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Caring for Those in Need

Pope Francis has called us to go out with the joy of the Gospel, to encounter people where they are. Like Mother Teresa, we are called to serve the poor by looking people in the eye, respecting their dignity, and engaging in works of mercy.

Grades PK-3

PreK, TK and Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Students will learn why caring for the poor is at the center of Jesus’ life and mission. They will learn the importance of sharing with those in need.

Grades PK-K Thursday Caring for Those in Need Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Students will learn why caring for the poor is at the center of Jesus’ life and mission. They will learn the importance of sharing with those in need.

Grades 1-3 Thursday Caring for Those in Need Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Every Move I Make 

Sing and dance along to this catchy tune.

Little Boy Shares His Lunch

Watch the story of a little boy who shares his lunch with Jesus.

Last Stop on Market Street

Purchase book on Amazon or pick up from the library.

Food Poverty 

Sesame Street talks about the food poverty in the United States.

Fly Away Home

Watch story by Eve Bunting

Grades 4-6

Grades 4 – 6 Lesson Plan

Students will learn why caring for the poor is at the center of Jesus’ life and mission. They will learn the importance of sharing with those in need.

Grades 4-6-Thursday Caring for Those in Need Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Read John 6:1-15

Classic Bible story about feeding the multitude or Watch the film rendition

Kid President

Kids respond to child hunger.

Kids Discuss Hunger

Watch kids discuss hunger in the United States.

Fatima’s Story

Watch Fatima’s story from Mary’s Meal.

Kumba

Encounter Kumba in Sierra Leone.

One in Five

Have students participate in activity from Poverty USA.

Action Plan with ideas for every grade!

Decide on a way to help those who are living in poverty.

Poverty USA Program

Resources to challenge your class to do something about poverty and hunger in your community.

Respect Life Office website

Resources for local service projects.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan

Students will explore poverty. They will look at both extreme poverty, such as exists in developing parts of the world and practical poverty, as we have in the US in which even working families struggle to make ends meet. Like Mother Teresa, we are called to serve the poor by looking people in the eye, respecting their dignity, and engaging in works of mercy.

Grades 7-9 Thursday Caring for Those in Need Lesson Plan-pdf

Resources

Catholic Social Teaching 101

Explaining the preferential option for the poor & vulnerable.

Poverty USA

Take a virtual tour of the poverty in the USA.

Living on One

What kind of food can you afford on $1 a day and what does it really mean to be malnourished?

Fatima’s Story

Watch Fatima’s story from Mary’s Meal.

Interactive Poverty Experience

If students have access to computers or iPads, have them try budgeting at the poverty line.

Poverty USA Program

Use these resources to challenge your class to do something about poverty and hunger in their community.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Students will explore poverty. They will look at both extreme poverty, such as exists in developing parts of the world and practical poverty, as we have in the US in which even working families struggle to make ends meet. Like Mother Teresa, we are called to serve the poor by looking people in the eye, respecting their dignity, and engaging in works of mercy.

Grades 10-12 – Caring for Those in Need.pdf

Resources

Catholic Social Teaching 101: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

4.5-minute video introduction to Christianity’s care for the poor

Tour Poverty USA

4-minute video explores what it is like to live at the poverty line

Fatima’s Story

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Shazia’s Story

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Tony’s Story

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Spent

Interactive game for learning to budget

7 Rules for Talking to Homeless People

Helps students feel comfortable saying hello or offering help

Poor Kids

1-hour special — Follows several families living in serious poverty in the US

Child 31 Documentary

32-minute video follows international aid workers

Interactive Poverty Experience in the US

CCHD Poverty USA quiz and additional activities

Survive 125

An Interactive poverty experience from a developing country

After Foster Care: How Young Adults are Winding up on the Streets

Trials of living without the support of a permanent family

Homelessness in Southern California

12-part video series with powerful personal testimony.

Facing Child Poverty in LA

Telfair Elementary in Pacoima has more homeless students than any other

A Ministry of Love in the Heart of the City

Young adult missionaries, Christ in the City, and their work with the homeless

Find service opportunities here!

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