Fifth grade is a year for putting all the academic pieces together. Children are expected to take more responsibility for organization and long-term planning to prepare for the new adventure ahead in middle school.
Readers and writers in fifth grade dig deeper into stories, analyzing the plot along with key characters and their motives, while further building their own vocabularies. Fifth-graders take a more organized approach to writing, starting with an outline, and moving on to drafting, revising, and completing edits to create a finished piece. Students in fifth grade enhance their skills with research papers and reports, and begin to give oral presentations on various topics.
Fifth grade math combines a number of topics covered in lower grades with a focus on fluency in preparation for success in middle school. Students develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and develop understanding of the multiplication of fractions and begin with the division of fractions. Students extend division to 2-digit divisors, integrate decimal fractions into the place value system and develop understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths. Students expand on their measurement knowledge by incorporating an understanding of volume into their skill set.
In fifth grade, science includes lessons on the human body and its systems, basic biology and chemistry, and timely topics like climate change and humans’ impact on the environment. Students continue learning about the planet, weather, land, and oceans.
In social studies, students learn the different branches of government. They study the United States Constitution and the system of checks and balances in place to protect it. Important events in our nation’s history are explored along with important historical figures.