These worksheets tend to have the theme of encouraging self-reflection were originally used for 5th and 6th grade students (aged 10-12), however they may be useful for other ages as well. The set also includes a variety of worksheets for high school theology classes.
Themes include: Scripture, social justice, prayer, self-reflection, sacraments, morality, and more.
Included is a lesson planning method and worksheet inspired by Ignatian prayer:
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What’s in your future? – Perfect as part of a lesson on vocation. Let students consider future milestones like high school, college, finding a job, or getting married. While God only knows our future, this worksheet can give clues about it by asking students about their talents and dreams. It also alludes to the fact that in five years I’ll know more about who I’m supposed to become than I know now. Suggestion: It may be helpful to give students opportunities to reflect on their past experiences before they consider the future.
Magnificat – Mary’s Magnificat is a song/poem of gratitude to God and recognising the gifts God has poured out on her and all people. Here, students can compose their own magnificat or poem of praise and thanksgiving.
Serving Others – This worksheet asks students to draw a line between a context and a kind of service they would perform in that context. Suggestion: Make as part of a lesson or unit on service, modelled by Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.
God’s Message – This worksheet is a fun activity with some basic questions. The questions may not be relevant for all classes. The crossword reveals the message across the centre: YOU ARE HOLY.
Gifts and Talents – For teaching a lesson on the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Explain that our understanding of the word “talent” came from this biblical story. This worksheet shows images of coins or “talents” in which students can write their own gifts and talents. Suggestion: Have students cut out each of their talents, put them in a hat, and as you draw each out ask them how they might “invest” their talent.
Leaders of the Past – This worksheet presents St Ignatius and Moses as examples of leaders of the past and asks students to write how each person was a good leader. Suggestion: Meant to be part of a lesson on leadership, even servant leadership. Students should draw out leadership qualities of humility, reflectiveness, listening to God, advocacy, etc.
How have I been a good neighbor? – A simple reflection sheet for a student to tell a story of how they were a good neighbor to someone else.
Uses for Our Body – Use as part of a body-postive lesson and introduction into how our bodies are just as important as our souls. The purpose of this worksheet is to help students recognise how critical our bodies are to interacting with the world and one another.
Is it of God? – This is the perfect Ignatian worksheet for more mature students. Use as part of a lesson on finding God’s presence in the created world and in our feelings and emotions. The sheet includes a set of criteria that may be helpful in discerning whether something is “of God” or not. For mature students, this may prompt good discussion.
What’s your story? – We are members of the church by virtue of our baptism. This worksheet helps students understand that their unique story is important to a church which is made up of many others with their own stories, experiences, struggles, and hopes. Suggestion: Include this as part of a lesson on the importance of our church community or about the value of being unique in God’s eyes.
Times for Prayer – Prayer is useful at many times of our life. This worksheet comes out of a lesson on times Jesus prayed (for reflection, in times of pain, to forgive, and for others). The lesson extends to the importance of prayer in times of transition. Suggestion: Offer as part of an overall lesson on prayer (methods and reasons for prayer) or use for students transitioning to a new grade or school.
Bible Stories and Truth – Scholars know that Jesus was a real historical person, but we also know certain figures like Adam and Eve were not. Still, God communicates to us Truth (capital T) through scripture. This worksheet helps students identify the Truth, or moral lesson, in two scripture stories. Suggestion: Make this a part of a biblical lesson on truth vs Truth.
The worksheets below are meant to encourage self-reflection in the past, present, and future of their lives. Students will discover their uniqueness and how God’s presence in the past and present points toward future as well.
Time Travel Reflection: Past – This worksheet is designed for kids to reflect on important moments and God’s presence in their past history.
Time Travel Reflection: Present – This worksheet is so students can acknowledge God’s gifts and active presence in there here and now.
Time Travel Reflection: Future – This worksheet lets students look toward their future and consider what kind of person they want to grow into.