Fifth Grade Basics

Here is some information that I found on the web that could be very helpful as you look at what your child is learning and needs to learn.  I am including the link and some of the information from the actual site. For more information, click on the corresponding links.

“History and Geography this year will focus heavily on Europe and it’s influence on the United States, as well as the contributions of other people of various racial, ethnic and religious groups. Students will understand how to use maps, and understand regions. Study of Russia and Feudal Japan may also take place. Children will begin to ask who, what, where, why, and when of significant historical events such as the Holocaust, Native American relocation programs, and exploration. American constitutional concepts such as freedom of religion and speech, liberty, justice, and democracy are also investigated.

Math will continue to be exciting this year. Students will continue with the basic functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Learning fractions and decimals along with the Least common multiple will continue. Fifth graders who enjoy math will surely be giddy about the beginning of pre-algebra when they start with very simple formulas such as: N+1=2, and try to figure out what “N” stands for. Students may begin to use a calculator to help in solving problems that are more complex.

Through Science, students will begin to learn about classifying living things. Technology, space exploration and flight are common topics of study during this year. Be ready to start answering some tough questions (if you have not already) when your fifth grader begins to study reproduction of plant and animal life.”—Valerie Nelson

For more information on Music and on the personality and communication skills of fifth graders, see the full article at the link above. This author has numerous articles available on education subjects, in addition to basic skills articles.

1: In reading, your child will:

Correct Answer: Learn to appreciate different forms of literature.

2: In mathematics, your child will:

Correct Answer: Add percents, ratios, negative integers, and factorization to the understanding of number relationships.

3: In social studies, your child will probably study:

Correct Answer: History of the United States.

4: In science, your child will:

Correct Answer: Learn how to perform experiments and observe the results.

5: By the end of fifth grade, your child should be able to:

Correct Answer: Use assignment notepads and organize schoolwork in a binder.

Fifth Grade: What Will They Learn?

By the time she’s in fifth grade, your child will need to take almost full responsibility for her homework. She will be using assignment notepads and learning good studying and note-taking habits. Find out what else your child will learn this year.

  • Follow all capitalization rules.
  • Use all punctuation marks appropriately.
  • Appreciate different forms of literature.
  • Increase their vocabularies through the use of synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and analogies.
  • Recognize and use all parts of speech.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals.
  • Recognize relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents.
  • Determine the perimeter of polygons and the area of squares and rectangles.
  • Use basic spelling rules.
  • Understand basic United States history, geography, economics, and government.
  • Use mathematics in the study of science.
  • Understand the major topics of physical, life, and earth sciences in greater depth.

More on Fifth-Graders…

For information on other grade levels or for quizzes, games, activities, and printables—check out the link above.

An excellent overview and statement of 5th grade objectives

Click here for reading/vocab list.

Virginia Standard of Learning and online practice tests

Texas Assessment and online practice


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