Mrs. Gorman has taught at OLQM since 2000. During her more than 20 years, she has taught grades one, two, four and five. She previously taught at St Raphael’s and St. Mary Magdalen Schools. She has a B.A. in elementary education from Michigan State University, with 18 additional graduate level credits in reading instruction from MSU, fulfilling the requirements for a continuing education certification in K-8 elementary education. She is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Council, in Plymouth, Mich., and Marian High School, in Bloomfield Hills. Her son is an OLQM K-8 graduate. Mrs. Gorman and her husband are OLQM parishioners and residents of Troy.
Religion classes cover the four pillars of what Catholics believe, how we worship, how Catholics live, and how we pray. The sacraments, feast days and seasons of the liturgical year, and our rich heritage are included in the Benziger’s textbook, Be My Disciples.
Students practice their faith through service activities, attending weekly Mass, and by participating in Catholic traditions such as Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross during Lent, and May Crowning.
Fifth Grade Social Studies Covers American History beginning with the first settlement of the American continent, study of Native American cultures, and European exploration and settlement. It focuses on development of the United States from the colonial period to the late 19th century.
Students gain geography skills covering the United States and the World. They are challenged by competition in the Geo Bee sponsored by National Geographic. Current events, as well as world history, are discussed with supplemental reading in the form of the biweekly Junior Scholastic magazine.
Our Fifth grade curriculum consists of using a combination of reading anthology and novels assigned quarterly. Our novels are Newberry Award winners or an equivalent. We use the Accelerated Reading program where our students read to accumulate at least 10 points each quarter.
Zaner Bloser’s workbook: Grammar, Usage and Mechanics, is used as a framework to facilitate writing practice. Our writing activities include; narrative writing, explanatory writing, writing a research report, and writing short essay answers. Assessments are given after each unit and project.
We use the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop series to improve students’ spelling and vocabulary skills. Our students participate in the National Webster’s Spelling Bee. Assessments are made through a workbook and regular unit tests.
The Science curriculum is composed of a study of plants, animals, ecosystems, the Earth’s resources and our Solar System. We also begin a study of energy and motion. The consumable text we use is Pearson-Realize, which support their lessons with many interactive online components which we access through our Smartboard. We attend a three day Science Camp, participate in Cranbrook’s Rouge River Water Festival and go on Discovery Education’s virtual field trips. Lab experiments and a monthly Super Science magazine are integral components of our curriculum. Assessments are made through lesson reviews and chapter tests.
At the fifth grade level our students learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and fractions. We cover measurement, geometry and exponents. There is a heavy emphasis on higher level logical problem solving. Smart board interactive work is used daily in their math instruction.
Our Math integration also includes Dyna Math, a monthly magazine. Student assessments are made by interactive participation during lessons, homework from their workbooks, and chapter testing