English (Language Arts)
Fifth graders are reading for pleasure and information. By using the strategies and skills developed in previous grades, they are allowed to focus on personal concept and thought development. Students will be reading from a variety of stories, chapter books
and nonfiction material using comprehension strategies and skills.
Fifth graders will read independently.
Fifth graders will be reading many different kinds of stories this year. They will continue to build their vocabulary and increase the number of words they recognize.
Fifth graders will continue to develop word attack skills.
Fifth graders will continue to use decoding skills when encountering unknown words by breaking the word apart and looking at the meaning of the parts (prefixes, suffixes, and
roots). They will also be using dictionaries to look up new words. They will use many different skills to help them understand what they have read.
Fifth graders will develop concepts and personal thoughts about what they have read.
Fifth graders will be developing ideas through discussion of their feelings and reaction to what is being read. They will be
able to identify character, setting, and plot.
Fifth graders will independently use comprehension
strategies and skills.
Fifth graders will be using specific comprehension strategies to allow self-monitoring of understanding, making sense of text and solving problems while reading. Students will also be using
comprehension skills to deepen the reader’s understanding of the logic behind the text.
Fifth graders will learn research and inquiry skills.
Students will be developing inquiry and exploration skills that
focus on the production of genuine research. These concepts will be developed from the literature read and explored during class.
Fifth graders compose a variety of types of writing.
Fifth graders are able to organize their compositions in a logical
manner. They write biographies, research reports, narratives,
plays, poetry, and letters. They also write to inform and persuade their audiences. They learn the basic forms of letter writing. They write formal letters, casual letters, and invitations. They learn the correct ways to begin and end all types of letters.
Fifth graders edit their work.
After completing their writing, fifth graders share their work with small groups or the class. Theyreceive suggestions and compliments from their classmates and then, using this advice and instruction from the teacher, they improve and correct their own work.
Demonstrate appropriate use of copyrighted materials in word processing documents used for content area
• Place value through the thousandths place
• Addition and subtraction of fractions
• Properties of polygons
• Using a protractor
• Rotational symmetry
• Sums of the interior angles
• Stem-and-leaf plots
• Median, range, and mode
• Patterns in tables and on graphs
• One-step equations and inequalities
• Rates of change
Skills to Maintain
• Whole number computation
• Perimeter and area
• Line, bar, and circle graphs
• Coordinate grids
1. ante-before (antebellum, antedate)
2. anti-against (antibody, antibacterial)
3. bi-two (bicycle, bimonthly)
4. circum-around (circle, circumference)
5. com-together (communicate, combination)
6. con- together (contact, confine)
7. de-down (descent, demolish)
8. dis- away (dismiss, disprove)
9. equi- equal (equation, equilibrium)
10. extra- beyond (extraterrestrial, extraordinary)
11. aqua: water (aquarium, aquifer)
12. bio: life (biology, biography)
13. logy: science (geology, mythology)
14. photo: light (photosynthesis, photograph)
15. terr: land (terrain, subterranean)
16. syn (together)- photosynthesis, synchronize
17. cide (kill)- herbicide, homicide
18. auto(self)- automatic, autobiography
19. micro (small)- microscope, micron
20. cred (believe)- credible, discredit
21. hydro (water)- hydroplane, dehydrate
22. penta (five)- pentagon, pentarchy
23. poly (many)- polygon, polygamy
24. mono (one)- monotonous, monocular
25. tion (act or state)- completion, creation
26. post (after)- posttest, post script
27. pre (before)- pretest, predict
28. mal (bad)- malevolent, malicious
29. intro (into)-introduce, introvert
30. semi (half)-semi-sweet, semicircle
31. mis (bad)-mistake, misfit
32. sub (under)-submarine, subterranean
33. tri (three)-tricycle, triangle
34. sym (together)- symbiosis, symmetry
35. un (not)- unequal, unfit
36. ician (specialist)- physician, technician
37. itis (inflammation)- appendicitis, tonsillitis
38. audi (hear)- audience, audition
39. bell (war)- belligerent, antebellum
40. scrib (write)- scribble, inscribe
41. cent (one hundred)- century, centimeter
42. neuro (nerve)- neurology, neuron
43. hema (blood)- hematology, hematoma
44. pseudo (false)- pseudonym, pseudopod
45. ortho (straight)- orthodontist, orthography
46. non (not)-nonstop, nonprofit
47. ex (out)-exit, except
48. amphi (both)-amphibious, amphitheater
49. dorm (sleep)-dormant, dormitory
50. octa (eight)-octagon, octave
51. geo (earth)- geology, geode
52. thermo (heat)-thermostat, thermos
53. meter (measure)-millimeter, odometer
54. dec (ten)-decade, decimal
55. scope (look)-telescope, microscope
56. re (again)- return, retail
57. sci (know)- science, conscience
58. hexa (six)- hexagon, hexameter
59. topo (place)- topiary, topographical
60. uni (one)- unicorn, unicycle
61. miss (send)-dismiss, missile
62. omni (all)-omnipotent, omnivorous
63. prim (first)-primary, prima donna
64. dia (across)-diagonal, diameter
65. quadr (four)-quadratic, quadrant
• Provide opportunities to sequence and retell stories
• Increase minutes of daily, independent reading at the child’s reading
• Research information on topics of interest and use the library
• Write letters, reports and journal entries based on informed judgments
• Read and interpret maps, charts and graphs
• Practice multiplying and dividing
• Practice multiplication facts
• Find the area and perimeter of 2-dimensional objects like squares and
• Look for patterns in nature, clothes, buildings, etc.
• Find a table in the newspaper and extend it
• Discuss graphs found in the newspaper
• Record several temperatures; then find the range, median and mode
• Record the weekly temperature on a grid
• Play games involving spinners and dice