The Fifth Grade Teacher Planner is the perfect student supplement to the Fifth Grade Syllabus. It contains daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Language Arts, Spelling, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Latin, Art and Music in an easy-to-read format addressed to the student. The assignments for each week are found on facing pages and are broken down by subject and day. There is a box for the student to check off for each subject, so that the parent can see at a glance how all subjects for the day or even the week are going. In addition, each week has a Notes section for every subject in order to track any changes to assignments, field trips, extra-curricular work, deadlines, weekly grades, etc. The Teacher Planners are not a substitute for the corresponding syllabus, however. They are an aid that lists the student’s work, without giving the detailed explanations or teaching resources found in the syllabi. The student will need to refer back to the syllabus on occasion for particular directions. Please Note: The Teacher Planner uses the standard texts found in the Mother of Divine Grace Syllabus. Where the syllabus offers a choice of texts, the Teacher Planner uses the text that most families in the Mother of Divine Grace program use (noted below in bold).
In Religion we use Credo: I Believe (Faith & Life) and St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism, No. 2 to teach the basic truths of our Faith. In Mathematics we use Math 65 (Saxon) which uses the spiral approach to teaching mathematical concepts. In Language Arts we recommend continuing Intermediate Language Lessons (Serl) from last year for continued practice in punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and creative writing. In Spelling we recommend continuing to use The Writing Road to Reading along with Starting a Spelling Notebook. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we use Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Keller) which has excellent presentations and fits well with the aim of our program because it concentrates on basic formation and not on the accumulation of complex data. In History we continue Pioneers and Patriots (Furlong) to study American History from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. We also provide the student with a list of historical fiction to complement the study of history through literature. In Geography we use the Fifth Grade Geography (MODG) and Fifth Grade Atlas (MODG) to continue a more serious study of geography. In Latin we use Beginning Latin II to continue the formal study of Latin. In Art we use the Drawing Textbook (McIntyre) for continued drawing practice along with the Art 5 for Young Catholics (Seton) for art appreciation. In Music we use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and Meet the Great Composers along with classical music selections for music appreciation.
Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.