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     Lesson Theme: We welcome 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 “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1)
l  Gathering Prayer (see page TG4-10)
l  Activity l Welcoming Others
l  Story l Matt Gets Ready for Grandma (page 2)
l  Activity l Stretch and Sing “Today’s a Special Day” (CD-1, #17) l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for special people in our
lives. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Live the Gospel
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for sending us Jesus. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Activity l Welcome, Jesus! (pages 3–4)
l  Dramatic Play l We Welcome Jesus
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to welcome Jesus. Amen.
(Repeat.)
Day 5
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to welcome Jesus. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Weekly Review
l  Closing Prayer (see page TG4-11)
l  Closing Song l “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18)
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.
Curriculum Connections
l  ELA: Cut a donkey and a palm branch out of felt or print a picture of them. Pass them around for each student to see. Have each student draw a picture of Jesus and help her or him cut out Jesus. Then have the students use the pictures to retell the Gospel story.
l  SS: Help the students generate a checklist of questions they can use to learn more information about a book. Suggestions: What is the title? Who is the author? What is the book about? Are there realistic pictures?
    l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for special people in our lives. Amen. (Repeat.)
l  Activity l Gospel Warm-Up
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l We welcome Jesus. (page 1)
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who
welcome Jesus. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
l  Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who welcome Jesus. Amen. (Repeat.)
Distribute the students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 12.
l  Activity l Seeds Activity Book, Activity #8
l  Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for sending us Jesus. Amen.
(Repeat.)
    Additional Resources
Extending the Lesson
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
 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/
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March 26: Saint Margaret Clitherow – During the difficult days of the persecution of Catholics in England, Margaret remained faithful to her Catholic faith, even to the point of going to jail. Pray: Lord, help us to be faithful to you even when doing so isn’t popular. Amen. March 29–April 1: Paschal (Easter) Triduum – This “three-day festival” is the high point of our Liturgical Year. Beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), it continues with the Good Friday service, reaches its peak at the Easter Vigil Mass, and concludes on Easter Sunday evening. Plan to participate fully in this great festival!
catechists-teachers) l  l  Extending Activities (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
With your parish religious education team, organize a walk around the property to sing and offer prayers in praise of Jesus. Coordinate with other classes and invite the entire parish to attend. Consider having the children recite a poem or sing a special song they have learned.
Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-9
















































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