5th Grade Learning Standards

5th Grade Learning Standards

Language Arts
The Language Arts program develops students into effective communicators through a
variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will continue to
build vocabulary and comprehension skills using interpretive logic, drawing conclusions,
and identifying literary genres. Students will explore narrative, expository, functional,
persuasive, research, and literary response writing using grammar skills, pre-writing
activities, and 6-traits of writing. Students will continue to develop reading fluency and
accuracy at grade level. Comprehension strategies and elements of literature will be
explored through narrative, informational, historical, and cultural texts.

Mathematics
Students will build mathematical skills within real world problem solving situations to
make connections within mathematics and between other disciplines. Students will make
valid inferences, decisions and arguments, begin to use algebraic methods to explore,
model and describe patterns, relationships and functions involving numbers, shapes, data,
and graphs. They will use geometric methods, properties, and relationships as a means
to recognize, draw describe, connect, and analyze shapes and representations in the
physical world.

History
Fifth grade History emphasizes American history from the earliest Native American
cultures to the Civil War. The issues of exploration and rebellion as they occurred
throughout the world are also studied in more depth. Topics from American History,
World History, Government, Geography, and Economics will be explored.

Science
Students are naturally curious about the world and nature. To sustain this curiosity
students will be actively engaged in learning to view the world scientifically through
hands-on experience and observation. Students will be encouraged to ask questions
about nature and seek the answers, collect, count, and measure things, make observations,
organize collections, and discuss findings. Students will explore topics from Life
Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science and build upon science skills
acquired in the fourth grade.