Welcome to fifth grade at Hopkins Road Elementary School. Fifth grade requires the students to not only study and memorize the content but to also be able to apply their knowledge to situations and be able to draw conclusions. The pacing in fifth grade is faster and is preparing the students to enter middle school. Teachers will assign long-term projects that require planning, research and organization.
Fifth graders are asked to read a variety of books. They will be reading fiction and nonfiction and analyzing plot, characters, and settings and understanding the use and importance of nonfiction text features. Fifth graders need to be encouraged to read daily and in a variety of genres. This will foster a love of literature and helps them build their vocabulary which will only serve to help them achieve greater success.
Fifth graders will be writing creatively and developing their own individual writing style. They will brainstorm, outline, write a rough draft, revise their writing using expressive language and edit before publishing the final copy. Students should be encouraged to write using self-expression and details.
Fifth graders are expected to solve complex, multi-step problems. They divide whole numbers and decimals, annexing zero. They will understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. They will add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators. They will learn to apply all these skills in real world applications.
Fifth graders will become accomplished scientists using observations, gathering data through experiments and drawing conclusions. They learn about living organisms, matter, space, geology and the many types of energy. They will apply math and science skills to real world situations.
Fifth graders study world history. They will study ancient civilizations such as the Maya, Aztec and Inca. They will explore the geography of the land and the cultures of these civilizations.