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Virtue Lesson About Responsibility

Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Responsible

 

The Lesson

Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility Unit Study focuses on helping kids learn that they should try their best in all that they do. God doesn’t expect perfection, but only that they give our best effort. Students will also learn that they must be accountable for their actions. 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 responsibility. Additional worksheets and activities extend learning fun.

Unit Summary

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

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 responsibility.  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 Ants and the Grasshopper
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Ants and the Grasshopper.   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...
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Aesop's Fable: The Young Crab and His Mother
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 Young Crab...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Ants and the Grasshopper
Aesop Copywork Set for the Ants and the Grasshopper
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Ants and the Grasshopper. 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 Copywork Set for the Young Crab and His Mother
Aesop Copywork Set for the Young Crab and His Mother
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Young Crab and His Mother.   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 5
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 5
Set 5 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 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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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Responsibility

“Whoever is dissolute and slack in his work is the brother of him who wastes his own works.” – Proverbs 18:9

 

“For every one shall bear his own burden.” – Galatians 6:5

 

“Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom.” – Proverbs 6:6

 

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little is unjust also in that which is greater.” – Luke 16:10

 

“To him therefore who knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17

 

“For if I have been ignorant, my ignorance shall be with me.” – Job 19:4

 

 

Additional Passages:

Genesis 4:6-7

Proverbs 28:13

Ezekiel 18:20

Luke 10:30-37

Luke 12:47-48

John 12:48

Romans 12:6-8

Romans 13:4

2 Corinthians 5:10

1 Timothy 5:8

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 responsibility 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 responsibility 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 Responsibility
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Responsibility
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Responsibility 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...
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Virtue of Responsibility Writing Paper
Virtue of Responsibility Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Responsibility.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about responsibility. This printable includes a black-and-white and color version of the...
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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 responsibility 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 Responsibility

Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown
Arthur’s Computer Disaster by Marc Brown
Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Pets by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Pigsty by Mark Teague
Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon by Pat Cummings
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Just a Mess by Mercer Mayer
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Franklin Is Messy by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Responsibility

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Ann Dalgliesh

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Responsibility

The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett (Responsibility Section)

 

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Responsibility Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Responsibility Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Responsibility 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 responsibility. With each completed book or...
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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. 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 responsibility.

Help children to better understand the virtue of responsibiilty by learning about St. Isidore the Farmer, the patron saint of laborers, farmers, and Madrid, Spain. The What Can St. Isidore the Farmer Teach Me About Responsibility 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. Isidore the Farmer into this virtue lesson.

 
 

Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility Unit Study

Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility Unit Study

Help Teach Young Catholics About Accountability with Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility Unit Study. Our...
St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Party Pack

St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Party Pack

Create a Booth for an All Saints' Day Party That Features the St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Party Pack.   St....
Saint Isidore the Farmer Cupcake Topper

Saint Isidore the Farmer Cupcake Topper

Add Fun to Your Saint Study with the Saint Isidore the Farmer Cupcake Topper.   Create an easy Saint...
St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Profile Sheet

St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Profile Sheet

Use the St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Profile Sheet to Enhance and Encourage Saint Study. This St. Isidore...
St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Trading Card

St. Isidore the Farmer Saint Trading Card

Saint Study Fun Featuring the St. Isidore Printable Trading Card.   Encourage children to learn...
Saint Isidore the Farmer Double-Sided Saint Trading Card

Saint Isidore the Farmer Double-Sided Saint Trading Card

Use Our Saint Isidore the Farmer Double-Sided Saint Trading Card to Introduce Young Catholics to the...
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Male Saints)

Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Male Saints)

Encourage Children to Learn About the Saints. Help children learn some of the symbols of popular male...
What Can St. Isidore the Farmer Teach Us About Responsibility Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. Isidore the Farmer Teach Us About Responsibility Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Responsibility by Studying About St. Isidore. Help children learn about responsibility...
St. Isidore the Farmer Mini-Book

St. Isidore the Farmer Mini-Book

Focus on Learning About St. Isidore the Farmer This printable book is prompted and requires learners...

    See All of Our Resources About Responsibility

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

     

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    Our Virtue Lesson About Responsibility Unit Study

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    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Responsibility

    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Responsibility

    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Responsibility Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Responsible.   Invite...
    Virtue of Responsibility Chart Set

    Virtue of Responsibility Chart Set

    Help Children Learn to be Responsible and Give Their Best Effort in Whatever They Do.   Use this...
    Virtue of Responsibility Keytag Set

    Virtue of Responsibility Keytag Set

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

    Virtue of Responsibility Word Search Worksheet

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

    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Responsibility Worksheet

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

    Grow in the Virtue of Responsibility Prayer Worksheet

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

    Picture It - The Virtue of Responsibility Worksheet

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

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

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

    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Responsibility

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

    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Responsibility

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

    Virtue of Responsibility Achievement Certificate

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

    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Responsibility

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

    Virtue of Responsibility Reading Log Bookmark

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

    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Responsibility

    Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Responsibility a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This...
    I Can Be Responsible Coloring Sheet

    I Can Be Responsible Coloring Sheet

    Help Young Catholics Learn About Responsibility.   This coloring sheet features a chunky font and...
    I Can Be Responsible Poster

    I Can Be Responsible Poster

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

    Virtue of Responsibility Writing Paper

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

    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Responsibility

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

    How Can You Practice Responsibility Graphic Organizer

    Help Children Recall How to Be Responsible.   Use this graphic organizer worksheet to encourage...
    Activities to Build Responsibility Worksheet

    Activities to Build Responsibility Worksheet

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

    What Can St. Isidore the Farmer Teach Us About Responsibility Notebooking Sheet

    Discover the Virtue of Responsibility by Studying About St. Isidore. Help children learn about responsibility...