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 Respect Life Week 2015

 Grades 4-6

Monday, October 26, 2015

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. ​ They will be introduced to stories of welcoming others and kindness to strangers as a direct outcome of lived faith.
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Parable of the Good Samaritan​ 5 minute video tells the story of the man left to die on the side of the road.  A priest and a Levite, both leaders in the community, walk by leaving him for dead.  But, a Samaritan man, despised by the Jews, picks him up and cares for him.

Fly Away Home 8.5 minute digital story of the classic book about a boy and his father who are homeless and live in an airport.  People overlook them and do not help.  The family must decide to stick together or make choices that could separate them but be better in the long term.

The Millionaires who Welcome People at Sea​ 3 minute video shows an amazing family who came up with a creative solution to help immigrants who have been dying while trying to cross the ocean.  Learn more about their amazing work.​  What creative solutions can you come up with to help people who are new to your community and need extra help?​

What are the Most Translated Words in the World?  1 minute video about the words that unite cultures and individuals around the world.

What is a Friend​ 1 minute lighthearted video outlining the best qualities of a friend.

US City Name Word Search​ activity illustrates the great diversity in America. As people immigrated to the US from other countries, they named cities after places or people or religious ideals that were important to them. 

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, October 27, 2015

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 Companion to the Forgotten​ 3 minute video shares the story of one man in India who feeds and cares for the forgotten and the ill, all in the name of human kindness and generosity.

Mama Hill's Help​ 10 minute video about Milicent Hill, a woman from Watts, who taught for 40 years and, after losing thousands of her children to violent deaths, opened her home to any child who needs a place to stay off the streets. Mama Hill will be a speaker at OneLife LA 2016.

Make-A-Wish Granted​ 2.5 minute video shares the story of Natalie Marsh-Welton, a young girl with a serious condition who, instead of asking for a trip to Disneyland or her own adventure, used her Make-A-Wish opportunity to feed the homeless.  How did she become so generous?

Team Hoyt ​4 minute video of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick who, together, have participated in countless marathons and triathlons to overcome disability and be a witness to the entire world of the love of family.

Best Commercial Ever​ 3 minute video of a young man choosing to help others over anything else and the good that results in the world because of his selflessness.  An insurance company commercial, but you won't know it until the end.

Kindness Boomerang​ 5.5 minute video depicting the boomerang effect of kindness.

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, October 28, 2015
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

Get Up and Walk​ 7.5 minute video provides a contemporary reinactment of the story of the healing of the paralytic man in Mark 2:1-12.  

Fight Song​ 30 second video of a 7 year old boy fighting stage 4 cancer singing Fight Song with Rachel Platten in his hospital room.  Heartwarming!

Together We Are More​ 4 minute video about John Foppe, a man born without arms, who embraces the need he has of others to help him with things he cannot do, and does amazing things with what he has.

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?

Man of Steel​ 5 minute video of JJ Hanson, a former Marine fighting brain cancer, whose desire to live for his family, even through his disease, is a great inspiration. (JJ will be a speaker at OneLife LA 2016!)

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 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Theme:  I Will Stay True
Topic:  Why Marriage and Family Matters
Discipline:  English Language Arts

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

Wedding Feast at Cana​ video (end at 3 minute mark) of Jesus' first miracle, turning water into wine and the wedding feast of friends in Cana.

What Does Marriage Mean?​ 2 minute video allows kids answer the question of "what is marriage?"

How to Dad 2 minute Cheerios commercial illustrating the great powers of dads and what they do for a family.

Real Strength​ 1 minute Dove ad about the meaning of dads in the lives of their kids

The Unique Connection​ 2 minute video shows the unbreakable connection between kids and their moms that transcends senses and cements the love between moms and their kids.

Being Mom​ 5 minute video of a day in the life of a mom.  Is one day a year enough to honor and thank moms for all they do for us?

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  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, October 30, 2015

Theme:  Caring for Creation
Topic:  Appreciating God's Gift of Our World
Dicsipline:  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

The Story of Creation in Lego​ 5 minute video that humorously shares the Creation story of Genesis

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The 1.5 hour 2012 movie can be purchased on YouTube
full 25 minute original 1972 movie for free ​

100 Ways to Conserve​ gives suggestions on ways to use water wisely during the California drought

Water Wisdom activity pages from Water: Use it Wisely

Tip Tank Game students learn different ways they can conserve water at home in this online game 

Discover Water provides interactive activities and fun games teaching about the role of water in our lives and the importance of conservation

Save Splash the Raindrop online game is a fun way to learn about the importance of water

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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