6th Grade – Teacher, Mrs. Helen Rishel with Ms. Marjorie Rishel
Lesson #8 – December 3, 2018
- Tour of St. Gabriel’s Church
- Advent is the season of joyful waiting
- During Advent, we remember the three ways that Jesus is present: Jesus was once born on Earth, Jesus is with us in our daily lives, and we will meet Jesus in heaven.
- Before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah predicted that Jesus would come and bring God’s perfect peace.
- The Jesse Tree reminds us of our ancestors in faith
Book Pages: 155-159
Handout: Paper Craft Advent Wreath (Optional, not a required assignment.)
Lesson #7 – November 19, 2018
Topic: The Patriarchs
- A patriarch was A father who is the leader of his family and related families.
- The early patriarchs were called to start our religion, in order to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus.
- Abraham was called to be the founder of God’s religion and the father of a great nation.
- Sarah – Abraham’s wife. She wanted a son, but thought that she was too old to have children. She laughed when she heard that God had promised them a son of their own.
- Isaac – The son of Abraham and Sarah. God asked Abraham to kill Isaac as a sacrifice, but then revealed that it was only a test of his loyalty. Isaac’s life was spared. He grew up and took over as leader of the new nation.
- Rebekah – Isaac’s wife. She favored their second son, Jacob, and wished that he would become the next patriarch.
- Esau – Isaac and Rebekah’s first-born son. Esau grew into a strong, hairy man. He traded his birthright (the right to lead) to his twin brother, Jacob, in exchange for a bowl of soup.
- Jacob – Isaac and Rebekah’s son and Esau’s twin brother. After his father was tricked into giving Jacob the right to lead, Jacob went into hiding. On his travels, he met an angel who challenged him to a battle.
- Leah – Jacob’s first wife. Jacob was not in love with Leah, but he had to marry her in order to marry her sister, Rachel, whom Jacob truly loved. Leah was a dutiful wife and the mother of ten sons.
- Rachel – Jacob’s beloved second wife. Jacob had worked for fourteen years to earn the right to marry her. She had two sons, Joseph and Benjamin. Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin.
Book Pages: 68-73
Lesson #6 – November 12, 2018
Topic: Noah’s Ark and The Tower of Babel
- Noah’s Ark is the story of the great flood
- Covenant – A sacred promise between God and mankind
- The Tower of Babel is the story of how Noah’s decedents refused God’s orders, so God made them spread out across the world.
- The Tower of Babel reminds us that all humans are family, regardless of our differences.
Book Pages: 60-63
Lesson #5 – October 29, 2018
Full classes were postponed this week, so students could hold a prayer service for The Tree of Life Synagogue.
Topic: Cain and Abel
- Cain and Abel were the children of Adam and Eve
- Cain killed his brother out of jealousy and committed the world’s first murder
- God gave Cain a penalty, but he still forgave him.
- God does not want us to seek revenge
Textbook Pages: 58-59
Homework: If you have not completed the Creation Project, turn it in ASAP. (See directions below.)
Lesson #4 – October 22, 2018
Topic: The Sin of Adam and Eve
- Adam and Eve choose to sin and disobey God’s rules.
- Steward – Caretaker; One who has responsibly and authority over something.
- Sin – A thought, word, deed, or omission that goes against God’s will.
- Original Sin – The first sin, committed by Adam and Eve / the natural desire to sin.
Homework: Second week to finish the 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. Projects due on October 29.
Lesson #3 – October 15, 2018
- The stories in Genesis are more like legends or fairy tales than true history. However, the lessons that these stories teach us are true.
- The First Creation Story (a story about how God created all things in seven days) teaches truths about God: God is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present.
- The Second Creation Story (a story about the creation of mankind) teaches about human dignity, and our responsibility to care for our world.
- Human Dignity – Value and worth that comes from being human and being made in God’s image.
- Free Will – The ability to choose between right and wrong.
- Conscience – The ability to tell the difference between right and wrong.
- Soul – The immortal, spiritual part of a human.
Homework: 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.
Lesson #2 – October 1, 2018
Topic: Reading the Bible
- The Bible is a collection of seventy-three different books, which were written over the course of thousands of years.
- It contains many different types of writing, including histories, short stories, poetry, and more.
- The Old Testament, the first part of the bible, contains stories about God’s early relationship with his people.
- The New Testament, the second part of the bible, tells the story of Jesus, His life, and His teachings.
- Different bibles may have different page layouts, so we look up writings by checking the Book, the Chapter, and the Verse. (Example – Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”)
- The Book of Genesis is the first book of the bible. “Genesis” means “Beginnings”
Textbook Pages: 26 – 32
Lesson #1 – September 24, 2018
Topic: God Makes Himself Known to Us
- Divine Revelation – When God makes himself know to us
- The phrase “Divine Revelation” is made of two words:
- Divine – Holy or Godlike
- Revelation – When something is revealed, shown, or made known
- Sacred Scripture – The Bible, the written record of our relationship with God.
- Divine Inspiration – When God guides people to do things, like how He inspired the authors of the Bible.
- Tradition – The non-written part of our religion. Things we do and how we live.
- Students Also discussed classroom procedure and CCD expectations. Check “Rules and Expectations” page
Textbook Pages: 20-25