Grade 4

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

Lesson #23 – April 29, 2019

Last night the 4th grade painted one of the names for Jesus on a block to take home. We were blessed with a visit from Father Hissrich who explained why he uses all of the wine in the cruets when he prepares the chalice. He also shared the quiet prayer he says when he prepares the chalice. Father H said he would not miss us because he knows he will see us at Mass.

Lesson #22 – April 15, 2019

Prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

Lesson #21 – April 8, 2019

Topic: Stations of the Cross/How much Jesus loves us

Main Ideas/Activites:

  • We did a worksheet and puzzle to review
  • We read a book called Jesus Speak to Me about Confession
  • We went over our home work on 50 Names for Jesus and will continue to do that next week.

Homework: Students are asked to go to Stations of the Cross at our parish or one of the parishes in our grouping.

Lesson #20 – April 1, 2019

Topic: The Stations of the Cross

Main Ideas:

  • We went to church to walk the Stations of the Cross – a prayer in motion.
  • Jesus was in the land of Israel in the city of Jerusalem when he was arrested.
  • The Way of the Cross is a prayer in action.
  • Catholics around the world pray Stations of the Cross during Lent.
  • There are 14 stations.


Lesson #19 – March 25, 2019

Confession Night – Examination of conscience and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lesson #18 – March 18, 2019

Topic: Resisting Temptation


Students played the “Resist Temptation” game and practiced making good choices.

Home Game (Print outs)

Lesson #17 – March 11, 2019

Topic: Activities for Lent


Lesson #15 – February 4, 2019

Topic: The Sixth Commandment

Main Ideas:

  • The Sixth Commandment is “Do not commit adultery”
  • Students continued work on Commandment slide show

Lesson #13 – January 28, 2019

Topic: The Fifth Commandment

Main Ideas:

  • The Fifth Commandment is “You shall not kill”
  • Respect all life
  • Different economic and religious systems effect how the commandment is followed
  • Does the death penalty break this commandment?
  • Protecting life means respecting natural habitats – be a steward of God’s creation
  • Continue Commandment slides for slide show

Lesson #11 – January 7, 2019

Topic: The First, Second and Third Commandments.

Main Ideas:

  • The First Commandment today means that we should not worship wealth, power and status. These things become a substitute for one true God, when one devotes most of their time and energy to acquire them. It is another form of idol worship.  We wrote a recipe that show our love for God.
  • The Second Commandment. The Lord’s name is holy and for this reason we must not abuse it. We did a word scramble to find names for God and we wrote a prayer.
  • The Third Commandment. Sunday is meant to be different. We are to go to church and worship. We did some diagramming with the four parts/rites of Mass.

“We Believe” Book pages: Chapters 9-11

Lesson #10 – December 17, 2018


Created a classroom prayer, “Loving God, we praise you. Loving God we shout your name with joy. Loving God you are the eternal Father. Loving God, all of us – your creation – worship you.

Began work on 10 Commandment Project.

Main Ideas:

  • There is one true God.
  • The ancient Israelites worshiped God.
  • The first commandment  tells  us to pray and worship Him.
  • Defined idolatry. Defined praise.
  • When we think about the first commandment, we have to carefully think about the difference between what we want and what we need.
  • The second commandment tells us to only use God’s name in a loving holy name.
  • The Psalms are in Old Testament.

Book: Chapter 9 and 10

Lesson #9 – December 10, 2018

Main Ideas:

  • God’s had a chosen people the Israelites.
  • He made a covenant with them. A covenant is a special agreement between God and his people.
  • He gave them the Ten Commandments, the Law.
  • The first three commandments are about showing love and respect for God.
  • The last seven are about showing love for ourselves and for others.


We finished with the Jesse Tree and another 8 ornaments.

Book: Chapter 8

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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