Semester 1 Overview
Each semester weaves 7 main subjects into 6 themed units spanning a variety of interests. Semester 1 units focus on topics such as farming, poetry, body systems, magnets, Great Lakes states, and invertebrates. The following non-exhaustive list gives a taste of the skills that are covered. Language arts goals include writing skills such as cause and effect, genres, fiction vs nonfiction, points of view, dictionary use and early research skills; spelling (syllables, prefixes and suffixes, and alphabetical order). For grammar, learn to diagram sentences, write paragraphs, use graphic organizers, recognize figurative language, and write simple poetry. Listening and speaking skills are also practiced. In math, students identify whole numbers and sets; recognize and apply beginning algebraic thinking; identify geometric shapes and patterns; estimate and measure; make predictions and evaluate solutions; practice using money; and learn fractions (with converting, multiplying, and dividing). In science, students study invertebrates; body systems; insects and the life cycle; classification; weather; sonar; and Rube Goldberg machines. For physical development, students will improve large and fine motor skills through activities. In fine arts, students learn music notations and also art skills like perspective, symmetry, and pointillism, and will make models and pottery. Character development/Bible, which is sometimes integrated with language arts, teaches topics like character qualities, major Christian holidays, memorizing and applying Scripture, and developing a strong work ethic. ~ Ruth
This all-inclusive, literature-based curriculum provides detailed lesson plans created around thematic units with a biblical worldview. These units cover skills in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Development, Fitness, Fine Arts, Character Development, and Bible. The teacher’s manual includes step-by-step instructions, activities for different learning styles, all practice worksheets for each lesson, reading practice pages, enrichment activities to challenge advanced learners, instructions for art projects, handwriting guidelines, and an appendix with resources.
Student workbook pages are designed to reinforce the daily concepts and are a required part of the curriculum.
Everything for each semester is in one sturdy binder to help keep parents organized, and to simplify the sometimes overwhelming process of homeschooling. Pages are copied on durable paper that withstands daily use and are easily removable for daily use or homeschool on the go.
Spend time with your child-not planning! The program is easy for the parent to prepare and follow, and truly contains everything you need for a complete program.
Use the four sets of flashcards, bingo game, two memory games, eye dropper and test tubes, Cuisenaire® rods, pattern blocks, ruler, dice, and square tiles to help teach your child concepts from within the curriculum. A Bible verse chart, a spiral-bound student planner, a spiral-bound student journal, and a twelve-month calendar are also a part of this bundle.
* Eye dropper and test tubes
* Cuisenaire® rods
* Pattern blocks
* Square tiles
* Sight Words Flashcards: Semester One
* Bones Flashcards
* Muscles Flashcards
* Cell Memory Game
* Music Symbols Bingo and Memory Game
* Bible Verse Chart: Semester One
* Paper Money Templates
* Student planner and pencil
* Student journal
* Calendar (twelve-months)
* Fifth Grade Complete Teacher’s Manual: Semester One (928 pages)
Teacher Manual Includes:
* Student Workbook pages
* Daily lesson plans
* Step-by-step instructions for teaching your child
* Documentation of skills taught
* Activities for different learning styles
* Enrichment activities to challenge advanced learners
* Handwriting guidelines
* Worksheets for practice with each lesson
* Appendix with additional resources:
* Literature List
* Materials List
* Verse List
* Graph Paper
* Hundred Chart
* Number Line
* Capacity Conversion Chart
* Bingo Game Boards
* Hangman Game Boards
* Place Value Boards
* Sink the Ship Game Boards
* Squares Game Boards
* Bar Graph Template
* Line Graph Template
* Paper Money Templates
* United States Map
* World Map
* Oral Presentation Rubric
* Poetry Presentation Rubric
* Writing Rubric
* Addition Fact Worksheets
* Subtraction Fact Worksheets
* Multiplication Fact Worksheets
* Division Fact Worksheets
With a strong emphasis on applying subject concepts and skills in context, this complete, literature-based curriculum meets grade level standards in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Development and Fitness, Fine Arts, and Character Development/Bible. This curriculum also includes some additional instruction in areas such as keyboarding and sign language. See each semester’s description for an overview of individual subject’s skill goals.
Particularly in science, the information and skills introduced at this grade are impressive. For instance, children will learn body systems, cellular structure, scientific classifications, and more. Since children vary in abilities in math and language arts skills, allow yourself freedom to tailor material to your specific child’s needs. Suggesting a 4-day-per-week lesson plans with a fifth day for additional activities, this level transitions children toward more self-directed learning (and so is a little bit more “pick up and go”). Still, you’ll want to have some weekly prep time. Take special note of the materials used weekly (over 30). Then, there are over 130 additional items needed per semester. Most items are things found in a typical home, but some science items may prove particularly challenging, such as a beef liver, stethoscope, a drum, batting tee, a basic microscope, and a spirometer.
Math continues using manipulatives in individual activities, practical application, and practice with worksheets or individual activities. Math coverage is broad and may move more slowly in comparison with some programs. For example, in Semester 1, decimals are introduced in context with the subject of money. Semester 2 studies fractions in more depth, ending with an initial lesson on converting fractions to percentages. Yet, probability, statistics, graphs, and data interpretation skills are included. In language arts, students will complete short assignments, research, keep a journal to encourage expression, and more. Handwriting assignments use a traditional style (Uses a 2 for capital Q). Dictionary use and grammar diagramming begin in earnest. Science introduces the topics of life cycle stages, body systems, weather, invertebrates, and scientific classifications. Bible memory passages (using NIV, NLT, and NCV) range from individual verses to full chapters from the Old and New Testaments.
The full-year set provides flash cards, items for games, a palm-sized spiral journal, and daily work materials for one student. Appendixes content appears to repeat from previous levels. These include math fact practice pages, finger spelling, grading rubrics (for oral presentation, poetry recitation, and writing), recipes, songs, a U.S. and world map, and more. Personally, I find the semester 3” binders cumbersome and would immediately switch each unit to smaller binders.
Purchase the student refills for additional students. The consumable student pages use a text print size that appears smaller than the norm; the font reminds me of Comic Sans. Pages include writing space with ¼ inch writing lines, a potential issue for some students. As with the program’s other levels, you’ll need teacher prep time and should expect to be involved in the learning. Only pages with the panda symbol are reproducible for home school use only.
If you’re seeking a strongly interactive, engaging, literature-based curriculum that encourages thinking skills, this may be the curriculum for you. ~ Ruth
All-inclusive. Biblical worldview. Literature-based. User-friendly. Homeschool-oriented. Unit Studies. This attractive, colorful, well-constructed, activity-based curriculum provides a 36-week school year: four lesson days and one open day weekly. Subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Development/Fitness, Fine Arts, and Character Development/Bible. Centered on literature selections, this program can utilize the library or purchased titles. Teacher Binders include a thematic overview, detailed lesson plans, literature suggestions (and discussion questions), subject-specific assignments, and a single copy of all student pages, 3-hole punched for easy removability. Additional student workbooks can be purchased either in a binder or as refill pages.
Each semester provides a checklist to rank your child as “developing,” “proficient,” or “advanced” in each skill. End-of-year Wrap Up units allow students to synthesize skills while enabling parents to evaluate growth. To gauge your student’s starting level in this program, check the skills listed on our sample PDF handouts.When you first open the Teacher Binder, you’ll find themes/units and also a list of subjects covered and skills taught. Instructional notes for teachers/parents are straight-forward and practical and tend toward specific skills (handwriting guidelines, calendar time, etc.). Detailed lesson plans are provided with 3-15 lessons per unit (younger levels have more units with fewer lessons per unit). Lessons include a list of skills, materials needed, calendar activities; then, step-by-step direction for each subject covered that day. Most of the daily lesson time is spent on language arts and math, but Bible, social studies, science, physical education/fitness, music, and art are incorporated into those studies on a weekly basis. The plans use bullet points and are almost scripted, so it’s easy for anyone to just pick up and do once required materials have been gathered. The general feel of the lessons is Charlotte Mason and teacher-student interactive, but one or two worksheets (clean, attractive, and inviting) are part of every lesson. Math activities usually include a mix of hands-on activities along with a worksheet. In lower grades books are read aloud but as the child moves into chapter books, partial book assignments are given. The Teacher Manual includes questions for discussion based on the reading assignment. Each day includes other activities that utilize drawing, writing, arts & crafts, memorizing, physical fun, singing songs, nature walks and much more. In the back of each binder, you’ll find an appendix with resource material applicable to the grade level and needed for the lessons. These include rhymes/songs, game boards/pieces, templates, maps, memory verses, grading rubrics, recipes, a literature list, and much more.
Bundles include the Teacher Binder(s), a 12-month blank calendar, several sets of flashcards, games, and several other manipulative resources. You can purchase the Full Year Bundle which includes the teacher manuals for both semesters and the manipulative resources used for the year or purchase a Semester Bundle which includes one teacher manual and the manipulative resources that are used for that semester. Teacher Binders include all the plans and one set of student pages. Extra Student Pages are available in either a Binder (Additional Student Workbook) or as a loose leaf three-hole punched Refill.
All in all, this solid program is so user-friendly, covers a full range of academic concepts and skills, ensures lots of quality and fun school-time with your children, and introduces many engaging children’s books. ~ Megan/Janice