Grade 6

Mrs. Helen Rishel –

6th Grade CCD is planning a bake sale on the last day of class this Monday. This project is intended to introduce the students to the concept of charity and service. Students have chosen to give all proceeds to Cancer Awareness groups in Pittsburgh.

Participation in the Bake Sale is completely optional, but if you are able to participate, here’s what you need to know:

To avoid confusion, every item will cost one dollar to customers. Please wrap your baked goods in packets that can be sold for a dollar (six cookies in a plastic bag, two cupcakes on a paper plate with plastic wrap, etc.)

If you are selling anything without allergens (no nuts, gluten free, etc.) please make a note of it on the box. Families would love to know if anything suits special diets.


Class #23 – April 16, 2018

Topic: The Fallen Kingdom, Prophets, and the Coming of Jesus

Main Ideas:

  • Much of the former Kingdom of Israel was fractured, fallen, and conquered.
  • The message of the prophets became the most important source of guidance for the Israelites.
  • Many Prophets predicted that someone would come to save the people.
  • Israelites thought the prophets were predicting someone would come and save the kingdom. Instead, they were predicting the coming of Jesus, who would come to save all people from death.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 184-199

Class #22 – April 9, 2018

Topic: Ancient Israel was Divided

Main Ideas:

  • At the end of Solomon’s reign, Israelite kings began to turn from God.
  • Some ancient kings worshiped false gods and idols.
  • During this time, the Kingdom became divided into two separate kingdoms.
  • False prophets gained favor by telling the kings whatever they wanted to hear, unlike true prophets, who gave them messages from God Himself.
  • Since the kings were no longer moral guides for the people, Prophets became the only ones who could spread God’s message.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 172-179

Class #21 – March 26, 2018

Topic: Unit Two Test and Easter

  • Students took the Unit Two Test.
  • Students listened to the Easter story.

Homework: All incomplete assignments are due next class (April 9th)

Class #20 – March 19, 2018

Topic: Confession and Review

  • Received the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Reviewed Unit 2 in preparation for their Unit Test next week
  • Unit Two Study Guide found HERE

Homework: Prepare for Unit Two Test and Apostles’ Creed Test (both will be given next Monday, March 26)

Class #19 – March 12, 2018

Topic: King Solomon and the book of Psalms

Main Ideas:

  • Solomon – Son of David. Third King of Israel. Was granted wisdom to lead.Works of Solomon:
    • Made peace with enemies
    • Brought wealth to the kingdom
    • Judged disputes wisely
    • Began collecting books of the Bible
    • Built libraries
    • Built temples, including the Great Temple in Jerusalem

    Psalms – A poetic prayer that can be sung or chanted. (Poem-Song)

“We Believe” Book Pages: 144-151

 Homework: Continue studying The Apostles’ Creed, check for late/missing assignments.

Class #18 – March 5, 2018

Topic: The First kings of Israel

Main Ideas:

  • Canaan – The country promised to the Israelites
  • Judge – a person who interprets and enforces the law
  • Theocracy – A government led by God instead of human leaders
  • Monarchy – A government led by a king or queen
  • Samuel – Last of the Judges, Prophet
  • Saul – The first King of Israel
  • Obed – Son of Ruth and Boaz, Father of Jesse
  • Jesse – Shepherd, Father of David
  • David – Second King of Israel, Warrior and Poet
  • Goliath – Philistine Soldier, Giant
  • Jerusalem – King David’s personal city
  • Uriah – Military General in David’s Army
  • Bathsheba – Wife of Uriah, love-interest of David

“We Believe” Book Pages: 132-139

 Homework: Continue studying The Apostles’ Creed, check for late/missing assignments.

Class #17 – February 26, 2018

Topic: The Book of Judges

Main Ideas:

  • Canaan – The country promised to the Israelites
  • Jericho – A fortified city
  • Judge – A person who interprets and helps enforce God’s law
  • Theocracy – A government lead by God
  • Deborah – A judge know for her wisdom
  • Barak – A military general
  • Samson – A judge who had great strength as long as he lived as a holy man
  • Ruth – A woman who converted to the Israelite religion, even after facing hardships

“We Believe” Book Pages: 120-127

 Homework: Continue studying The Apostles’ Creed

Class #16 – February 12, 2018

Topic: Lent and the Lenten Calendar

Main Ideas:

  • Lent- 40 days of prayer, fasting and alms giving that prepare us for Easter
  • Prayer – Conversations with God. We can say standard prayers, compose our own prayers, or spend time meditating.
  • Fasting – Giving things up as a way of cleansing ourselves or making a symbolic sacrifice
  • Almsgiving – Doing things or giving things for people in need.
  • Easter Sacraments – The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation)

“We Believe” Book Pages: 231-234


  • Use the Lenten Calendar to keep track of your penance and/or almsgiving
  • Continue studying The Apostles’ Creed

Class #15 – February 5, 2018

Topic: The Journey from Egypt

Main Ideas:

Students watched the movie The Prince of Egypt and discussed the significance of the scenes.

We also discussed how the Israelites journey through the desert:

  • Mana and quail – Food that was provided in the desert
  • Pilar of Cloud – a cloud formation that guided the Israelites on their path back to Canan
  • Pilar of Fire – A beacon that guided the Israelites at night, when it was too dark to see the clouds
  •  The Dwelling place – a special tent that served as a church while the Israelites traveled
  • Ark of the Covenant – a sacred box that held the Ten Commandments (The stone carvings with the commandments etched upon them.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 108-113

Homework: None

Class #14 – January 29, 2018

Topic: Life of Moses and the Ten Commandments

Main Ideas:

  • The Ten Commandments
    1. Do not follow false gods
    2. Do not disrespect God’s name
    3. Keep the Lord’s Day holy
    4. Honor your parents
    5. You shall not kill
    6. Do not commit adultery
    7. Do not steal
    8. Do not tell harmful lies
    9. Do not covet your neighbor’s spouse
    10. Do not covet your neighbor’s things
  • Life of Moses

“We Believe” Book Pages: Page 110

 Homework: Ten Commandments Essay – Instructions are on worksheet.

Class# 13, January 22, 2018

Topic: Escape from Egypt and The Ten Commandments

Main Ideas:

  • Manna – “Bread” from the heavens to feed the Israelites in the desert
  • Miracle – When God makes the impossible happen
  • Idol – False god
  • Ten Commandments – Rules God gave to His people

Pages: 102 – 110

Homework: Study The Apostles’ Creed for test in February

Class# 12, January 8, 2018

Topic: Captivity in Egypt

Main Ideas:

  • The Israelites were made slaves of the Egyptians and were mistreated. They needed to escape captivity
  • Exodus – The story of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt
  • Hebrews – The Egyptian name for the Israelites
  • Moses – The Israelite called to save his people
  • Aaron – Moses’s brother
  • Yahweh – The Israelites’ name for God (“I Am” or “Because I exist, everything else can exist.”)
  • Adonai – “My Lord”

Pages: 94 – 102

Homework: None

(Please make sure you have finished your Isaiah Prophecy Project – See December 10.)

Class# 11, December 18, 2017

Discussed Advent. Any student who missed the Unit One test took the make-up test today. Another make-up day will be held on January 22.

Class# 10, December 11, 2017

Students took Unit One test. Make up test will be given on December 18. Students also reviewed Advent.

Homework: Isaiah Prophecy “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.”

Draw a picture of two enemies coming together in peace. Write a description to show who the enemies are and what they are doing to show they are at peace.

Due December 18.

Class# 9, December 4, 2017

Topic: Joseph and his Brothers, part 2; Advent

Main Ideas:

  • During Advent, we remember how the world once waited for the birth of Jesus.
  • Isaiah is a prophet who predicted the birth of Jesus.
  • We watched the other half of the movie, Joseph, King of Dreams.
  • Here is a brief summary of the first half of the story:

While in prison, Joseph discovered that when the other prisoners told him their dreams, he could interpret the dreams’ meanings. After hearing one man’s dream, Joseph predicted that the man would be set free and would be called back to work at the Pharaoh’s house. Three days later, the prediction came true.

Years later, the Pharaoh began to have troubling dreams. His servant remembered the man he had met in prison. Joseph was brought to the palace and the Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams. Joseph explained what the dreams predicted: there would be seven years of prosperity for farmers, followed by seen years of drought and famine. In order to survive, everyone should start saving food now for the years ahead. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he made Joseph his assistant and put Joseph in charge of collecting the food.

Seven years passed and Joseph had successfully stored enough food to feed Egypt through the famine. Meanwhile, the famine had reached Joseph’s family in Canaan. His brothers had heard that there was food in Egypt, so they traveled there to ask for food for their families. Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Instead, they mistook him for an Egyptian nobleman. They asked for food for themselves, their father, and their youngest brother, Benjamin, who had been born while Joseph was away. Joseph decided to test his brothers. He asked them to prove that their story was true by bringing their brother, Benjamin, to Egypt. Until then, their brother, Judah, would stay in Egypt as a prisoner.

The other brothers brought Benjamin to Egypt. Joseph welcomed them as his guests. He released Judah and gave all of them all of the food they needed. Before they left, Joseph decided to test them. He secretly hid a gold cup in Benjamin’s things. Then, he accused Benjamin of stealing from the palace. When his guards searched the brothers, they found the cup in Benjamin’s bag. Joseph threatened to throw Benjamin in prison, but his brothers begged for mercy and asked if they could be sent to prison instead. Joseph knew that his brothers had repented and become good men. He revealed his true identity and forgave them for selling him as a slave. Then he invited his family and all of the Canaanites to come live in Egypt, where they would be fed and cared for.

Pages: 68 – 73

Homework: Isaiah Prophecy “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.”

Draw a picture of two enemies coming together in peace. Write a description to show who the enemies are and what they are doing to show they are at peace.

Class# 8, November 27, 2017

Topic: Joseph and his Brothers

Main Ideas:

  • Students read and discussed the story of Joseph, the last of the Patriarchs.
  • We watched half of the movie, Joseph, King of Dreams.
  • Here is a brief summary of the first half of the story:

In the old tradition, Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel. Leah had 10 sons. Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife, had one son, Joseph. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite child. While the other sons worked as shepherds, Joseph was raised as a scholar and was expected to lead the family one day. Joseph also had a special talent. God would send him visions of the future in his dreams.

Joseph’s brothers became jealous, especially after Joseph was given a special coat, which helped to set him apart. One night Joseph had a dream where his brothers all bowed to him as though he were their king. When his brothers heard of this they decided to get rid of Joseph. They pushed him down a dry well, but they decided that they could not leave him to die. Instead they sold him to traveling merchants, who would take Joseph to Egypt and sell him as a slave. The brothers returned home and told their parents that Joseph was killed by wild wolves.

Joseph arrived in Egypt and was sold as a slave. His new master was a man named Potiphar, who was the chief steward to the Pharaoh. As a slave, Joseph was hard working and well-educated. His master noticed his talents and put Joseph in charge of managing the household. Joseph and Potiphar became friends until Potiphar’s wife became attracted to Joseph. She flirted with Joseph and tried to seduce him but Joseph rejected her, refusing to betray his master. Potiphar’s wife lied, claiming that it was Joseph who had tried to seduce her. Potiphar sent Joseph to prison for his betrayal.

Pages: 68 – 73

Homework: none

Class #7 – November 20, 2017

Topic: The Liturgical Year

Main Ideas: 

Ordinary time (part 1) Ordered days Green
Advent “Coming” – time of waiting for Jesus at Christmas Purple


Celebration of God being with us White and Gold
Ordinary time (part 2) Ordered days Green
Lent Preparing for Easter Purple
Triduum Three holy days leading up to Easter Red
Easter Season of rejoicing

Easter Sunday to Pentecost

White and Gold

“We Believe” Book Pages: 

Assignments: None

Class #6 – November 13, 2017

Topic: The Age of the Patriarchs

Main Ideas: 

  • The Patriarchs were the first leaders of our religion
  • Patriarch – A father who is also the leader of his family and extended family.
  • Matriarch – A mother who is the leader.
  • Canaan – Desert country (now in Israel).
  • Faith – A gift that enables us to believe in God and His works.
  • Important people: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rachel, Jacob, Esau, Leah, Rebekah

“We Believe” Book Pages: p 69-73

Assignments: None

Class #5 – October 30, 2017

Topic: Noah’s Ark and The Tower of Babel

Main Ideas:

Noah’s Ark

  • God will punish evil and reward loyalty
  • God will destroy evil to protect what is good
  • God and Man have a special covenant relationship
  • Water can be a symbol for cleansing sins (as in Baptism)

Tower of Babel

  • People should obey God
  • Avoid being too proud. Don’t challenge God’s will
  • People may be different, but they are all part of God’s family

“We Believe” Book Pages: 55-66

Assignments: None

Class #4 – October 23, 2017

Topic: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel

Main Ideas: 

  • Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.
  • Cain gave into jealousy and killed his brother, Abel.
  • God loves us, even when we sin against him.
  • Steward – Someone who takes care of something, but does not own it.
  • Soul – The immortal part of each person that never dies.
  • Human Dignity – The respect that all humans deserve, just because they are humans.
  • Conscience – Human’s ability to tell good from evil
  • Free Will – Human’s ability to make our own decisions, good or evil.
  • Sin – An action, thought, word, or omission against God.
  • Original Sin – The first sin and our ability to be tempted to sin.
  • Gospel – (Good News) the stories of the life of Jesus.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 46-59

Assignments: If you did not complete Creation Project, please turn it in next class.

Creation Project –  Use your own creative skills to make something that celebrates God’s creations. Examples of acceptable projects include pictures, poems, collage, or song lyrics.

Class #3 – October 16, 2017

Topic: The Creation Stories

Main Ideas: 

  • The Bible contains two different creation stories, one describes the creation of the world, while the other describes the creation of mankind.
  • The Creation stories are metaphors for God’s power.
  • Human beings have a mortal body and an immortal soul
  • All humans are entitled to Human Dignity

“We Believe” Book Pages: 35-45

Assignments: Creation Project –  Use your own creative skills to make something that celebrates God’s creations. Examples of acceptable projects include pictures, poems, collage, or song lyrics.

Class #2 – October 2, 2017

Topic: The Bible

Main Ideas:

  • The Feast of Saint Francis is this Wednesday
  • Saint Francis popularized seeing God in creation
  • The Bible is divinely inspired – it has human authors, but was inspired by God
  • The Bible contains different types of literature (history, fables, poems, etc.)
  • People look up Bible passages by Chapter, Book, and Verse


“We Believe” Book Pages: 24-27

Assignments: none

Class #1 – September 25, 2017

Topic: The Way God Reveals Himself to Humans

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus was raised Jewish so Judaism and Catholicism share some stories and values
  • God can be sensed through his creation of the Universe
  • Divine Revelation is when God share’s His message and makes himself known to mankind
  • We keep God in our lives through both writings and traditions

“We Believe” Book Pages: 20 -23

Assignments: Begin memorization of The Apostles’ Creed (page 325)