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Our Virtue Lesson About Tolerance Unit study

Our Virtue Lesson About Tolerance

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Tolerant

 

The Lesson

This Virtue of Tolerance Unit Study focuses on helping kids grow closer to God by loving their neighbor, appreciating individual uniqueness, and accepting things that they cannot change. The activities and materials can help Catholic kids practice and live their faith in a real way. Kids are sure to enjoy the 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 tolerance. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 tolerance. 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
Aesop's Fable: The Lark and Her Young Ones
Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach lessons 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 Lark and...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Lark and Her Young Ones
Aesop Copywork Set for the Lark and Her Young Ones
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Lark and Her Young Ones. 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...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 15
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 15
Set 15 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 Tolerance

“Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another. Even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.” – Colossians 3:13-14
 
“The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.” – Proverbs 16:32
 
“I, therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called with all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.” – Ephesians 4:1-2

 

Additional Passages:

Numbers 14:18
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
2 Timothy 4:2
Romans 14:1-4
1 Peter 3: 8-11
Ecclesiastes 7:9
Luke 21:16-20
2 Corinthians 6: 4-6
Revelation 14:12
Colossians 3:13
Proverbs 16:32

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 tolerance 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 tolerance 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 reference is noted on the tabbed edge, and the body of the text is written in the box. Children may copy a Bible verse presented by the teacher featuring this virtue, or they may give a narration of a favorite passage 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 Tolerance
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Tolerance
Make Scripture Study Creative with Our F3 Tab Booklet – Bible Verses About Tolerance.   Our F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Tolerance encourages Bible study about tolerance. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Tolerance Writing Paper
Virtue of Tolerance Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Being Tolerant.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about tolerance. 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 tolerance 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 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 Tolerance

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell
Five Nice Mice by Chisato Tashiro
Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado
Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf
I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
The New Baby by Mercy Mayer
Me, Too by Mercer Mayer
Franklin and Harriet by Paulette Bourgeois

 

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Tolerance

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Tolerance

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

 

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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Book Report for Freckle Juice
Book Report for Freckle Juice
Extend the Fun of Freckle Juice by Judy Blume This fun book report was one of my very first creations years ago and has recently been re-edited.  It focuses on the plot of the book and the characters as well.  Opportunities for grammar practice, virtue...
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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 tolerance.

Help children to better understand the virtue of tolerance by learning about St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church. The What Can St. Stephen Teach Me About Tolerance 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. Stephen into this virtue lesson.

 
 

Saint Stephen Word Search EZ Puzzle

Saint Stephen Word Search EZ Puzzle

Saint Stephen Word Search EZ Puzzle (9 Words) Can Help Youngsters To Get To Know the First Martyr of...
Saint Stephen Word Search Puzzle

Saint Stephen Word Search Puzzle

Saint Stephen Word Search Puzzle (21 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the First martyr of the Church.   Saint...
Saint Stephen Mini-Book

Saint Stephen Mini-Book

Focus on Learning About the First Martyr of the Church with the Saint Stephen Mini-Book.   This...
4 Cool Facts About Saint Stephen Worksheet

4 Cool Facts About Saint Stephen Worksheet

Young Catholics Can Show What They Know with Our 4 Cool Facts About Saint Stephen Worksheet.   Our...
Poster of St. Stephen

Poster of St. Stephen

Enhance Saint Study for Young Catholics with a Poster of St. Stephen.   Decorate your learning area...
St. Stephen Cupcake Topper

St. Stephen Cupcake Topper

Help Young Catholics Celebrate St. Stephen!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper to celebrate...
Month of December Word Search Puzzle

Month of December Word Search Puzzle

Celebrate the Month of December with Puzzle Fun!   Encourage children to celebrate Advent and Christmas...
What Can St. Stephen Teach Us About Tolerance Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. Stephen Teach Us About Tolerance Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Tolerance by Studying About St. Stephen.   Help children learn about tolerance...
St. Stephen Printable Saint Trading Card

St. Stephen Printable Saint Trading Card

Printable Fun Featuring St. Stephen, the First Martyr. Encourage children to learn about the very first...
Virtue Lesson on Tolerance

Virtue Lesson on Tolerance

Help Kids Learn to Be More Tolerant This lesson celebrates the virtue of tolerance and is intended to...
St. Stephen Saint Biography Card

St. Stephen Saint Biography Card

Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Life of St. Stephen With a unique image that gives some traditional...
Saintly Symbols of St. Stephen Coloring Sheet

Saintly Symbols of St. Stephen Coloring Sheet

Help Children Learn the Symbols Associated with St. Stephen This simple coloring sheet can help children...
Build Your Faith Bingo Game

Build Your Faith Bingo Game

Play to Learn the Basics of the Catholic Faith with the Build Your Faith Bingo Game. This Build Your...

    See All of Our Resources About Tolerance

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

    Our Virtue Lesson About Tolerance Unit Study

    Our Virtue Lesson About Tolerance Unit Study

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    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Tolerance

    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Tolerance

    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Tolerance Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Tolerant.   Invite children...
    Virtue of Tolerance Chart Set

    Virtue of Tolerance Chart Set

    Help Children Learn to be Tolerant.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring a young boy...
    Virtue of Tolerance Keytag Set

    Virtue of Tolerance Keytag Set

    Encourage and Recognize the Tolerant Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Tolerance...
    Virtue of Tolerance Word Search Worksheet

    Virtue of Tolerance Word Search Worksheet

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

    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Tolerance Worksheet

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

    Grow in the Virtue of Tolerance Prayer Worksheet

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

    Picture It - The Virtue of Tolerance Worksheet

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

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

    Introduce Young Catholics to the Virtue of Tolerance.   Help children learn a simple, working definition...
    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Tolerance

    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Tolerance

    Encourage Children to Creatively Express Their Understanding of the Virtue of Tolerance.   This...
    Love Everyone Wristband

    Love Everyone Wristband

    Teach Children That We Are One Family in Christ.   By using these colorful paper wristbands, children...
    Virtue of Tolerance Achievement Certificate

    Virtue of Tolerance Achievement Certificate

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

    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Tolerance

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

    Virtue of Tolerance Reading Log Bookmark

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

    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Tolerance

    Make Scripture Study Creative with Our F3 Tab Booklet – Bible Verses About Tolerance.   Our F3...
    I Can Be Tolerant Coloring Sheet

    I Can Be Tolerant Coloring Sheet

    Help Young Catholics Learn About Tolerance.   This coloring sheet features a chunky font and a cute...
    I Can Be Tolerant Poster

    I Can Be Tolerant Poster

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

    Virtue of Tolerance Writing Paper

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

    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Tolerance

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

    How to Practice Tolerance Graphic Organizer

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

    Activities to Build Tolerance Worksheet

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

    What Can St. Stephen Teach Us About Tolerance Notebooking Sheet

    Discover the Virtue of Tolerance by Studying About St. Stephen.   Help children learn about tolerance...