We are right at the middle of the special diocesan Year of Vocations. The CTN weekly activities calendar is still rolling but the big and final project is now open.
CTN invites all teachers to participate in our Final Video/Picture Project which is a culmination of the weekly activities. All registrants interested in participating in this Final Video/Picture Project need to register HERE. By registering your class, you will receive important updates and guidelines. We invite you to recite the Prayer for Vocations at the end of each class, or join the students from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy as they recite the Prayer for Vocations on Learn360. For any questions or information, please contact email@example.com.
February Theme: “Religious Life”
Week 14: February 18-24
Watch the YouTube video “The Imagine Sisters Movement.”
- Have the students imagine that they will become Religious brothers or sisters later in life.
- Ask the students to write 2-3 paragraphs of their “vocation story.”
- Stories should include:
- When they first felt attracted to Religious life.
- What happened that made them actually apply to join an order.
- How their family and friends reacted when they told them.
- Use the reflective questions to spark discussion.
- Religious Life
- Learn360 Video: The Religious Life (Vocation Special-Come Follow Me segment)
- Learn360 Video: Limit Break (Skateboarding (Limit Break Skateboarding Series)
- Coloring Page: Nun Page
- Word Search Puzzle
- Coloring Page: Qualities for Religious Life
- What qualities are recommended for one aspiring to the religious life?
- Can you think of anyone who possesses some of those qualities?
- How many of those qualities do you think you have?
- What other qualities do you possess that you may want to use for God?
- Do you feel encouraged/motivated to share these qualities with others? If yes, how so?
- What are some other good qualities you want to cultivate?
- What are the steps or ways you think will help you cultivate these qualities?
Week 15: February 25-March 3
Interviewing, Drawing and Painting
Interview or Draw a Religious Brother or Sister.
- Have students interview someone in the Religious life and share their findings with the class.
- Encourage the students to take pictures with the nuns and brothers in their parish or school.
- OR — Using paints, markers, or crayons, ask the students to draw a brother, monk or nun in prayer, or at work.
- Around the drawing, write words describing some gifts a person in the religious life may need.
- Use the reflective questions link to summarize and answer the frequently asked questions about the religious life.
- Learn360 Video: Dominican Sisters (Wake Up the World Series)
- Learn360 Video: The Sisters of St. Joseph (Wake Up the World Serie
- MOTIVATION ACTIVITY
Week 13: February 11-17
Understanding the Importance of Prayer
View the Liturgy of the Hours, the Evening Prayer of the Church.
- Play a selection of the Liturgy of the Hours.
- Print out Psalm 121 from the CTN Vocation page, and have the students pray the Psalm.
- Divide the students into two groups and have the groups face each other. Alternate, have each group read a verse.
- OR Ask the students to use their imagination to design a religious or monastery chapel, and encourage them to make their sketch like a blueprint with lots of details. For ideas, see the photo galleries on the CTN website.
- Recite the Prayer for Vocations at the end of the class.
- Introduce “Jesus’ Challenge to a Rich Young Man.”
- Read the story aloud to the students as they follow along quietly.
- Use the discussion to reflect with the class about Jesus’ challenge to the rich young man and all of us.
- Praying the Liturgy of the Hours (A Nun’s Life Ministry)
- Learn360 Video: Consecrated Life (Vocare Series) (Gr. 6-8)
- Learn360 Video: Brothers of the Bronx (Vocare Series) (Gr. 6-8)
- PreK-2: Coloring Page–Nun Paper Doll
- Psalm 121 Activity Page
- How is prayer an important aspect of the religious life?
- Why do the religious need to pray?
- Do you think prayer is helpful to the work that the religious do?
- What do you think the world would be without prayer?
- Do you think prayer is necessary in your life? Is there anything you have asked in prayer that you received?
- Do you think there are people we should always pray for?
- Do you think that the Church/society needs religious men and women?
Week 12: February 4-10
Understanding the Religious Life
Watch the Learn360 video: “Nun Run-Called by God.”
- View the Learn360 video: “Nun Run-Called by God” with your students.
- Print out photos from the PHOTO GALLERIES in the CTN Vocation page, and hang them in the classroom.
- Reflect on the video and photos, and talk about the different things the Religious do.
- Use the reflective questions to spark discussions.
- Learn about what the Religious Order teaches in your school, and research the history of the Order.
For Grades PreK-2
- Display the image of the Religious men and women from the CTN PHOTO GALLERIES and open up a class discussion. Allow the students to share their thoughts.
- What is Consecrated Life? (Diocese of Raleigh)
- Learn360 Video: “Nun Run-Called by God.” (Gr. 6-8)
- Sister Coloring Page (PreK-2)
- Nun or Brother (Drawing Activity)
- What are some of your thoughts about nuns and brothers?
- What new things did you learn about the Religious life?
- Did any of your new findings surprise you?
- What are some other ministries that the religious do that interest you?
- Do you think that the religious life is a possible option that you might consider later in life?
- Religious life has some rules, such as wearing a habit. Are these rules necessary?
- Do you think that the Church/society needs religious men and women?
- In what ways can you encourage religious vocations?
Week 11: January 28-February 3
Chain Story: Students work together to write family stories.
Work together with a group to write a story about a man and woman who got married, raised a family, and then had grandchildren.
- Divide students into groups of 3 or 4.
- Give one piece of paper to each group. The first person to begin the story will write for one minute.
- After a minute, the first student stops writing and folds the paper so that only the last line of writing shows. He then passes it to the next student who writes for one minute.
- Continue until all students have a turn and the last student finishes the story.
- Unfold the stories, and read them out loud.
- Ask the students to write their own family stories.
- God’s Plan For Families
- Learn360 Video: “Pure and Faithful Love” (Signs and Wonders Series-Grades 3-5)
- Learn360 Video: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” (Grades 6-8)
- Coloring Page: Children Obey Your Parents (Grades PreK-2)
- What is the purpose of marriage?
- What do you think makes a good marriage?
- What are some ways to make God a big part of family?
- What do you think is the hardest challenge in family life?
Week 10: January 21-27
Discussion and Analysis: Visual Art Display
Teachers: To complete this activity, please use the Learn360 video, “Matrimony and Holy Orders” from the Best We Can Be Series (Grades 3-8).
- Reflect on the video.
- Direct students to analyze the images.
- Use the reflection questions to spark discussion, or ask students to write answers to the questions.
Teachers: For Students in Grades PreK-2:
- Have the students cut out and color 3 Smiley Faces.
- As a class, discuss ways the students can bring joy to their families.
- On the back of each smiley face, the student should write one way they can bring their family joy.
- Staple the smiley faces together like a book.
- Students can take their “Joy Book” home to encourage and remind them to give joy to their family members; OR have the students write a Thank You Card to someone in their family who has done something to help him or her.
- Students may decorate the note and can take their notes home to give to a family member.
- The Sacrament of Marriage (Catholic RCIA Lessons)
- Printable Worksheet: Marriage Word Search
- Coloring Page: Children Are A Blessing (Grades: PreK-2)
- What were your first thoughts when you watched the video?
- Do the couples seem to be starting their marriage right?
- How so?
- How is marriage a vocation?
Week 9: January 14-20
Understanding the Purpose of Family: Sorting the Family Jewels
- A blank piece of paper for each student and a bucket of mixed beads, enough for each student to have about 10 beads.
- On a piece of paper, have each student draw a tower of three big stones (think about building a block tower as a little kid). Then have him or her draw a title stick figure of him or herself on the top of the tower.
- Give each stone a category, e.g. Enjoyment, Frustration, or Normal.
- Each student should take 10 beads and spread them out onto his or her paper. These represent the jewels.
- Students sort the beads into the three different categories. In the stones drawn, students should write down what each of the beads stands for in relation to their own family.
- Show students how the tower of stones, complete with all the different beads (jewels) of family life, makes a strong family and that God can use everything in their family to make them stronger people.
- Focus on the Family
- Learn360 Video: Holy Family (Signs and Wonder Series — Grades 3-8)
- Learn360 Video: Family Get-Together (Berenstain Bears Series — Grades PreK-2)
- Family Word Search (Printable Resource)
- Why do you suppose God chose to make you a member of your family?
- What charitable activities do you believe a husband, wife, or child could do to keep the family happy?
- What ways can we become Christlike in the family?
Week 8: January 7-13
Marriage and Family: The Holy Family of Jesus
- Have the students draw, color, or paint a picture of their own family.
- Use the reflective questions to spark discussion.
- The Holy Family (Resource)
- My Family (Printable Resource)
- Learn360 Video: The Sacraments of Community (Brother Francis Series)
- The Feast of the Holy Family Activity Sheet (Student Resource)
- Holy Family Coloring Page (PreK-2)
- What is the purpose of a family?
- In what ways can you help make your family holy?
- How can family members help each other get to heaven?
- How can you help bring joy, even in small ways to your family?
- What are the ways you could open or dispose yourself to Jesus’ will?
Week 7: December 17-23
Weekly Prayer Plan
- Praying daily is part of fulfilling our purpose for existence. Read aloud Philippians 4:6-7.
- On a blank sheet of paper, have students write a Prayer Plan that would work for their life with four things on it. Urge the students to make their Prayer Plan colorful and decorative.
- Encourage the students to make their Prayer Plan reasonable — something they can really accomplish.
- Post the Prayer Plan at home or in a place they can see it everyday.
- 5 Ways to Better Prayer (Vision Vocation Network)
- Learn360 Video: Hello! Is Anybody Out There? (Prayer) (Gr. 6-8)
- Learn360 Video: WOW-Praying (Segment 3) (A Catholic Game Show Series)
- Learn360 Video: The Letter P (From Aardvark to Zucchini Series) (Gr. PreK-2)
- What is Prayer and why do we pray?
- What are the different types of Prayer?
- How do we benefit from Prayer?
- When and how long should we Pray?
- Why do you think Prayer is important in discerning vocation?
Week 6: December 10-16
Sharing Our Gifts & Talents: How Can I Give Joy To Others Through My Gifts?
- Invite the students to slowly read Matthew 25:14-18 aloud, allowing a few seconds of silence between each phrase.
- Ask the students to think about a time when giving brought them joy.
- Have the students write a few sentences or draw a picture of themselves sharing their talents, and describe how they felt.
- Encourage the students to share their answers with the class.
- Learn360 Video: Human Services (Career Cluster Series)
- Learn360 Video: The King’s Ring: Parable of the Talents (Bedbug Bible Gang Series) (Gr. PreK-5)
- The Parable of the Talents (Printable Worksheet)
- Our Many Talents (Printable Worksheet)
- Naming Gifts and Talents (Printable Worksheet)
- Why is it important or desirable to share your talents with others?
- In what ways can you share your gifts and talents?
Week 5: December 3-9
Naming Gifts and Talents: Recognizing Our Gifts and Talents
- Invite the students to slowly read Romans 12:6-8.
- Give each student an index card to each student and have them write all the things they are proficient at.
- Lay all the cards face down on a table.
- Choose one card at a time, and discuss as a class how that ability or talent is important.
- Alternately, divide the class into groups and give each group a gift bag containing 12 cards — on each card there should be written a gift or ability and its definition.
- Then, one at a time ask each student to pick a gift from the bag and read the definition. If he/she feels they have the gift, he/she may keep the card. If not, pass the card to the next person who feels he/she has the gift.
- Learn360 Video: Goal Setting: Discovering Your Gifts (Learning Zone Xpress Series)
- My Special Talents! Lesson Plan Introduction
- The Gifts God Gave Me (PreK-2 Resource)
- Was there a gift you hadn’t realized you had until doing this activity?
- Why do you think you never recognized those gifts before?
- Is there a gift or ability that you don’t have but would like to have?
- What could you do to develop that gift or ability?
- Why do you think God has given you certain abilities?
Week 4: November 26-December 2
Why Become A Priest Or Nun? Recite the Prayer For Vocations.
Ask the students to interview a Priest or Sister in their parish or school on why they chose to become a Priest or a Sister. Write down their responses and be willing to share their responses with the class. Recite the Prayer For Vocations.
- Brooklyn Priests – Stories
- Vocation Search Word Worksheet
- Lesson Plans for National Vocation Awareness Week
- Learn360 Video: Priesthood (From the Vocare Series)
- Learn360 Video: Brother Francis-Let’s Pray
- Do you think that Society/Church needs priests and religious people?
- What do you think the daily activities of a Priest or Sister are?
- What do you admire most about the 4 different kinds of Vocations?
Week 3: November 19-25
How Do We Know That God Loves Us and How Can We Appreciate God’s Love?
Create an art piece that demonstrates God’s love. (For example: This could be simply the love emoji symbol, etc.)
- Discover God 4 Kids
- The Gift of Love
- Learn360 Videos: Jesus Love the Little Children and Super Psalms (From the Bedbug Bible Gang Series – Gr. PreK-2)
- Why do you feel that God loves you?
- How can you appreciate God’s love?
- What ways can you spread the love of God to others?
- What kind of love are we as Christians called to?
- Where do we find the chapters of love in the Bible?
Week 2: November 12-18
Brainstorming: What is a Call or Vocation? What are the different types of Vocations?
Create a Brainstorming Worksheet of Student Responses to “What a Call or Vocation” means to them, the different types of Vocations and how they can listen to God.
- What Types of Vocations Are Available?
- Lesson Plans for National Vocation Awareness Week (USCCB)
- Learn360 Video: Vocation Special – Come Follow Me (From the Kingdom & Culture Series)
- Learn360 Video: Faith, Hope and Love (From the Bedbug Bible Gang Series – Gr. PreK-2)
- What are some signs of a Vocation? Check out this link.
Week 1 -- November 5-11
Read Aloud and Journal Response: Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Invite the students to share their thoughts and write down what they would do if they were Samuel. Recite the Prayer for Vocations at the end of each thought.
- Mission Bible Class: The Lord Speaks to Samuel
- Learn360 Video: “Call Waiting“
- PreK-2 — You Belong to Me (USCCB)
- Samuel Is Called — Printable Booklet
- Journal Response Worksheet — The Lord Speaks to Samuel
- How many times did God call Samuel before he was able to recognize the Lord?
- Why do you think it took Samuel so long to recognize the Lord?
- Are you conscious of the fact that God knows your name?
- What other ways and time can God speak to us?
- Can you summarize in your words what God told Samuel? Mention some of the things you have learned from the study.
- Have you heard God speak to you before? Would you recognize his voice?
- What are the dangers of living in continuous disobedience to God’s will?