Fifth Grade Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Fifth Grade Curriculum


Course Texts:

  • Religion 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Credo: I Believe, Textbook
  • Credo: I Believe, Activity Book
  • Credo: I Believe, Teacher Manual (Optional)
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2, Answer Key (Optional)

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.


Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Textbook
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Study Guide
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Answer Key

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.


Course Texts:

  • Phonics E Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Phonics E, Workbook
  • Phonics E, Answer Key (Optional)
  • Phonics E, Teacher Manual (Optional)

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 & Composition

Course Texts:

  • English 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Voyages in English 5, Student Edition
  • Voyages in English 5, Teacher Edition (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 5, Practice Workbook (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 5, Student Assessment Book (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 5, Practice & Assessment Book Answer Key (Optional)
  • English 5 Answer Key

Texts will be available soon in the Bookstore.

Course Description:

Voyages in English offers comprehensive language arts instruction.  It builds students’ confidence as effective writers, readers, listeners, and speakers.  The textbook is organized into two related yet distinct parts: grammar and writing.  The course includes lessons which integrate these two parts to show the relationship between grammar and writing.

In addition to a full grammar course (including sentence diagramming), the fifth-grade text also provides instruction in writing personal narratives, business letters, how-to articles, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing, and research reports.


Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue, Student book
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue, Teacher Edition (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Five Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up 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.


Course Texts:

  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 5 Cursive Writing

Elementary Literature (5th / 6th Grade)

The Elementary Literature program for Grades Five and Six continues to introduce the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course.  The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints…


Classical Composition 2: Narrative Stage

Note: As the second course in the Classical Composition sequence, it should be undertaken after completing the Fable Stage.

Course Texts:

  • Classical Composition 2: Narrative Stage Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Classical Composition Vol. II Student Book: Narrative Stage
  • Classical Composition Vol. II Teacher Guide: Narrative Stage (Optional, but strongly recommended)

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.


History (Option 1: Sea to Shining Sea)

Course Texts:

  • From Sea to Shining Sea Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Textbook
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Teacher Manual w/ answer key for textbook
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Workbook CD w/answer key for workbook, chapter quizzes, & tests (Optional, but strongly recommended)

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.

History (Option 2: Bearers of Freedom)

Course Texts:

  • Bearers of Freedom Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Bearers of FreedomLand of Our Lady Series Volume II, Textbook
  • Bearers of Freedom, Answer Key (Optional)

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.


Course Texts:

  • Geography 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Daily Geography Practice 5, Workbook
  • Daily Geography Practice 5, Teacher Manual (Optional, but strongly recommended)
  • World Globe (Not carried by Kolbe, but strongly recommended)

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 map
  • Globe lines
  • The four hemispheres
  • Map grid & coordinates
  • Lines of latitude & longitude
  • Projection maps: Robinson & Mercator
  • Picturing North America & the world
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway
  • Physical maps: Washington, Canada, Mexico, & South America
  • United States: mountains & deserts, waterways, climate zones, time zones, & twenty largest cities
  • Regions of the United States, Canada, Central America, & the United Kingdom
  • A national symbol: Washington, D.C.
  • A cultural landmark: Yellowstone National Park
  • The Arctic tundra
  • Cultural map: National Football League
  • Product map: Nebraska
  • Boroughs of New York City
  • 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 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Saxon Math 6/5, Homestudy Kit

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:

  • Singapore Math 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • 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)

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.


Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science 5 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment) – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • Harcourt Science, Grade 5 Textbook
  • Harcourt Science, Grade 5 Textbook – Available soon in the Bookstore!

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 (Option 1: Elementary Latin 2)

Course Texts:

  • Liber Secundus Britanni et Galli, Reader
  • Liber Secundus Britanni et Galli, Workbook
  • Liber Secundus Britanni et Galli, Drill Book
  • Liber Secundus Britanni et Galli, Teacher Manual

Course Description:

The Little Latin Readers series follows the general outline of the first year of Fr. Henle’s First Year Latin, extended over six years of elementary school, e.g., third grade through eighth grade.  Puella Romana, introduces the first declension; Britanni et Galli, introduces the second declension and Civitates Europae introduces the third declension.  Starting with Italia and ending with Sancta Missa, the fourth and fifth declensions are added along with more advanced grammatical concepts.  The diagramming of sentences begins in the fourth level, and continues throughout.  The use of verbs is mostly confined in the first two levels to third person indicative active verbs and nominative, genitive, accusative and ablative endings are introduced.  In this way, the range of endings is kept small and more attention may be fixed upon the conceptualization of Subject-Verb agreement, along with Being Verbs, Intransitive and Intransitive Verbs, Direct Objects and Predicate Complements.  For the sake of variety a number of prepositional phrases and the genitive of possession are included.

The readers present short Latin reading selections for immersion.  Drill books off er more detailed grammar explanations and vocabulary enrichment.  For each lesson, a Latin quote from Scripture or the writings of the saints is presented for memorization.  Diacritical markings are present in all books and drill books study the pronunciation and accent rules so the student will become more adept at pronunciation.

The Teacher’s Guide gives detailed weekly lesson plans, based on a 4-day week.  Weekly quizzes test material in workbooks and drill books.  Quarter exams only test material from the workbook.  The content of the drill book is given not for mastery but for enrichment or to familiarize the student with concepts that will be studied in-depth on the next level.

Upon completion of all the levels, students will have been introduced and have extensive practice with all the material in Henle Latin I.

Course Objectives:

  • Review first declension feminine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master first declension masculine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master second declension masculine nouns & adjectives ending in -r & -us
  • Master use of first & second genitive case for nouns of possession
  • Master use of first & second accusative case for nouns as direct objects
  • Master use of transitive verbs with accusative case (direct objects)
  • Master second declension neuter nouns & adjectives
  • Master the use of nominative case for predicate complements
  • Master the use of third person indicative active imperfect verbs in four conjugations
  • Master the use of various prepositions using the accusative & ablative case
  • Master the identification of subjects, direct objects, prepositional phrases, transitive & intransitive verbs, & predicate complements
  • Master the use of Latin cardinal numbers one through ten

Latin (Option 2: First Form Latin)

Course Texts:

  • First Form Latin Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • First Form Latin, Textbook
  • First Form Latin, Workbook
  • First Form Latin, Teacher Manual
  • First Form Latin, Teacher Key
  • First Form Latin, Quizzes & Tests
  • First Form Latin, CD

Course Description:

First Form Latin employs the “grammar-first” approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization.  However, the course 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.