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Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Modest

 

The Lesson

Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study focuses on helping kids learn that they can show God and their neighbor respect by not boasting and bragging. As well, modesty teaches us that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit – it should be kept clean, pure, and holy. The activities and materials in this lesson 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 modesty. Additional worksheets and activities extend learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 modesty.  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.

Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1 for Kids   Playing, reading and moral training don't usually go together, but they do in the case of our Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1. Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 10
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 10
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 10   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 Art Coloring Page - The Fox and the Crow
Aesop Art Coloring Page - The Fox and the Crow
Focus on the Dangers of Flattery with the Aesop Art Coloring Page - The Fox and the Crow.   Use this Aesop Art Coloring Page - The Fox and the Crow to help children focus on the Aesop's Fable of the Fox and the Crow. This detailed picture is perfect...
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Aesop's Fable: The Eagle and the Jackdaw
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Eagle and the Jackdaw. 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 appealing...
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Aesop's Fable: The Fox and the Crow
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Fox and the Crow. 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 appealing...
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Aesop's Fable: The Peacock and the Crane
Share the Aesop's Fable: The Peacock and the Crane.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach lessons in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has large text and a color image, which makes it...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Modesty

“Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.” – Romans 12:16

 

“But now you rejoice in your arrogancies. All such rejoicing is wicked.” – James 4:16

 

“In like manner, women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire: But, as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works.” – 1 Timothy 2:9-10

 

“That, as it is written: He that glorieth may glory in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:31

 

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

 

“Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.” – Romans 12:16

 

“Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves: Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.” – Philippians 2:3-4

 

“A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest him, is known by his countenance. The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is.” – Ecclesiasticus 19:26-27

 

 

Additional Passages:

Matthew 6:1-5

1 Peter 5:5-7

Proverbs 27:1

Proverbs 27:2

Jude 1:16

Galatians 6:14

Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

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 modesty 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 modesty 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 Modesty
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Modesty
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Modesty a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about Modesty. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Modesty Writing Paper
Virtue of Modesty Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Modesty.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about modesty in deed and appearance. 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 modesty 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 Modesty

St. Therese of the Child Jesus by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM
The Big Brag by Dr. Seuss
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Theo LeSeig
And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd by Stan and Jan Berenstain
How Leo Learned to Be King by Marcus Pfister
Simple Pictures Are Best by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Queen for a Day by Marc Brown
Glasses for D.W. by Marc Brown
The Princess and the Kiss by Jennifer Bishop

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Modesty

Saint Therese and the Roses by Helen Walker Homan
The Little Flower, the Story of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Saint Rose of Lima, the Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americas by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Modesty

The Story of a Soul – The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

 

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Modesty Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Modesty Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Modesty 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 modesty. With each completed book or story, readers...
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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 modesty.

Help children to better understand the virtue of modesty by learning about St. Rose of Lima, the patron saint of Peru and South America. The What Can St. Rose of Lima Teach Me About Modesty 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. Rose of Lima into this virtue lesson.

 
 

Saints We Celebrate in August Word Search
Saints We Celebrate in August Word Search
Encourage Kids Learn About Some New or Familiar Holy Heroes by Using the Saints We Celebrate in August...
Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study
Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study
Help Teach Young Catholics About Being Modest with Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study. Our Virtue...
Poster of St. Rose of Lima
Poster of St. Rose of Lima
Enhance Saint Study for Young Catholics with a Poster of St. Rose of Lima.   Decorate your learning...
St. Rose of Lima Cupcake Topper
St. Rose of Lima Cupcake Topper
Celebrate St. Rose of Lima!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper to celebrate the life and sainthood...
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. Rose of Lima Teach Us About Modesty Notebooking Sheet
What Can St. Rose of Lima Teach Us About Modesty Notebooking Sheet
Discover the Virtue of Modesty by Studying About St. Rose of Lima. Use this notebooking sheet to guide...
St. Rose of Lima Saint Profile Sheet
St. Rose of Lima Saint Profile Sheet
St. Rose of Lima Saint Profile Sheet Is a Good Review Tool.   This saint profile sheet is filled...
St. Rose of Lima Mini-Book
St. Rose of Lima Mini-Book
Try the St. Rose of Lima Mini-Book.   This printable St. Rose of Lima Mini-Book is prompted and...

    See All of Our Resources About Modesty

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

     

    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...
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    Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study
    Help Teach Young Catholics About Being Modest with Our Virtue Lesson About Modesty Unit Study. Our Virtue...
    Poster of St. Rose of Lima
    Poster of St. Rose of Lima
    Enhance Saint Study for Young Catholics with a Poster of St. Rose of Lima.   Decorate your learning...
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Modesty
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Modesty
    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Modesty Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Modest.   Invite children...
    Virtue of Modesty Chart Set
    Virtue of Modesty Chart Set
    Help Children Learn to be Modest and Respectful of Themselves and Others.   Use this progress incentive...
    Virtue of Modesty Keytag Set
    Virtue of Modesty Keytag Set
    Encourage and Recognize the Modest Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Modesty...
    Virtue of Modesty Word Search Worksheet
    Virtue of Modesty Word Search Worksheet
    Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Modesty.   Help young Catholics to better understand the...
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Modesty Worksheet
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Modesty Worksheet
    Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Modesty.   Help children recall...
    Grow in the Virtue of Modesty Prayer Worksheet
    Grow in the Virtue of Modesty Prayer Worksheet
    Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Modesty.   Help children to learn easy...
    Picture It - The Virtue of Modesty Worksheet
    Picture It - The Virtue of Modesty Worksheet
    Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Virtue of Modesty by Using Their Drawing Skills.   Help...