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Grade 5 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • Utilize a variety of strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary growth
  • Read to acquire, remember and apply information
    • Summarize materials orally and in writing
    • Compare three or more sources of information about the same topic
    • Use a variety of media to access and express information
  • Extend understanding by making inferences from text
    • Analyze and critique sources of information
    • Use information to support opinions and ideas
  • Read and discuss informational and literary texts
    • Relate new and more complex ideas to prior knowledge and experience
    • Investigate issues and interests


Using the writing process, your child will:

  • Consider audience, task, and purpose
  • Clearly focus on main idea(s) throughout
  • Grab attention with lead and bring closure with ending
  • Organize ideas into paragraphs
  • Organize paragraphs into a logical order
  • Elaborate on ideas with supporting details
  • Begin to use relevant dialogue, when appropriate
  • Consistently vary length and complexity of sentences
  • Demonstrate consistent voice
  • Use grammar, punctuation, and capitalization correctly
  • Use grade-level spelling in published pieces

Speaking and listening

Your child will:

  • Pepare and present oral presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • Practice effective, active listening skills in a variety of classroom situations and activities
  • Evaluate effectiveness of oral presentations of self and others
  • Express and justify arguments on various topics in a variety of contexts

Social studies

Focus: World Cultures – East Asia, Africa and Latin America

Your child will explore the world cultures of East Asia, Africa and Latin America through inquiry and the four lenses of geography, economy, civics or government, and history:

  • Understand and apply the themes of geography (location, physical features and man-made features, human and environmental interaction) to the continents studied
  • Consider major historical events and people of the areas studied
  • Analyze how economies within the continents studied function 
  • Evaluate government decisions and their impact on individuals, businesses, markets, and resources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way individuals, groups, societies and cultures address human needs and concerns
  • Explain how components of culture can further global understanding or cause misunderstandings


Your child will engage in mathematical practices to:

  • Evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships, and test reasonableness of answers
  • Explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • Understand place value
  • Add and subtract decimals to hundredths
  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers
  • Use models and strategies to multiply decimals, divide whole numbers, and divide decimals
  • Use equivalent fractions to add and subtract
  • Apply understanding of multiplication and division to fractions
  • Understand volume concepts
  • Convert measurements
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Write and interpret numerical expressions
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane
  • Analyze patterns and relationships in algebra
  • Classify two-dimensional figures


Your child will engage in science and engineering practices to:

  • Explore patterns of the sun, moon, and stars
  • Investigate and model why different stars are seen on different nights and  why we don’t see many stars in the daytime
  • Investigate how new substances can be created by combining other substances
  • Explain molecules and the separation of mixtures
  • Model properties of molecules
  • Obtain and evaluate information for how solubility impacts matter
  • Investigate what happens at the nanoscale when an emulsifier is added to a mixture of liquids that will not typically mix
  • Model parts of the Earth system, including how water vapor in the atmosphere interacts with landforms
  • Understand how Earth’s systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth’s surface materials and processes
  • Investigate human impact on Earth’s systems
  • Model how energy from the sun is brought into an ecosystem
  • Investigate food webs in different ecosystems
  • Understand and explain how matter flows between organisms in an ecosystem

Fitness education 

Meets every other day all year

Your child will:

  • Understand and apply the components of health-related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill-related fitness
  • Develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • Develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


Meets every other day all year

Your child will:

  • Chorus – be exposed to many styles of music and development of two-part harmony
  • General music – explore elements of music including rhythm, harmony, melody, movement, timbre, musical style and composition
  • Instrumental music – learn music by performing on a traditional band instrument through group lessons and full instrument band

Social and emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives
    • This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes
  • Emotion management – students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions
    • This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations
  • Empathy & kindness – students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives
    • This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view
  • Problem-solving – students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution
    • this unit’s content helps students ask, listen and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving

Nine-week courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses, called Quad Rotations:

Health and Wellness

Your child will:

  • Reflect on and make choices in relation to personal health and wellness
  • Learn about, apply concepts, and engage in goal setting around:
    • social and emotional health
    • financial health
    • physical health

Family and Consumer Science

Your child will:

  • Look at himself or herself as a member of a family and a school community
  • Learn about, apply concepts, and engage in goal setting around:
    • interpersonal skills
    • nutrition
    • personal safety
    • cooking 

Applied Engineering and Technology

Your child will explore and apply the engineering design process through:

  • 3D printing
  • coding
  • material fabrication


Your child will:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the elements and principles of design
  • Test the natural characteristics of materials and their possibilities and limitations
  • Develop personal responsibility for their learning and creative processes
  • Express and communicate basic ideas by producing artwork
  • Develop and utilize their knowledge, intuition, and personal experiences to develop ideas for artwork