5th Grade - The Seven Virtues of Manhood

At PDS, we want every boy to learn what it really means to be a man. That’s why we wrote The 7 Virtues of Manhood, which walks boys through each of the virtues and shows them what the virtues look like in daily life — at school, with friends, at home, and with God.

Each month, 5th-grade boys are reading that chapter for that month’s virtue — you can see what this month’s virtue is above.

5th Grade Assignments 2019 - 2020


Thursday, 29 - Friday, 30 - Breakaway at Victory Ranch

September - True Friend:

Memorize John 15:12
Thursday, 12 - pgs. 2 - 9
Thursday, 26 - pgs. 10 –15

October - Humble Hero:

Memorize 1 Peter 4:10
Thursday, 24 - pgs. 19 - 26

November - Servant Leader:

Memorize Philipians 2:3–4
Thursday, 7 - pgs. 29 - 35


Thursday, 5 - Mentor Groups

January - Pacesetter:

Memorize 1 Timothy 4:12
Thursday, 16 - pgs. 39 - 43 (until “Being Pacesetters” on 43)
Thursday, 30 - pgs. 43 - 50

February - Bold Adventurer:

Memorize Joshua 1:9
Thursday, 13 - pgs. 53 - 62
Thursday, 27 - Mentor Groups

March - Noble Knight:

Memorize Isaiah 32:8
Thursday, 19 - pgs. 65 - 70
Thursday, April 2 - pgs. 71 - 74

April - Faithful Follower:

Memorize John 10:27
Thursday, 9 - 5th graders lead chapel
Thursday, 16 - pgs. 77–78
Thursday, 30 - pgs. 79 - 84


Thursday, 14 - Hopes/Dreams/Fears about 6th Grade

The Seven Virtues of Manhood


6th Grade - Flight Plan

To equip boys as they grow into men, PDS spent the past 20 years developing Flight Plan, a clear, candid guidebook that unpacks what godly manhood is and what it looks like in daily life — in peer pressure, puberty, grades, dating, and more.

6th Grade Assignments 2019 - 2020


Thursday, 22 - Friday, 23 - Victory Ranch Breakaway


Wednesday, 4 - First meeting
Wednesday, 11 - Ch. 1: Prepare for Takeoff
Wednesday, 18 - Ch. 2: The Six Myths
Tuesday, 24 - BBMM Forum - Myths of Manhood (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 25 - Man In The Arena Event
Friday, 27–29 - Father/Son St. Louis Trip


Wednesday, 2 - Mentor Meeting
Wednesday, 16 - Ch. 3: The Seven Virtues
Tuesday, 22 - BBMM Forum - True Friend (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 30 - Ch. 4: Finding Your True Friends


Wednesday, 6 - Thanksliving
Wednesday, 13 - Ch. 5: Resisting Peer Pressure
Tuesday, 19 - BBMM Forum - Peer Pressure (jacket and tie)


Wednesday, 4 - Mentor Groups
Wednesday, 11 - Ch. 6: The Dangers of Alcohol and Drugs


Wednesday, 8 - ERB
Wednesday, 15 - Ch. 7: Relationships and Dating
Friday, 17 - BBMM Forum - Puberty (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 22 - Ch. 8: Understanding Puberty


Wednesday, 5 - Mentor Group
Wednesday, 12 - Ch. 9: Purity and Porn
Wednesday, 19 - Mentor Group
Tuesday, 25 - BBMM Forum - Screens or Family & Father Son Banquet (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 26 - Ch. 10: Screens, Stories and Songs


Wednesday, 4 - Mentor Group
Tuesday, 17 - BBMM Forum - High School Girls and Dating (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 18 - Ch. 11: Loving Your Family
Wednesday, 25 - Mentor Group


Wednesday, 1 - Ch. 12: Why School Matters
Friday, 3 - Mother/Son Luncheon
Wednesday, 8 - Mentor Groups
Tuesday, 14 - BBMM Forum - High School Boys on life skills (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 15 - Ch. 13: Targeting True Success
Wednesday, 22 - Mentor Groups
Wednesday, 29 - Ch. 14: Cleared for Takeoff


Wednesday, 6 - Review Book
Monday, 18 - Rib/White-Out Day
Friday, 15 - Father/Son Retreat

You can explore more Flight Plan resources for you and your son — like discussion questions, life skill infographics, and action steps — at flightplan.org. Just go to flightplan.org/takeoff to create your account.

Flight Plan

The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word



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Counterfeit Gods Tim Keller Graham
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Bringing Up Boys James Dobson Hancock
Raising Cain Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson Hancock
Anxious For Nothing Max Lucado Spain
Power Of A Praying Parent Stormie Omartian Southerland
Tech Wise Family Andy Crouch Graham
Shepherding A Childs Heart 2 E Tedd Tripp Isom
Boys & Girls Learn Differently Michael Gurian Southerland
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate Burkart
Perfect Horse Elizabeth Letts Burkart
We Were The Lucky Ones Georgia Hunter Burkart
All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Cross
All We Ever Wanted Emily Griffin Cross
By Invitation Only Dorothea Benton Frank Cross
High Tide Club Mary Kay Andrews Cross
Something In The Water Catherine Steadman Cross
That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week Ana Homayoun Glenn
Boundaries With Kids Henry Cloud & John Townsend Graham
Desiring God Rev E John Piper Graham
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff Graham
Sacred Marriage Gary Thomas Graham
Study Bible-ESV Graham
Wild At Heart John Eldredge Graham
Best Friends Worst Enemies Michael Thompson Hancock
Blessing Of A Skinned Knee Wendy Mogel Hancock
Good Faith Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irr David Kinsman and Gabe Lyons Hancock
Last Child In The Woods Rev RIchard Louv Hancock
Quiet Susan Cain Hancock
5 Love Languages Of Children Gary Chapman,PhD; Ross Campbell, MD Isom
Best Friends Worst Enemies Michael Thompson Isom
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish Isom
Mindset Carol S. Dweck Isom
Parenting By The Book John Rosemond Isom
Power Of Moments Chip Heath & Dan Heath Isom
Well Behaved Child John Rosemond Isom
Mindset Carol S. Dweck M. Smith
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff M.Smith
Uninvited Study Guide Lysa TerKeurst Smith, Melissa
Mindset Carol S. Dweck Southerland
Power Of Praying For Your Adult Children Mini Stormie Omartian Southerland
Reason For God Tim Keller Southerland
Tender Warrior New Edition Southerland
Anxious For Nothing Max Lucado Spain
Boundaries With Kids Henry Cloud & John Townsend Spain
Red Sea Rules Robert J. Morgan Spain
Wild Things Stephen James/David Thomas Spain
All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Wright
Broken Road Richard Paul Evans Wright
Forgotten Road Richard Paul Evans Wright
Make Your Bed William McRaven Wright
Nightingale Kristen Hannah Wright
President Is Missing James Patterson and Bill Clinton Wright
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