Celebrating All Saints’ Day with students is always such a joy for me! This special day is on November 1 each year and it allows students to learn about the saints, but also for them to see themselves (and others) as saints.
Here are three fun ways to celebrate the saints with your upper elementary students:
Choose a Class Patron Saint
On All Saints’ Day, have your class research different saints, and then vote on one to become the patron saint of your classroom. Having students do the research, and perhaps presentation on the saint they would like to be the patron saint, will give students ownership of their work and more meaning to the patron saint. You can create a little sign with your saint name, along with incorporating the patron saint into your morning prayer routine by saying “Saint ________, pray for us.”
Nominate Someone to be a Saint
Have students list out the qualities of a saint. Then have them nominate someone they know to be a saint. If you are looking for an easy print-and-go handout for this activity, you can grab mine here! These make for a great hallway display!
Take a Deep Dive into a Saint of Interest
Have students select a saint they are interested in learning about. Have them do research and complete a research paper on their saint. This is a great cross-curricular project for students in grades 4-6.
If you are looking for more saint activities be sure to check out my Saint Biographies, where students will learn about eight different saints. This is a great way to easily incorporate the saints into your religion class. Or you can grab my big saint bundle with over 20 saint resources geared towards 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.
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