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     Lesson Theme: Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
Day 1
Share Experiences
l Gathering Song l “Come Back” (CD-1, #13)
l Gathering Prayer (see page TG4-22)
l Cover Activity l God Gives Us Earth (page 1)
l Article l Building a Community Garden (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions related to the article.
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us. Amen. (Repeat).
l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Good Shepherd (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow Jesus, our Good
Shepherd. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 3
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 43.
l Catholic Faith Word l Good Shepherd (page 4)
l Our Catholic Faith l (page 5)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to care for others as Jesus
cares for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 4
Live the Gospel
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to care for others as Jesus cares for us. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Activity l We Care for Earth’s Water and Air (pages 6–7)
l KidTalk l How Can We Care for Earth? (page 8)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care
for us and keep us safe. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 5
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, thank you for the people who care for us and keep us safe. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Weekly Lesson Assessment
l Activity l Sacrament of Confirmation (Venture Activity Book,
Activity #16)
l Closing Prayer (see page TG4-23)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
Curriculum Connections
l ELA: Invite the students to generate questions they have about sheep (e.g., how they make wool, why some shepherds dye their sheep, etc.). Then have each student select a question to research. The students should use several sources and write a report on what they learn. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.7)
l Sci: By nature of our presence, we have an impact on the environment. Have the students apply scientific principles to design a way to monitor and minimize human impact on the environment. (NGSS.MS-ESS3-3)
        Additional Resources
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)
l Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
l Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW.
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
In the busy-ness of life, it is easy to forget all God does for us. This week, have each child make a Gratitude List. Have each child brainstorm things she or he is grateful to God for and add them to the list. Encourage the children to add to their list each week.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l April 25: Saint Mark, Evangelist – Mark was not one of the 12 Apostles and may not have known Jesus personally. He drew on Peter’s witness and the Churches in Jerusalem and Antioch as sources for his Gospel, which is the oldest and shortest of the four.
l April 28: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla – This 20th-century Italian wife, mother, and pediatrician was a champion of unborn children. Early in her sixth pregnancy, doctors discovered she had a uterine tumor. Gianna allowed them to remove the tumor but insisted her child be protected. Gianna died a week after giving birth to baby Gianna.
Extending the Lesson
 Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-21













































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