By GreatSchools Staff

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)

03/6/2012:
"yes, thank you verymuch. i had use this on my 5th graders, and by the time, it worked 100%! thank you. (= "
03/6/2012:
"I think that all students in 5th grade should know that stuff so I agree that a average 5th grader should know that information. "
10/18/2010:
"i liked it "
08/16/2010:
"Having been an instructional Paraprofessional in 5th grade classes, this list is spot on! My probelem is that my own child is now a 5th grader and wants to walk home from school. My mind knows she is ready, but heart does not...any suggestions??"
08/16/2010:
"Good to have a baseline of ideas of what the school year will be about. I think my child can master these items, so I look forward to what the school year brings. "
04/20/2010:
"Hello! I think my child knows all of the items on the list."
10/27/2009: