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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
Teach with 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 oversized text and a color image, which makes...
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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 Aesop Copywork Set for the Hare and the Tortoise. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 15
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 15
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 15.   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 North Wind and the Sun
Kids Can Enjoy the 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,...
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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 Aesop Copywork Set for the North Wind and the Sun. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. Generous writing area has...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17.   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 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. 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 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....
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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. 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.

 
 

    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.

     

    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...
    Greatness Takes Time Coloring Sheet
    Greatness Takes Time Coloring Sheet
    Encourage Children to Be Great and Patient.   This coloring sheet features a chunky font and a cute...
    Greatness Take Effort, Be Patient Poster
    Greatness Take Effort, Be Patient Poster
    Help Reinforce the Virtues of Magnanimity and Patience with Greatness Takes Effort, Be Patient Poster.   Decorate...
    Get the Gospel Trading Card How to Practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy
    Get the Gospel Trading Card How to Practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy
    Help Children Learn the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy.   This colorful printable has four identical...