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Your fifth grader and reading

In fifth grade, students learn to identify themes, make inferences, and draw conclusions.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Is your child reading at grade level?

Is your child reading at grade level? Are there any gaps in his phonics or comprehension? Since learning to read is a long and complex process, some students hit college only to discover their skills aren't where they should be.

How do you know if your child's on track? Our grade-by-grade guidelines give you all the details you need to assess his aptitude.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

06/18/2012:
"What about fluency? All of the above is extremely important, but there is no mention of how many words per minute the child is reading. That is an important metric. It's curious that the author left it out. "
05/12/2011:
"Something I like to do with my child, as well as an technique that I used when I was in school, to assist with the assessing one comprehension, identification of theme, main ideas and basic understanding. Was, the use of recording, yes, tape recording one chapter and reading a second time answer the question that I created at the end of the tape. I know this was back in the day, however, it will assist one in teaching their child, proper pronounciation of words, comprehension and etc. Perfect for one who is in the process of learning english. "
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