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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 Aesop Copywork Set for the Ass and the Lap Dog. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been...
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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 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 Aesop Copywork Set for the Cat, Cock, and Young Mouse. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 9
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 9
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 9   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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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 Translation 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. The set includes a black-and-white and color version of the writing sheet. This...
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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 somehow – either in the theme, the plot, or through a specific character. Some characters will provide a positive example of the virtue, while other characters seem to lack the virtue.

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 connect the stories and the virtue being studied. Older learners may enjoy being led in a book discussion using the question cards as prompts. Alternatively, 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 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 Love

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 Love

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....
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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, which 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 love 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.

 

    See All of Our Resources About Love

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

     

    Get the Gospel Trading Card How to Love Everyone
    Get the Gospel Trading Card How to Love Everyone
    Kids Can Focus on Loving As Jesus Did with the Get the Gospel Trading Card How to Love Everyone.   Use...
    Holy Trinity and John 3:16-17 Reference Sheet
    Holy Trinity and John 3:16-17 Reference Sheet
    Help Kids Know About God's Saving Love with the Holy Trinity and John 3:16-17 Reference Sheet.   Use...
    Get the Gospel Trading Card How Much Does God Love Us
    Get the Gospel Trading Card How Much Does God Love Us
    Remind Kids of the Magnanimity of the Lord's Love for Humanity with the Get the Gospel Trading Card How...
    Holy Trinity Is Love Poster Set
    Holy Trinity Is Love Poster Set
    Teach About God's Love with The Holy Trinity Is Love Poster Set.   Use the Holy Trinity Is Love...
    Our Virtue Lessons for Kids Check-Off Sheet
    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...
    Our Virtue Lesson About Love Unit Study
    Our Virtue Lesson About Love Unit Study
    Teach Young Catholics About Charity with Our Virtue Lesson About Love Unit Study.   Our Virtue Lesson...
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Love
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Love
    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Love Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Loving and Charitable. Invite children...
    Little Notes From Jesus About Love
    Little Notes From Jesus About Love
    Help Youth Connect to Christ through Scripture with Little Notes From Jesus About Love.   Use these...
    Virtue of Love Chart Set
    Virtue of Love Chart Set
    Help Children Learn to be Loving and Imitate Christ.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring...
    Virtue of Love Keytag Set
    Virtue of Love Keytag Set
    Encourage and Recognize the Loving Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Love Keytag...