Grade 7 Unit 5

Grade 7, Following Jesus, Unit 5 Faith In Action
Additional Outreach Project Ideas

Prayer Service

Leader Guide

Catholic Social Teaching in This Unit:  Care for God's Creation

"We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored."

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching"


Plant Seeds

This project offers a number of ways that the young people can learn about caring for God's creation through reading scripture, studying plants, and working with plants. The following resources are stepping-stones for further developing your group's project.

The Great Plant Escape
www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/index.html

  • Although this Web-based interactive program is designed for fourth and fifth grade students, it provides useful information on plant life and how food grows that can give you ideas for your group.

Planet Protectors Club for Kids—Be a Planet Protector!
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/kids/index.htm

  • As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash. Planet Protectors also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Seed Starting—How to Successfully Start Plants from Seed
gardening.about.com/od/gardenprimer/ss/SeedStarting.htm

  • A step-by-step guide for starting plants from seed is provided, along with links to related articles.

Recycle Bin Bonanza

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the government agency that deals with the protection of human health and the environment. This agency leads the nation's environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts. Their Web site has some good resources on recycling and protecting the environment.

www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/citizens.htm

Read an article called “What You Can Do” and review links on how everyone can recycle.
www.epa.gov/kids/garbage.htm

  • The EPA Environmental Kids Club includes games, pictures, and stories.
  • Learn how to protect the environment.


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