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Caring for Creation

Pope Francis issued the encyclical Laudato si, the first written specifically on the environment. Students will understand the connection between honoring the dignity of each person, serving the poor and vulnerable, and protecting our environment.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK & Kinder Lesson Plan

Overview: God has given us a beautiful gift in the creation of the entire world around us. Students will explore creation and see how caring for it is a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Grades PK-K Friday Caring for Creation Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Overview: God has given us a beautiful gift in the creation of the entire world around us. Students will explore creation and see how caring for it is a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Grades 1-3 Friday Caring for Creation Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

2 minute song with video.

The Creation Story

5 minute video of the Genesis story.

What does it Mean to be Green?

2 minute video with suggestions for kids on ways to reuse, conserve, and be conscious of the environment.

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

God has given us a beautiful gift in the creation of the entire world around us. Students will explore creation and see how caring for it is a prayer of thanksgiving to God.​

Grades 4-6 Friday Caring for Creation Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Full 25 minute original 1972 movie for free.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Purchase the book to read to your class.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The 1.5 hour 2012 movie can be purchased on YouTube.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan

God has given us a beautiful gift in the creation of the entire world around us. Students will explore creation and see that it is our responsibility to respect and care for the earth.

Grades 7-9 Friday Caring for Creation Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Care for God’s Creation

3 minute video explaining why caring for the earth is fundamental to social justice.​

Where does our trash go?

8 min video from the New York Times tells the story of NY’s attempt to recycle and re-purpose trash and the educational steps they put in place to do so.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Overview: Pope Francis issued the encyclical Laudato si, the first written specifically on the environment. Students will receive an overview of main points of Laudato si and understand the connection between honoring the dignity of each person, serving the poor and vulnerable, and protecting our environment.

10-12 Handout – Environment

Questions for Discussion

• What does Pope Francis say is at the basis of our current global climate crisis?

• What suggestions does he give to fix this? Do you agree with his suggestions?

• Is there evidence to support Pope Francis’ claim that overpopulation is not an ecological problem?

• If you were asked to devise a plan for redistribution of goods to serve the world’s developing nations, what would you recommend?

• How is personal morality a major component of the solution needed to overcome environmental degradation and our current crisis?

• How has science created the current problem? What about economics? Politics?

• Do you agree that a scientific (material) solution will never be sufficient? How does faith play a role in conversations about the environment?

• What is one thing you personally can do to care for God’s creation?

Resources

Care for God’s Creation

3 minute video explaining why caring for the earth is fundamental to social justice.

Pope Francis on Care for Creation

Pope Francis reminds us that creation is a gift. 1.5 min video

Laudato Si Study Guide

Questions and answers for some common concerns about Pope Francis’ encyclical.

26 Key Quotes from Laudato si

This article from ChurchPOP has 26 important quotes from Laudato si.

8 Quotes from Benedict XVI on the Environment

Benedict XVI shows that respect for creation has always been a priority.

Catholic Climate Covenant

Further resources for Laudato si and ways everyone can get involved.

Why Water Matters

Infographic illustrates how lack of access to clean water is the basis of poverty.

Keep Your Promises: The Human Right to Water and Sanitation

3 minute video overview shows the lack of access to clean water and sanitation around the world and here in the US.

22,000 Days Without Drinking Water

Story and 4 minute video shares the story of a Bolivian community’s struggle to find water and the impediments that keep them from thriving.

Dirty Water: So What?

Lesson plan with activity and assessment for additional learning created by The Water Project.

Empowering the Girl Child

Short video explains how providing clean water helps young girls receive an education in Africa .

Meet Florence Okomo

Florence Okomo shares how a water well transformed life for her school.

The Navajo Water Access Project

3.5 minute video tells the story of one community in the US that lacks clean water.

Resources for Holy Hour for Care for God’s Creation

Components can also be used individually for classroom prayer or Mass petitions.

The Ancient Song Behind the Title of Laudato si

The story of St. Francis’ song Canticle of the Sun, which inspired the title of Pope Francis’ encyclical.

St. Francis of Assisi

Learn about the saint that inspired the title of Laudato si.

Prayer to Care for Our Common Home

Prayer from the USCCB based on Laudato si.

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