Call to Care (A)

3, 4, 5

To introduce students to the concept of Stewardship. While written for a Catholic Elementary School, the lesson may be easily adapted for public school use.

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PrintOne class period

Students will:

  • create stewardship lists.
  • complete stewardship surveys.
  • learn six new words related to stewardship by listing them in an acrostic poem (see Handout Two).
  • Bible
  • Dictionaries/Thesauruses
  • Construction paper
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Magazines

"Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. Each one should give, then, as he has decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause."
(2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
The Good News Bible: Today's English Version. New York: American Bible Society, 1976.


  1. Anticipatory Set Ask a volunteer to read the following verse in the Bible while the others follow along. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) Discuss the meaning of this passage:"God blesses those of us who give. If we give a lot, we will be blessed a lot. If we give little, we will have little blessings. Also, give out of the goodness of our heart. Not because it is expected."

  2. Introduce stewardship as our responsibility to take care of creation. God has trusted us to take care of each other and the world. As a group, discuss whether or not we are currently being good stewards.

  3. Distribute the stewardship handout concerning a pet (see Handout One). Have students work on it with a partner. Discuss their specific results as a class. Ask students how this relates to philanthropy. (Philanthropy is the giving of one's time, talent, or treasure for the sake of another or for the common good. Therefore, by achieving philanthropic acts, we are acting as stewards).


Have the students create acrostic poems using the word steward. For every letter in the word steward, they will use a word that describes stewardship. The students may use dictionaries or thesauruses to help them. They can decorate their poem by cutting out pictures from magazines or coloring to show people who care about each other and the world around them. Score using Acrostic Poem Rubric in Handout Three. See example of acrostic poem below: S erviceT rustworthyE agerW illingA ssistR ewardedD uty

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.3 Define stewardship and give examples.