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Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness Unit study

Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Kind

 

The Lesson

This Virtue of Kindness Unit Study celebrates the virtue of kindness 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 quickly learn how to recognize and begin practicing the virtue of kindness. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 kindness. 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.

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Dove
Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Dove
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Ant and the Dove.   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 Kid and the Wolf
Aesop Copywork Set for the Kid and the Wolf
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Kid and the Wolf. 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 a picture by Milo Winter to accompany...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Ant and the Dove
Aesop Copywork Set for the Ant and the Dove
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Ant and the Dove. 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 Fable: The Kid and the Wolf
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 to young readers. Aesop's Fable: The Kid and...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 16
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 16
Set 16 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 Fables Montessori Cards Set 3
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 3
Set 3 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 Kindness

“Therefore, clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty, and patience.   – Colossians 3:12

“The lips of the foolish meddle in disputes. And his mouth provokes conflicts. The mouth of the foolish is his destruction, and his own lips are the ruin of his soul.”   – Proverbs 18:6-7

“See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone. Instead, always pursue whatever is good, with one another and with all.”   – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Additional Passages:

Matthew 7:12
Acts 28:2
Ephesians 2:6-7
Galatians 6:10
3 John 1:11
Isaiah 54:8
Joshua 2:12
1 Samuel 20:14-15

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

The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
Clown by Quentin Blake
The Golden Goose by Leslie Brooke
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

Angelo by David Macaulay
Ruth and Naomi by Jean Marzollo
The Paper Crane by Molly Band
Franklin’s Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

 

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Kindness

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
One Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin

 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Kindness

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde and Lisbeth Zwerger

 

Other Books That Can Teach About Kindness

Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty (Various Stories)
Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum (Various Stories)

 

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Kindness Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Kindness Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Kindness 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 kindness. 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. 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 joyfulness.

Help children to better understand the virtue of kindness by learning about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who is affectionately known as the Little Flower.  The What Can St. Thérèse of Lisieux Teach Me About Kindness 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. Thérèse of Lisieux into this virtue lesson.

Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle

Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle

Celebrate Eleven Holy Heroes with the Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle.   The Name the Saint Crossword...
St. Therese of Lisieux Cupcake Topper

St. Therese of Lisieux Cupcake Topper

Celebrate St. Therese of Lisieux!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper to celebrate the life...
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 female...
What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Kindness by Studying About St. Therese of Lisieux. Use this notebooking sheet...
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Saint Party Pack

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Saint Party Pack

Create a booth for an All Saints’ Day party that features St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Saint Poster Saint...
Instructions on How to Make St. Therese Little Acts of Kindness Beads

Instructions on How to Make St. Therese Little Acts of Kindness Beads

This little string of ten beads encourages children to make small sacrifices for God and do good deeds...
St. Therese of Lisieux Poster

St. Therese of Lisieux Poster

Feature St. Therese of Lisieux in Your Learning Environment. This single sheet poster is perfect to use...
Little Petals of Kindness Saint Therese Game

Little Petals of Kindness Saint Therese Game

Have Fun and Learn About St. Therese of Lisieux This activity can help introduce the Corporal Works...
St. Therese of Lisieux Printable Trading Card

St. Therese of Lisieux Printable Trading Card

Saint Study Fun Featuring the St. Therese of Lisieux Printable Trading Card   Encourage children...
St. Therese of Lisieux Saint Profile

St. Therese of Lisieux Saint Profile

Learn About St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower This printable Saint Profile page features St....
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 This two-page resource set features...
Virtue Lesson on Kindness

Virtue Lesson on Kindness

Help Kids Learn About Kindness This lesson celebrates the virtue of kindness and is intended to help...
Catholic Sacramentals Montessori Cards Set 4

Catholic Sacramentals Montessori Cards Set 4

Set 4 of the Catholic Sacramentals Montessori Cards Help build your child's love and knowledge of their...
St. Therese of Lisieux Mini-Book

St. Therese of Lisieux Mini-Book

Focus on Learning About St. Therese of Lisieux This printable book is prompted and requires learners...
Climb a Ladder to Heaven Project

Climb a Ladder to Heaven Project

Let's Climb Closer to Heaven! This is a family project to help children develop consideration and obedience...
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...
Know-N-Go Game Featuring the Saints

Know-N-Go Game Featuring the Saints

How Well Can You Identify the Saints? This fun game gets learners up and moving as they answer simple...

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    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Kindness Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Kind to Others.   Invite...
    Virtue of Kindness Chart Set

    Virtue of Kindness Chart Set

    Help Children Learn to be Kind and Helpful.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring the...
    Virtue of Kindness Keytag Set

    Virtue of Kindness Keytag Set

    Encourage and Recognize the Kind Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Kindness Keytag...
    Virtue of Kindness Word Search Worksheet

    Virtue of Kindness Word Search Worksheet

    Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Kindness.   Help young Catholics better understand the virtue...
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Kindness Worksheet

    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Kindness Worksheet

    Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Kindness.   Help children recall...
    Grow in the Virtue of Kindness Prayer Worksheet

    Grow in the Virtue of Kindness Prayer Worksheet

    Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Kindness.   Help children to learn easy...
    Picture It - The Virtue of Kindness Worksheet

    Picture It - The Virtue of Kindness Worksheet

    Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Virtue of Kindness by Using Their Drawing Skills.   Help...
    I Can Be Kind Cut-N-Paste Virtue Lesson Sheet

    I Can Be Kind Cut-N-Paste Virtue Lesson Sheet

    Introduce Young Catholics to the Virtue of Kindness.   Help children learn a simple, working definition...
    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Kindness

    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Kindness

    Assist Young Catholics in Learning About the Virtue of Kindness by Creating a Mini-Book.   This...
    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Kindness

    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Kindness

    Encourage Children to Creatively Express Their Understanding of the Virtue of Kindness.   This worksheet...
    Virtue of Kindness Achievement Certificate

    Virtue of Kindness Achievement Certificate

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

    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Kindness

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

    Virtue of Kindness Reading Log Bookmark

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

    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Kindness

    Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Kindness a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This...
    I Like Being Kind Coloring Sheet

    I Like Being Kind Coloring Sheet

    Help Young Catholics Learn About Kindness.   This coloring sheet features a chunky font and a cute...
    I Like Being Kind Poster

    I Like Being Kind Poster

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

    Virtue of Kindness Writing Paper

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

    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Kindness

    Help Young Catholics Learn About the Virtue of Kindness.   Ask children to share any four facts...
    How Can You Practice Kindness Graphic Organizer

    How Can You Practice Kindness Graphic Organizer

    Help Children Recall How to Be Kind.   Use this graphic organizer worksheet to encourage children...
    Activities to Build Kindness Worksheet

    Activities to Build Kindness Worksheet

    Focus on Developing the Virtue of Kindness in Children.   Use this check-off style worksheet to...
    What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet

    What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet

    Discover the Virtue of Kindness by Studying About St. Therese of Lisieux. Use this notebooking sheet...