Curriculum Framework: Grade 5

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1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.


2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.


3. Present a reasoned rationale for being Catholic.


4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  
– locate specific Scripture passages in the New Testament

– meditate on selected Scripture passages and give a personal response to them

– translate the messages from Scripture to specific life situations

– identify feast days of significant saints during the liturgical year

– recognize that the saints are models for our lives today

– recognize that the sacraments are the heart of our Catholic life

– identify reasons for being Catholic

– recognize the Church as the Community of God's People and guided by the power of the Holy Spirit

– recognize the Mass as the Paschal Mystery based on Jesus' Death and Resurrection


5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.  7. Demonstrate an appreciation for the relationship between faith and culture (e.g. through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology, etc.)   8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality. 
– recognize the influence of Canadian saints on the development of the Church in Canada

– participate in celebrations of significant Canadian saints

– recognize the contributions immigrants have made in enriching our Canadian Catholic faith community

– participate in a multicultural faith experience

– identify ways in which media can positively or negatively influence the development of faith and morals
– reflect on a specific Scripture passage

– participate in a Blessing prayer

– know the Prayer for Vocations and the Prayer to the Holy Spirit


9. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.   10. Celebrate the presence of the Sacred through participation in worship experiences using sacramentals, symbols and rituals.  11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.  12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g. family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.) 
– demonstrate an understanding of the Sacraments

– identify the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of Catholics

– dramatize the Lord's Passion

– explain the significance of liturgical vestments

– plan a classroom prayer service using the basic elements

– formulate an introduction to a liturgy or prayer experience

– acknowledge and affirm differences among people

– demonstrate fidelity in relationships by keeping promises



13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.   14. Demonstrate an understanding and respect for the gift of life; demonstrate an understanding of responsible stewardship.   15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities activities as an essential way of coming to know God.  16. Express a willingness to develop and use God given gifts and talents in a Christ-like way to build Christian community. 
– reflect on and assess their personal moral decisions

– display self discipline in daily interactions with others


– demonstrate that disabilities can bring blessings

– demonstrate an understanding that we are called to stewardship



– demonstrate an understanding of the role of sacraments in the life of the faith community

– express an understanding of the importance of participation in liturgy through word and action

– identify the traits of Christian community as exemplified by the early Church

– name their own gifts and talents and recognize them as blessings from God

– identify various denominations within the Christian world in order to recognize our common belief in Jesus Christ


17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.  18. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, and global) in response to the Gospel call.  19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service. 
– demonstrate an understanding of why a choice is just or unjust

– identify basic needs for human subsistence and those necessary for humans to reach their full potential

– reflect on their part in mission work

– interact with students in other grades (classes) to promote learning

– make the connection between the vocation of priesthood and Jesus' call to wash feet

– explore how priests, religious, married people, and single people respond to their call to holiness


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