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5th Grade Curriculum


Fifth grade uses the McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Series to expose students to the following genres:

  • historical fiction
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • biographies
  • plays
  • nonfiction
  • realistic fiction
  • 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

Weekly Reading Log

Students are required to read a minimum of 20 minutes per night for five out of the seven days of the week.  Reading logs will be due at the end of each month.  The due date is located at the bottom of the reading log.


In conjunction with the McGraw-Hill Series, fifth gras students use the “Six Traits” writing to express themselves.  These traits include:

Ideas Organization Voice

Sentence Fluency Word Choice Conventions

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

  • narrative essays
  • expository essays
  • persuasive essays
  • poetry writing
  • journal writing
  • research papers


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

Social Studies

Map Skills

  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Compass directions
  • Landforms
  • Types of maps


  • 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

This year we will be incorporating the Science Stem Scopes Curriculum.  Information will be coming to you soon in regards to the specific lessons the children will be learning for each grade level.