can connect women with 90 pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics through So Cal, make appointments for pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, find post-abortion healing resources, and recommendations for adoption.​


Wednesday
 
Theme:  In Sickness and in Health
Topic:  Treating the Sick and Elderly with Dignity
Discipline:  Math
 
Overview:  Students will explore the concepts of illness and dying through the lens of the dignity of every person at every stage.  Through stories and activities, students will realize that the elderly and the sick have love to give and need to receive love.

 
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Jesus Heals the Paralytic 3 minute animated video of the great miracle of Jesus' healing of Levi.  Illustrates not only the love Jesus has for the poor and sick but the great generosity of Levi's friends to bring him to the Lord for healing.

Patch Adams​ 3.5 minute clip from the classic Robin Williams movie during which he entertains a pediatric oncology ward with hilarious antics.  Why is it important to make people laugh even when they are sick?

A Week at Grandma's​ 6 minute animated video of Berenstain Bears' book.  When mother and father bear go on vacation, the kids spend time with their grandmother.  Second 6 minute half of story here​.


Craft ideas that kids can make and bring to grandparents, people in the hospital or elderly in assisted living facility.  Thanksgiving turkeys, snowflakes, nativity scenes​.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS:  California is fighting assisted suicide this year.  Legislators passed legislation to legalize the practice, and Governor Brown signed it into law.  Archbishop Gomez has been very outspoken against assisted suicide as a matter of social justice.  You can read his statement and column and his message after the legalization​.  Stay up to date at www.ahardpill.org

 
Thursday
 
Theme:  I'll Love you Forever
Topic:  Why Marriage and Families Matter
Discipline:  English
 
Overview:  Students will be introduced to the topic of marriage and family as a social justice issue.  Through stories and activities, they will look at the effects of marriage on individuals and the culture.
 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

The Nativity Story​ 3 minute animated video.


Marriage​ with Carl and Ellie from Up.  4 min video.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS:  WIth the World Meeting of Families taking place in Philadelphia, and attended by Pope Francis, there are an amazing number of resources to teach about and support marriage and family.  Here are a few:  Parish Packet containing 10 themes for reflection (see p 9-10); Love is our Mission catechesis for purchase; Marriage, Unique for a Reason video series; For Your Marriage website with great resources for marriage preparation and marriage enrichment; Resource Kit that can be ordered for parish or families; The Meaning of Marriage​ video series from the Humanum Conference at the Vatican.

Pope Francis, at the World Meeting of Families, delivered an exuberant, off-the-cuff address in which he stated, "The family is the most beautiful creation of God!"  Text and video.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is proud to bring The Culture Project to LA for the school-year 2015-1026.  A team of six young adult missionaries are trained in Theology of the Body and Catholic Social Teaching.  They are available to speak to any school or parish group grades 6-12 or college/young adult for free on the issues of sexual integrity, marriage, and the dignity of every person.  All talks are age-appropriate and completely supported by the Office of Life, Justice and Peace and the Department of Catholic Schools.  To book The Culture Project at your school or parish, email kkast@la-archdiocese.org.  For information on how to keep the conversation about sexual integrity and authentic human love going in your classroom or family, visit the Chastity Project​.​  ​


 
Friday

Theme:  Caring for Creation
Topic:  Appreciating God's Gift of Our World
Discipline:  Science
 
Overview:  God has given us a beautiful gift in the creation of the entire world around us.  Students will explore creation and see how caring for it is a prayer of thanksgiving to God.
 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands​ 2 minute song with video​
The Creation Story​ 3 minute video of the Genesis story
The Lorax​ 25 minute original 1972 version of the movie tells the classic Dr Seuss story of the Lorax who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. 
Growing Beans​ activity allows students to see how plants grow up close. 

What does it Mean to be Green?​ 2 minute video with suggestions for kids on ways to reuse, conserve, and be conscious of the environment.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS:  During Pope Francis' recent trip to the United States, he delivered an address to the United Nations General Assembly​.  In it, he shared his perspective on care for our common home as an imperative of our faith as good stewards of the earth and protectors of the most vulnerable in our communities.  You can read the entire text of Laudato si.​

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