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     Lesson Theme: Jesus cares for us.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs. Day 4
Day 1
Share Experiences
l  Gathering Song l “He Is Risen, Alleluia!” (CD-2, #2)
l  Gathering Prayer (see page TG4-22)
l  Cover Activity l We care for Creation. (page 1)
l  Story l Becca and James are good shepherds. (page 2) l  Activity l Stretch and Sing
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Activity l Gospel Warm-Up
l  Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow Jesus, our Good
Shepherd. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Amen. (Repeat.)
Distribute the students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 17.
l  Activity l Promise Activity Book, Activity #20
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to care for others as Jesus
cares for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Live the Gospel
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to care for others as Jesus cares for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Activity l Jesus is our Good Shepherd. (pages 3–4)
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for
us and keep us safe. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us and keep us safe. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Weekly Review
l  Closing Prayer (see page TG4-23)
l  Closing Song l “New Life” (CD-2, #1)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
l  ELA: Have the students work in pairs to learn about sheep through research. Then direct the students to write what they learned about sheep. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.7)
l  Sci: Remind the students that as a shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus cares for us. In the same way, we are to take care of God’s Creation, the Earth. Discuss pollution and create a list of solutions to reduce the negative impact of humans on the Earth. If feasible, implement one (or more) of these solutions
into your class and school. (NGSS.K-ESS3-3)
        Additional Resources
l  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers) l  Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
l  Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW. l  Teaching Companion to WCBT Handbook (gospelweeklies.com/
catechists-teachers)
l  Extending Activities (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us of how good Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is to us. He watches over us, takes care of us, and protects us. In the busy-ness of life, it’s easy to forget all God does for us. This week, make a Gratitude List with the children. Have each child brainstorm things she or he is grateful for and add them to the list.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l  April 22: World Day of Prayer for Vocations
l  April 25: Saint Mark, Evangelist – Mark was not one of the 12
Apostles and may not have known Jesus personally. He drew on Peter’s witness and the Churches in Jerusalem and Antioch as sources for his Gospel, which is the oldest and shortest of the four. Pray: Lord, help us to share your Good News. Amen.
l  April 28: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla – This 20th-century Italian wife, mother, and pediatrician is a champion of unborn children. Early in her 6th pregnancy, doctors discovered a uterine tumor. Gianna allowed them to remove the tumor but insisted her child be protected. Gianna died a week after giving birth to baby Gianna. Pray: Lord, help us make good choices in difficult situations. Amen.
Extending the Lesson
 Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-21














































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