During the year, your child will read from a mix of literature and informational texts and learn to develop ideas and support them with evidence. Here’s a sample of fifth-grade standards for fifth-grade English language arts, along with questions to ask your son or daughter’s teacher and ways you can reinforce learning at home.
Reading Literature and Informational Text
- Read increasingly challenging stories, poems, plays and nonfiction from multiple cultures.
- Use strategies, including context clues, Latin and Greek roots, or a dictionary, to figure out unfamiliar words.
- Identify the theme(s) and important details of both fiction and informational writing and use these to summarize the text.
- Use examples from a text to explain its content; draw inferences as well.
- Write factual or invented stories that describe the action with descriptive details, dialogue and appropriate pacing.
- Rewrite, edit and revise written work to strengthen arguments, clarify meaning and improve word choice.
- Be able to type two pages at a time with reasonable accuracy and speed.
- Author opinion or research papers over an extended time period that include solid reasoning and facts and evidence to support a viewpoint.
Speaking and Listening
- Participate in class discussions, listening carefully to others, stating accurate ideas and asking questions.
- Use clear speech and multimedia tools to give a well-organized, coherent class presentation about a topic or opinion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of standard English conventions when speaking and writing, including verb tenses, prepositions and correlative conjunctions.
- "Parent Roadmap: Supporting Your Child in Grade Five English Language Arts," Council of the Great City Schools
- "Parents’ Guide to Student Success: 5th Grade," National PTA
- "Parent Toolkit: Fifth Grade Academic Growth Chart," ParentToolkit.com
- Patti Ghezzi, "5th Grade Academics: What To Expect," SchoolFamily.com