Educators

Whether you’re an elementary school teacher, high school teacher, youth minister or catechist, you have a role in educating young people in the faith-and CRS Rice Bowl has resources to help. Click on your group below — and don’t forget to check out our Lenten resources for the Year of Mercy.

GRADES 1–8 GRADES 9–12 YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

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Bring Lent to life in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to teach your students about the Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving? With the ready-made lesson plans below, you can share Lenten spirituality with your class while introducing students to Catholic social teaching-and our Gospel call to serve our brothers and sisters around the world. There are lesson plans and activities for Grades 1-8 for each of this year’s featured CRS Rice Bowl countries: Colombia, Laos, Rwanda, Honduras and Madagascar.

Grades 1-3, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 1-3, Activity Sheets Only
Grades 4-6, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 4-6, Activity Sheets Only
Grades 7-8, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 7-8, Activity Sheets Only

Or, download the entire Educator’s Guide — and don’t forget our online-only modules featuring Madagascar. Check out our YouTube channel to view and share instructive and inspiring videos featuring those served by CRS Rice Bowl.

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The Lenten pillar of prayer.

Bring prayer into your classroom in a special way this Lent. Use this 10-Minute Prayerful Introduction to kick off your Lenten season, and don’t forget to close this holy time with this Prayer Service to End Lent.

Explore these other tools for Lenten reflection, and invite your students to prayer while they learn about the realities faced by their brothers and sisters around the world.

  • Journey with Jesus to Calvary with these Catholic social teaching inspired Stations of the Cross.
  • Contemplate the role Jesus’ mother, Mary, played throughout his life with these Seven Sorrows of Mary.
  • Learn from those who have come before us by reflecting on the Lives of the Saints.
  • Test your knowledge of our Church’s mission with this Global Discipleship Quiz.
  • Keep these prayer cards in your wallet, pocket or backpack to remember those for whom we pray this Lent.
  • Print and hang these Lenten Prayer Eggs in your classroom as a visual reminder of those we encounter around the world throughout our Lenten journey.
  • Print these Coloring Pages and invite your students to learn while having fun.

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Communicate with families.

Encourage your students to bring the themes of Lent home to their families. Send this Letter Introducing Families to CRS Rice Bowl home at the beginning of Lent, and pass out this reminder letter to Turn In Your CRS Rice Bowl as Lent draws to a close.

And don’t forget to encourage families to explore our Family Page designed just for them!

 

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This Lent, take your students on a tour of the world with these Youth in Solidarity Reflections.

The destination is up to you-but no matter where you take your class this Lent, your students will have the opportunity to, as Pope Francis encourages us, encounter a brother or sister who lives a life very different from their own. Select from any of this year’s featured CRS Rice Bowl countries to download educational modules full of reflections, activities and exercises that will challenge your students to engage more fully in global solidarity.

Colombia: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities The Video
Laos: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities The Video
Rwanda: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities The Video
Honduras: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities The Video
Madagascar: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities
Archdiocese of Louisville: The Story Lesson Plan & Activities

Want more ways to bring global solidarity into your classroom? Check out the CRS Global High School program.

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Sharing faith, sharing ways of life-sharing in the Gospel call to global discipleship.

The Youth in Solidarity Reflections detailed above provide fun and exciting ways to bring Lent to life in your classroom and youth ministries. Here, we share a few more ways to go deeper with teens and young adults-in prayer, reflection and community.

 

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Reflection Guides.
  • Reflexiones para la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana: Available only in Spanish and appropriate for individuals ages 14 – 35, use this resource to accompany your ministry members through faith formation modules that offer activities, reflections on scripture and prayers.
  • Community Reflections: Laudato Si’ Edition: Available only in English, and appropriate for individuals ages 18 – 40, gather small faith-sharing groups to prayerfully consider how cultivating the spiritual pillars of Lent can also help cultivate our common home.

 

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Prayer Experiences.
  • Eucharistic Adoration-Food for All: Gather your community in prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as you consider the implications of hunger on our global family.
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary: Contemplate the role Jesus’ mother, Mary, played throughout his life with these Seven Sorrow of Mary.
  • Stations of the Cross: Journey with Jesus to Calvary with these Catholic social teaching inspired Stations of the Cross.
  • Lives of the Saints: Learn from those who have come before us by reflecting on the Lives of the Saints.

And don’t forget to check out all of our videos and prepare our meatless meals with your community!