7th Grade Religion

5/20 Children used their poster boards and life information sheets prepared by parents to being their life maps from birth (Baptism) to 7th grade.

5/17 Substitute teacher, Mr. Carroll, because I went home sick.

5/15 5/16 Double ELA class.
**Get poster board and information for life maps by Monday.

5/14 Hymn: "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"
See ELA for remainder of today's work. For the remainder of this week, we will double up on ELA work. On Monday, we will return to regular Religion classes.

5/13 Hymn: "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"
Returned and reviewed "Miracle of Miracles"
Gave out directions/requirements for our life maps. These are due next Monday so we can begin the maps in class.
Worked on our ABC Stories.

5/10 Hymn: "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"
Final Mary assignment: "Mary: The Best Image" - read each passage from Scripture about Mary and pick a quality or characteristic from the word box that describes her in the reading.
HW: All 3 Mary papers are due on Monday if not yet finished.

5/9 Hymn: "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"
Finished up "The Bible and Mary" 
New assignment: "Mary" - match up each scripture reference with the event from Mary's life.

5/8 We will begin studying Mary whom we honor during the month of may.
Hymn: "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"
Assignment: "The Bible and Mary" - match each event from her life with the Bible verse where we learn about it.

5/7 Finished up The First Easter People - if not, do for HW. Due Friday.

5/6 Continued to discuss the various appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection.
Watched video: "The Road to Emmaus"
Read the account in the Gospel of Luke
Looked at pictures of the event, some by famous artists.
Finished up assignment from Friday: Miracles in Bloom
Assignment: The First Easter People

5/3 Returned and reviewed 2 sets of Lent papers.
Discussed the various appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection.
Read John 20:19-31 - the story of Jesus appearing to the Apostles without Thomas present and later with Thomas there.
Assignment: Miracle of Miracles - about Thomas
Assignment: Miracles in Bloom - not related to Easter but to springtime and Jesus's miracles

5/2 Mrs. Bronkhurst covered class - double SS

5/1 Played 2 rounds of Lenten Bingo to review all that we have learned in the past few months.

4/30 Finished up Resurrection crosses. If not done, they are HW.
Read Luke 24:46 and did the assignment based on it: "It Was Written"
Continued with the following assignments:
"Who's Who in Holy Week?"
"He Is Risen"
"Is This Your Final Answer?"

4/29 We counted the money collected for CRS as our Lenten project and it came to $268.64 - what an amazing job the children did for the poor children of this world!
Worked on finishing up the Resurrection crosses.
Read Luke 24:46 and did the assignment based on it: "It Was Written"
Continued with the following assignments:
"Who's Who in Holy Week?"
"He Is Risen"
"Is This Your Final Answer?"

4/18 - 4/26 Easter Vacation
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4/17 We celebrated Nico's and Adrian's birthday.
Listened to all 4 of our Lenten hymns.
Continued with our Resurrection crosses which some children started yesterday:
Memorized John 6:40 and recited it aloud.
Children received those words cut up into a puzzle which had to be assembled into a cross, taped on art paper and decorated with Easter/Resurrection colors and symbols.

4/16 Listened to all 4 of our Lenten hymns.
Memorized John 6:40 and recited it aloud.
Children received those words cut up into a puzzle which had to be assembled into a cross, taped on art paper and decorated with Easter/Resurrection colors and symbols.

4/15 Nick A. conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Looked at many illustrations of the Resurrection.
Hymn: "I Am the Bread of Life"
Assignment: "The Easter Story" - Look up each story from the events surrounding Easter and find the location in the Scriptures.

4/12 Read Luke 23:32-46, the Crucifixion.
Looked at Good Friday pictures.
Lenten video: the last segment on Resurrection.
Hymn: "Behold the Wood"
Finished up 2 papers started yesterday: "Jesus Dies on the Cross" and "Our Church Celebrates Holy Week"
Counted the money we donated to CRS Rice Bowl this week: $38.80!!

4/11 Ava conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Hymn: "Behold the Wood"
Lenten video for week 5, part 4: The Crucifixion
Read John 19:1-3 and 16-20.
Discussed Pilate and why he washed his hands.
Assignment: "Jesus Dies on the Cross" based on the Gospels of John and Luke.
Assignment: "Our Church Celebrates Holy Week"

4/10 Returned and reviewed Events of the Days.
Hymn: "Behold the Wood"
Discussed martyrs. 
Read about the life of Father Maximilian Kolbe who died in Auschwitz.
Lenten video for week 5, part 3: the life and death of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Worked on Triptychs which are due Monday.

4/9 Returned and reviewed "On the Road to Easter"
Reviewed the work of CRS in Gaza (Israel)
Hymn: "Behold the Wood"
Discussed pilgrimage, shroud (burial cloth) and Turin (city in Italy)
Lenten video for week 5, part 2: Scientists who study the shroud of Turin

4/8 We learned about the work of CRS through Operation Rice Bowl in Gaza.
Located and colored Gaza/Israel on maps the children have in their Rel. folders.
Watched the film about their work in Gaza put out by Catholic Relief Services.
Hymn: "Behold the Wood" - listened to it and went over the meaning of the words.
Lenten video for week 5, part 1 - Stations of the Cross by a Native American painter while "Behold the Wood" plays in the background.
Continued work on "Peter's Denial" - due tomorrow.

4/5 Discussed the Agony in the Garden and looked at 2 drawings of it.
Read Matthew 27:3-5 and completed Judas's Betrayal.
Read Luke 22:54-62 and worked on Peter's Denial.
Continued work on Triduum Triptych.

4/4 Thalia conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Reviewed the 3 "roles" we see Jesus playing in the Holy Week scriptures: good shepherd, king (Palm Sunday) and servant (Holy Thursday.)
Showed pictures of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (as king.)
Listened to hymn, "Ride On, Jesus" and answered questions about what the song said about this event.
Assignment: "What Happened at the Last Supper?"

4/3 Leyla J conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Discussed 3 "roles" we see Jesus playing in the Holy Week scriptures: good shepherd, king (Palm Sunday) and servant (Holy Thursday.)conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Lent video for week 4: Reviewed the roles of king and servant. Video of the various stages of wheat/bread growing and grapes/wine being produced.
Continued work on Triduum Triptych and "Reviewing the Events" 

4/2 Reviewed the work of CRS in Sierra Leone.
Discussed the Last Supper as a Passover meal.
Discussed/read about the foods, symbols and traditions of a Passover Seder and the history and meaning behind them.
Looked at pictures and prayer books from a Seder meal.
Continued work on Triduum Triptych and "Reviewing the Events" 

4/1 Danielle conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
We learned about the work of CRS through Operation Rice Bowl in Sierra Leone.
Located and colored Sierra Leone on maps the children have in their Rel. folders.
Watched the film about their work in Sierra Leone put out by Catholic Relief Services.
Began work on Triduum Triptychs: Add symbols of the events associated with Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

3/29 Alexandra conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Hymn: "The Lord Jesus"
Finished up Triduum Puzzle - or take home for HW.
Continued work on "Reviewing the Events" - see 3/15 for more information.

3/28  Myles conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Hymn: "The Lord Jesus"
Assignment: Triduum Puzzle - arranged the Bible passages by whether they happened on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

3/27 Discussed/took notes on Easter Triduum celebrations.
Looked at pictures of the Last Supper.
On the Road to Easter - read the terms and definitions. Did the word search.
Continued work on "Reviewing the Events" - see 3/15 for more information.

3/26 Andrew conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Discussed Laetare Sunday, parables, the story of the Good Shepherd.
Lenten video for Week 4: A modern retelling of the parable of the Good Shepherd.
Continued work on "Reviewing the Events" - see 3/15 for more information.

3/25 Hymn: "The Lord Jesus"
We learned about the work of CRS through Operation Rice Bowl in Sri Lanka.
Located and colored Sri Lanka on maps the children have in their Rel. folders.
Watched the film about their work in Sri Lanka put out by Catholic Relief Services.
We shared a traditional Lenten food: Hot Cross Buns
Continued work on "Reviewing the Events" - see 3/15 for more information.

3/22 Kris conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Discussed the meaning of the Vernal Equinox - ask your child.
Assignment: Vernal Equinox Day - used the code to identify the Bible passage John 11:25.
Continue work on "Reviewing the Events" - see below for more information.

3/21 Read and discussed "Events Leading Up to the First Easter" 
Gave each child a copy of "Reviewing the Events" with 9 pictures of Holy Week.
They had to use the Bible references to number them chronologically from 1-9. 
Then I gave them a second copy to color in.
These will be cut apart and pasted onto a long strip of paper.

3/20 No school - Teachers' Professional Day

3/19 Reviewed the work of CRS in Uganda.
Andrea conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Looked at a picture of the Transfiguration and read about it: Matthew 17: 1-9.
Lenten video #3: Transfiguration, butterfly as a sign of Resurrection, the story of the blind man Josiah who was healed by Jesus.
Continued work on "Events of the Days" - sorting various events from the last days of Jesus's life into Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Finish for HW.

3/18 We learned about the work of CRS through Operation Rice Bowl in Uganda.
Located and colored Uganda on maps the children have in their Rel. folders.
Watched the film about their work in Uganda put out by Catholic Relief Services.
Adrian conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Reviewed the symbols of Resurrection we learned last week.
Continued work on "Events of the Days" - sorting various events from the last days of Jesus's life into Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

3/15 Hymn: "The Lord Jesus"
Naomy conducted our daily quiz on our Lenten notes.
Continued our examination of Easter/Resurrection/new life symbols: peacock, lamb, tomb, lily, crocus, phoenix, candle, pomegranate, and cross.
Began work on "Events of the Days" - sorting various events from the last days of Jesus's life into Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

3/14 Benito conducted a short oral quiz based on our Lenten notes.
Group #2 performed their skit: "The Beginnings of Lent"
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Discussion questions based on the skits.
Hymn: "The Lord Jesus" - highlighted the words of Jesus in the song.
New Life: discussed its connections to Lent.
Symbols of New Life - butterfly and egg.
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3/13 Kenny conducted a short oral quiz based on our Lenten notes.
Group #1 performed their skit: "The Beginnings of Lent"
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Discussed "sacrifice" and its role in our Lent observance.
Mother Teresa - an example of sacrifice.
Watched Week 2 or our Lent video series: the work of Mother Teresa and her sisters around the world.
Jesus's example of service: washing of the feet of the Apostles - looked at pictures.
Hymn: "The Lord Jesus"

3/12 Added to our lenten notes: the connections between New Life, baptism, Lent and Easter.
Practiced our skits on the beginning of Lent.
Group 1 will present their skit tomorrow.

3/11 We learned about the work of CRS through Operation Rice Bowl in Guatemala.
Located and colored Guatemala on maps the children have in their Rel. folders.
Also located and labeled LI, NY.
Reviewed the definition of a catechumen as well as the 7 Sacraments and the Sacraments of Initiation.
Skits on "The Beginnings of Lent" - children met in their groups to assign parts and practice acting out the short play.
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3/8 We celebrated Nick A's birthday.
Took notes on the idea of Lent as a journey.
Discussed catechumens (those studying to be Christians), Sacraments and the Sacraments of Initiation.
Gave out skits - "The Origins of Lent" and divided the class into 2 groups who will act it out next week.

3/7 We watched the first segment of the Lenten video series (the same one we used for our Advent journey) - it began with a modern retelling of the parable of the prodigal son about a boy who runs away from home after a fight with his father about school. We then compared and contrasted Jesus's original parable with this one. 

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3/6 Studied our Lent notes and quizzed each other.
Retold the story of the prodigal son, each child adding one new fact to the story.
Read an imaginary account of what the mother in the family would have said to the father and each of the 2 sons. There was plenty of blame to go around.
Assignment: "The Prodigal Son"

3/5 We went to McDonalds to celebrate Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Pancake Tuesday/Butter Tuesday.


3/4 Reread the notes from Friday on the history of Lent.
Copied additional notes on penance in the early church (wearing sackcloth and ashes) and where the ashes used on Ash Wed. come from.
Read the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
We discussed who was the sinner in this parable. Ask your child.

3/1 Collected saint report covers.
Read the children the article "Fast or Feast"  - they had to listed for a list of words and check off each one as they heard it.
We discussed the 3 words they did not hear and what their connection to Lent is.
Did the word search based on the words.
Gave the children notes on the history of Lent and they studied them.
Each child made up one question based on the notes and they quizzed each other.

2/28 Emptied Religion folders by stapling together all work from the beginning of the year to get ready for Lent.
Gave out Fat Tuesday notes and reviewed all the names for the day and customs from around the world. Looked at Mardi Gras pictures.
Any missing saint report covers are due tomorrow.

2/27  Continued exploring the roots of pre Ash Wednesday customs.
Notes on the various names and customs for Fat Tuesday.
Since another name for Fat Tuesday is Pancake Tuesday, we will be going to McDonalds on Tuesday to celebrate with breakfast/pancakes. Please return permission slip as soon as possible.
If the weather is bad, check my website in the morning for information about if we will go or not.
Children should wear their gym uniforms that day.
"Borrowed" time for our next Lit. Circles presentation.

2/26 Returned and reviewed "Forgiving Hearts" Bible assignment.
Did some work on saint reports/covers.
Discussed the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday.

2/25 Next area of study will be Lent/Easter/Pentecost/Ascension which we will begin towards the end of this week. Until then we will finish up saint report covers, work on finishing personification essays and do vocabulary assignments.

2/18-22 February break - enjoy!!!

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2/15 Continued work on saint reports and/or covers.
These must be finished by today, or completed over the break.

2/14 Continued work on saint reports and covers.
These must be finished by Friday, Feb. 15th, or completed over the break.

2/13  Continued work on saint reports and covers.
These must be finished by Friday, Feb. 15th, or completed over the break.

2/12 Schedule Changes due to Faculty meetings:

Did some Rel. and some ELA because we only met once today.
Worked on saint reports.

2/11 Continued work on saint reports and covers.
These must be finished by Friday, Feb. 15th or completed over the break.

2/8 Continued work on saint reports.

2/7 Continued work on saint reports.

2/6 We organized the papers in our Advent/Christmas folders, stapled them together, and turned them in to be graded.
Finished up the work started yesterday: "Forgiving Hearts" - if not done, finish for HW.
Continued work on saint reports.

2/5 Group 4 presented their "After Christmas Prayer"
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Feb. Bible assignment: "Forgiving Hearts" - match the Biblical name on the left with the name of the person he/she forgave on the right. It will spell out a message about forgiveness if done correctly.
Continued work on saint reports.

2/4 Returned 3 sets of corrected papers.
Feb. Bible assignment: "Love Word Find" - look up the the Bible verses about Christian love and find the missing word in each in the puzzle.
Finish for HW.
Continue work on saint reports.

2/1 Group 3 presented their "After Christmas Prayer"
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Children continued the research on their saint reports.

1/31 Children continued the research on their saint reports.
Then they started writing the reports based on their notes.

1/30 
Group 2 presented their "After Christmas Prayer"
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Children continued the research on their saint reports.

1/29 Group 1 presented their "After Christmas Prayer"
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Children continued the research on their saint reports which are required of all Confirmation candidates. All children will write saint reports, even if they are not receiving Confirmation.

1/28 Group 1 practiced their "After Christmas Prayer" to be presented tomorrow.
Children who have not finished their illustrations of the same poem continued work on them.
Some children began the research on their saint reports which are required of all Confirmation candidates. All children will write saint reports, even if they are not receiving Confirmation.

1/24 and 1/25 I will be absent due to a death in my family. I will leave class work, but sometimes it does not get done if the covering teacher has different plans. So I will not list it here.

1/23 Returned and reviewed "Secret Message"
"After Christmas Poem" - discuss when Christmas really ends (never) and how the work of Christmas goes on all year.
What is the work of Christmas and how can we do it?
Read and discuss proem. Break class into groups to act out the poem.
We will begin on Monday.

1/22 Returned and reviewed "Go Search for the Child"
Played round 2 of Advent Bingo to review all we learned in December.
Worked on vocabulary started Friday.

1/21 No school 

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1/18 We celebrated Andrew's birthday.
We played Advent Bingo to review all the things we learned. Children had to know the definition of the word before they could X it out.

1/17 Finished up all Advent/Christmas assignments:"!?" and "Post-Test"
Finish for HW if not done.

1/16 Returned and reviewed "The Story of John the Baptist"
Collected HW: Catholic Schools Week medallions and Christmas Tree Puzzle
Continued work on "Special Message - finish for HW.

1/15 Returned 2 sets of corrected papers and reviewed answers.
Continued work on Catholic Schools Week medallions and Bible activity: Christmas Tree Puzzle as well as Special Message and a paper with the odd title "!?"
Medallions and Christmas Tree Puzzle must be finished for HW.

1/14 We celebrated Ava's birthday.
Returned 2 sets of corrected papers and reviewed answers.
Continued work on Catholic Schools Week medallions and Bible activity: Christmas Tree Puzzle 

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1/11 Finished all Epiphany work - see 1/9
Worked on Catholic Schools Week projects: "Catholic Schools Light the Way"
Bible activity: Christmas Tree Puzzle
Bible activity: Special Mission

1/10 Discussed the gifts brought by the 3 Wise Men
Continued to work on the Epiphany projects from yesterday.
Children who finished, worked on Catholic Schools Week projects.

1/9 Returned two sets of corrected Advent papers and reviewed answers.

Continued work on Epiphany assignments: 
"Herod and the Baby"
"Wise Men Come"
"Go Search for the Child"
"Ideas"
"Saw the Star"

1/8 No regular class due to concert practice.

1/7 We celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany which was actually on Sunday:
Prayer service led by Layla.
Hymn: "We Three Kings"
Guided Meditation - children listened to the reading with their eyes closed, imagining that they are with the Kings as they visit the Christ Child.
Assignments: Herod and the Baby & Wise Men Come

1/4 We celebrated Naomy's birthday with empanadas and cookies.
Returned and reviewed 3 sets of corrected Advent papers.
Continued to watch the movie started yesterday, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," based on the book by the same name that we read aloud before Christmas.

1/3 Returned and reviewed "Sibling Search" about Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
Gave out Epiphany prayer service and discussed the meanings of Epiphany and epiphany - ask your child.
Hymn: "We Three Kings" - reviewed the unfamiliar vocabulary and the parts of Jesus's life the various verses refer to.
Listened to the song.
Worked on "The Birth of Jesus" Bible search. Finish for HW.

1/2 "The Birth of Jesus" based on Matthew 1:17-25 and Luke 1:26-35 and 2:1-7.

12/22-1/1 Vacation - Merry Christmas
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12/21 We worked on our Advent Candles, Jesus, Mary and Joseph crossword and GIFT spelling/vocab.

12/20 We celebrated prayers for the 4th week of Advent because we will not be here next week and tomorrow is our Christmas breakfast.
Prayers led by Kenny, Kris and Adrian.
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We watched the video for Week 4 - the story of how "Silent Night" came to be written and then about a truce on Christmas Eve in the Franco-Prussian War when soldiers on both side came out of the trenches to sing Christmas carols together and no one fired any shots.
We colored/decorated the last candle on our Advent wreaths. These must be finished over vacation if they are not done.

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12/19 Prayers for the third week led by Andrea, Andrew and Adrian.
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We colored our candles for the third week with one of the symbols or themes we covered this week, including the origin of the Christmas tree, the origin of Santa Claus or the origin of the nativity scenes we set up in our churches and homes.
Continued work on The Gospels Tell the Story and Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
HW: Christmas Crossword and The Gospels Tell the Story

12/18 Returned and reviewed "Advent Messenger" assignment.
Watched a film about a little girl who wished for a father for Christmas and how her prayers were answered. Ask your child.
Prayers for the third week led by Andrea, Andrew and Adrian.
3 Bible assignments: Christmas Crossword, The Gospels Tell the Story and Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

12/17 We reviewed the journeys from last week's Advent video.
We discussed who we have seen following a star - the shepherds and the Wise Men.
Read the class the story of a little boy looking for the Christmas Star and where he ends up finding it. Ask your child.
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Finally, we colored our second Advent Candle using one of the themes we covered last week.
Prayers for Advent Week 3 led by Nick A., Andrew and Ava.
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We watched the video for the third week: the origins of the Christmas Tree (Martin Luther in Germany), the Nativity scene (St. Francis Assisi in  Italy), and Santa Claus (St. Nicholas in Asia Minor.)


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12/14 Prayers led by Thalia and Leyla J.
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Hymn: "Locusts and Wild Honey"
Video for the 3rd Week of Advent: the theme is Journeys of Hope:
1. The journey of Jesus and Mary to Bethlehem
2. The journey of the shepherds to the manger
3. The journey of the slaves to freedom in the North
4. Alfredo's journey to a home
5. Las Posadas

12/13 Prayers led by Thalia, Alexandra and Leyla J.
Hymn: "Locusts and Wild Honey"
Read Luke 2:8-15 and completed two assignments based on the reading: "Angels Sing" and "Shepherds in Fields"
HW: "The Story of John the Baptist " if still not done.

12/12 Second Week of Advent:

Prayers led by Benito, Michael and Alex
Hymn: "Locusts and Wild Honey"
Read aloud Luke 2:1-14 while the children listened carefully and highlighted on the paper any of the words they heard me read. Then they identified the only word I did not read. Finally they located each word in the Advent word search.

12/11 Second Week of Advent:

Prayers led by Benito, Michael and Alex
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Hymn: "Locusts and Wild Honey"
Continue work on "The Story of John the Baptist" worksheet.
Finish for HW - due Friday
 
12/10 Second Week of Advent:
Prayers led by Benito, Michael and Alex
We colored in the wreath on the Prayers for Week 2 and identified the themes of preparing and coming.
Discussed John the Baptist - our "prophet" for this week - his lifestyle and relationship to Jesus.
Hymn: "Locusts and Wild Honey" about how John lived.
Began work on "The Story of John the Baptist" worksheet.
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12/7  First Week of Advent:
Prayers led by Leyla, Nico and Naomi
Advent Bible activities: "Secret Message" based on Luke 1:26-29
"Advent Messenger" based on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.
Designed and colored our first Advent candle based on all the themes and readings we covered this week.

12/6 First Week of Advent:
Prayers led by Leyla and Naomi
Corrected vocabulary from the poem "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
Discussed the author, American writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and how he came to write this poem. Ask your child.
Listened to several versions of the poem set to music. 
Identified two lines from the poem as taken from Luke 2:14: "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men"
Looked at several Christmas cards that contain that quote.
Assignment: "Peace on Earth" - finish for HW.

12/5 First Week of Advent:
Prayers led by Danielle and Emily
Returned and reviewed "Thanksgiving Lepers" assignment.
Finished up work on "To Be Taxed" and vocabulary for the poem/song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
Extra Credit for those who finished the above: Christmas Carol puzzle

12/4 First Week of Advent:
Prayers led by Danielle and Emily.
Read Isaiah 11:6 about the lion and the lamb getting along together in a peace-filled world.
Looked at many samples of lion/lamb Christmas cards.
Vocabulary for the poem/song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

12/3 First Week of Advent:

Prayers led by Danielle, Emily and Ava.
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We colored the wreath on the prayer service.
Identified the 2 themes: waiting and light
We added to our notes.
Assignments: "Call His Name Jesus" based on Luke 1:29-33
"To Be Taxed" based on Luke 2:1-5 and Matthew 1:18-25

11/30 Computer Room: We took the 3 AR Tests on "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" because it was the only time the room was free and because we had Lit. Circles during ELA.

11/29 - Reviewed Advent notes.
Reviewed the prophets, especially Isaiah.
Read Isaiah 2:4 about turning weapons into farm tools. Discussed its meaning;
looked at cartoons and newspaper clippings that refer to or quote it.
Discussed the United Nations and looked at pictures of the building and grounds, particularly the wall that contains that quote.
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This quote will be a part of our Advent prayers for next week.
Read aloud "The Life of Our Lord" by Charles Dickens.

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11/28 Finished watching the film "The Nativity Story"
Returned and reviewed "Pilgrimage" assignment.

11/27 Continued 
watching the film "The Nativity Story"

11/26 We began watching the film "The Nativity Story"


11/22 -11/23
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11/21 Prayers by Table 5: Alex and Michael
Set up new Advent folders.
Advent notes: meaning of the word Advent (coming); symbolism of the Advent wreath: candles, evergreens, purple and pink candles.l

11/20 Prayers led by Table 6: Kris and Kenny
Returned and reviewed Search the New Testament
Listened to another version of "Wherever You Go..." by the monks from Weston priory in Vermont.
Many children left for band.
Borrowed time to read "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" so we can try and get it done this week.

11/19 Returned and reviewed Thanksgiving Puzzle assignment.
Prayers by Table 8: Danielle, Emily & Ava
Played a video of a musical version with pictures of the famous words Ruth said to Naomi in the Old Testament: "Wherever you go, I will go..."
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Some children recited the poem "THANKS" from memory.
Showed a film about the first Thanksgiving.

11/16 We watched a Youtube movie on the story of Ruth and Naomi.
Assignment: Fill in the genealogy chart starting with Naomi down to her indirect descendant Jesus.
HW: Finish assignment "Ruth: A Love Story"

11/15 "Borrowed" some time for one Lit. Circles presentation.
Returned and reviewed Thanksgiving Crossword based on Ephesians 5:20.
Continued work on "Ruth: A Love Story"

11/14 "Borrowed" some time for one Lit. Circles presentation.
Read aloud a summary of the story or Ruth and Naomi from the Old Testament Book of Ruth.
Bible assignment - "Ruth: A Love Story"
To be finished tomorrow.

11/13 Half of the class was at band and came in very late.
While waiting, children worked on various projects that are due: "Words Like Magic" due in ELA tomorrow.
Lit. Circles projects due in ELA today.
Quiet reading/AR tests.

11/12 No school - Veterans' Day

11/9 Prayers led by Table 6: Kenny, Rameel and Kris.
"Native American Earth Prayer" - we discussed the relationship of the Native Americans with the Earth.
Also discussed the connection to St. Francis Assisi and his relationship to the Earth.
Completed the THANKSGIVING puzzles we started yesterday.
HW if still not done.

11/8 Prayers led by Table 1 - Adrian, Andrea and Andrew - "Celebrating Creation"
Finished up Thanksgiving Crossword started yesterday.
New work: Thanksgiving Puzzles based on Paul's letter to the Colossians 3:15 and Psalm 100:4
We will finish these tomorrow.

11/7 Prayers led by Table 2 - Myles and Nick A.
2 Thanks assignments: The story of Jesus curing the lepers, but only one leper out of 10 came back to thank him. Fill in the missing information in the story using the Bibles.
Thanksgiving crossword based on Paul's letter to the Ephesians 5:20. 

11/6 No class - school song practice for the next school liturgy.

11/5 Continued work on Bible search: "Statements of Thanksgiving"
Finish for HW if not done.

11/2 Prayers: "Give Thanks" led by Table 7.
Discussed the Pilgrims and Native Americans in relation to the first Thanksgiving.
Read aloud "Brother Moon, Sister Sky" by Susan Jeffers:
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Began work on Bible search: "Statements of Thanksgiving"

11/1 No school: Feast of All Saints

10/31 Prayers led by Thalia and Layla.
Finished up work on "Sibling Search" about Moses and his sister Miriam. HW if still not done.
"A Pilgrimage" - children used their Bibles to "make their way along the path" and identify each symbol along the way. Finish for HW.
Collected St. Francis triptychs which were due today.

10/30 Prayers led by table 1.
Continued work on the story of Moses and his sister Miriam.

10/29 Prayers led by Table 8.
Bible activity: "Sibling Search" about Moses and his sister Miriam.
Reminder: St. Francis triptych due Wednesday.

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Triptych:
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10/26 No school - Diocesan Teachers' Conference Day for staff

10/25 Prayers led by Naomi and Leyla J.
Finished work on "Search the New Testament" - the section on the Gospel of Luke.
Continued work on our St. Francis of Assisi triptychs. Last day to work on this in class.
HW: They must be finished at home by October 31.

10/24 Continued work on "Search the New Testament" - the section on the Gospel of Luke.
Continued work on our St. Francis of Assisi triptychs.

10/23 Returned and reviewed "The Two Sisters"
Continued work on "Search the New Testament" - the section on the Gospel of Mark.
Continued work on our St. Francis of Assisi triptychs.

10/22 Prayers led by Kenny
"Search the New Testament" - do the section based on the Gospel of Matthew.
Continue work on St. Francis of Assisi triptych.

10/19 I was at a meeting. 
Children continued working on their St. Francis Assisi triptychs.

10/18 Returned graded assignment "He Talked to the Animals"
Looked at pictures of Francis and medieval triptychs.
Continued to work on our triptychs on the life of St. Francis Assisi.

10/17 No class - IOWA Tests
 
10/16 No class - Science trip to Adventureland

10/15 No class - IOWA Tests

10/12 Prayers led by Benito, Michael and Alex.
Hymn: "The Canticle of the Sun"
Triptychs: 3 part Religious art used in Medieval Churches - we studied the use and history and looked at samples.
Then we began to design our own triptychs on the life of St. Francis Assisi.

10/11 "The Prayer of St. Francis"  led by Kenny.
New Hymn: "The Prayer of St. Francis" 
Video: "St. Francis Assisi"
Discussed the annual blessing of the animals on the Feast of St. Francis on Oct. 4th.
Looked at newspaper pictures of the Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, including elephants, snakes, monkeys, llamas, horses, dogs, parrots, etc.
Assignment: "He Talked to the Animals"

10/10 Prayer "The Canticle of Creation" led by Emily and Table 8.
Hymn: "The Canticle of the Sun"
Read a short bio of St. Francis to review what we have learned.
Gave out "The Prayer of St. Francis" and went over the meaning of each line.
Returned and reviewed Bible search "The Twelve"

10/9 Hymn: "The Canticle of the Sun" 
Told the story of St. Francis and the first Nativity acted out in 1223.
Showed pictures.
Discussed St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio and showed plaque from Assisi.
Film: "Francis: The Knight of Assisi"

10/8 No School

10/5 Hymn: "The Canticle of the Sun" 
Gave out the prayer Francis wrote "Canticle of Creation"
Compared the song and prayer looking for words, thoughts and themes in common.

10/4 FEAST DAY OF ST. FRANCIS ASSISI
Finished reading last part of the life of St. Francis Assisi.
Read his prayer "Sun Song" 
Gave out words to "The Canticle of the Sun" - a hymn based on the prayer Francis wrote.
We all sang the hymn together and your children sounded like angels.
Continued work on designing a border for our picture wheels.

10/3 Continued reading Part 3 of the life of St. Francis Assisi.
Continued work on designing a border for our picture wheels.

10/2 Continued reading the life of St. Francis Assisi.
Continued work on designing a border for our picture wheels.
Several children left for Band.

10/1 Returned 3 sets of corrected papers and reviewed.

Began unit on St. Francis Assisi whose feast day is October 4th.
Read the first third of his biography and showed the children the beautiful pictures from Tomie De Paola's "Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi"

9/28 Finished up "Love in Action"
Finished up "The Twelve"
New assignment: "Two Sisters" - the story of when Jesus visited Mary and Martha.

9/27 Finished Bible search: "Love in Action"
Started Bible search: "The Twelve"
Finish for HW.

9/26 Continued work on our personality wheels.
Finished up "A Bible Search for Prophets"
Began "Love in Action" - matching up each Bible verse with the person who performed a service for others.

9/25 Continued work on "A Bible Search for Prophets"

9/24 Took pictures of the children for their "personality wheels."
Collected HW assignments.
Discussed the Old Testament prophets.
Assignment: "A Bible Search for Prophets"

9/21 Copied the "personality" answers onto the "wheels"
Caught up on "old" work - folders, work sheets, drawings. All past due work must be in by Monday, including below.
HW: Finish "At the Lake" and "Choice of Twelve"

9/20 Continued our Bible exploration:
"At the Lake" - match events from the life of Jesus that happened around the Sea of Galilee with the actual scripture reference describing it.
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"Choice of Twelve" - crossword identifying the 12 Apostles

9/19 2 assignments to learn to quickly navigate the Bible:
"Fall of Man" - finish for HW.
"Where Did It Happen?" - will finish tomorrow

9/18 Reviewed the Bible notes from yesterday. Children quizzed each other.
Continued our discussion with the Letters, particularly those of Paul and Revelation.
Personality questions assignment - finish for HW if you did not do it the other day.

9/17 Parts of the Bible: Old and New Testaments (Hebrew and Christian Scriptures); 
Books, chapters, verses
Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Prophets
New Testament: everything after Jesus
Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Acts of the Apostles (Luke)

9/14 Finished final poster.
Continued work on the "ways to show our faith" illustrations started yesterday.
Worked on folder covers.
Personality questions paper.

9/13 All the posters are now done except one.
Continued work on the "ways to show our faith" illustrations started yesterday.

9/12 Discussed various ways we show our faith in a typical day: sharing, praying, smiling, singing, helping.
Each child chose one of these and illustrated it.
Some children continued to work on their posters.

9/11 Band Assembly - no regular class.

9/10 Computer room: each group took the poem/prayer/paragraph they created on Friday and turned it into a poster on the computer. To be finished tomorrow.

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9/7 Assigned each group a picture with a Religious theme. They had to write a poem, a prayer or a paragraph about the picture they chose. Next week, we will create posters out of the work produced.
Continued working on Religion folders

9/6 Continued working on Religion folders.

9/5 We continued to design/color our Religion folders that we will use for the year.

9/4 We began to design the Religion folders we will use for the coming year.