Grade 5

This page contains my notes and resources for grade 5. To see what we actually accomplished, click on the individual main lesson blocks below:
Below are my resources and notes that I used for planning Grade 5. I will probably not do or use half of what is listed. From these ideas, I have formed my Grade 5 Layout. You can find my proposed daily rhythm for the upcoming year here. You can also look forward to posts throughout the upcoming year that will chronicle our experience with the individual blocks.
Balance, Harmony, Grace
  • August: Form Drawing / Math Review

Resources:

  1. Form Drawing Intensive, Thinking, Feeling, Willing/Waldorf Essentials
  2. Form Drawing, Christopherus
  3. Grade 4 Mathematics, Christopherus
  4. A Journey Through Waldorf Math, Waldorf Essentials
  5. Key to  . . . workbook series

Projects:

  1. Begin form drawing notebook
  2. Choose a field or tree to follow/study/observe all year.
  3. Begin Country Diary.

Read Alouds:

  1. Old Turtle (We always begin the school year by reading this on the first day.)

Extras:

Thoughts: Begin to settle into school rhythm. This is the goal! Transition from summer to school.

  • September: Ancient Mythologies (Indian, Babylonian, Persian)

Resources:

  1. Ancient Mythologies, Charles Kovacs
  2. Ancient Mythology: India, Persia, Babylon and Egypt, Christopherus
  3. Gilgamesh the Hero, Geraldine McCaughreen
  4. Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India by Madhur Jaffrey (use if India becomes a fascination)
  5. Buddha Stories by Demi (can use for very brief intro to Buddha/Buddhism)
  6. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see p. 218)
  7. Christopherus Homeschooling Overview p. 160

Projects:

  1. Make swords and dye capes for Michaelmas.
  2. Begin poetic recitation/memorization. Copy poems in book every month.

Read Alouds:

  1. The Prince Who Became a Beggar

Extras:

  1. Celebrate Michaelmas
  2. Play “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore” on pennywhistle
  3. “Hindu Song” Family, Festivals, Food 197
  4. Mahabharata (video)
Thoughts:
  • October: Botany / Egypt

Resources:

  1. Botany, Christopherus
  2. Botany, Charles Kovacs
  3. From Nature Stories to Natural Science, Christopherus
  4. Important Trees of the Eastern US, USDA
  5. Tut-ankh-amun and His Friends, Cyril Aldred
  6. The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher (library book/great illustrations to use)
  7. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see pp. 147, 218)
  8. “The Sphinx” Sandburg 13
  9. Christopherus Homeschooling Overview p. 160
  10. Voices of Ancient Egypt
  11. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden

Projects:

  1. Garden
  2. Visit CSA
  3. Visit the Botanical Gardens
  4. Plant bulbs that will bloom in spring.

Read Alouds:

  1. A Tree in the Trail, Holling C. Holling
  2. Hatshepsut
  3. The Shipwrecked Sailor
  4. The Golden Goblet
  5. The Cat of the Bubastes, GA Henty
  6. Hittite Warrior

Extras:

  1. Celebrate Pancake Day
Thoughts:
  • November: Egypt / Math

Resources:

  1. Tut-ankh-amun and His Friends, Cyril Aldred
  2. The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher
  3. Grade 5 Mathematics, Christopherus
  4. A Journey Through Waldorf Math, Waldorf Essentials
  5. Key to  . . . workbook series
  6. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see p. 218)
  7. “Arithmetic” Sandburg 17
  8. Christopherus Homeschooling Overview p. 160
  9. Voices of Ancient Egypt

Projects:

  1. Make lanterns for Martinmas.
  2. Make Advent wreath.

Read Alouds:

  1. The Golden Goblet, Eloise Javis McGraw

Extras:

  1. Celebrate Martinmas
  2. Celebrate Thanksgiving
  3. Advent Begins
Thoughts:
  • December: No Main Lessons – Holiday Prep

Resources:

  1. Family, Festivals, Food

Projects:

Read Alouds:

Extras:

  1. Advent
  2. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day
  3. Celebrate Christmas
Thoughts:
  • January: Math

Resources:

  1. Grade 5 Mathematics, Christopherus
  2. A Journey Through Waldorf Math, Waldorf Essentials
  3. Key to  . . . workbook series
  4. “Arithmetic” Sandburg 17

Projects:

Read Alouds:

Extras:

Thoughts:

  • February: Greek Mythology

Resources:

  1. Ancient Greece, Charles Kovacs
  2. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  3. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see p. 218)
  4. Christopherus Homeschooling Overview p. 160

Projects:

  1. Make candles for Candlemas.

Read Alouds:

  1. The Children’s Homer, Padraic Colum (and others by him as well)
  2. Black Ships Before Troy, Rosemary Sutcliff

Extras:

  1. Celebrate Candlemas
Thoughts:
  • March: Greek History

Resources:

  1. Famous Men of Greece, Cindy Shearer/Greenleaf Press
  2. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see p. 218)
  3. Christopherus Homeschooling Overview p. 160

Projects:

Read Alouds:

Extras:

Thoughts:

  • April: Geometry / North American Geography

Resources:

  1. Geometry dvd set, Waldorf Essentials
  2. String, Straightedge and Shadow: The Story of Geometry, by Julia E. Diggins

Projects:

Read Alouds:

  1. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

Extras:

Thoughts:

  • May: North American Geography / Botany

Resources:

  1. Botany, Christopherus
  2. Botany, Charles Kovacs
  3. From Nature Stories to Natural Science, Christopherus
  4. Important Trees of the Eastern US, USDA
  5. A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, Heather Thomas (see p. 147)
  6. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden

Projects:

  1. Garden
  2. Visit CSA
  3. Visit Botanical Gardens

Read Alouds:

Extras:

Thoughts:

  • June: Testing / Wrap-Up / Overflow

Resources:

Projects:

Read Alouds:

Extras:

Thoughts:

2 thoughts on “Grade 5

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  2. Thank you for sharing your Grade 5 Year. I make similar notes, but it is great to be able to read someone else’s, to know you are on the right track, to gain more information and knowledge and resources that are out there. Thanks.

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