Grade 5

In Grade 5, your child will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  They will read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary.  They will also be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text.  Students will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information.   

Activities in these areas will include:

  • Determine the theme of a story, play or poem, including how characters respond to challenges
  • Comparing and contrasting stories that deal with similar themes or topics
  • Explaining how authors use reasons and evidence to support their points or ideas
  • Drawing on information from multiple books, articles or online sources to locate an answer or solve a problem quickly
  • Learning rules of spoken and written English
  • Learning and using new words, including words related to specific subjects (such as science words)
  • Understanding figurative language
  • Participating in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others
  • Giving a class presentation on a topic or telling a story introducing relevant facts and details in a clear, logical order
  • Writing research or opinion papers over extended periods of time


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