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Virtue of Detachment Unit Study

Our Virtue Lesson About Detachment

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Detached and Practicing Self-Control

 

The Lesson

Our Virtue Lesson About Detachment Unit Study focuses on helping kids learn that they need to cultivate self-control and must always consider the consequences of their actions. Being in control helps one stay closer to God and avoid sin. It is also good to let youngsters know that they don’t have to act on every feeling they have. This lesson’s activities and materials can help Catholic kids practice and live their faith in a real way. Kids are sure to enjoy daily activities, which can span a month. Teachers will love the ease of use, including weekly core lessons and plans, daily reinforcement with scripture discussions, prayer, and the incentive progress sheets. These tools allow students to quickly learn how to recognize and begin practicing the virtue of detachment. Additional worksheets and activities extend learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 the goal of training young learners to be respectful to God, themselves, and others, we focus on the virtue of detachment.  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 makes 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 Bear and the Bees
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Bear and the Bees.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach a lesson in virtuous behavior and morality. This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it...
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Aesop's Fable: The Bull and the Goat
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Bull and the Goat.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach a lesson in virtuous behavior and morality. This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 8
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 8
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 8   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 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 Copywork for the Bear and the Bees
Aesop Copywork for the Bear and the Bees
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Bear and the Bees.   Find two copywork sheets in this Aesop Copywork for the Bear and the Bees. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been provided...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Bull and the Goat
Aesop Copywork Set for the Bull and the Goat
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Bull and the Goat.   Find two copywork sheets in this Aesop Copywork Set for the Bull and the Goat. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Detachment

“And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.” – Luke 6:29

 

“As a city that lieth open and is not compassed with walls, so is a man that cannot refrain his own spirit in speaking.” – Proverbs 25:28

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of sobriety.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

 

 

Additional Passages:

Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 25:28

1 Corinthians 9:27

Ephesians 4:26

Ephesians 4:31

Galatians 6:14

Ephesians 6:1

Titus 2:6

1 Peter 4:7

2 Peter 1:5-6

James 1:19

 

The quotes provided above are taken from the Douay-Rheims Translation of the Holy Bible.

 

Ideas for Studying Scripture Using This Unit Study

Choose a favorite scripture passage about detachment 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. Other instructors may encourage students to study about the virtue of detachment with a fun, hands-on activity F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Tab Booklet. To create this tabbed booklet, learners cut tabbed pieces out, arrange them in order, and staple them to finish construction. Students can then write in the book. The Scripture notation is written on the tabbed edge, while the passage is copied 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. There is a version provided in black-and-white and another in color, and both feature the thematic image used throughout the unit study. Students can glue the finished books 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 Detachment
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Detachment
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Detachment a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about detachment. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Detachment Writing Paper
Virtue of Detachment Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Detachment.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about detachment and self-control. This printable includes a black-and-white and color version...
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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 detachment in some way – either in the theme, plot, or through a specific character. Some characters will provide a positive example of virtue, while others seem to lack 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 “Dr. Virtue’s Discussion Questions” to help learners connect the stories and the virtue being studied. Older learners may enjoy being led in a book discussion using the question cards as prompts. Some teachers may want to dispense the cards to students to answer their own as a writing assignment or proof of learning.

Some learners may enjoy doing a book report or reviewing 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 Detachment

I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
Arthur’s Teacher Trouble by Marc Brown
King Midas and the Golden Touch by Kathryn Hewitt
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
Babushka’s Doll by Patricia Polacco
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry by Molly Bang
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward and Tomie dePaola
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
Franklin’s Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Detachment Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Detachment Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Detachment 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 detachment. 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. Each saint uniquely encounters Christ. From simple living to doing great 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 various virtues, including detachment.

Help children to better understand the virtue of detachment by learning about Gregory the Great (Gregory I), the patron saint of school children, choir boys, singers, and the papacy. The What Can St. Gregory the Great Teach Me About Detachment 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. Gregory the Great into this virtue lesson.

 
 

Saints We Celebrate in September Word Search
Saints We Celebrate in September Word Search
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Our Virtue Lesson About Detachment Unit Study
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What Can St. Gregory the Great Teach Us About Detachment Notebooking Sheet
What Can St. Gregory the Great Teach Us About Detachment Notebooking Sheet
Discover the Virtue of Detachment by Studying About St. Gregory the Great.   Use this notebooking...
Pope St. Gregory the Great Saint Profile Sheet
Pope St. Gregory the Great Saint Profile Sheet
Encourage Saint Study with the Pope St. Gregory the Great Saint Profile Sheet.   This Pope St. Gregory...
Pope St. Gregory the Great Poster
Pope St. Gregory the Great Poster
Decorate Your Learning Area with a Pope St. Gregory the Great Poster.   Use this Pope St. Gregory...
Doctors of the Church Theme Mini-Book Keepsake Pages
Doctors of the Church Theme Mini-Book Keepsake Pages
Organize Your Mini-Books with Colorful Frames and Little Doctors in the Doctors of the Church Theme Mini-Book...
Saint Mini-Book Unit Study
Saint Mini-Book Unit Study
The Saint Mini-Book Unit Study Encourages Kids to Learn About Some Great Saints.   Learn about some...
St. Gregory the Great Notebooking Sheet
St. Gregory the Great Notebooking Sheet
Let's Write About a Doctor of the Church with the St. Gregory the Great Notebooking Sheet.   Students...
St. Gregory the Great Mini-Book
St. Gregory the Great Mini-Book
Get Kids Excited About Saint Study with the St. Gregory the Great Mini-Book.   This printable St....
Doctors of the Catholic Church Reference Sheet
Doctors of the Catholic Church Reference Sheet
Learn About Remarkable Saints with Our Doctors of the Catholic Church Reference Sheet.   This handy...

    See All of Our Resources About Detachment

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

     

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    Our Virtue Lessons for Kids Check-Off Sheet
    Teachers Can Track Series Progress with Our Virtue Lessons for Kids Check-Off Sheet. Our Virtue Lessons...
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    Don't Be Tempted to Lose Your Cool Poster Set Can Help Kids Avoid Falling into Sin.   Use the Don't...
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Detachment
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Detachment
    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Detachment Worksheet Can Help Reflect on Having Self-Control.   Invite...
    Virtue of Detachment Chart Set
    Virtue of Detachment Chart Set
    Help Children Learn to be Detached and Practice Self-Control.   Use this progress incentive chart...
    Virtue of Detachment Keytag Set
    Virtue of Detachment Keytag Set
    Encourage and Recognize the Detachment Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Detachment...
    Virtue of Detachment Word Search Worksheet
    Virtue of Detachment Word Search Worksheet
    Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Detachment.   Help young Catholics to better understand...
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Detachment Worksheet
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Detachment Worksheet
    Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Detachment.   Help children recall...
    Grow in the Virtue of Detachment Prayer Worksheet
    Grow in the Virtue of Detachment Prayer Worksheet
    Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Detachment.   Help children learn easy...
    Picture It - The Virtue of Detachment Worksheet
    Picture It - The Virtue of Detachment Worksheet
    Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Virtue of Detachment by Using Their Drawing Skills.   Help...