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 Respect Life Week 2014

 Grades 4-6

Monday, October 6

Theme:  God's Grace is Enough
Topic:  Forgiveness and Mercy
Discipline:  Whole School

Overview:  Discussion at all grade levels about the role of forgiveness in our lives, about past choices and consequences, and about the benefits of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

“Your Grace is Enough” acoustic  Matt Maher  4.5 minutes.  Great for all ages.  Good for reflection time. 

“Your Grace is Enough” video with lyrics  4.25 minutes.  Good for sing-along or use at Mass.​

The Story of the Prodigal Son Text of scripture story with 5.5 minute video  Coloring page for Prodigal Son story.  Story retold in comic book form -- 2 minutes.

Read Matthew 18: 21-34, then watch this hilarious video re-enactment of the story.  6 minutes 

Overview worksheet of the Sacrament of Reconciliation  Good reminder for kids prior to receiving the sacrament.  Contains an answer key for questions.

Tuesday, October 7

Theme:  A Person's A Person No Matter How Small
Topic:  Life is Precious from the first moment of Conception
Discipline:  Religion

Overview: Students will explore fetal development in an age-appropriate manner and will learn about the dignity of all human life, particularly unborn life.  They will have activities that reinforce the continuum of human life and emphasize the necessity to protect all life, especially the most vulnerable.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Miracle of Life videos.  Beautiful fetal development video shows baby growing from zygote through just before birth.  3.5 minutes with facts on fetal development;  or 14.5 minutes​ (start at 3.3 minutes if you want to skip over conception) 

How big is your baby?​  Comparisons of unborn baby size to the size of common produce with detailed explanations of what is developing each month and beautiful illustrations of baby and mom.  Website geared for adults, but the information and some of the illustrations perfect for all kids.

valuing-life-tool-kit.pdfvaluing-life-tool-kit.pdf with great activities for students.

From Bump to Buzz​ A husband takes video of his wife every day of her pregnancy to show the changes.  Funny.  Put to great music.  3 minutes.

My Wife's Enchanted Pregnancy  Fun and funny 4 minute video about welcoming a baby into the family.

Dear Future Mom video of kids with Down Syndrome sharing their stories of their amazing lives to moms expecting babies with Down Syndrom.  Don't underestimate how great their lives are!

Prenatal Surgery: Helping Babies Before Birth  article shares information on how babies can be healed, even before they are born, from otherwise serious conditions.

Be a Voice: This is What it Means to be Prolife​ 4 minute video giving the authentic message that being prolife is not a political issue, but one of seeing each person as an image of God to be treated with dignity and respect.  Excellent discussion starter.​

French girl Chooses Life when she finds pregnancy resources to help her at just the right time!  4.5 minutes.  Light-hearted introduction to the topic.


Wednesday, October 8

Theme:  What a Good Friend Does
Topic:  Loving Your Neighbor
Discipline:  Social Studies

Overview:  Students will learn the difference between treating others with respect and using them as a means for an end.  Activities will reinforce the qualities of a good friend, and what each of our responsibility is toward others.  Topics will include being gossiping, bullying, and internet safety.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

1 minute video on gossip from Christian standpoint.  Good introduction to discussion.

Gossiping talking points and topics

30 second Pixar Tennis Birds ​commercial depicting how quickly gossip can get out of control.  Play on mute to avoid commercial content.  Humorous take on the subject.

Worth Fighting For clip from Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers.  Sam's speech to Frodo.  3.75 minutes.

I Can Carry You​ clip from Lord of the Rings.  Sam's speech.  2 minutes.

Count on Me song by Bruno Mars, 3.5 minutes.

Gift of a Friend​ song by Demi Lovato, 3.5 minutes.

Website with teaching materials for all grade levels on internet safety and keeping kids safe from traffickers.  Includes handouts, exercise suggestions and online resources.  From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Project iGuardian​ offers practical solutions for teens, parents, and educators for keeping kids safe from online sexual predators.  Online resources as well as information on booking school presentations and a local tipline.  Created by Department of Homeland Security.  

Thursday, October 9

Theme:  He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Topic:  There is Nothing that God Cannot Fix
Discipline:  Science

Overview:  Students will learn that taking care of ourselves is part of the call to holiness.  God has created us body and soul to praise him through both.  Activities will reinforce the themes of promoting personal health, understanding emotions, and recognizing God's personal eternal plan for each person.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

One in 7 Billion​ video positively portraying every human life as special. 1.25 minute Great for all students. 

What are you Doing?​ Matthew Kelly shares a story of a time that he needed to seriously look at his life and decide what he was doing and why.  Were his choices making him a better person or worse?  Great discussion starter.  4.5 minutes.  

Keys to Good Decisions​  Video on making good choices in the face of peer pressure.  3 minutes.

This is Personal​  How do we recognize the best choices v. those that lead us to destruction?  Good story will provide a conversation starter on discernment.  Click on "Session 2.4"  7 minutes.

Friday, October 10

Theme:  We Thank God for Our Families
Topic:  Everyone Deserves a Home
Dicsipline:  Language Arts

Overview:  Students will learn about the loving choice of adoption and explore stories of people who have been adopted.  They will hear from children awaiting adoption.  Activities will reinforce a thankfulness for family and home and a desire to pray for and support those children who do not have either.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

When Love Takes you In Steven Curtis Chapman music video.  5 minutes.

I Like Adoption   Video about a family who adopted nine children from around the world, several of whom have special needs.  Very positive.  6.5 minutes 

A Lott More to the Story Adoption story of the Lott family who adopted five children.  2.5 minute video 

​Quick, positive video showing how many leaders,revolutionaries, and visionaries have been adopted​.       1 minute video ​ ​​​​​​​

Amazing story about Gabe Adams​, a child born with no arms and no legs whose adoptive family encourages him to be strong and independent and full of love.  5 minutes.

These Kids Are Waiting for Adoption photolist of some of the children in fostercare in LA, awaiting adoption. 
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