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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

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

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

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

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