Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario

Grade Six Links

Unit Links
1. You
Are My Friends
Humanity Quest

This particular website focuses on teaching the importance of a variety of human values. This site has an extensive amount of information pertaining to friendship. It includes twenty six different activities that you can incorporate in the classroom that will help engage students and enlighten them on the importance and value of having and being good friends. Some lessons they suggest to use in teaching this concept include: Brainstorming to explore ideas related to friendhip, creating a collage to express friendship, writing different types of poems, creating a chart / graph for exploring friendship, conducting interviews, etc. Each of these lessons include a goal, objective, activities, materials needed, evaluation/ assessment, extensive activities and a list of resources.--Rose Guastelluccia

English Learning Area - Teaching Ideas and Units

This Australian site offers great suggestions for teaching friendship. It helps portray the message that "we are the light to one another." This sight is useful because it allows us to use literature to help teach the value of friendhip. The lessons revolve around the text "Weslandia" by Paul Fleischman. Useful strategies and techniques are provided to help teachers engage students and inspire learning using different modalities. Some suggestions include small group activiteis, guided reading, drama, interviews, art work, independent inquiry, etc.--Rose Guastelluccia

The Kerosene Lantern

Theme 2 of unit one focuses on light and recognizing God as a source of light. As you begin to prepare your prayer centre you remember stories of light, reflect on stories of light in the Bible, students recognize how they are lights to others and you begin to explore the symbol of the lantern. Students are asked to bring in lanterns and to share the lantern’s history. As well students are asked to find information on the history of lanterns. The web site, The Kerosene Lantern provides a history of kerosene lanterns along with various photos. This site would assist students in their research of how lanterns were used in the past creating an understanding of why we would choose the lantern as a symbol for our prayer centre. --Sarah Way


This website is a useful resource when teaching the first unit in the grade 6 religion program. The questions can be used to start the discussion about the human value of friendship. The site includes children's perspective on friendship, problems friends may have, how well students know their friends, and mini poems about friendship. --Nora Petros

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This web site has a whole unit on Friendship. Although it targets early primary
children, many of the activities can be adapted and used in higher grades. This web site has 9 lessons on friendship with complete instructions.--Nora Petros

2. I love you with an everlasting love

Judaism 101www.jewfaq.prg/moshe.htm#Moses
This site could be used by a teacher to enhance the class study of the story of Moses in this unit. The sight profiles Moses, his brother Aaron and sister Miriam. The text is written at a medium to high grade six level. The teacher could use this sight for students to do research on the family of Moses. It could also be used to help develop a glossary of biblical words, as words in blue font, when clicked, reveal a pop-up window which defines the word.--Martha Todd

Kids Can Free the Children
Teachers could follow-up their discussion on Craig Kielburger by sending students to this sight to research more about what he is doing now. There are links for students to read about liberators in our world today, child rights issues, fundraising ideas and Free the Children projects. This is an Excellent sight for current social justice issues. There is a Youth Ambassadors for Peace link which teachers could assign students to find the latest news, a quiz and a letter writing campaign. An excellent way to show students that children their age are involved in social justice issues.--Martha Todd

Religious Stories

Theme 5 of unit two focuses on the story of Moses and how he was a liberator of the oppressed. The web site Religious Stories contains the story of Moses that uses both pictures and words. Along with the scripture readings this site would assist students in learning the story of Moses. It is easy to read and takes the format of a storybook. The web address could be given to students for a homework assignment or shown to the students through a projector were they in turn had to write their own version of the story of Moses. --Sarah Way

Name of Site: Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the grade six programme, “You Shall Be My Witnesses”, the lantern is introduced as the symbol to represent the theme of the year, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. On page 52 of the student text, students are introduced to the founder of this symbol, “Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle” or “Lady of the Lantern”. This Internet site provides information for both the student and the teacher on the full story of these sisters, their ministry, their mission statement and their spiritual journey. In accessing this site, students develop a fuller appreciation for their symbol of the year, and begin to understand the meaning of how our actions reflect God’s light and benefit others.--Kerry Bishop

3. I Shall Be Your God; You Shall Be My People

4. God So Loved The World

Advent Links

In the grade six programme, the unit prepares students for the coming of the Advent season. Rituals are introduced and students are asked to witness other changes occurring at school, home, and church. The site provides teachers an opportunity to research various aspects of the Advent season. Furthermore, the site provides an alphabetical listing on various topics and resources for the catholic educator all of which could be used in different forms throughout the religion programme.

New Advent

This site contains background information on Advent that the teacher would find useful when writing a unit. It describes its historical origin, when Advent begins and ends in the liturgical year, scriptural references to Advent, its duration, symbols and rituals. This is a Roman Catholic web site. For older grades it could be printed out as is, or the teacher could direct students to this site if they are doing a research paper or project on Advent. Article is concise and would be easily understood by junior or
intermediate grades.--Theresa Tierney

King of Peace Resources

Scroll down to Celebrating Advent in the Home and then to Jesse Tree ornaments. Instructions are given to download and reproduce an 8 page brochure designed for families to use in celebrating Advent. Also available are six pages of reproducible Jesse Tree ornaments which kids can colour and decorate. There are patterns for 2 dozen ornaments. This is not a Catholic
website however Jesse Tree symblos are universal and can be used in any Christian ceremony. Suitable for grade 3 to 8 Religion curriculum.--Theresa Tierney

5.I am The Way, The Truth and The Life

6. Love Your Enemies

Clones of Jesus

The grade six unit entitled, "Blessed Are You," focuses on the beatitudes of Matthew and Luke. The students are presented with the beatitudes and asked to reflect upon its importance to their lives. The website has some great background information about the beatitudes and provides them with some interesting reflection questions, which can be geared to grade six students. The site discusses the beatitudes and uses some wonderful examples to help the reader understand the importance of being a disciple of Jesus. I feel this site is useful for the classroom teacher to gain some background information on the beatitudes through an adult perspective. This site also provides a worksheet entitled, "Reflection on the Beatitudes." Questions are given to help understand and focus more attention on the beatitudes. The questions are useful and can be simplified for grade six students. For example possible modifications to those questions could be; (1) "Which beatitude do you find most confusing, explain why?" (2) "Which beatitude do you feel more comfortable with explain why?" (3) "Write Jesus a better expressing how you fell about the beatitudes? Which do you think can be incorporated into your life?"
These questions can help to initiate a good discussion within the classroom and enlighten students on the importance and relevance of the beatitudes to their lives. As a follow- up activity the students can complete page 113 "On a Mountainside" from the textbook, You Shall Be My Witness.--Gab DiStefano

Bible Studies at the Moorings

The website, Bible Studies at the Moorings, gives excellent background information on both the beatitudes of Matthew and Luke. Along with reviewing the beatitudes the website also looks at Jesus' healing ministry and the selection of the twelve apostles. Each beatitude is listed and explained in detail for the reader. I feel this website is very useful for the classroom teacher. It provides excellent background information which can be used as a lead up to teaching the beatitudes. I think it is is important for teachers to have a solid understanding of any topic before introducing it to their students. The information on each beatitude can be used as a guide to teach the beatitudes to your class. The information can also be simplified for the students and given as notes. This information will help the grade six students and also the teacher have a more in depth understanding of the beatitudes. After reviewing the information from the website the teacher can ask the students to complete the "Rays of Blessedness" art activity from the textbook You Shall Be My Witness, page 110.--Gab DiStefano
7. What You Do To The Least Of My Brothers And Sisters You Do To Me

Lí Arche Canada

The Lí Arche Canada website is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and parents. This site allows teachers and students to discover more information about the Lí Arche Foundations started by Jean Vainer. In "You Shall Be My Witnesses" on page 129, Jean Vanier is mentioned briefly. This site provides students with a chance to research and find more information on what the Lí Arche Foundation is and how it has helped many Canadians and people around the world with disabilities. This site also offers an Education Resource link that provides teachers and parents with additional information on belonging, acceptance and bullying. This site is extremely user friendly. --Marie de la Bastide

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Official Site of the Cause of Canonization

This website is an excellent source of information for teachers and students. This site provides teachers and students with background information on the life and work of Mother Teresa. It allows for students to gain a better understanding of what Mother Teresa accomplished throughout her life. Students are able to identify with the life Mother Teresa had by reading about her personal experiences, prayers and meditation, as well as her own spiritual journey. This site aids students in relating the work of Mother Teresa into their own lives. Students gain a concept of what the work of Mother Teresa means for them personally. --Marie de la Bastide

The Spirit of Lent

This is a great website for gathering further information on lent, especially the facets of lent which include praying, fasting, almsgiving. It discusses the need for prayer, and how to pray. It goes on to discuss the importance of fasting, as well as how one can give alms. The site also provides links to gather information on Ash Wednesday, the Passion, the Last Supper, and Jesus in the garden, the crucifixion, and the Pentecost. This site would be useful for any teacher, such as myself, who needs to brush up on the definitions of lent, as well as the various things that have occurred during that period in Jesus’ life. It is a great source of information and stories on the Passion, the crucifixion, and so forth.--Stephanie Danese

Vision Virtual Community. Lent/Easter Resources

This website contains several bibliographies on books, poems, music, and videos. All of these media resources deal with teaching Lent and Easter. This site is helpful since it allows a teacher to know what resources are out there to support the teaching of this particular unit. What I also enjoyed about this particular site was the fact that under each resource, there was a brief write-up about the book or the videos focus. The website also specifies which videos are suitable for which age group, which definitely helps teachers. This site is a great resource to help any teacher find additional information to help them with the teaching of this unit. I believe that a teacher teaching any grade can use this site to gather further resources.--Stephanie Danese

Refugee Camps
This theme addresses works of mercy. Prior to having the learners explore this web site, we would discuss and distinguish between the terms a refugee and an internally displaced person. We would have also skimmed newspapers for various articles on people in different parts of the world who were refugees or internally displaced persons in groups of about 5 students. Each group would share their article and show on the world map where people were living in refugee camps. With this background information we would go to the computer lab and the learners would explore this web site. They would then write a reflection on what were the three most disturbing things to them from this web site. They would then share this reflection with a partner. We would then identify some of the political organizations both nationally and internationally that offer humanitarian aid. The students would write a letter to the head of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and within their groups of 5 students decide on the format of one composite letter. Each of these group's letters would be mailed off to CIDA with the purpose of sharing with the CIDA that they had talked about works of mercy in their religious ed studies and after exploring this virtual tour of the refugee camp they just wanted to express their hope that Canada through this agency was doing everything humanly possible to assist these people.--Eileen M. T. Kearns

Mother Teresa Home page
After reading the article about Mother Teresa in the Religious Ed textbook, and soliciting from the students what they already know about Mother Teresa, I would take them to the computer lab to access this Mother Teresa home page. This web site would give them further information about Mother Teresa and her humanitarian deeds.I would use this web site to support the theme addressing works of mercy accomplishments in addition to letting them read about why this young lady created the web site. I would them have the students with a partner make up a quote that they think Mother Teresa might have said about her works of mercy and administration to the needy. They would then share this quote. We would then investigate many others that have shown acts of mercy for others and I would have the learners with a partner pick one of these individuals and create their own home page as a tribute to the person and their works of mercy. --Eileen M. T. Kearns

8. No Greater Love

The Vatican
This site can be used at any time as a source of reference. It offers, on-line, the Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Code of Canon Law, II Vatican Council, Jubilee 2000 and official pictures of the Pope. In this case, I might use some of the pictures provided on the website to produce a prayer of forgiveness on power point.

Free Foto
This site offers a variety of pictures, thematically organized. I would choose pictures of nature for a prayer on power point. All one needs to do is right-click on the picture and paste it into the power point presentation. By adding some pictures of students in the class, one could make the prayer even more powerful. I would start by preparing a prayer with the whole class, using the projector connected to a computer, thus allowing students to experience the whole process. I would then have them put themselves in small groups and create their own prayer.

My Friend - The Catholic Magazine for Kids

This web-site is a great companion to the periodical My Friend - The Catholic Magazine for Kids. (You may want to ask your teacher-librarian to subscribe to the magazine.) It provides children, parents and teachers with readings, games, activities and stories, many related to a particular theme in the liturgical season.
For Kids menu Interactive Games (many unit applicable games and activities at the medium and difficult levels) | Word Match •parables of Jesus - Word Search •Eucharist - a special celebration •Lent - Jigsaw Puzzle •Holy Thursday •Good Friday •Easter •Bible Challenge •Jesus Teaches Us To Love •Because of Your Faith Between Friends •love and forgiveness/have students read ‘I am the Vine’, a letter from Jesus telling that all followers will receive life and live in His love/students can respond to this letter •Monthly Calendar •the month of April provides reminders about Holy Week and Easter through pictures and captions •the calendar also gives suggestions and reflection ideas that can help students better their lives

For Teachers and Parents menu •Growing in Faith•Basic Catholic Q and A’s provides answers to questions students may ask about penance and reconciliation (forgiveness) as well as conscience •Daily Biblical Reflections •daily readings and reflections are easily reached by selecting month and year •Holy Thursday - The Lord’s Supper •Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord’s Passion •Life Ways •Catholic Headlines •Liturgy: The Church’s Spirituality •Resource Links --Deborah Budnick

Faith First

This web-site provides a wide range of activities, scripture readings, and curriculum suggestions for children, parents and teachers. Many of the activity ideas and scripture reflections correlate with the U.S.A. religious education program, however, can easily fit into our curriculum.
1. Theme 22: My body given; my blood poured out

-from the Kids Only Club (junior grades) students can:

  • participate in a visual Tour of a Church (explanations for each specific area are given)
  • select Back in Time to visit with Dorothy Day (audio journey)
  • learn more about the Last Supper through Bible Alive
  • take time to reflect on their world and life with God through a personal reflection activity from Faith First Activities
  • select RCL Sacraments from the home page to learn more about the Eucharist

2. Theme 23: Father, forgive them

-select RCL Sacraments from the home page to:

  • read stories from the scriptures based on reconciliation and forgiveness
  • walk through or review this rite (what happens before, during and after confession)
  • participate in several games, quizzes and ‘life choice’ activities

3. Theme 24: Behold the wood of the cross

-from the Catechists and Teachers menu teachers can:

  • select Lectionary for background information and preparation, prayers, reflections and discussion questions about Jesus’ cross
  • download activities on the: Sacrament of Reconciliation (Examining our Daily Lives, Examination of Conscience) & Passover (making bible bread)
  • select Ask an Expert to learn more about reconciliation, paschal mystery, the significance of the Last Supper and Jesus’ death

-the Faith First for Families provides:

  • Sunday gospel reflections based on the Passion --Deborah Budnick
9. Do not be Afraid  
10. You Shall Be My Witnesses

Catholic Mission
This is a website that deals with a missionary theme. Stories about them, how to become more involved and messages from those who are actual missionaries. You can use this website to complement the Unit 10 theme in the Grade 6 curriculum which talks about the various people who have devoted their lives to delivering the message of Jesus. It reinforces the idea that you don't have to go away to become a leader/follower/missionary of Christ.

In the grade six programme, this unit presents those who are and have been a witnesses to the teaching of Jesus. The site provides students an opportunity to research various saints including background information, Saints of the Day, Saint Calendar, Patron Saints and a Saint Index. Teachers could use this information to lead students in the development of a saint portfolio/ presentation; reflecting how particular saints have been witnesses.

You Shall Be My Witnesses

Several grade 6 students from a Thunder Bay Catholic School wrote about and created posters for the "You Shall Be My Witnesses" Essay and Poster Contest. This website is excellent for teachers because he/she could use this as a sample for their own class. The winning essay could be put on an overhead projector to be discussed as a class. After demonstrating a 'level 4' piece of work, the teacher assigns the same contest within the class.