5th Grade Open Court

By the end of fifth grade, students should be able to use their knowledge of word origins to understand what a word means, describe what they are reading, write multi-paragraph compositions, and use standard English. The themes include Competition and Cooperation, Back Through the Stars, Heritage, The Civil War, and New Frontiers.

By the end of grade five, students increase their facility with the four basic arithmetic operations applied to fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers. They know and use common measuring units to determine length and area and know and use formulas to determine the volume of simple geometric figures. Students know the concept of angle measurement and use a protractor and compass to solve problems. They use grids, tables, graphs, and charts to record and analyze data.

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By the end of fifth grade,  students will understand how the body functions and systems work, the Earth’s water cycle and how the Earth gets heat, the solar system, and they will be able to investigate by asking meaningful questions.

Students in grade five study the development of the nation up to 1850 and learn about the colonial government founded on Judeo-Christian principles, the ideals of the Enlightenment, and the English traditions of self-government. They learn about the Constitution, slavery, and the westward movement.  They will also learn a fundamental understanding of how the principles of the American Republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.