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Fun Virtue Lesson About Courtesy

Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Courteous to Others

 

The Lesson

This lesson celebrates the virtue of courtesy and is intended to help Catholic kids practice and live their Faith in a real way. It is designed to be used daily, over the course of a month. With a weekly core lesson, daily reinforcement with scripture discussions, prayer, and the incentive progress sheets, children learn quickly how to recognize and begin practicing the virtue of courtesy. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

Unit Summary

Grade Level:  K-6
Age:  6-10
Focus:  Virtue Lesson Unit Study
Theme:  Courtesy

Step 1. Download the Lesson Packet

This small packet contains the teacher info as well as the main lesson and activity sheets needed for students.

Step 2. Download the Support Materials

With a goal of training young learners to develop habits to form and live virtuous lives, we focus on the virtue of courtesy. This unit study helps to meet this goal by incorporating a variety of fun and engaging components. Each is listed below along with additional support materials to accompany and extend each lesson component.

Aesop’s Fables Materials

 

Aesop’s Fables provide simple but effective use of short stories to teach morality.

This unit study incorporates the use of moral tales. These short fables by Aesop highlight the work of Milo Winter, and they are used in weeks two and three of this unit study. This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it appealing to young readers. Excellent discussions can occur with such simple stories. Sometimes the stories selected can fit into other virtues as well as the one presented. Feel free to use them repeatedly.

Although most morals are relatively clear-cut, there are a few stories that require thought as to their selection and inclusion in this unit study. Sometimes it is because they provide a positive example of the highlighted virtue, other times it is because they are a negative or contrary example of the virtue. Having older learners come up with a reason for why the fable was selected is a great exercise and can even be turned into a simple writing assignment. Writing paper featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue is provided. For younger students, trace copywork reiterating the moral is offered in both print and cursive styles for reinforcement.

Download the Aesop Materials Below.

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Aesop's Fable: The Old Lion and the Fox
Share the Aesop's Fable: The Old Lion and the Fox.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach lessons in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make...
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Aesop Copywork for the Old Lion and the Fox
Aesop Copywork for the Old Lion and the Fox
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Old Lion and the Fox. Find two copywork sheets in this Aesop Copywork for the Old Lion and the Fox. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been provided...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 12
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 12
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 12.   Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember all the great moral teachings from Aesop in The Aesop for Children, Illustrated by Milo Winter. Montessori cards...
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Aesop's Fable: The Two Goats
Share Aesop's Fable: The Two Goats.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach lessons in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has oversized text and a color image, which makes it appealing to...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Two Goats
Aesop Copywork Set for the Two Goats
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Two Goats.   Find two copywork sheets in this set. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been provided as well as an image to accompany the fable. This...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 5
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 5
Learn with the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 5   Playing, reading, and moral training don't usually go together, but they do in the case of our Aesop's Fables Montessori cards. Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Courtesy

“All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

“And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.” – Ephesians 4:32

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Galatians 5:14

“And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.” – John 14:3

 

Additional Passages:

1 Peter 3:15
James 3:13
Titus 3:2
Ephesians 4:2
Matthew 7:12
Hebrews 13:2

The quotes and references provided above are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Holy Bible.

Ideas for Studying Scripture Using This Unit Study

Choose a favorite scripture passage about courtesy from your own collection or the selection above to discuss with students.  You may wish to use a passage for copywork or handwriting practice. Writing Paper is provided featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue.

Alternately, students may be encouraged to study about the virtue of courtesy with a fun, hands-on activity F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Tab Booklet. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple to finish construction. Students can then write in the book. The scripture notation is written on the tabbed edge, and the body of the text is written on the piece. Children may copy a Bible verse presented by the teacher featuring this virtue, or they may give a narration of a favorite verse they may have studied previously.

This tabbed F3 piece can accommodate up to five different scripture passages. Versions are provided in black-and-white as well as color and feature the thematic image used throughout the unit study. Finished books can be glued into a notebook or blank F3 Folder.

Read our article with pictures on How to Assemble an F3 Bible Verse Piece.

 

F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courtesy
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courtesy
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Courtesy a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about courtesy. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Courtesy Writing Paper
Virtue of Courtesy Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Being Courteous.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about courtesy. This printable includes a black-and-white and color version of the writing...
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Reading Activities and The Book List

Select a book from the list below to read to or with your students to help them see some examples of this virtue in action. Each title incorporates or focuses on the virtue of courtesy in some way – either in the theme, plot or through a specific character. Some characters will provide a positive example of the virtue while other characters seem to lack the virtue at times.

Don’t forget that picture books are great for any age group and present ideas very clearly. Children can use the “Reading Log Bookmark” included in this unit to help them keep track of their reading.

Use the “Dr. Virtue’s Discussion Questions” cards to help learners make connections between the stories and the virtue being studied. Older learners may enjoy being led in a book discussion using the question cards as prompts. Alternately, cards may be dispensed to students to answer on their own as a writing assignment or proof of learning.

Some learners may enjoy doing a book report or review about a specific book. Use one of our fun templates below to guide young readers or new writers.

Look through the selection of reading suggestions below. Feel free to use other titles as well.

Picture Books That Can Teach About Courtesy

If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas
We Help Mommy by Eloise Wilkin
We Help Daddy by Eloise Wilkin
In Johnny Crow’s Garden by L. Leslie Brooke The Cat and the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Cat and the Hat Returns by Dr. Seuss
Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf
Barney and Baby Bop Go to the Restaurant by Scholastic Inc.
How to Behave and Why by Munro Leaf
How to Speak Politely and Why by Munro Leaf

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Courtesy

The Little Apostle on Crutches by H.E. Delamare
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

Virtue of Joyfulness Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Joyfulness Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Joyfulness as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers can easily keep track of the books they read with this fun bookmark that reinforces the virtue of joyfulness. With each completed book or story,...
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Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Simple Book Review Helps Children Explore Reading and Sharing Their Opinions with Others   Do you have a learner who likes giving their opinions about anything and everything? You could easily use that to your advantage with this simple book review....
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Recipe Book Report
Recipe Book Report
This Recipe Book Report Brings Smiles and Fun to Literature Exploration.   Do you have a child who likes to cook? Are you looking for something completely different to use to pick apart your child's favorite read? Look no further. This fun Recipe...
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Blank Detailed Book Report
Blank Detailed Book Report
This Six-Page Blank Detailed Book Report Is Ready Fun for Beginning Readers and Writers.   Many times when we think of book reports, we think of something stale, cut and dry. Perhaps we envision something full of research, or something, dare I...
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Saint Study

 

Saint study is important. This is why we have incorporated it into this unit study. Every saint uniquely encounters Christ.  From living simply to doing pious works, shepherding the Church to evangelizing to the nations, the saints followed a path to our Lord.  We, too, can follow a path to Christ by studying their lives. When kids learn about the holy heroes of the Faith, they can feel encouraged to grow in a variety of virtues, including courtesy.

Help children to better understand the virtue of courtesy by learning about St. Bernadette, the young Lady who witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes. The What Can St. Bernadette Teach Me About Courtesy Worksheet is included in the lesson packet to help guide students on a simple study of this saint.

Below are some fun and creative ways to incorporate the study of St. Bernadette into this virtue lesson.

Our Lady of Lourdes Notebooking Set
Our Lady of Lourdes Notebooking Set
The Our Lady of Lourdes Notebooking Set Can Help Encourage Kids to Write and Narrate.   The Our...
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (24 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (24 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (24 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Blessed Virgin Mary's...
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (16 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (16 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (16 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Blessed Virgin Mary's...
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (8 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (8 Words)
Our Lady of Lourdes Word Search Puzzle (8 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Blessed Virgin Mary's...
Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study
Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study
Teach Young Catholics About How to Treat Others with Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study. Our...
St. Bernadette Cupcake Topper
St. Bernadette Cupcake Topper
Celebrate the Saints with Our St. Bernadette Cupcake Topper!   Create a simple St. Bernadette Cupcake...
St. Bernadette Saint Biography Card
St. Bernadette Saint Biography Card
Foster Saint Study with the St. Bernadette Saint Biography Card.   This little St. Bernadette Saint...
St. Bernadette Mini-Book
St. Bernadette Mini-Book
Focus on Saint Study with the St. Bernadette Mini-Book.   This printable book is prompted and requires...
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)
Encourage Children to Learn About the Saints.   Help children learn some of the symbols of popular...
What Can St. Bernadette Teach Us About Courtesy Notebooking Sheet
What Can St. Bernadette Teach Us About Courtesy Notebooking Sheet
Discover the Virtue of Courtesy by Studying About St. Bernadette. Use this notebooking sheet to guide...

See All of Our Resources About Courtesy

Browse our entire collection of materials that incorporate the virtue of courtesy in some way. See individual materials from this virtue lesson as well as additional activities not found in the lesson.

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A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Courtesy
A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Courtesy
Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Courtesy Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Courteous to Others.   Invite...
Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study
Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study
Teach Young Catholics About How to Treat Others with Our Virtue Lesson About Courtesy Unit Study. Our...
Virtue of Courtesy Chart Set
Virtue of Courtesy Chart Set
Help Children Learn to be Courtesy.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring a young boy...
Virtue of Courtesy Keytag Set
Virtue of Courtesy Keytag Set
Encourage and Recognize the Courteous Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Courtesy...
Virtue of Courtesy Word Search Worksheet
Virtue of Courtesy Word Search Worksheet
Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Courtesy.   Help young Catholics to better understand the...
Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Courtesy Worksheet
Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Courtesy Worksheet
Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Courtesy.   Help children recall...
Grow in the Virtue of Courtesy Prayer Worksheet
Grow in the Virtue of Courtesy Prayer Worksheet
Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Courtesy.   Help children learn easy ways...
Picture It - The Virtue of Courtesy Worksheet
Picture It - The Virtue of Courtesy Worksheet
Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Virtue of Courtesy by Using Their Drawing Skills.   Help...