Grade 6

Mrs. Helen Rishel – helen.rishel@gmail.com

Unit One Test will be given on December 11. Find the Study Guide Here

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: 

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

 

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)

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