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1 1 Week of: Week 1: September Week 2: September Week 3: September Week 4: October 2-6 Lesson & Lesson Goals (Your class will../will learn..) 3rd grade Lesson Schedule Introductory Lesson, pages 1-8: Spend today getting to know your class. Introduce yourself and go over what the class will learn this year. Make sure to send home the policy handout provided by the CM office and go over your class rules Chapter 1, The Creator s Work Recall that God created human beings in his image and likeness Reflect on creation as a gift from God that shows his goodness Understand that creation is the work of the Holy Trinity Recognize our responsibility to care for all of creation, especially each other Chapter 2, The Church Gathered Describe the Bible as the Word of God written in human words, the holy book of the Church Define the Church as the community of all baptized people who believe in God and follow Jesus Recognize that the Church helps us understand God s Word, teaches us about God s love, and gathers us to honor and worship God Realize that we can serve God and the Church by living out the Good News of Jesus Chapter 3, Families Teach Love Families teach us how to care for, respect, and help one another Recognize the importance of Mary as the Mother of God and our Mother, too Identify the Catholic family as the domestic Church where we experience love and learn about God and how we pray and live as Catholics Chapter 4, The Holy Trinity Recognize that a mystery is a truth that is difficult to perceive or understand with our senses, but is known through faith and through signs Examine Jesus teachings about God the Father and God the Holy Spirit Identify God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as a perfect communion of love Describe the Creed as a statement of the Church s beliefs Saint of the Week & Additional Resources/Activities Activity Master 1; St. Rabanus Maurus Activity Master 2; St. Francis of Assisi Activity Master 3; Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and Blessed Maria Corsini Activity Master 4;

2 2 Week 5: October 9-13 Week 6: October Week 7: October VIRTUS Chapter 5, The Church Celebrates Describe worship as adoring and honoring God, especially at Mass and in prayer Discover that at the Last Supper Jesus celebrated the Passover with his Apostles Identify liturgy, including the Seven Sacraments and forms of daily prayer, as the public prayer of the Church Understand that Catholics are required to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation Recognize the Blessed Sacrament as the Holy Eucharist, especially the Body of Christ, which is kept in the Tabernacle Chapter 6, Pray Always Describe prayer as talking and listening to God Name the Lord s Prayer as the prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray to God the Father Discuss the importance of daily prayer Recall the various ways to pray: using traditional prayers and our own ways, out loud or silently, and at any time Identify the five basic forms of prayer as blessing and adoration, praise, petition, intercession and thanksgiving Activity Master 5; Activity Master 6; Saint Bingo (located in the workroom), Choose one of the Saint DVD s Week 8: November 6-10 If time: All Saints Day Supplement, pages 9-14 Learn how to honor our ancestors who are now Saints Recognize the Communion of Saints, including those in Purgatory ***No Class October 30-November 3*** Chapter 7, The Good News Recall the Gospel message is the Good News of God s Kingdom and his saving love Identify the Gospels as the four books in the New Testament that tell the stories of Jesus life Describe the Kingdom of God as the world of love, peace and justice that is in Heaven and is still being built on Earth Recall that in his miracles and parables, Jesus teaches that God s Kingdom is here and to come Activity Master 7; St. Isaac Jogues

3 3 Week 9: November Chapter 8, The Paschal Mystery Recognize that Jesus offered the greatest sacrifice: he gave his life to save us from sin so we could have new life with God in Heaven Recall that the Resurrection is the event of Jesus being raised from Death to new life Define the Paschal Mystery as the mystery of Jesus suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension Examine how the Church celebrates the Paschal Mystery in each of the Seven Sacraments Activity Master 8; St. Mary Magdalene No classes November 20-December 1. Classes resume Dec 4 Week 10: Chapter 9, The Body of Christ December 4- Recognize that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, members of the Church continue 7 Jesus work here on Earth **No Class Identify the Church as the Body of Christ of which Christ is the head Dec 8 Recall that all the baptized use their gifts and talents to serve others Name stewardship as the way we appreciate and use God s gifts, including our Week 11: December **No Class Dec 12 time, talent, and treasure and the gift of creation Advent and Christmas Supplement, pages See that Jesus, our Savior, is the light that leads us back to God Identify Advent as a time to prepare our hearts See Mary, the Mother of God, as a prominent figure in the Advent season Appreciate the love Our Lady of Guadalupe has for everyone, especially the poor Describe Christmas as a season to give God thanks and praise Recognize that prayer is a way of praising God Activity Master 9; Blessed Joseph Vaz Week 12: January 8-12 No classes December 18-January 5. Classes resume Jan 8 Chapter 10, Church Leaders Recognize that Peter was the leader of the Apostles and first Pope, head of the entire Church Identify the Apostles as the first twelve leaders called by Jesus Recognize the bishops as successors of the Apostles Understand that the Pope, bishops, priests, and deacons, lead, guide, and make the Church holy Activity Master 10; St. Gregory the Great

4 4 Week 13: January **No Class January 16 Week 14: January Week 15: January 29- Feb 2 Week 16: February 5-9 Chapter 11, One and Holy Recognize the Marks of the Church as the four characteristics that identify Christ s Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Describe Pentecost as the feast that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit Discuss how the Holy Spirit continues to unity the Church and make her holy Define the Communion of Saints as everyone who believes in and follows Jesus Chapter 12, Catholic and Apostolic Recognize that St. Paul was one of the first to take the message of Jesus across many countries Explore the Church s mission to announce the Good News of God s Kingdom Identify the Church as catholic and apostolic Recognize that the Church s mission is to share Jesus Good News with the people of all nations Discover that we are all part of the mission of the Church Chapter 13, Choose Love Examine how the story of Joseph in the Old Testament show us the importance of forgiving and loving Discuss Jesus command to love our enemies Describe the Beatitudes as teachings of Jesus that show the way to true happiness and tell how to live in God s Kingdom Identify that Jesus New Commandment is to love one another as he loves us Chapter 14, Live in the Light Discover that Christians are called by Jesus to be the light of the world Be aware that our vocation is God s plan for our lives Describe virtues as good spiritual habits that make us stronger and help us do what is right and good Explore the Theological Virtues of faith, hope, and charity and how they help us live in relationship with the Holy Trinity Illustrate the need to practice the virtues so they will grow over time Activity Master 11; Activities from the CCC? St. Perpetua and Felicity Activity Master 13; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Activity Master 13 St. Peter Canisius Activity Master 14 St. Genevieve Week 17: Chapter 15, Help with Choices Activity Master 15

5 5 February Recognize conscience as an ability given to us by God that helps us make choices about right and wrong Define the Precepts of the Church as some of the minimum requirements given by Church leaders for deepening our relationship with God and the Church Recall that the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Church help us to make good choices Appreciate receiving God s forgiveness and the grace to help us change in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation No Class February 19-23; Classes resume February 26 Saint Pio (Padre Pio) Week 18: February 26- March 2 **No Class March 1 Lent Supplement, pages Realize that Lent is the season to grow closer to Jesus Discuss how good actions bring us closer to Jesus Week 19: March Week 20: March Week 21: No Class March 5-March16. Classes resume March 19 Chapter 16, Sacraments of Initiation Understand that people of all ages can be baptized into the Church Identify that the Sacraments of Initiation include Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist Recall that Baptism removes Original Sin, forgives personal sin, and gives us new life in Christ Learn that Confirmation seals and completes Baptism Recognize that Jesus shares himself with us in the Eucharist Chapter 17, Sacraments of Healing Reflect on the connection between faith and healing Recognize that God s forgiveness and healing are given through the Sacraments of Healing Understand that in Penance and Reconciliation, you confess your sins to a priest and are forgiven in the name of Christ Discover that while in the Anointing of the Sick, the priest prays that God will send you his healing love Chapter 18, Sacraments at the Service of Communion Understand that vows are sacred promises made to or before God Activity Master 16 St. John the Baptist Activity Master 17 St. Marianne Cope Activity Master 18

6 6 April 2-6 Explore serving God and community through the Sacraments at the Service of Communion Describe Holy Orders as the Sacrament in which baptized men are ordained as deacons, priests, or bishops Identify Matrimony as the Sacrament that joins a baptized man and an baptized woman in Christian marriage to serve God, each other, and any children God gives them St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle No Class April 9-20 (Holy Week and Easter Week). Classes resume April 23 for the last week of class. Week 22: April Chapter 21, Everlasting Life Reflect on Jesus Resurrection as proof of his promise of eternal life Recognize that the last book of the Bible, Revelation, ends with John s vision of God s everlasting Kingdom Understand that Particular Judgment is the individual judgment by God at the time of a person s death Identify the Last Judgment as God s final triumph over evil, when Christ will come again and bring the Kingdom of God to its fullness Alternate lesson: You may wish to spend today handing our Saint rewards rewards named after a saint that embodies a strength or virtue of theirs. For example, for a student who loves music, you may give her a St. Cecilia Reward (a holy card, medal, or self-made reward). Or, for a student who is extremely generous, they may receive a St. Nicholas reward Visit here for a list of patron saints: Activity Master 21 St. Joseph

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