As your 5th grade student gets ready to make the big leap to middle school, tougher academic requirements will have to compete with increasing distractions such as socializing with friends and surging hormones. Since students today are more tech-savvy than ever, our 5th graders will learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately in an online setting.

5th graders should be able to follow all capitalization rules and use punctuation correctly in their written work. They will be using rich academic and domain specific vocabulary both in the oral and written work. Students will explore a variety of genres of literature. The 5th grade math curriculum focuses on mastery of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. They will also recognize and understand the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will use informational and narrative text to learn about the history of the United States.

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

• Be generally truthful and dependable
• Develop increasing independence
• Improve problem-solving skills
• Acquire increasingly advanced listening and responding skills, such as responding to peersâ€™ comments and opinions
• Enjoy organizing and classifying objects and ideas
• Be able to read and concentrate for long periods of time
• Read complex text fluently and with good comprehension
• Research a topic using a variety of sources, and use the features of a book (for example, the index, glossary, and appendix) to find information Identify conflict, climax, and resolution in a story
• Write an organized, multi-paragraph composition in sequential order with a central idea
• Correctly use commas and quotation marks in writing
• Use problem-solving strategies to solve real-world math problems
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and decimals
• Understand and do math problems involving parentheses, brackets, and braces
• Classify two dimensional figures into different categories (e.g. a rectangle has four right angles, so a square is always a rectangle)
• Find the area of two-dimensional shapes Use long division to divide large numbers by multi-digit numbers
• Understand the concept of Volume and how it relates to addition and multiplication
• Identify and map a pair of coordinate numbers on the coordinate system