Tonight, I’ll be giving my 4th graders their “end of the year” assessment, as I mentioned last week. Before I do so, I’ll spend some time reviewing some of the major categories of learning from this year: the 7 Sacraments, Parts of the Mass, and the Ten Commandments. I plan to do so using lots of half sheets of paper, markers, masking tape, and the chalk boards.
- For the Seven Sacraments, I’ll tape 7 blank half sheets of paper on the chalkboard and invite volunteers one at a time to come foward and to write the name of one of the Sacraments on a sheet of paper and then to place it under one of the 3 headings I’ll have written on the board: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, Sacraments of Service.
- For the parts of the Mass, I’ve created half sheets of paper with the parts of the Mass that are included on the assessment. I’ll have these taped to the board in random order. I’ll first ask for volunteers to arrange the 4 parts of the Mass (Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, and Dismissal Rite) as headers on the board. Then I’ll invite volunteers to come up one at a time to place a Mass part in its proper category and in the proper order. For each Mass part, I’ll offer a brief explanation.
- For the Ten Commandments, I’ll tape 10 blank half sheets of paper to the board and will invite volunteers to come forward one at a time and write out a Commandment and to arrange them in order.
I’ll let the kids study these various arrangements on the boards for a few minutes before I take them down and distribute the assessment for them to work on individually. Hopefully, with these concepts fresh in their minds, they’ll be able to perform well on the assessment. I look forward to sharing the results with you!