Fifth Grade - Kolbe Academy

Fifth Grade

The Fifth Grade online program will include a comprehensive study of Religion, Grammar, Phonics, Literature, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Math, Art, Science, and History. All subjects will be delivered in a live format, while some subjects are supplemented with videos and creative assignments, as designated by the instructor. Latin is also offered as an optional live session for students. The goal of each part of this program is to develop your child spiritually and academically in all necessary skills to progress to middle school. The focus is on developing basic technology skills, active reading skills, intellectual curiosity, and an authentic passion for learning. Below you will find details regarding the curriculum and books needs for this program. 

Art – Art will feature a monthly video focused on a famous artist from history. Students will be tasked with a monthly project to complete. It will match the artist’s style and will be geared towards the student’s grade level. 


Course Texts:

  • Credo: I Believe, Textbook
  • Credo: I Believe, Activity Book
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2

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.  The sections listed from the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 are repeated in other years.  


Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader, Book Five, Textbook
  •  Novels
    • Where the Red Fern Grows
    • The Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • The Hobbit
    • The Witch at Blackbird Pond
  • Saint Story
    • Blessed Marie of New France

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.  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.

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.

English 5

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary Workshop (Grade 5), Student book
  • Voyages in English 5, Student Edition
  • Voyages in English 5, Practice Workbook 
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 5 Cursive Writing 

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.

Grammar & Composition

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.

Supplemental Course Texts:

Phonics (Optional)
  • Phonics E, Workbook

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.

History (Sea to Shining Sea)

Course Texts:

  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Textbook
  • World Globe (Not carried by Kolbe, 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.

Mathematics (Progress in Mathematics)

Course Texts:

  • Progress in Mathematics (DARK BLUE), Textbook
  • Progress in Mathematics (DARK BLUE), Workbook

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.


Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science, Grades 5/6 Textbook*
  • Harcourt Science, Grades 5/6 Workbook*

* Harcourt Science Grades 5/6 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.

Elementary Latin 2: Liber Secundus, Britanni et Galli  (Opt-In)

Course Texts:

  • Liber Secundus Britanni Et Galli, Reader, Drill book, Workbook

Course Description:

This course will meet once per week for 30 minutes and have at least one weekly graded assignment, assessments and memorization activities. This course will use the first text in the Little Latin Reader series, Brittani et Galli, introduces the first declension. Kolbe recommends this course for fourth grade students or fifth grade students who are new to Kolbe.

Course Objectives:

  • Master first declension feminine nouns in the nominative case
  • Introduce first declension masculine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master understanding of subjects & predicate complements
  • Master use of first declension nouns with prepositions governed by the ablative & accusative cases
  • Master first declension feminine nominative & ablative singular & plural forms
  • Master the use of first declension feminine adjectives in nominative & ablative cases
  • Master the use of third person present indicative active of the being verb esse
  • Master the use of third person present indicative active intransitive first conjugation verbs
  • Master the use of the prepositions in, ad, prope, super
  • Master noun/adjective agreement in first declension feminine nominative & ablative

Math Lab 

Elementary studentwho need remediation and extra support in Math can sign up for this supplemental live Math Lab to work through foundational concepts with the guidance of a Kolbe instructor. The class will meet once a week for 30 minutes to go over math facts, homework assignments, and questions that arise while completing assignments throughout the week.  

Art Masters Program Opt-In 

K-5 online students may opt-in to our Art Attacks: Marvelous Masters Program. In this program students are introduced to a famous historical artist and style each month through an instructor led video and lesson. The students will complete the lesson on their own time and post their completed work each month on the Schoology course page for a Pass grade at the end of each quarter. If you choose not to opt into this course, you will not have access to the art course and will not be issued a grade for art on your child’s grade report for K-5 online.  

Music and PE Reporting Opt-In 

K-5 online families may opt into our Music and PE reporting option. By opting into the Music and PE course, you have the ability to submit samples of PE activities or Music instruction that occurs outside of Kolbe to be included on your child’s grade report at the end of each quarter. As a K-5 Kolbe Online student, Music, Art, and PE are not required. However, by opting into this, you have the flexibility to report your enrichment activities to us to keep them on record. 


  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor set
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil Grip (As needed)
  • Pencils
  • Small white board, marker, eraser

Typing and Technology

Course Description:

In 3rd-5th grade, the students will be gradually introduced to technology concepts such as typing, digital citizenship, Adobe Connect and Schoology independence, etc. The teacher will provide resources and instruction for the students to grow in these skills.