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Fifth Grade Expectations

English Language Arts

In grade five, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary. Students will also be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text. Students will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information. Activities in these areas will include:
• Determining the theme of a story, play, or poem, including how characters respond to challenges
• Comparing and contrasting stories that deal with similar themes or topics
• Explaining how authors use reasons and evidence to support their points or ideas
• Drawing on information from multiple books, articles, or online sources to locate an answer or to solve a problem quickly
• Learning the rules of spoken and written English
• Learning and using new words, including words related to specific subjects (such as science words)
• Understanding figurative language
• Participating in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others
• Giving a class presentation on a topic or telling a story, introducing relevant facts and details in a clear, logical order
• Writing research or opinion papers over extended periods of time


In grade five, students will build their understanding of the place value system by working with decimals up to the hundredths place. Students will also add, subtract, and multiply fractions, including fractions with unlike denominators. They will continue to expand their geometry and measurement skills, learning the concept of volume and measuring the volume of a solid figure. Activities in these areas will include:
• Quickly and accurately multiplying multi-digit whole numbers
• Dividing numbers with up to four digits by two digit numbers
• Using exponents to express powers of 10 (in 102, 2 is the exponent)
• Reading, writing, and comparing decimals to the thousandths place
• Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to the hundredths place
• Writing and interpreting mathematical expressions using symbols such as parentheses. For example, “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” can be written as 2×(8+7).
• Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators (bottom numbers) by converting them to fractions with matching denominators
• Multiplying fractions by whole numbers and other fractions
• Dividing fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions
• Analyzing and determining relationships between numerical patterns
• Measuring volume using multiplication and addition

What Does CCSS mean for you?

• Your students will participate in a more rigorous instructional program that will better prepare them for success
• As a parent/guardian, you will know what your student is expected to learn and in turn help support student learning

• Students will be better prepared to go onto college and the workforce.
• Students will have a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn in ELA and Mathematics

• These common standards will help prepare students to be college prepared and workforce ready
• With these standards students will receive a high quality education regardless of what school they go to or what state they live in.


Common Core State Standards

Parent Guide

English Language Arts - English Version

English Language Arts - Spanish Version

Mathematics - English Version

Mathematics - Spanish Version

Common Core

State Standards

English Language Arts


English Language Development