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Your fifth grader and math

Fifth grade math kicks off with a limited look at the wide world of algebra.

By GreatSchools Staff

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What math concepts will your fifth grader learn?

Picking up where fourth grade math left off, the math your fifth grader learns will emphasize real-world problem solving. Not sure what that means? Try figuring out how much paint would be needed to cover a classroom. Or, calculate the sale price of a video game that’s been marked down 60 percent. For something even closer to home, encourage your child to track his or her grade point average.

Long story short, your kid may learn more than one way to solve a problem, focusing on the process — not just the solution. Typically students at this age work to develop an understanding of mathematics and engage in activities that require complex thought instead of just memorizing rules. Children may also work in groups to find solutions to tough math problems.

"I want students to discover mathematical concepts and relationships and to picture those concepts as they learn to recognize the connections between math and the world," says Kathy Rank, Ohio's 2005 Teacher of the Year.

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