5th Grade

5th grade

Fifth Grade English Language Arts/Reading Overview

Fifth Grade has five primary focus areas: reading, writing, research, listening and speaking, and oral and written conventions.

In Reading, students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; Research, where students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; Listening and Speaking, where students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and Oral and Written Conventions, where students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing.

The standards are cumulative--students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. In fifth grade, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.

Fifth Grade Math Overview 

In fifth grade, key concepts are addressed throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis. 

In number and operations, students will apply place value and identify part-to-whole relationships and equivalence. 

In algebraic reasoning, students will represent and solve problems with expressions and equations, build foundations of functions through patterning, identify prime and composite numbers, and use the order of operations. 

In geometry and measurement, students will classify two-dimensional figures, solve problems related to perimeter, area, and/or volume, use units of measure, and represent location using a coordinate plane. 

In data analysis, students will represent and interpret data.