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5th Grade


In grade five, students will build their understanding of the place value system by working with decimals up to the hundredths place. Students will also add, subtract, and multiply fractions, including fractions with unlike denominators. They will continue to expand their geometry and measurement skills, learning the concept of volume and measuring the volume of a solid figure. Activities in these areas will include:

  • Quickly and accurately multiplying multi-digit whole numbers
  • Dividing numbers with up to four digits by two digit numbers
  • Using exponents to express powers of 10 (in 102, 2 is the exponent)
  • Reading, writing, and comparing decimals to the thousandths place
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to the hundredths place
  • Writing and interpreting mathematical expressions using symbols such as parentheses. For example, “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” can be written as 2×(8+7).
  • Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators (bottom numbers) by converting them to fractions with matching denominators
  • Multiplying fractions by whole numbers and other fractions
  • Dividing fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions
  • Analyzing and determining relationships between numerical patterns
  • Measuring volume using multiplication and addition

Parent Roadmap - Supporting your child in 5th Grade Mathematics

CCSS Focus for 5th Grade Mathematics

English Language Arts

In grade five, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary. Students will also be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text. Students will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information. Activities in these areas will include:

  • Determining the theme of a story, play, or poem, including how characters respond to challenges
  • Comparing and contrasting stories that deal with similar themes or topics
  • Explaining how authors use reasons and evidence to support their points or ideas
  • Drawing on information from multiple books, articles, or online sources to locate an answer or to solve a problem quickly
  • Learning the rules of spoken and written English
  • Learning and using new words, including words related to specific subjects (such as science words)
  • Understanding figurative language
  • Participating in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others
  • Giving a class presentation on a topic or telling a story, introducing relevant facts and details in a clear, logical order
  • Writing research or opinion papers over extended periods of time
Parent Roadmap - Supporting your child in 5th Grade English Language Arts