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)
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