Grade 3A

3rd Grade, Room 7A – Teachers, Mrs. Stacey Starzynski 

Class Prayer

Lesson #23 – April 29, 2019

Last day of class. Students participated in end of the year activities.

Have a nice summer.

Lesson #22 – April 15, 2019

Topic: The Holy Triduum and Holy Week

Main Ideas:

  • Review: Lent lasts for 40 days and prepares us for Easter
  • There are 15 Stations of the Cross. (On Good Friday, St. Gabriel’s 8th graders will present the “Living Stations” at St. Gabriel’s church at noon.)
  • Holy Week is the most sacred week of the year.
  • Special celebrations occur on each of the three days of the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
  • Easter Sunday is the glorious day when he celebrate Jesus rising from the dead.

“We Believe” book pages: 177-182

Projects: Students created an Easter prayer card to pray with their families at home on Easter morning.

Lesson #21 – April 8, 2019

Topic: Stations of the Cross

Main Ideas:

  • What are the stations?
  • The stations tell the story of Jesus’s journey to the cross and His death
  • Students visited the church and looked at the station markers


Lesson #20 – April 1, 2019

Topic: The Kingdom of God Continues to Grow

Main Idea:

  • The Kingdom of God can be compared to a mustard seed: Although small, it will grow as more people believe in, and follow, Jesus.
  • Jesus performed many miracles – special signs that God’s Kingdom was present in Him.
  • Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to death, even over condemning another prisoner.
  • Students shared stories about the Passion of Jesus from their Picture Bible
  • Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter. Palm leaves are distributed to members of the church

“We Believe” book pages: 219-223

Homework/ActivitiesLent Crossword

Lesson #19 – March 25, 2019

Confession Night – Examination of conscience and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lesson #18 – March 18, 2019

Topic: Lent/ Reconciliation/Healing-Eternal

Main Ideas:

  • Reviewed Confession for next week
  • Pray for Healing and Eternal Life (Chapter 9)
  • Lenten Video
  • Bible Story: Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6 – Jesus teaches the people

“We Believe” book pages: 163-170

Lesson #17 – March 11, 2019

Topic: Celebrating Penance and Reconciliation

 Main Ideas:

  • Examination of conscience and the difference between right and wrong
  • Students shared experiences from school where forgiveness could occur among classmates
  • Sometimes, it’s difficult to forgive, but it’s what God wants us to do
  • Lent is a time for fasting, but also we can be forgiving during this time

“We Believe” book pages: 155-160

Activities: Lent Coloring page, True or False Questions, Page for kids to share with families (handed out in class)

Lesson #16 – February 25, 2019

Topic: Ash Wednesday and Lent

Main Ideas:

  • What is Ash Wednesday?
  • Why do we “give something up” for Lent?
  • What does it mean to “sacrifice” something?
  • How does Lent prepare us for Easter?

Activities: Ash Wednesday Activity Sheet: Page One, Page Two

Lesson #15 – February 11, 2019

Topic: St. Valentine’s Day; The Church Prays

Main Ideas:

  • Prayer is listening and talking to God
  • Jesus taught His disciples The Lord’s Prayer, also called The Our Father
  • We can pray at any time and in any place
  • There are different types of prayer
  • Share your favorite places to pray

“We Believe” Book Pages: 92-97

Activities: Puzzle Game, Coloring Page, Valentine’s Card

Lesson #14 – February 4, 2019

Topic: The Church Teaches Us

Main Ideas:

  • The Church is the Body of Christ
  • Each person is an important member of the Church
  • Church is like our families
  • The Church teaches the true message of Christ

“We Believe” Book Pages: 83-91

Lesson #13 – January 28, 2019

Topic: The Four Marks of the Church

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus chose the Apostles to lead the Church
  • The Pope and the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles
  • Bishops lead local areas of the church. These areas are called dioceses
  • The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. We call these characteristics the Marks of the Church

“We Believe” book pages: 75-82

Homework: none

Lesson #12 – January 14, 2019

Review of Liturgical Calendar.

Lesson #11 – January 7, 2019

Topic: The Church Year

Main Ideas:

  • Opening Prayer – “Jesus, help me to spend a few minutes during the week to say hello to You and to ask You to protect me.”
  • There are six seasons in the Church Year: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Tree Days (Easter Triduum), Easter
  • The seasons help us grow closer to Jesus
  • Nikki shared her new bible with the class and read the story “God Created the World.”

Book Pages: 59-64


Lesson #10 – December 17, 2018

Christmas Activities.

Lesson #9 – December 10, 2018

Topic: A Tour of St. Gabriel’s Church at Advent

Main Ideas:

  • On our Advent Wreath, the rose (pink) candle represents the third Sunday of Advent. It reminds us that the waiting is half over and Jesus is “almost here”
  • Mrs. Rishel’s special Advent banners (on display in the church) have special messages for the coming of Jesus
  • The St. Gabriel statue is in the church entrance. St. Gabriel was a man who promised Mary that he would become a priest if he were cured of his illness.

Special Projects

  • Colored a picture of Mary holding the baby Jesus. The picture resembled the stain glass windows in the church
  • Each student shared a special talent

Lesson #8 – December 3, 2018

Topic: Advent

Main Ideas:

  • What is Advent?
  • Why do we celebrate?
  • Advent Wreaths
  • Kindness Calendars (Page1, Page2)

Lesson #7 – November 19, 2018

Third Grade held their Saint Party – Students shared their Saint Reports.

Lesson #6 – November 12, 2018

Topic: The Early Church

Main Ideas: 

  • The Apostles lead the early church and followers of Jesus stood up for their faith.
  • Apostles told everyone about Jesus, everywhere they went. This is how they formed the church.
  • Jesus sent the Apostles out to “make disciples of all nations.”
  • The Gospel is the good news.
  • Martyrs are people who die for their faith.
  • Discussed Saint Projects – due next week.

Book Pages: 51-56


  • Project on page 56 (completed in class)
  • Journals


Lesson #5 – October 29, 2018

Full classes were postponed this week, so students could hold a prayer service for The Tree of Life Synagogue.


  • Prayer for Peace
  • Prayer for Service
  • Cards for Police officers
  • Introduce Saint Project

Homework: Saint Project and Service Project

Students will research the life of a Saint. Complete instructions Here

Lesson #4 – October 22, 2018

Topic: The Church Begins

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit upon his disciples so that they weren’t afraid when they preached about Him.
  • Jesus ascended into heaven and returned to His Father.
  • After receiving the Holy Spirit, the disciples began to spread the word of Jesus.
  • The day when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles is called Pentecost.
  • The Apostles began preaching the Good News of Jesus and communities of believers grew everywhere.
  • This is how the Church began, with many followers of Jesus called Christians.

Book Pages: 43-47

Homework: None

Lesson #3 – October 15, 2018

Topic: Christ Will Come Again

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus has power over life and death; Jesus will come again
  • Lazarus was Jesus’ friend. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and people called Jesus the Messiah.
  • Jesus performed many miracles.
  • Heaven is life with God forever.
  • Jesus teaches us to love other s and to show our kindness.
  • Discussed page 30 and the picture. Students shared stories about how to help the boy in the picture.

Book Pages: 35-30

Homework: Started little journals for the important things we learn in class

Lesson #2 – October 1, 2018

Topic: Jesus Teaches us About God’s Love

Main Ideas:

  • Bible – The book in which God’s word is written
  • Kingdom of God – the world we make when we use God’s power
  • Faith – A gift from God that helps us to believe in Him
  • Crucified – Nailed to the cross to die
  • Resurrection – When Jesus rose from the dead
  • The story of the Mustard Seed (Luke 17:5-6)

Textbook Pages: Chapter 2

Homework: None

Lesson #1 – September 24, 2018

Topic: The Holy Trinity

Main Ideas:

  • The Holy Trinity is three persons in one God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus grew up in Nazareth. He learned a lot from His foster father, Joseph.
  • Jesus was lost, then found at the temple when he was 12. Losing her son was Mary’s first great sorrow.
  • The first disciples followed Jesus. We can all be disciples.

Textbook Pages: 20 – 23

Homework: Share the “Sharing your Faith” activity with your family. Describe the pictures in the handout.