this final year of elementary school, time is spent preparing fifth-grade
students for success at the middle school level both academically and
personally. Personally, fifth-grade students are expected to take more
responsibility for their learning. A portion of this responsibility
involves students recording, completing, and returning homework assignments
independently. Academically, students continue to build on the foundation laid
in all subject areas from the previous grade levels. A brief outline of fifth
grade content includes:
use a full range of strategies to comprehend a variety of material. In
addition, students are able to summarize both fiction and non-fiction text,
determine author’s purpose, and compare and contrast various texts.
participate in the writing process with an emphasis in communicating ideas in a
clear and organized manner, for a variety of audiences. Another aspect of fifth
grade writing includes using conventional grammar and mechanics.
the fifth grade level includes a range of concepts in the areas of operations
in base ten, operations in algebraic thinking, fractions, measurement and data,
and geometry taught using the Bridges Mathematics program. Equally as important
as the concepts being taught is the approach to learning mathematics. In order
for the mathematics to be relevant and applicable in future grades, it is
important that students justify their solutions, and not just find an answer.
through a combination of the Full Option Science System program
(FOSS), engage in studies of: Mixtures and Solutions and Systems
of Living Things/Body Systems (including human growth and development), and
Weather on Earth.
fifth-grade curriculum covers early United States History, which
includes: Native Americans; Exploration; Colonization; The American
Revolution; The United States Constitution/United States Government; Features
of the United States; Geographic Tools; Current Events.