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 Respect Life Week 2016

 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, October 17, 2016

Theme:  Agents of Mercy
Topic:  Bringing Love to a Hurting World
Discipline:  Religion/Whole School
Overview:  In recent months, we have seen a significant increase in violence and negativity in the news. Students see this too and wonder what to make of it all. This lesson will help them realize the big impact small acts of love and kindness can make to create a better world for everyone. 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources​​​

My God is Powerful​ 4 minute music video

The Story of Noah 3 minute video. At a time when the world seemed to be doing bad, God showed mercy by saving good Noah and giving the world a new start. Shows how one person doing good and following God can change the whole world for good.

Story of the Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep 4 minute video tells how, like the good shepherd, God will never turn his back on any of his children in need.

Luke 15: 4-7 Text of Scripture Passage

The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde: text of book, 26 minute video (1971 edition), to purchase


Year of Mercy website offers overview of the jubilee year of mercy, works of mercy, prayers, suggestions for action, additional lessons and evangelization tools. From Dynamic Catholic.

Vatican's Jubilee Year of Mercy website with an overview of the worldwide celebrations of mercy.

US Bishops' Year of Mercy Resources including prayers, resources from Pope Francis and suggestions for action.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles Year of Mercy resources including confession finder and information about all Pilgrimage Churches in the Archdiocese.

Talking with Kids about Breaking News​ PBS website gives insights into talking with kids of every age about what they are seeing in the news, such as racism, terror, murders, and other terrible happenings. ​


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Theme:  Friends Do The Right Thing
Topic:  Following Conscience
Discipline:  Social Studies/History
Overview:  Each of us knows right from wrong, and which choices we should be making. But we also need to speak up and encourage one another to make good choices. This includes reaching out to our friends in their time of distress and serving them. A good friend will support their loved ones in doing what is right. 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Jesus Loves Me 2 minutes music video

Mary Helps Elizabeth 3 minute animated video shares the story of Mary who goes to help her cousin Elizabeth, even though she just found out she was having Jesus. God rewards her generosity and obedience to him.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf 4 minute video shares the famous story and illustrates the virtue of truthfulness.

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin 12 minute video (being at minute 12) shares the story of friendship and fair play, even during competition.

David and Goliath 4 minute video tells the story of a young boy who faces a giant because he never doubts God's strength that gives him courage.

Amazing Kids of Character: Courage 3 minute video shares the beautiful story of Johnny Romano, a boy from Galveston, TX who loves to perfect skateboarding tricks. When diagnosed with leukemia, he didn't let that stop him!


US Bishops' Conscience Formation​ overview, especially in light of political activity and faithful citizenship, but the principles apply to all areas of life.

The Art of Forming the Conscience of a Child by Fr John Hardon, SJ gives a beautiful overview of the lifelong process of developing a conscience, and the role teachers, parents, and others play in helping children properly form their consciences.

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.​

Resources for women and men hurting from a past abortion:

How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion webpage​
Hope after Abortion

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Theme:  Forgiving Our Neighbor
Topic:  Showing Mercy
Discipline:  Math
Overview:   Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will also learn that just because you do something wrong does not make you a bad person.    

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High 3 minute music video

GOD Forgiveness 2 minute animated story of a pencil who cannot stay in the lines but an eraser is able to take away the mistakes and help the pencil keep to a straight line. Cute conversation starter on the work of grace and forgiveness in our lives.

Why do we Need to Forgive?​ 1 minute of kids' answers to the question

How to Forgive paper activity for classroom

Our Father printable
Our Father word scramble
Act out the Our Father

Incarcerated Parents--Nylo's Story for Sesame street 2.5 minute video of Nylo and his relationship with his mother, who is incarcerated.


California has the opportunity in 2016 to end the use of the Death Penalty in our state. On the CA ballot in November, vote YES on Prop 62 to end the use of the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. And, vote NO on Prop 66, a bill that would speed up the use of the death penalty. For more information, please see 

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Theme:  When We Don't Have Enough
Topic:  What Does it Mean to be Poor?
Discipline:  English
Overview:  Students will be encouraged to explore the meaning of poverty here in the United States as well as around the world. What does poverty look like? Why is help for the poor central to Jesus’ message?

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Every Move I Make 3.5 minute music video

A Little Boy Shares His Lunch with Jesus 2 minute animated video of the Loaves and Fishes story.

Sesame Street Talks About Food Poverty in the US 4 minute video featuring Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley and introducing the newest muppet who lives with food insecurity.

Fly Away Home 8 minute reading of the book by Eve Bunting.

Last Stop on Market Street info on purchasing

US Bishops' Poverty USA Program offiers ideas for every grade level to fight poverty and hunger in your community.


Looking for services for your family? Looking to offer assistance to families in need?

Los Angeles

Union Rescue Mission
St Vincent de Paul Society of Los Angeles
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles

United States

CCHD's Poverty USA
American Red Cross

International  ​

Catholic Relief Services
Food for the Poor
Caritas International​

Friday, October 21, 2016

Theme:  God Makes Everyone Perfect
Topic:  Celebrating Special Needs
Discipline:  Science
Overview:  Students will learn about the amazing potential for people with disabilities and the importance of respecting those who are different from us.

  PK-K Day Five Special Needs.pdfPK-K Day Five Lesson Plan Special Needs.pdf |  1-3 Day Five Special Needs.pdf1-3 Day Five Lesson Plan Special Needs.pdf

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

This Little Light of Mine 2.5 minute music video​
The Crippled Lamb 8 minute reading of the Max Lucado book about a lamb born crippled who used his gifts in the most spectacular way. Or purchase the book for your classroom.
You Are Special​ 8.5 minute reading of the Max Lucado book about a boy who was treated as an outcast until he met his maker who taught him that he was made perfect. Or purchase the book for your classroom.
We'll Paint the Octopus Red book to purchase for your classroom. Tells the story of 6-year-old Emma who is excited to meet her baby brother who has Down syndrome and learns there is nothing he can't do.

Sesame Street and Autism: We're Amazing 1, 2, 3 2 minute video for PK-K.

Sesame Street: Lauren Goes to School 2.5 minute video about Lauren who learns to read and write in a completely different way.


This year, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is participating in a fundraising opportunity for the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA. Located in San Antonio, TX, the Institute offers services to children and families from birth to 18 years of age with neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities, regardless of their ability to pay. Offering envelopes will be sent to schools for distribution to families suring Advent. 

You can help orphaned children with Down syndrome and other special needs while they await adoption by supporting Reece's Rainbow, a nonprofit organization matches special needs children with families for adoption.​

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