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Our Virtue Lesson About Patience

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Patient

 

The Lesson

Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study focuses on helping kids to calmly wait for events and growth to take place as well as not to get upset when things don’t go as expected. Learners can also grow closer to God by trusting that He hears and answers their prayers in His time. 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 patience. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 patience. 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.

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Aesop's Fable: The Hare and the Tortoise
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 Hare and...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Hare and the Tortoise
Aesop Copywork Set for the Hare and the Tortoise
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Hare and the Tortoise. 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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Aesop's Fable: The North Wind and the Sun
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 North Wind...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the North Wind and the Sun
Aesop Copywork Set for the North Wind and the Sun
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the North Wind and the Sun.   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 17
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17
Set 17 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 Patience

“Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth: patiently bearing till he receive the early and latter rain.” – James 5:7

“Be you therefore also patient and strengthen your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” – James 5:8

“Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer. – Romans 12:12

“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of affliction, to give you an end and patience.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Additional Passages:

Galatians 6:9
Ephesians 4:2
1 Corinthians 13:4
Romans 5:4
2 Timothy 2:24
Hebrews 6:15
Numbers 14:18
Colossians 1: 10-12
Colossians 3: 12-14
Galatians 5: 22-23
Romans 8: 24-25
2 Timothy 2:24
Romans 5:3
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

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

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Pussycat Tiger by Joan Chase Bacon and Lilian Obligado
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox
McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
You and Me Little Bear by Marin Waddell
Terry and the Caterpillars by Millicent Selsam
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Franklin’s Baby Sister by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Patience

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

 

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Patience Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Patience Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Patience 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 patience. 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 patience.

Help children to better understand the virtue of patience by learning about St. Monica, the patroness of mothers and married women. The What Can St. Monica Teach Me About Patience 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. Monica into this virtue lesson.

 
 

Saint Monica Cupcake Topper

Saint Monica Cupcake Topper

Use This Saint Monica Cupcake Topper to Enhance Saint Study.   Create a simple Saint Monica Cupcake...
Saint Monica Double-Sided Saint Trading Card

Saint Monica Double-Sided Saint Trading Card

Use Our Saint Monica Double-Sided Saint Trading Card to Introduce Young Catholics to the Patron Saint...
St. Monica of Hippo Printable Trading Card

St. Monica of Hippo Printable Trading Card

Encourage Saint Study with the St. Monica of Hippo Printable Trading Card   Encourage children to...
St. Monica Saint Profile Sheet

St. Monica Saint Profile Sheet

Use the St. Monica Saint Profile Sheet to Assist in Saint Study Activities.   This St. Monica Saint...
St. Monica Saint Writing Page

St. Monica Saint Writing Page

The St. Monica Saint Writing Page Helps with Saint Study.   Use the St. Monica Saint Writing Page...
Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle

Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle

Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle (8 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Patron Saint of Mothers and...
Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle

Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle

Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle (17 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Patron Saint of Mothers and...
St. Monica Saint Biography Learning Card

St. Monica Saint Biography Learning Card

Help Kids Build Research Skills with the St. Monica Saint Biography Learning Card.   This little...
4 Cool Facts About Saint Monica Worksheet

4 Cool Facts About Saint Monica Worksheet

Young Catholics Can Show What They Know with Our 4 Cool Facts About Saint Monica Worksheet.   Our...
St. Monica Mini-Book

St. Monica Mini-Book

Focus on Saint Study with the St. Monica Mini-Book.   The printable St. Monica Mini-Book is prompted...
Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study

Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study

Help Teach Young Catholics About Being Patient with Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study. Our...
Poster of St. Monica and St. Augustine

Poster of St. Monica and St. Augustine

Encourage Saint Study for Young Catholics with a Poster of St. Monica and St. Augustine.   Decorate...
What Can St. Monica Teach Us About Patience Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. Monica Teach Us About Patience Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Patience by Studying About St. Monica. Help children learn about patience by exploring...

    See All of Our Resources About Patience

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

     

    Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle

    Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle

    Saint Monica Word Search EZ Puzzle (8 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Patron Saint of Mothers and...
    Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle

    Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle

    Saint Monica Word Search Puzzle (17 Words) Can Help Teach Kids About the Patron Saint of Mothers and...
    Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study

    Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study

    Help Teach Young Catholics About Being Patient with Our Virtue Lesson About Patience Unit Study. Our...
    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Patience

    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Patience

    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Patience Can Help Kids Reflect on Cultivating Patience.   Invite...
    Virtue of Patience Chart Set

    Virtue of Patience Chart Set

    Help Children Learn to be Patient with Themselves and Others.   Use this progress incentive chart...
    Virtue of Patience Keytag Set

    Virtue of Patience Keytag Set

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

    Virtue of Patience Word Search Worksheet

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

    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Patience Worksheet

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

    Grow in the Virtue of Patience Prayer Worksheet

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

    Picture It - The Virtue of Patience Worksheet

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

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

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

    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Patience

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

    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Patience

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

    Virtue of Patience Achievement Certificate

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

    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Patience

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

    Virtue of Patience Reading Log Bookmark

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

    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Patience

    Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Patience a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This...
    Be Patient Coloring Sheet

    Be Patient Coloring Sheet

    Help Young Catholics Learn About Patience.   This coloring sheet features a chunky font and a cute...
    Be Patient Poster

    Be Patient Poster

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

    Virtue of Patience Writing Paper

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

    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Patience

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

    How Can You Practice Patience Graphic Organizer

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

    Activities to Build Patience Worksheet

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

    What Can St. Monica Teach Us About Patience Notebooking Sheet

    Discover the Virtue of Patience by Studying About St. Monica. Help children learn about patience by exploring...