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     Lesson Theme: We grow to be like Jesus.
 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 “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  Gathering Prayer (see page TG4-26)
l  Activity l Who?
l  Story l Swimmy
l  Activity l Stretch and Sing “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for all the ways we are
connected to other people. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Live the Gospel
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, we praise you as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Activity l People help each other. (pages 2–3)
l  Activity l Thank you, God, for our world. (page 4)
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, lead us to help others and to care for
your Creation. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, lead us to help others and to care for your Creation. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Weekly Review
l  Closing Prayer (see page TG4-27)
l  Closing Song l “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 2–3 together.
Curriculum Connections
l  ELA: Have each student finish the following sentence stem: “Something I know about Jesus is that he ________________.”
l  SS: Give the students blocks in different shapes and invite them to build a garden. If possible, take a picture of each student’s garden, print it, and allow them to label the various items they built with the blocks.
    l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for all the ways we are connected to other people. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches. (page 1) l  Activity l Gospel Creative Drama
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for your Son, Jesus. Help us
to stay connected to him. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for your Son, Jesus. Help us to stay connected to him. Amen. (Repeat.)
Distribute the students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 33.
l  Activity l Seeds Activity Book, Activity #16
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, we praise you as Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Amen. (Repeat.)
    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)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
Ask each child to bring in a single flower, then arrange the flowers into a bouquet. Have the students write a note to your pastor, thanking him for helping them get to know Jesus better. Leave the bouquet and note in the rectory or parish office.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l  April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church – Catherine’s short life was remarkable because of her complete surrender to Christ. She was an intelligent, cheerful, and intensely religious person. In spite of her contemplative lifestyle, she took note of public affairs. Ask: How can our private prayer influence our public responsibility?
l  May 3: National Day of Prayer (USA)
l  May 3: Saints Philip and James, Apostles – Little is known about
these two of the 12 Apostles. Although we know nothing remarkable about them from the Gospels, Jesus chose them to be among the
12 pillars of his Church. Ask: How can we be faithful in quiet yet important ways?
Extending the Lesson
 Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-25














































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