"This is a great time to get involved in community service activities to help foster character development, a sense of giving and responsibility." — Tonya Breland
By Miriam Myers
In fifth grade, your child will build on the skills she developed in fourth grade and study many of the same subjects at a higher level.
She will read many types of literature and informational material, think critically about what she reads, and discuss it with the teacher and other students. She will write for many different purposes and learn new writing techniques, including making effective transitions, using dialogue to advance the plot and creating a mood, such as suspense. In math she will work with fractions, decimals, negative numbers and very large numbers (in the billions). She will also focus on multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers.
Tonya Breland, our teacher consultant, explains: "While preparing your child for fifth grade, keep in mind her growing understanding of more complex issues in society. This is a great time to get involved in community service activities to help foster character development, a sense of giving and responsibility. "
To help your child be ready for fifth-grade reading, encourage him to read many different types of text this summer. If he enjoyed a novel about baseball, encourage him to read about his favorite team in the sports section of the newspaper or on the Internet. If he enjoyed a nonfiction book about the Revolutionary War, encourage him to try a historical novel set in that time period. The children's librarian at your local library can help you find something to match your child's interests and reading level.
To prepare your child for fifth-grade math, involve her in solving math problems you encounter in real life. When you go to a store together let her pay and have her check that she received the correct change. She can estimate what the grocery store bill or restaurant bill will be. She can measure the distance you'll travel on a family trip or help measure a room when you are hanging a picture or rearranging furniture.
Children pass through a range of social, academic and developmental stages, each at their own pace. Below are rough guidelines of what to look forward to in the year ahead.
Learn more about where your child should be at the end of fourth grade.