The Goals of Fifth Grade

    • Students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts and compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization and sufficient detail. Students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing and oral language skills and should read and write on a daily basis.
    • Students will engage in solving problems involving all four operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions, determining and generating formulas and solutions to expressions, extending measurement to area and volume, classifying two-dimensional figures, representing location using a coordinate plane and representing and interpreting data.
    • Students survey United States history from 1565 to the present through the study of geography, economics, culture and government events that shaped the country in which we now live.
    • Students use investigations to learn about the natural world; and understand that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations and methods, models, and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made. Models of objects and events are tools for understanding the natural world and can show how systems work, and that models have limitations and based on new discoveries are constantly being modified to more closely reflect the natural world.