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 below.

5th Grade Assignments 2020 - 2021

Coming Soon

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 2020 - 2021


  • 9 Ch. 1 Prepare for Takeoff
  • 16 Ch. 2 The Six Myths


  • 14 Ch. 3 The Seven Virtues
  • 21 Ch. 4 Finding Your True Friends


  • 4 Ch. 5 Resisting Peer Pressure


  • 9 Ch. 6 The Dangers of Alcohol and Drugs


  • 13 Ch. 7 Relationships and Dating
  • 27 Ch. 8 Understanding Puberty


  • 3 Ch. 9 Purity & Porn
  • 10 Ch. 9 Part 2
  • 17 Ch. 10 Screens, Stories and Songs


  • 3 Ch. 11 Loving Your Family
  • 31 Ch. 12 Why School Matters


  • 14 Ch. 13 Targeting True Success


  • 5 Ch 14 Cleared for Takeoff
V7 - Faithful Follower
The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to God
● Is saved by grace
● Leads a content and joyful life
● Studies God’s word
● Is a new creation in Christ Jesus
● Worships and has regular fellowship with God

Key Verse: “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me” - John 10:27

What Is Building Boys, Making Men

Building Boys, Making Men is a program that gives boys a compelling vision for godly manhood—helping them understand the gospel deeply, live it faithfully, and share it boldy. We teach every PDS boy what it means to be a godly man—beginning when boys enter PDS as two-year-olds and becoming more intensive as boys approach their teens and prepare to graduate from PDS. Here’s what looks like in practice:

  • Chapel two times each week
  • Teaching on the 7 Virtues of Manhood for all grades, focusing on one virtue each month
  • Mentor groups for 5th-grade boys (that meet twice a month) and 6th-grade boys (that meet weekly), led by men from the PDS community — coaches, teachers, and staff
  • The 7 Virtues of Manhood, a book that walks our 5th-grade students through the virtues and helps them apply the virtues to their own lives
  • Flight Plan, a book that gives our 6th-grade students a vision for authentic manhood and prepares them to make wise choices as they enter their teens
    • Flight Plan is also supplemented by exclusive online resources at flightplan.org
  • Monthly two-hour Forums to walk 6th grade students through manhood and life issues
  • A buddy program, through which 6th grade boys are paired with Pre-K to Sr-K boys, spending time with them, loving on them, and learning to serve others
  • A father-son trip for 6th-grade boys and their dads
  • A father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys and their dads—this is the culmination of the BBMM program, a final send-off before boys graduate from PDS and move into their teens and on toward their next school.

At PDS, we know that parents play a unique and essential role in shaping their sons’ character. We want to partner with parents, but never replace them. Here are some key resources and events we provide for parents:

  • Friday Chapels
  • Leader Guides for Flight Plan and 7 Virtues with discussion questions and activity ideas
  • Flight Plan website for a dad or mom to go through with their son
  • Training for how to utilize these resources
  • The father-son trip and father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys
  • PDS’s Strategic Parenting blog, where PDS staff, teachers, and others in the PDS community share relevant life and faith issues to support parents
For more information about the Building Boys, Making Men program, contact:

Recommended Books

TitleAuthorPDS Teacher Recommending It
Gift Of Failure Jessica Lahey Glenn
Counterfeit Gods Tim Keller Graham
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff Graham
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
Presbyterian Day School
We know boys.

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111


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