Greetings! My name is Mr. Plotz, and I am blessed to be in my fourth year of teaching fifth grade at St. Monica Catholic School.
In fifth grade, the students explore the core teachings of the Catholic Faith and apply them across the curriculum. In Theology, this includes a daily reading and/or video on the saint or other feast or solemnity from the Church calendar. Over the course of the school year, the Apostles' Creed is analyzed piece by piece, in great detail, with rich discussions on the fullness of the Faith. Other experiences include the learning and practicing of various Catholic prayers and devotions, including the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, as well as an age-appropriate unit on the vocation of marriage and family through the Family Life course taught in spring.
In Language Arts, the students have the opportunity to enrich their faith by reading biographies of various saints and other inspirational stories of God's grace at work in the lives of His people. Parts of speech and sentence structure are explored and are practiced in essay writing on a wide range of topics. The students also practice their cursive writing skills through the use of a handwriting series which incorporates a Catholic perspective on American history and geography.
The fifth grade History unit encompasses a history of the Americas through the early 1800s, including early exploration, discovery, and settlement; the bringing of Christ to the Americas during the time of the Columbian Exchange; an analysis of colonial life; the American Revolution and its causes and effects; a study of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; and, as time permits, an overview of the Civil War. Classical literature is incorporated thoroughly into the History curriculum, including biographies of American saints like St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Isaac Jogues, and historical fiction novels like The Sign of the Beaver, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Johnny Tremain.
Science includes four main units: life science, Earth science, physical science, and the universe. Assorted STREAM projects are also worked on throughout the year. The students consistently focus on the themes of God's creation and the place their individual, God-given talents have in it.
Over the course of the year in Math, the students learn place value, decimal and fraction operations, algebraic thinking, measurement and data, and geometry - all with an emphasis on developing one's finite reasoning for the glory of our infinitely wise Creator.
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Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!