Lesson: How Does Fasting Connect Us With Others?
Grade Level: 68
Objective: Students will be able to explain what fasting can teach us about the lives of others.
Assessment: Students will answer the question, “How do you think that fasting during Lent can help connect us to other people around the world?”
Duration: Two Periods, 4045 minutes each
Materials: Chalkboard, Computer/Internet Access, “What I Spend on Food” worksheet, 3x5 index cards, Sales Tax Rate for Your City (lookup online),
Time (approx.)  Activity  Method 
Day 1  
5 min  Instructor asks students to take out a piece of paper or a journal and answer this question:
 Bell Work 
3 min  Class discusses answers and teacher writes some answers on the board.  Chalk Talk 
4 min  Teacher explains that in this lesson, students will learn about how people around the world live. Teacher asks the class, “How much do you think that your family spends each week on groceries?” Students volunteer answers.  Large Group Discussion 
5 min  Teacher hands out “What I Spend on Food” worksheet and explains directions. Students complete “Part One” independently.  Direct Instruction and Independent Work 
3 min  Students share answers to “Part One.” Students should add items that they hear that they may have forgotten to add.  Large Group Discussion 
3 min  Teacher explains directions to “Part Two” of the worksheet. Teacher takes question, and dismisses students to work in partners at computers.  Direct Instruction 
15 min  Students complete “Part Two” of worksheet.  Partner Work 
2 min  Students return to their seats. Even if they have not finished, they should have a good list of prices.  Return to Seats 
5 min  Students answer the following question on a 3x5 index card:
 Exit Card 
Day Two  
5 min  Instructor asks students to take out a piece of paper or a journal and answer this question:
 Bell Work 
3 min  Students share answers with the person sitting next to them.  Partner Sharing 
4 min  Class discusses answers. Teacher notes that one reason we fast is to better connect us with other people and open our eyes to what others go through. Teacher explains that the class will use the previous day’s activity to see how they can do this.  Large Group Discussion 
5 min  Students take out “What I Spend on Food” worksheet from previous day. Teacher explains how to find the amount they would pay including tax.
 Direct Instruction 
5 min  Teacher explains to students that this total represents the amount of food that their family buys in a week (not counting restaurants and fast food). Teacher explains that the majority of people in the world live on less than $2 per day.
 Direct Instruction 
3 min  Students take out a separate sheet of paper. Teacher explains that, on this sheet, they have 7 minutes to get their grocery list down to $14 for the week. Students should list items that they need to have and the price of each. Class calculates how much of the $14 would go to tax and takes that out of the total (on board).
 Direct Instruction 
7 min  Students narrow down their lists to get the total, including tax, to equal $14.  Independent Work 
7 min  As a class, students answer the following questions:
 Large Group Discussion 
5 min  On a 3x5 index card, students answer the following question:
