We’re having a little fun learning about the Conclave!!

First, I made a reading comprehension printable about the Conclave and the way a new pope is elected. The comprehension print-out  also has a page of questions and an extra page of fun facts!

I made this to suit my 3 to 6 graders, but it can be used as a guide for younger grades.
It’s also acceptable for higher grades.
Conclave Smoke Craft
After reading the above print-out we made this craft;
It’s a model of the smoke stack/chimney on the Sistine Chapel, which signals to the people outside whether or not a new pope has been chosen.
This model of the Sistine Chapel’s Chimney includes a
puff of white smoke and a puff of black smoke!
I hope this helps you teach your kids about this amazing time in history!
God Bless!
You also might like this post:
It has lots of other activities and ideas!!


  1. Oh my, I love this!Thanks so very much. I will be checking in tmrw to reread the details and get myself together more fully….it;s been a long day, but I know I'd love to do these activities with my kids…. I just followed you on twitter as well.jennifer, I have a post up on papal resources, if interested:http://campfiresandcleats.blogspot.com/2013/02/papal-resources.htmlThx, saw you post on the CBN FB page.Have a great night.XoChris

  2. You are amazing! Thank you so much. 🙂 I will definitely be incorporating this into our homeschool lesson plans.

  3. Awesome! Will be doing this with my kiddies, pinning it and sharing link with my Catholic Homeschool group 🙂

  4. PS: Thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource! BTW, do you have more than 24 hours in your day than me with all the time and creativity you put into everything? 😉 Amazing and so inspiring! 🙂

  5. thanks for sharing your lovely resources. i plan to use them in my home with all the ages.

  6. Love your activities! I will add them to my list on my blog so others can find these! Thank you for posting! 🙂

  7. Thank you so much, everyone!!♥♥♥And Tracy, I'm sorry to say, I only have 24 hours in my day, too! 😉 But I'd love to have more! Seriously, I should get to bed sooner! I often stay up way too late! 🙁 It's a bad habit, which I should give up for Lent! ;-)Blessings to you all!

  8. This is so cool!!! What a great way to teach our kids about this whole process. I will learn something along the way too!!!

  9. Jennifer, this is amazing! I am linking to it on my blog and posting it on my homeschool group's Yahoo board. This is really well done. Thanks for continuing to bless all of us with your creativity! : )

  10. This is so neat! Thank you! We are just beginning a Papal Lap Book and this will be a fun addition to our Unit Study.

  11. So happy about this post. I was just asked to help teach the 4th graders this Sunday and I just don't have time to prepare. This is going to be a huge help. Just need to get the brown paper and we'll be set!!

  12. These are great – I was looking for a coloring page for Sede Vacante but got other great ideas from here!!

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