Pennsylvania – Manual


• 108-page spiral-bound book

• Contains 31 lessons with worksheets and activities

• Lessons include PA standards, assessments and follow-up

• Color cover and grayscale pages

• Worksheets can be copied up to 25 times

• Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur



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Product Description

The Catholic Community of Pennsylvania: Past and Present Teacher Manual contains lesson plans and student worksheets for 31 lessons for 4th-6th grade students. Lessons focus on Catholic history and also give an overview of the current activities of the Church in Pennsylvania.

Each diocese is highlighted within a historical lesson and a current day ministry example. Lessons also focus on early missions, work of religious orders as well as saints from PA. Each lesson plan contains clear procedures, a variety of assessments, engaging student activities and ideas for lesson follow-up. A variety of service project ideas can be found in the “Ministry and You” sections. Student activities incorporate the arts, with scenes to be acted out, drawings and more.

Each lesson is easily integrated into social studies classes within a 15 to 50 minute time frame. Lessons are also connected into language arts and math. Standards are aligned for each lesson. Each student handout maybe copied up to 25 times.

Feedback forms from students include comments such as:  “it was fun, and I got to learn new things” –  “there is lots of hands-on
projects and [it is] fun to learn something new” –  “I thought everything was super fun and interesting!”

Faculty feedback stated “students really enjoyed themselves and they seemed to like the different activities a lot!” – lessons gave students “the opportunity to do a variety of hands-on learning activities”  – would use other lessons like these in the future because “they incorporated Catholic history into U.S. History and are cross-curricular.”


“The Story of Father Walter Ciszek and the Letter from an Orphan were particularly moving. Hopefully, these two stories will resonate in a very positive way with the students.”

“I was pleased to see not only the emphasis on the Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, but a focus on Pennsylvania History, Civics and Government, and Mathematics, as well.”

“Assessments are clear and will be supportive to teachers as they determine the levels of student knowledge for each lesson.”

“The inclusion of Follow-up Activities will serve as an advantage for students who are especially interested in a concept and wish to expand on it.”

Dr. Joanne Carlburg, Reading Specialist – Earned a doctor of education at the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a retired reading specialist for the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gannon University as well as the Annie Sullivan Award from the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5. (Faith Life, 3/27/11)