A quick overview of fifth grade Common Core Standards

Parents of fifth graders will see a fair number of changes, and new expectations, in classroom work under the new standards. For students to be successful, teachers and parents need to be strong partners and have a clear understanding of the learning goals. (Download our Common Core cheat sheet for parents of fifth graders.)

Examples of skills fifth graders should learn under Common Core

5th grade reading skills

1) Summarizing a text’s main points and explaining how those points are supported by specific details.
2) Paying attention to the organization of what they’re reading. Kids need to understand how the structure helps a story develop and flow.
3) Reading and analyzing multiple points of view on the same topic and processing the information effectively.

Want more? Read our complete article, Your fifth grader’s reading under the Common Core Standards.

5th grade writing skills

1) Using several sources — books, periodicals, websites, and digital sources — to investigate a topic from different angles. Fifth graders need to review, categorize, and summarize the new information they learn.
2) Doing several rounds of revisions and perhaps doing a complete rewrite. This requires resilience – resulting in carefully researched, evidence-based writing.
3) Structuring work logically, be it an opinion piece, story, or report. An opinion piece, for example, starts with an introduction, follows a logical order to introduce each reason (supported by evidence), and ends with a conclusion.

Want more? Read our complete article, Your fifth grader and writing under the Common Core Standards.

5th grade math skills

1) Comparing decimals to thousandths; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to hundredths; and rounding decimals to any place.
2) Adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers.
3) Finding volume of a right rectangular prism.

Building skills at home

1) Encourage 10-year-olds write about their current obsession – be it zombies, video games, or horses – in journal entries, stories, lists, (or anything, really).
2) Make summarizing a habit. As part of their reading, have kids spend the last five minutes summarizing what they’ve read – in writing or aloud. This practice will make reading comprehension a daily, more instinctual habit.
3) Model patience with homework. Especially at first, children (and parents) may feel confused by new homework. When parents set the example, children learn to work hard, persist, and stay positive.

See skills in action

Go to Milestones.GreatKids.org to watch videos of fifth graders demonstrating strong reading, writing, and math skills.

What’s next?

Wondering what’s in store in middle school? Check out Your middle schooler and Common Core.

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