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Fun unit study for children about love

 

Our Virtue Lesson About Love

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Charity and Being Loving

 

The Lesson

This lesson celebrates the virtue of love (charity) 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 love. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

This unit focuses on topics such as love, charity, and how to show love to others.

Unit Summary

Grade Level:  K-6
Age:  6-10
Focus:  Virtue Lesson Unit Study
Theme:  Love & Charity

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 love. 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 Ass and the Lap Dog
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Ass and the Lap Dog.   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...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Ass and the Lap Dog
Aesop Copywork Set for the Ass and the Lap Dog
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Ass and the Lap Dog. Find two copywork sheets in this set. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. 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 12
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 12
Set 12 of Aesop's Fables Montessori Cards 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 all the great moral...
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Aesop's Fable: The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse. 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...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Cat, Cock, and Young Mouse
Aesop Copywork Set for the Cat, Cock, and Young Mouse
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Cat, Cock, and Young Mouse. Find two copywork sheets in this set. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. Generous writing area has been provided as well as an image to accompany...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 9
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 9
Set 9 of Aesop's Fables Montessori Cards 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 all the great moral...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Love

“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13
 
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” – John 3:16
 
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5
 
“But this is just as it has been written: “The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
 
“Yet why did Christ, while we were still infirm, at the proper time, suffer death for the impious? Now someone might barely be willing to die for the sake of justice, for example, perhaps someone might dare to die for the sake of a good man. But God demonstrates his love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, at the proper time, Christ died for us. Therefore, having been justified now by his blood, all the more so shall we be saved from wrath through him.” – Romans 5:6-9

 
 

Additional Passages:

Exodus 20:5-6

Exodus 34:6

Leviticus 19:18

Matthew 5:44

Matthew 6:21

John 13:34-35

John 14:15

John 14:23-24

1 Corinthians 16:14

1 Peter 4:8

Deuteronomy 7:9

Jeremiah 31:3

1 John 3:1

1 John 4:16-18

 

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 love 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 love 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 Love
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Love
Make Scripture Study Fun with Our F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Love.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about love. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple to finish construction. Students...
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Virtue of Love Writing Paper
Virtue of Love Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Love.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about love and charity. 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 love 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 Love

The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie de Paola* (for ages 8+)
The Value of Charity: The Story of Paul-Emile Leger by Ann Donegan Johnson
Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
 

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Joyfulness

Mother Teresa: The Woman Who Served the Poorest of the Poor by Caroline Higgins
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Joyfulness

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola
 

Collections That Can Teach About Love

The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Gatty (Various Stories)

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Love Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Love Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Love 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 love. With each completed book or story, readers should...
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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. Using...
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Recipe Book Report
Recipe Book Report
Book Report Brings Smiles and Fun and Is a Fun Alternative to a Traditional Book Report Do you have a child who likes to cook? Are looking for something completely different to use to pick apart your child's favorite read? Look no further. This cool little...
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Blank Detailed Book Report
Blank Detailed Book Report
This Six-Page  Resource Is Ready Fun for Beginning Readers and Writers Many times when we think of book reports, we think of something cut and dry; perhaps something full of research, or something, dare I say, boring. Yikes!! You won't find anything...
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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 love.

Help children to better understand the virtue of joyfulness by learning about St. John, the apostle and one of the authors of the Gospels. The What Can St. John Teach Me About Love 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. John the Apostle into this virtue lesson.

 

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Jesus Speaks From the Cross Cryptogram Puzzle Worksheet

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Saint John the Evangelist Double-Sided Saint Trading Card

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St. John the Evangelist Printable Trading Card

St. John the Evangelist Printable Trading Card

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December 2019 Printable Monthly Calendar Page

December 2019 Printable Monthly Calendar Page

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St. John the Evangelist Saint Profile Sheet

St. John the Evangelist Saint Profile Sheet

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Twelve Apostles Reference Sheet

Twelve Apostles Reference Sheet

The Twelve Apostles Reference Sheet Is a Useful Addition to Your Student Materials!   Help children...
Saint Writing Pages for the Apostles

Saint Writing Pages for the Apostles

Help Youngsters Discover the Apostles with the Saint Writing Pages for the Apostles.   Use the Saint...
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Fourth Luminous Mystery of the Holy Rosary Trading Card

Teach About the Transfiguration with the Fourth Luminous Mystery of the Holy Rosary Trading Card.   Help...
St. John Cupcake Topper

St. John Cupcake Topper

Celebrate St. John!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper to celebrate the life and sainthood...
What Can St. John Teach Us About Love Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. John Teach Us About Love Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Love by Studying About St. John. Use this notebooking sheet to guide children...
Jesus Calls His First Disciples Fill-In the Faces Worksheet

Jesus Calls His First Disciples Fill-In the Faces Worksheet

Teach, Review, or Discuss the Call of Christ's First Disciples.   Ten statements are presented about...
St. John the Apostle Poster

St. John the Apostle Poster

Feature St. John the Apostle in Your Learning Environment. This single sheet poster is perfect to use...
Names of the Twelve Apostles Poster

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Help Children Learn the Names of Christ's Followers with the Names of the Twelve Apostles Poster.   This...
Twelve Apostles Word Search

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Get to Know the Twelve Apostles by Name with Our Twelve Apostles Word Search.   Use this Twelve...
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Bible Facts Learning Cards Set 7

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The Four Evangelists Mini-Book

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Help Young Catholics Learn About the Authors of the Gospel This little eight-page book can help young...

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Acknowledge Student Achievement with the Led by Love Award Certificate Set.   Use the Led by Love...
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Remind Kids to Appreciate Their Mom with Our Mothers Are Very Special Poster Set.   Use the Our...
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Share the Truth with Kids Using Our God Loves Me Wristband.   Wearing a soothing God Loves Me Wristband...
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Virtue of Love Word Search Worksheet

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Virtue of Love Achievement Certificate

Virtue of Love Achievement Certificate

Acknowledge When Young Catholics Have Learned About the Virtue of Love.   Give young students recognition...
Prayer Card for the Virtue of Love

Prayer Card for the Virtue of Love

Pray for the Virtue of Love.   Help children develop the very useful habit of daily prayer as they...
Virtue of Love Reading Log Bookmark

Virtue of Love Reading Log Bookmark

Help Young Catholics to Learn About Love as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers can...
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Love

F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Love

Make Scripture Study Fun with Our F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Love.   This little F3 (Flip,...
You Are Loved Coloring Sheet

You Are Loved Coloring Sheet

Help Young Catholics Learn About Love.   This coloring sheet features a cute graphic that is sure...
You Are Loved Poster

You Are Loved Poster

Help Reinforce the Virtue of Love.   Decorate your classroom or teaching area with this poster that...
Virtue of Love Writing Paper

Virtue of Love Writing Paper

Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Love.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness...
4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Love

4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Love

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How Can You Practice Love Graphic Organizer

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What Can St. John Teach Us About Love Notebooking Sheet

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