If you sat down to think about it, you could probably come up with a long list of things that God gives us to make us better people. There are a whole host of gifts that allow us to reach our dreams and conquer our greatest challenges, but based on the Scriptures (Isaiah 11:2-3) and the Church’s teaching we know that there are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel (right judgment), fortitude (courage) , piety (reverence), and fear of the Lord (wonder and awe).
This lesson plan about the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit will help students recognize and appreciate the gifts that God considers to be most important and understand how they can turn to the Holy Spirit for an increase in God’s gifts especially through the sacrament of Confirmation.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Objectives
- SWBAT list the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- SWBAT recognize the gifts they have already been given the most.
- SWBAT make connections between the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their personal lives (particularly their goals and dreams).
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Assessment
- Exit Cards
- Journal Assignment
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Activities
1. Bell Work
List all of the skills, talents, gifts, etc. that you have been given by God and provide one example of how you have used that gift.
(Note: Provide an example from your personal life such as: “For example, I have been given the ability to sing well and I use that gift to sing loudly in Church on Sundays.”)
2. Presentation: 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Video & Worksheet
Use The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Worksheet graphic organizer to help them take notes on the video. You can download it here:
Have students create flashcards with each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit labeled on one side and synonyms and definitions on the other side. Once they have finished making the cards, give them time to memorize the gifts and their meanings with a friend.
While each of us receives the gifts of the Spirit in special ways at Confirmation, we have all been given a portion of these gifts by the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism and our daily prayer. Have students choose a few or all of the gifts and write how they have used each gift in a positive way in their lives lately.
(Members: Use one of the worksheets in The Religion Teacher’s Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Worksheets to help students reflect on the gifts they have or need the most in their lives right now.)
5. Class Activity
Label different parts of the room with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you are crafty, create labels ahead of time that resemble balls of flames (or tongues of fire).
Have students write one gift that they would like to receive from God the most on one side of a piece of paper and how they will use that gift to become a better person on the other side. Again, use papers shaped in tongues of fire or create them as a class project.
6. A Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus Christ, send down your Spirit upon me.
When I am uncertain, grant me wisdom.
When I am confused, grant me understanding.
When I am ignorant, grant me knowledge.
When I am wandering, grant me counsel.
When I am afraid, grant me fortitude.
When I am separated from you, grant me piety.
When I am selfish, grant me the fear of the Lord.
I ask for an outpouring of your Spirit with all of these gifts in your name.
On a blank note card (“exit cards“) have students list the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit from memory without looking at the board, their notes, or the walls of the room.
Additional Holy Spirit Resources
As a member, you can also download the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit video to your computer so you don’t have to be connected to the Internet and YouTube.
Plus, there are many worksheets to help teach about the Holy Spirit, including two worksheets about Pentecost (here and here), The Religion Teacher’s Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Worksheets, and others about how the Spirit is working in our lives.