No two kids are alike, especially when it comes to hitting developmental benchmarks. But it helps to have a rough idea of which academic and social skills your child should acquire at his or her grade level. Learn more about the fifth-grade classroom in these subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, technology, social studies, the arts, and physical education and health. Or check your state’s academic standards to find out what students are required to learn.

### 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 peers’ 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 and subtract 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
• Identify and map a pair of coordinate numbers on the coordinate system (along the x-axis and y-axis)