A little about St. Maximilian Kolbe.
-Polish Franciscan priest
-Completely devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary
-Demonstrated incredible charity and faith
-Intelligent and inventive
-Started a group called the Knight of the Immaculata- goal of sharing the love of Jesus through Mary
-Founded two cities of the Immaculata, a magazine, and radio broadcasts
-Arrested after the Nazi invasion of Poland, imprisoned, then sent to Auschwitz
-Suffered heroically, brought hope and the Sacraments to his fellow prisoners
-Offered his life in place of a husband and father about to be sentenced to death
-Killed by lethal injection after ten days in a starvation chamber
-Patron Saint of the pro-life movement, families, journalists, prisoners, and drug addicts
You can read more about him here.
We read the book Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Mary's Knight by Patricia Edward Jablonski, FSP. I think this book would be good for 4-6th graders. (There are many more titles in this Encounter the Saints series, and all of them are great!). As we read it, we worked primarily on the skills sequencing, symbolism, and cause and effect.
We also watched this 20 min. cartoon from My Catholic Family. It was a little below 5th grade level, but reinforced the facts about his life we were learning as well as the virtues he emulated. Click on the picture for a link to EWTN.
Here are some of the handouts that I used while reading the book. Click on the link and you will have the full printable.
Practicing cause and effect notebooking sheet: This goes along with chapters 1-3 of the book.
here and here and here and here.
Here are two weeks of spelling/vocab units to match the book:
Here is the study guide for the test:
Here is the rubric used to grade the timeline project:
-What do you most admire about St. Max?
-What should St. Max be the patron Saint of?
-Write a letter to St. Max from Francis Gajowniczek. (the man St. Max saved in Auschwitz)
-Choose two important events from St. Max's life and write about how they help us know him.
-What virtue can St. Max teach us about?
-What does St. Max teach us about loving Mary?
While talking about symbolism in literature, the Miraculous Medal was used as our chief example. Not only does it symbolize something in the book, but the medal itself contains layers of symbolism. Read more about it here. We made this art project of "giant" miraculous medals using tin foil inspired by Catholic Icing. You can find directions and a printable from Catholic Icing here. I also offered the kids this printable, which is actually how I made the example below.
We also had some coloring pages throughout the time for early finishers. Here are a few that I found:
Click here to visit Paper Dali for an awesome coloring page of St. Max as a boy.
here for a coloring page of the St. Max icon.
I also have a couple of other posts about incorporating St. Maximilian Kolbe into our classroom:
This post has details about the St. Max Family Shrine that spends a week in each of my students' homes throughout the school year:
And this post has details about the lifesized St. Max sculpture in our classroom, a St. Max craft project, and sharing a common patron Saint with our parish CCD program.
Do you have any great ideas for incorporating the Saints across the curriculum? I'd love to hear about them!