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Elementary Curriculum

Fifth Grade Curriculum

Religion

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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

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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

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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

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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 & Spelling

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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.

FAMILIES HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR FIFTH GRADE HISTORY

History (Option 1)

 

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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)

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Grade Five History is designed to introduce the student to the great figures of Roman history and myth, and to trace the historical rise and fall of the Roman civilization.  This course aims to familiarize the student with the great figures of Rome that contributed to the thought and culture of Catholic Europe; to help the student become more familiar with the flow of history and the chronological relationships between events, particularly in regard to Rome and early Christianity; and to continue to introduce the student to cultural and historical perspectives that will help him recognize and criticize the assumptions of our own age from a Catholic standpoint

Geography

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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

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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.

Science

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

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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

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Sixth Grade Latin is a beginner's course using New Missal Latin, a book ideally suited for grade school age students. Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. Students are introduced to Latin vocabulary and Latin grammar and syntax, including the nominative, genitive, accusative, ablative, and vocative noun cases, forms of first, second, and third declension nouns, and masculine, feminine, and neuter noun genders.  Also covered are forms of first, second, and third declension adjectives and adverbs, present, imperfect, and future tenses of first, second, third, and fourth conjugation verbs, and prepositions.  The book set includes the Student Book, Teacher's Manual, Student Test Book, Test Book Answer Key, and a Pronunciation Guide on CD.  The Student Books are also sold separately.