Resources to Use With Students
What happens during my Confirmation?
This Youtube video from the Archdiocese of Brisbane briefly explains what happens during and the meaning behind the sacrament of Confirmation. This resource could be shown as an introduction to parents or children at the beginning of a sacramental program or unit on Confirmation. Certain parts of the video may need to be explain to children, depending on the age and prior knowledge of students.
Confirmation Facts Foldable
This resource has been developed by a teacher named Katie, who shares her content on the blog ‘Look at Him and Be Radiant‘. Katie provides steps on how to create this Confirmation foldable with students. The activity addresses:
- What the sacrament of Confirmation is
- How the sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated
- What signs and symbols are associated with Confirmation
- What the gifts of the Holy Spirit are
Katie gives an outline for how she has used this resource in her classroom. However, it could be easily adapted and differentiated for students. This activity could also be used as an assessment of student understanding.
Resources for Teachers
Learning Byte: The Holy Spirit
This website has been created for Year 5 teachers in the Brisbane Archdiocese. The resource provides background information on the sacrament of Confirmation for teachers. In this section, it links Baptism and the Holy Spirit with Confirmation.
The website also explores ways to teach about the sacrament of Confirmation in the ‘Learning Experiences‘ section. There are three main learning experiences:
- Who or What is the Holy Spirit?
- The Spirit Active in the Lives of Believers
- The Spirit Active in the Formation of Conscience
Under each learning experience, a plethora of activities and resources are provided for teachers.
Learning Byte: Community of Believers
This website has been created for Year 5 teachers in the Brisbane Archdiocese.
The resource provides background information on the identity of the Church and its community for teachers. This is important, as Confirmation calls Catholics to be members of the Church.
The website also explores ways to teach about the Church community in the ‘Learning Experiences‘ section. The most relevant section would be ‘What is a community of believers?’. Under each learning experience, a plethora of activities and resources are provided for teachers.
More Learning Bytes can be found here.
Faith First: Preparing for Confirmation
Created for the Catholic ‘Faith First‘ school program, this PDF document shares ways to prepare students for the sacrament of Confirmation. Lesson plans and activities which examine the signs, symbols and meanings behind Confirmation are provided for teachers.
Symbols and Rituals in Confirmation
This webpage outlines the main symbols and rituals associated with the sacrament of Confirmation. These are:
- Laying of hands
- Anointing with oil
- The Sign of Piece
- White Garment
This is a convenient resource for educators who need a quick explanation of the Confirmation symbols and rituals.