5th grade

Wow, the last grade level in your student’s elementary school career! 5th grade is a time of change for your student, not just academically but socially as well. Middle school is next on their journey and it can be a scary time for both students and caregivers. The best way to handle it is staying consistent and making any homework/extra work as engaging as possible.

By the end of this year, your student should know:

  • The order of operations
  • Analyze patterns and relationships (input, output)
  • Understand place value- be able to identify up to thousandths in a decimal number and compare using greater, less than or equal signs
  • Round up to the thousandth place
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
  • Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing
    given fractions with equivalent fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to
    multiply and divide fractions.
  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

Things to do at home with your student:

  • Practice math facts every night
  • Card games- all you need is a deck of cards and google! You can do a variety games involving fractions, factors, multiples, addition, subtraction and division. Google card games for whatever topic you would like to work with that night!
  •  Ask your student to help you create a pattern for a quilt square or an abstract picture using markers and paper; construction paper in different colors, cut into square, triangle, and other shapes; or shapes cut out of different fabrics.
  • Teach your student to budget their own money — by helping them save up for a special toy or activity.
  • Involve your student in measuring ingredients for recipes.
  • Ask for help with food shopping (“Which is the better deal here?”; “How much does each one cost per pound?”).