Fifth Grade Curriculum

Religion

Course Texts:

  • Credo: I Believe, Textbook
  • Credo: I Believe, Activity Book
  • Credo: I Believe, Teacher Resource Manual, Optional
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2, Answer Key, Optional

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Course Description:

Fifth Grade Religion is designed to explicate the basic truths of the Catholic Faith contained in the Church's official creeds and doctrines. To know these truths is to know Jesus, who alone can set us free. Special emphasis is given to careful understanding of the basic content of the Gospels, the prophets, and the prayers of the Church. In this course, the student will look at the Trinity, creation, the fall of the angels and of man, God as the father of all mankind, God the Son as the redeemer of mankind, and God the Holy Spirit as the sanctifier, the nature and precepts of the Church, and Mary as the Mother of God in our lives.

The material from Baltimore Catechism #2 will overlap in many places with that of the Faith and Life Series. You may choose to follow the framework of the Baltimore Catechism rather than that of the Faith and Life Series, which is followed in this outline, but you should choose one and only use the other for supplementary material. The sections listed from the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 are repeated in other years. The sections of this course that do not contain supplemental material from the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 can be supplemented by Knect's Child's Bible History and/or Bible History by Ignatius Schuster.

Reading

Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Textbook
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Study Guide, (2 book set)

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Course Description:

Grade Five Reading is designed to introduce the young student to the world of literature. The student begins to understand the world and God's creation through literature. Essentially, all education is literature-based, as the overall style of the Scriptures shows. It is through literature that man comes to know, love, and serve.

The Catholic National Reader (CNR), Book Five is the primary reader for this level. The CNR is quite challenging so if necessary, proceed more slowly than the course plans suggest. It is not unusual for a student to be reading the book that is a year below his grade level. Many of the stories in the Catholic National Reader are not included in the course plans. Encourage the student to read even the ones that are not assigned as evening reading for pleasure.

Phonics

CWorkbook

  • Phonics E, Answer Key, Optional
  • Phonics E, Teacher Resource Manual, Optional

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Course Description:

Grade Five Phonics continues to help the student grow more sophisticated in his use in the skills developed from the previous phonics courses. Study of vowel digraphs, diphthongs, prefixes, roots, compound words, syllabication, and suffixes expand the student's ability to read, write and speak with expanded phonics skills.

The course has been shown as a daily subject, but you may condense it into a two-day or even a one-day a week subject as long as the student is doing well and understanding the material. The last three pages of the workbook contain Definitions, General Rules, and Syllabication Rules that can be very helpful in all areas of the language arts. Much in the word study book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling.

English Grammar

Course Texts:

  • Lepanto Grammar 5, (Voyages in English 5), Textbook
  • Lepanto Grammar 5, (Voyages in English 5), Teacher Answer Key, Optional

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Course Description:

Grade Five English Grammar is designed to lead the student to speak and to write with precision, skill, and persuasiveness. To accomplish this, the course instructs the student in the use of all the parts that go to make up English Grammar: clear understanding of parts of speech, sentence construction, paragraph usage, syntax, punctuation, abbreviations, and capitalization. In addition, the student will be instructed in the social graces essential to achieving effective communication.

Part One of the text is titled Creative Activities. The parts of the first half that instruct in paragraph writing have been included in the lesson plans, mostly for Fridays. The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the book, which is Grammar. The teaching of English should be cumulative. In Grade Five the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. There are many exercises in the back of the book following the Index that can be used if time permits.

 

Vocabulary and Spelling

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue, Teacher Answer Key, Optional
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Optional

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Course Description:

Grade Five Vocabulary & Spelling develops the student's capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up words in the dictionary, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication. It also develops the student's ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and analogies. This can be challenging for some students and should not become a frustration. If it is too difficult, use only the Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue making certain that the student understands the material.

Handwriting

Course Texts:

  • Handwriting Level E

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Classical Composition

Course Texts:

  • Classical Composition II: Narrative Stage, Workbook
  • Classical Composition II: Narrative Stage, Teacher Manual, Optional but strongly recommended

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Course Description:

Classical Composition instructs the novice writer as though he or she were an apprentice to the great master writers. Instruction is based on imitation. Beginning by making the student aware of the structure of sound writing, and proceeding by giving the student the tools to imitate it, the course ends by equipping the student to design his own sound writing. The course begins by acquainting the student with models from which he can gain a sound grasp of structure. Then sentence and word variation, figures of description, rhetorical devices, and stylistic considerations are introduced slowly – all in service of the message to be communicated. At the end of the full course a student should emerge as a writer who can ascertain the purpose of any given writing task and employ the best means of completing the task to communicate the message.

In the Narrative Stage, students continue to build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives.

Classical Composition Vol. II: Narrative Stage Teacher Manual and the corresponding Student Workbook are the primary texts for this course. The child should write every school day, utilizing Fridays for writing instruction or practice, if the parent wishes to stay with the schedule as written. Parents are free to double-up on lessons depending on the rate at which their children absorb the lesson and according to the schedule they have established for their home school. The final week of every quarter is written to double-up on the lessons in order to finish out the course in the traditional thirty-six (36) weeks. Quarterly exams have also been supplied to be used as the parent decides. The lessons are set forth on a 10 day cycle by the publisher, but as Kolbe parents you may adapt the pace and coverage to your own schedules.

FAMILIES HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR FIFTH GRADE HISTORY

History (Option 1: Bearers of Freedom)

Course Texts:

  • Bearers of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series Volume II, Textbook
  • Bearers of Freedom, Answer Key, Optional

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Course Description:

Fifth Grade History aims to help student identify important people, events, places and dates during the exploring age of history. Students will learn to evaluate and discuss the relationships among peoples, events, places and dates in this course. Bearers of Freedom covers the exploring age including, the route to India and founding of America, pioneers in the southeast, southwest, and California, the discovery of the land between the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the thirteen colonies, and the dividing of French lands into English possession.

History (Option 2: Sea to Shining Sea)

Course Texts:

  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Textbook
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Teacher Manual, Optional
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Workbook CD w/answer key for workbook, chapter quizzes, & tests, Optional but strongly recommended

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Course Description:

Grade Five American History is designed to introduce the student to obtain a broad Catholic understanding of the anthropological history of the Americas up until the last decade. The course provides familiarity with the historical context of the settlement of the Americas, knowledge of the broad outlines of American history and knowledge of the major figures of American history. The student will be able to trace the continuity and development of the United States Government throughout its history, so as to be better able to pinpoint the particular problems of the present day and their solutions.

Geography

Course Texts:

  • Daily Geography Practice 5, Workbook
  • Daily Geography Practice 5, Teacher Edition, Optional but strongly recommended
  • World Globe, Optional but strongly recommended

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Course Description:

Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in fifth grade: Parts of a MapGlobe Lines, The Four Hemispheres, Map Grid, Lines of Latitude and Longitude, Map Coordinates, Robinson Projection Map, Mercator Projection Map,Picturing North America, Picturing the World, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Physical Map: Washington, Mountains and Deserts of the United States, Waterways of the United States, Physical Map: Canada, Physical Map: Mexico, Physical Map: South America, Regions of the United States, Regions of Canada, The Region of Central America, Regions of the United Kingdom, A National Symbol: Washington, D.C., A Cultural Landmark: Yellowstone National Park, Climate Zones of the United States, The Arctic Tundra, Twenty Largest Cities of the United States, Cultural Map: National Football League, Product Map: Nebraska, Boroughs of New York City, Time Zones of the United States, Sharing the Colorado River, Tourist Map: Florida, Top Ten Oil-Producing States, History Map, A City Plan

Mathematics (Option 1: Saxon 6/5)

Course Texts:

  • Saxon Math 6/5, Homestudy Kit

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Course Description:

Grade Five Mathematics is designed to strengthen and increase the student's basic mathematical skills to a fifth grade level of competence. Topics include numeration, addition and subtraction up to 6 digits, multiplication to 3 digits, division up to 3 digit divisors, decimals to the 10 thousandths place, measurement, fractions, geometry, percents, probability, statistics and integers. The course aims to develop basic computational skills, develop problem solving skills, understand and sue skills in estimating, interpreting and organizing data, measuring and predicting, and to be able to apply mathematical ideas to everyday situations.

Mathematics (Option 2: Singapore®)

Course Texts:

  • Primary Mathematics 5A, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 5A, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 5A, Home Instructor's Guide, Optional
  • Primary Mathematics 5B, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 5B, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 5B, Home Instructor's Guide, Optional

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Course Description:

The goal of Singapore Primary Mathematics 5(Standards Edition) is to develop student's mathematical problem solving skills both in practical and abstract concepts and to prepare students for higher level mathematics courses by establishing a firm foundation of number sense. Mathematics concepts will be applied in both practical, real-life situations and in abstract, mathematical formulations. Lessons begin with a concrete representation of a concept, followed by pictorial representation and finally a symbolic representation of the general or abstract concept so that students will achieve mastery of each concept and then be able to apply the abstract ideas to a range of practical problem solving situations. This program aims to convey the elegance and power of numbers so that students begin to build an appreciation of mathematics. Reasoning and understanding patterns and concepts are emphasized throughout the course. It is hoped that students will develop important logic and reasoning skills
that will be invaluable in future mathematics courses and throughout life.

Science

Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science, 6th Grade Textbook*
  • Harcourt Science 5/6, Answer Key*, Optional
  • Harcourt Science, 6th Grade Workbook*, Optional
  • Harcourt Science, 6th Grade* Workbook Teacher Manual, Optional

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* Harcourt Science 6th Grade is used in both 5th and 6th grade

Course Description:

Fifth Grade Science is an intermediate introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences. The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God's world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues in-depth science in later years. Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations along with the reading of the textbook.

The Harcourt Science series has several online learning tools available to anyone who purchases the textbook. The first, with several supplementary activities for the student and teacher, is provided by the publisher. Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). This website allows you to select the topic you are studying in the book, and will take you to a page of selected website links that can help you to enhance and further develop the topics that your child is studying. The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text alone.

Topics in this course include Life Science: cells, genetics and heredity; Earth Science: ecosystems, interactions in ecosystems, Earth's oceans, and weather changes; Physical Science: atoms, elements, and compounds, matter and energy, sound and light.

Latin

Course Texts:

  • First Form Latin, Set

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Course Description:

First Form Latin is the initial course in the grammar stage of learning Latin. This course is designed to be used by parents and students who have no Latin background. First Form Latin employs the "grammar-first" approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization. However, we will take things slowly so that the Latin grammar becomes embedded in the long-term memory of the student. The grammar stage will typically take three years (First, Second, and Third Forms). Year 1 is the most important of all, as it is the foundation on which everything else rests. Therefore, it is imperative that the student thoroughly grasp each lesson before moving on to the next.