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5th Grade

ELA: In 5th grade, your child will read widely and deeply from a range of high-quality, increasingly challenging fiction and nonfiction from diverse cultures and time periods.  Building knowledge about subjects through research projects and responding analytically to literary and informational sources will be key to your child’s continuing success. Your child will write stories or essays that are several paragraphs long. By devoting significant time and effort to producing numerous written pieces over short and extended time-frames throughout the year, he or she also will gain control over many conventions of grammar, usage, and punctuation as well as learn ways to make himself or herself understood.
Summarizing the key details of stories, dramas,
poems, and nonfiction materials, including their
themes or main ideas
Identifying and judging evidence that supports
particular ideas in an author’s argument to change
a reader’s point of view
Integrating information from several print and
digital sources to answer questions and solve
Writing opinions that offer reasoned arguments
and provide facts and examples that are logically
grouped to support the writer’s point of view
Writing stories, real or imaginary, that unfold
naturally and developing the plot with dialogue,
description, and effective pacing of the action
Coming to classroom discussions prepared, then
engaging fully and thoughtfully with others (e.g.,
contributing accurate, relevant information; elaborating on the remarks of others; synthesizing ideas)
Reporting on a topic or presenting an opinion with
his or her own words, a logical sequence of ideas,
sufficient facts and details, and formal English
when appropriate
Expanding, combining, and reducing sentences to
improve meaning, interest, and style of writing
Building knowledge of academic words with an
emphasis on those that signal a contrast in ideas
or logical relationships, such as
on the other hand,
and therefore
Producing writing on the computer
MATHFifth grade is a milestone and a pivot point for students. The classroom focus on arithmetic during the elementary grades will develop into a more formal study of algebra in middle school. To be ready for algebra, students must have an understanding of fractional arithmetic, in part because even simple equations cannot be solved without fractions. Because of this, whole-number arithmetic comes mostly to a close in 5th grade, while multiplying and dividing fractions becomes a major focus.
Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike
denominators (e.g., 2
14 – 113), and solving word
problems of this kind
Multiplying fractions; dividing fractions in simple
cases; and solving related word problems (e.g.,
finding the area of a rectangle with fractional side
lengths; determining how many
13-cup servings
are in 2 cups of raisins; determining the size of a
share if 9 people share a 50-pound sack of rice
equally or if 3 people share
12 pound of chocolate
Generalizing the place-value system to include
decimals, and calculating with decimals to the
hundredths place (two places after the decimal)
Multiplying whole numbers quickly and
accurately, for example 1,638 × 753, and dividing
whole numbers in simple cases, such as dividing
6,971 by 63
Understanding the concept of volume, and solving
word problems that involve volume
Graphing points in the coordinate plane (two
dimensions) to solve problems
Analyzing mathematical patterns and relationships
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SUCCESS TIPChildren need help and support at home to succeed in their studies. Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate on reading, writing, and math uninterrupted by friends, brothers or sisters, or other distractions.