4th - 6th Grade LifeChest Activity Guide


Develop appreciation and respect for the dignity and value of each and every person.


1. Learn the three "R's"

- RECOGNITION of how everyone is special
- RESPECT for all members of our human family
- RESPONSIBILITY toward ourselves and others

2. Learn the importance of showing love and care to those who are in special need, those with disabilities and the elderly.

3. Recognize and uphold the value of the unborn.

4. Affirm individual self-worth and the importance of the continuation of human life from one generation to the next.

Activity #1: Recognizing Individuality

Activity: Have students draw a timeline of their life or bring in pictures of their family and ancestors. Allow them to hang their timelines up or present them to class.

Discussion: Recognize with the students how each life is different and how each person has different experiences in life making them into different people. Have someone present their timeline or pictures. This discussion should provide a forum for the students to get to know each other as people outside of the classroom.

Talking Points:

1. Ask one student to share their timeline and talk about an experience that has made them unique. They may even want to talk about an aspect of their family that makes them unique.

2. What does each student think makes he/she special?

3. Allow students to ask each other questions about their timelines and family pictures.

4. Ask the students to define what "individual" means to them. Allow time for a group discussion about what makes each person in the class an "individual".


Activity # 2: Respect
ing Each Other

Activity: Provide students with a list of interview questions (about families, hobbies, aspirations, etc.). Allow them to interview their classmates (assign students to each other). Allow students to present their interview results to the rest of the class so that they may learn about each other.

Discussion: This activity should also help students to learn to respect their fellow classmates. Allow each student time to talk about something they found interesting about the other student or something they respect about the other student.

Talking Points:

1. Ask the students what they found out about each other that they had not already known. Ask each student to share in this discussion.

2. Ask students what their definition of respect is? Who deserves respect? Is it hard to respect someone you do not know? Shouldn't we respect everyone? Does age or stage in life determine how much respect a person deserves?

3. Ask students what they respect about their fellow classmates whom they interviewed.


Activity #3: Responsibility

Activity: Provide students with a list of questions (or allow them to produce their own questions) to ask grandparents or an elderly neighbor (church member, etc.). Allow them to present their results in class or write about their results in a short story.

Discussion: Talk about how the interview has helped the students to respect their elderly neighbors, grandparents, etc.

Talking Points:

1. How has the interview helped them to better understand their elderly friends?

2. What did they learn about their elderly friends that surprised them?

3. What one thing in their "friends'" lives has caused the students to better respect them?

4. Does it matter how old your "friend" is? Discuss if age has anything to do with how much respect a person deserves.




Ultrasound: Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life - Through the use of ultrasound, unborn children are observed at various stages of development as they breathe, jump, open their eyes and more. (25 min)

Preview of a Birth - Full-color video chronicles life in the womb from conception to birth. Detailed and medically-accurate. (15 min)



Being Adopted by Maxine B. Rosenberg - The story of three adopted children, featuring photographs along with explanations of the feelings and experiences brought about by adoption.

Finding a Friend by Zilpha M. Booth - This is a touching and insightful story of Mike, a child with Down Syndrome, who may learn things slower than other boys his age yet is a real hero when he rescues his friend Andy.

I Have a Sister—My Sister is Deaf by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson - This short illustrated story is from the persepctive of a child about the daily life of her deaf younger sister.



Choose Life stickers - Small envelope-style stickers.

First Nine Months - This simple and beautiful brochure shows and tells the amazing story of life before birth using full-color photography and written descriptions.

Keep the Dream Alive stickers - Stickers featuring African-American children and the message "Dreams begin with life!" or "Abortion ends dreams."



Fetal Models - A set of five, life-sized models of in-utero babies from one through five months. The 14- and 18-week babies may be lifted from their "womb."

Keep the Dream Alive posters - A series of eight posters featuring African-American children and life-affirming messages.

Life Before Birth laminated reprint - First printed in 1965 by Life magazine. A unique, 12-page essay featuring color photos by Lennart Nilsson.

Young One fetal model - A 10 to 12-week old fetal model which fits in the hand.

Touch of Life models - Lifelike and natural, a set of four in-utero babies at 12 weeks, 20 weeks, 26 weeks, and 30 weeks. Children able to pick up and hold.


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Activity #1: Recognizing Individuality

Activity #2: Respect

Activity #3: Responsibility

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