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5th Grade Curriculum


*Fifth grade uses the Wonders series to expose the students to the following genres:

  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Adventure
  • Biographies
  • Plays
  • Nonfiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Narrative Fiction

*Many strategies and skills are incorporated into the fifth grade reading program.  Some of these skills and strategies are:

  • increasing vocabulary
  • decoding words using context clues to construct meaning
  • utilizing resources including glossaries, dictionaries, and thesaurus
  • setting a purpose for reading
  • identifying main idea and supporting details
  • drawing conclusions and making predictions
  • sequencing story order and events
  • summarizing and making generalizations
  • using tables, maps, charts, and electronic text to improve comprehension
  • identifying characters, setting, plot, conflict, climax, foreshadowing, bias, point of view, theme, resolution, and techniques

Language Arts


*In conjunction with the Wonders series, fifth grade students use writing to express themselves.  Fifth grade students will:

  • use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and structure throughout the school day.
  • edit and revise for final draft publication.

*Fifth grade students will develop well organized and coherent writing in projects such as:

  • narrative essays
  • expository essays
  • persuasive essays
  • opinion essays
  • poetry writing
  • journal writing
  • extended response to text


*Fifth grade students will listen in a variety of environments.  They will listen respectfully to oral presentations and discussion groups.  Students will focus on critical listening to follow directions and recall information.


*Fifth grade students will develop their speaking ability through participating in or leading group discussions.  They will prepare and deliver presentations maintaining the following: (One example of this is Book in the Bag Presentations)

  • enunciating
  • articulating
  • fluency
  • expression
  • volume
  • posture/presence


*Fifth grade students will improve their spelling skills in written work through tests and their daily writing.  Special attention will be placed on frequently misspelled words, spelling patterns and rules.

Social Studies


  • People continue to explore new frontiers.
  • Exploration may lead to conflict and conquest.


  • People establish systems of government.
  • People have different motivations that drive them to take risks.

The American Revolution

  • People will stand up for their beliefs and values which may lead to conflict.
  • With freedom and independence comes responsibility.


We will be exploring Science by using "Stem Scopes NGSS" (Next Generation Science Standards) 

"Rendezvous with a Comet"

  • Communication and cooperation facilitate successful problem solving.
  • Consensus and prioritizing tasks result in successful teamwork.
  • Survival may depend on effective communication.
  • We will encounter Comet Enke as it is hurtling through space!  Our mission is to build   and launch a probe to pass through the tail of the comet to collect data that will help   us learn about the past, present, and future of our solar system.


Math Concepts
We are excited about our new program. "Envisions" 

Number Concepts and Skills

  • Identify squares
  • Identify prime and composite numbers
  • Use work backwards strategy to solve problems


  • Compare and order fractions
  • Find multiples, least common multiple and greatest common factor
  • Rename mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers


  • Read, compare and order decimals to the ten thousandths
  • Add and subtract decimals
  • Multiply and divide decimals with a one digit divisor
  • Compare and order decimals to the ten thousandths
  • Round decimals
  • Change fractions to decimals and vise versa

Percent, Ratio, and Proportion

  • Understand and use the basic concepts of ratio and proportions
  • Write simple equivalent decimals, fractions and percents


  • Compare with intervals of time
  • Add and subtract customary units
  • Estimate and change customary units of weight and capacity
  • Choose appropriate metric and customary units

Algebraic Concepts and Skills

  • Solve one-step addition or subtraction equations involving basic facts
  • Use the correct symbols for greater than, less than, equal to and not equal to in order to complete a number sentence involving fractions

Geometric Concepts and Skills

  • Classify, label, and define characteristics of triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Measure and construct angles
  • Use a formula to find perimeter, area and volume
  • Find the circumference and area of a circle

Data, Collection and Analysis

  • Interpret line and circle graphs
  • Find the mean, median, mode and range
  • Find the probability of events