Activities for Lenten Lesson Plans:
Lent should be an opportunity for you to implement more than just a lesson about the topic. Ask your students to journal about their Lenten journeys at the beginning of each class. Some ongoing topics could be based around their commitments to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. If on the Monday-Tuesday before Lent (or later) you discuss what to give up this year, you should be able to check in with them periodically to see how well they live up to their commitments. For directsions for creating your own journals for class, visit this post on Rosary Journals.
Also, visit the USCCB’s site to pull up the day’s reading and have the students journal about that periodically. Challenge the students: what does this Scripture challenge me to do during Lent?
For a great example of a Lenten Journal visit: http://www.stignatiusreading.org/Forms/LENTEN_JOURNAL_09.pdf
Discussion: What to Give Up for Lent
One thing I always stress with students during Lent is the importance of giving something up for God, not for a healthier lifestyle. Fasting is not meant to be an excuse to give up unhealthy food and drink; the important thing is that we give something up that we will have a difficult time living without. My favorite example is a friend who gives up condiments: ketchup, salad dressing, tartar sauce, salt and pepper – you name it. He doesn’t give those things up as an excuse to lose weight, he gives them up because every time he eats fries without ketchup, he thinks of God. There is nothing wrong with giving up unhealthy foods – but just remind students that fasting during Lent is not a New Year’s Resolution.
Operation Rice Bowl
This is truly one of the best national programs around. If your school/parish does not participate in ORB, then make the change. Order the materials now at http://orb.crs.org/welcome/. Operation Rice Bowl is an excellent program run by Catholic Relief Services. They have some amazing resources on their website for schools and parishes that are unmatchable: http://orb.crs.org/resources/educators/.
Web Resources for Lent
Joe Paprocki is hosting another webinar. This time the focus is on Lent – don’t miss it!
I Blog, Therefore I am
Amazing Grace has posted some excellent resources for Pre K – K grades. She also has a list of special events for the month of February.
Teaching Catholic Kids by OSV
Scroll down the page to find some resources for teaching during Lent.
Great resources from a great site:
Resources for Catholic Educators
Check out this list of resources:
Operation Rice Bowl
By far, the best program for Catholic Educators during Lent:
The Religion Teacher
In addition, you can find a number of activities here at The Religion Teacher:
If you like these resources, then check out The Religion Teacher’s Lenten Activity Pack. It is now available to purchase for instant access to lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and more.