The Catholic Community of Pennsylvania: Past and Present

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Teacher Manual

Price: $25

• 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



Student Workbook

Price: $5

• 70-page, vinyl-covered book contains handouts needed for all lessons

• Activities are engaging and appealing

• Lessons act as good resources for families

• Printed in black and white

• Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur





Classroom Kit Promotion

Price: $115  – Save $10!

• Includes 1 Teacher Manual and 20 Student Workbooks



Product Descriptions

The Teacher Manual for The Catholic Community of Pennsylvania: Past and Present contains lesson plans and student worksheets for 31 lessons for fourth through sixth 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.

The Student Workbook for The Catholic Community of Pennsylvania: Past and Present contains all of the student handouts that align with the 31 lessons found in the Teacher Manual. Handouts can be removed from the workbook and made into puzzles, booklets, a chapter book, etc. The resources found in the student workbook can be a great family resource as well, to tell the Catholic story of Pennsylvania. There are 70 pages of student activities in this workbook.

The Classroom Kit for The Catholic Community of Pennsylvania: Past and Present is a special packaging of the Teacher Manual and 20 Student Workbooks. With this product, a teacher can eliminate the time needed to copy student activity sheets and each student will have his or her own Catholic history resource.

Frequently Asked Questions

When could I use these materials?
These lessons are designed to supplement the social studies program but can also be integrated into language arts, math and religion classes.

How much time do I need to cover a lesson? When would I find the time to use these?
Some lessons can be covered in as little as 15 minutes while others can take up to 50 minutes.
Lessons can be facilitated as part of Cathoic Schools Week events, as cross-curricular themes, as centers in a classroom, as a foundation for a Catholic history club, as lessons prior to field trips to a Cathedral or Catholic historical site, etc.

Can I just copy the student pages from the teacher manual or do I need to use the student workbook?
Yes, you can make up to 25 copies of a student page with each teacher manual.

Has this material been approved?
Yes, HCC was granted a Nihil Obstat and an Imprimatur from the bishop of the Diocese of Erie.

Are all of the dioceses covered in the material?
There is a history lesson for each of the eight dioceses and each diocese is highlighted in the ministry section.

Won’t some of this material already be covered in history texts?
Possibly, but not from the Catholic perspective. These lessons focus on Catholic historical figures, stories of saints from Pennsylvania, Catholic involvement in historical events.

Are the lessons connected? Do I have to teach them in order?
Lessons are designed to stand alone. They can be done in any order.

Is there any connection to PA standards?
Lessons are connected to PA history, math, language arts, geography and economics standards.

What grade level? Reading level?
Lessons are written for the 4th-6th grade level as part of the PA history focus.