Fifth Grade

Grade 5 Math Curriculum Framework

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

  • Use order of operations to evaluate numerical expressions and solve equations.

  • Translate a word problem to a numerical expressions and equations.

  • Compare different numeric patterns and identify relationships between them.

Numbers & Operations: Fractions

  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.

  • Explain why an answer makes sense when a word problem is solved using addition and subtraction of fractions.

  • Recognize that fractions are division problems, and use this to solve word problems.

  • Multiply a fraction or a whole number by a fraction.

  • Explain what happens when I multiply fractions and/or whole numbers.

  • Solve word problems using multiplication of fractions and/or mixed numbers using pictures or equations.

  • Divide unit fractions by a whole number and whole numbers by unit fractions.

  • Solve word problems using division of whole numbers and unit fractions using pictures or equations.

Numbers & Operations: Base Ten

  • Identify the value of a digit based upon its place value up to the thousandths place.

  • Explain in words the placement of a decimal point and zeroes when multiplying or dividing by a power of ten.

  • Compare decimals to the thousandths place.

  • Use place value to round decimals to any place.

  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers.

  • Divide whole numbers with 4-digit dividends and 2-digit divisors, evenly.

  • Illustrate and explain how to divide whole numbers using equations, pictures, and tools.

  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals to the hundredths place.

Measurement & Data

  • Convert within a measurement system, and use these calculations to solve multi-step real world problems.

  • Create and use a line plot with measurements in fractions to solve problems.

  • Show, using visuals, that volume is an attribute of solid figures composed of cubic units.

  • Measure volumes using cubic units.

  • Use the formulas for volume to calculate the volume of rectangular prisms.

  • Use my knowledge of volume of rectangular prisms to calculate the volume of more complex solid figures.


  • Graph points on a coordinate plane.

  • Represent a problem by graphing coordinates on a coordinate plane.

  • Make connections between 2-dimensional figures by observing and documenting their attributes.

  • Classify two-dimensional figures according to their attributes.

Grade 5 Literacy Curriculum Framework


  • Make inferences that are supported by the text.

  • Summarize text using important literary elements such as conflict, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings or events.

  • Determine the meaning of words using context clues.

  • Determine the meaning of similes and metaphors.

Informational Text

  • Make inferences that are supported by the text.

  • Explain relationships between two or more individuals, events, or ideas.

  • Determine the meaning of words using context clues.

  • Use many different sources to answer questions or solve problems.

Foundational Skills

  • Break words into syllables to help read them.

  • Use knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, and roots to help read unfamiliar words.

  • Read text accurately with understanding.

  • Recognize and correct mistakes made while reading.

Speaking and Listening

  • Actively participate in discussions by responding to and posing questions.

  • Actively participate in discussions by reviewing and adding to key ideas.

  • Summarize information presented orally.

  • Speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • Present information on a topic and make sure that ideas have detailed support and are in order.


  • Write an introduction for an expository essay that clearly previews main points.

  • Provide detailed support for all Ideas in my writing.

  • Stay on topic throughout writing.

  • Write a conclusion that clearly restates main points.

  • Write a narrative essay that introduces characters, setting, and problem.

  • Sequence events in order that makes sense in narrative essay.

  • Use dialogue and description to develop events in narrative essay.

  • Have a conclusion that wraps up the events in narrative essay.

  • Use appropriate transitions in writing.

  • Plan, draft, revise, and edit essays.

  • Write a research report that includes information from different sources.


  • Use the proper verb tense (i.e. past, present, perfect) in my writing.

  • Recognize and correct when I have made a mistake in verb tense.

  • Use commas appropriately (in a series, with introductory clauses, direct address).

  • Write the titles of works using the correct method (underlining, quotation marks, italics).

  • Spell words correctly in my writing, even if I need to access a resource.

  • Revise sentences to improve them by adding to them, combining them, or shortening them.

  • Use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to help understand a word.

Grade 5 Curriculum Resources

  • McGraw-Hill: My Math curriculum books and on-line

  • Collaborative Classrooms: Making Meaning

  • National Geographic Magazine

  • No Excuse Words chart

  • Guided Reading Library of leveled student texts

  • Online Resources:

Shurley English and Grammar

IXL Math

Xtra Math

Spelling City

Story Works

Grade 5 Instructional Practices

  • Shared, guided, one-on-one conferences with literacy instruction

  • IDR (Independent Daily Reading practice)

  • Use of Leveled books matched to readers

  • Technology: class projector and student Chromebooks

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids Going Into Sixth Grade

Newbery Medal and Honor Books

  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
  • Homesick, My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  • Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Great Reads

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg
  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Holes by Louis Sachar  
  • Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
  • Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Nonfiction Books

  • Any nonfiction books at your child’s level or interest are great for summer reading
Grade 5 Online Resources for Parents and Students