Grade 4

4th Grade – Teachers, Mr. Rex Gleeson and Mrs. Kathy Gleeson

Lesson #8 – December 3, 2018

Topic: The Advent Wreath and The Jesse Tree: Two Things We Use when Anticipating Christmas.

Main Ideas/Activities:

The Jesse Tree.

Jesse Trees help trace Jesus Christ back through His family tree. It is called a Jesse tree because Jesse was the father of the great King David. Jesus was a descendent of King David. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah tells us, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

We made symbols for biblical stories:

  • Adam and Eve and their fall from grace
  • Noah and the Flood
  • God’s promise to Abraham that he would have decedents as great as the stars in the sky
  • Isaac and how he was spared from being sacrificed by his loving father with the replacement of a ram
  • Jacob’s ladder.

The Advent Wreath

A wreath is a circle with no beginning or end. It reminds us of the cyclical nature of the Church year. (We worked with the Liturgical Calendar last week). The evergreen branches symbolize God everlasting love for us.   If the Advent wreath is made from holly, it  can remind us of Christ’s life and death. The prickly pine needles can remind us of the crown of thorns.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the infant Jesus. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize HOPE, LOVE and PEACE. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, and it represents JOY. On the third Sunday, the preparation is now half over and we are close to Christmas.

Students made one placements for a shut-in and one for themselves. We also made Advent Wreaths. Some students took them home and some left them in the room.

Book Pages: Chapter 13.

Homework/Makeup Work:


Write a short description of a Jesse Tree and the tradition of decorating it with ornaments. Bring the summary to class and we will hang it with our Jesse Tree in the Multipurpose room. Students should draw and cut five circles for the first five ornaments of the Jesse Tree. They should draw symbols on the ornaments. Choose symbols that represent stories from the scripture.

Make an Advent Wreath. You can find wreath ideas on craft sites, such as Pintrest. Bring the wreath to the next class to share it with the group.

Example of  Paper Craft Wreath:

 Lesson #6 – November 12, 2018

Topic: Formation of Conscience

Main Ideas: 

  • What is a parable?
  • The Good Samaritan
  • The Prodigal Son
  • The Lost Sheep
  • Jesus uses many parables to teach us about God’s forgiveness and love
  • Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
  • penitent and absolution
  • Reconciliation brings peace and unity.

Book Pages: 52-53


We made a treasure box out of a brown envelope, a foil cupcake liner and gold tape. To it we added the “Treasures of Reconciliation” like:

  • Help me say no to sin
  • Increases my treasure in heaven
  • Help me to be good
  • Restores my soul
  • Takes away my sins
  • Makes my soul more beautiful
  • Reconciles me with Jesus

Lesson #5 – October 29, 2018

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

Lesson #4 – October 22, 2018

Topic: The Prodigal Son

Main Ideas:

  • We used a word search as our warmup.
  • Class started by looking at a painting of the Prodigal Son.
  • We talked about the parable that Jesus used to teach about forgiveness and how it is like and how it is different than last week’s parable, the Good Samaritan, about caring for everyone.
  • We completed a worksheet on the Prodigal Son parable.
  • We broke into 4 small groups and wrote haiku poems about the Son.
  • We finished reading the chapter and defined conscience, examination of conscience and Act of Contrition. We promised to make an examination of conscience and an act of contrition nightly.
  • Mrs. R presented St. Gabriel. We talked about All Saints’ Day and how it is a celebrate of God’s gift of the saints both famous and not so famous like our grandmothers, uncles and friends. Isn’t that reason enough to celebrate All Saints’ Day.

Textbook: Chapter 4

Handouts: Wordsearch, Painting, Short answer, Quiz page 1, Quiz page 2

Lesson #3 – October 15, 2018

Topic:  Sin in Our World

Main Ideas:

  • Free will – freedom to decide when and how to act
  • Temptation – an inclination to act in a sinful manner
  • personal sin – is a thought, word or action against God’s law
  • venial sin – sin that hurts our friendship with God
  • mortal sin – breaks friendship with God, is seriously wrong and causes the loss of grace
  • sin of commission – an action that is sinful
  • sin of omission – when we fail to do something good


  • Read about and defined the chapter vocabulary.
  • Discussed the story of the Samaritan
  • Put together Care for Others Treat Bags (google The Good Samaritan: I’ll Serve Jesus Christ by Serving Others to see image)

Textbook: Chapter 3

Homework: Watch on Youtube The Ten Commandments HD 2009

Lesson #2 – October 1, 2018

Topic: Beatitudes

Main Ideas:

  • The Ten Commandments are the minimum of what God expects of us
  • The lessons in the Beatitudes emulate Jesus and the things He did for others
  • The Beatitudes ask us to do more and “go above and beyond” the Ten Commandments
  • The Beatitudes can be found in the Bible, Matthew 5:1-12


  • Biblewise – Find the hidden qualities (google image)
  • Color Pages – Sunday School
    • The Gentle
    • The Merciful
    • Those who mourn
  • Matching Game

Textbook Pages: Chapter Two

Homework: none


Lesson #1 – September 24, 2018

Topic: Divine Revelation

Main Ideas:

  • Sacred Scripture/Sacred Tradition and God’s Plan for Us
  • Genesis 1 – The first Creation Story.
  • We recorded what God did each of the six days of creation.
  • All three parts of the Blessed Trinity were present at creation:

-God the creator,

-Jesus the Word

-Holy Spirit the wind that moves through the darkness as God the creator works.

  • In the next class, we will read the second Creation story and compare the two.

Textbook Pages:

Chapter One


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