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Matoaca Elementary School

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is an exciting year for students! They will have many academic opportunities.

Language & Literacy

For reading, students will study a variety of genres including realistic and historical fiction, nonfiction, and fantasy. In writing, students will refine their use of The Event Frame as they explore grammar usage and mechanics to include: figurative language, introductory clauses, and sentence variety using the Grammar Giggles format.


Students are expected to enter fifth grade knowing their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. All other skills are built from this knowledge. Fifth-graders will learn to add subtract fractions and mixed numbers; add, subtract, multiply, divide decimals; identify and correctly use place value from 100 million to the thousandths place; factorization; order of operations; associative, commutative, and distributive properties; least common multiple (LCM) and greatest common factor (GCF); basic geometry of plane and solid figures; graphing and probability.

Advanced Math students will build on the 5th grade Math skills by adding multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers; coordinate grid system; volume measurement; exponential growth; inverse and identity properties and the property of zero; integers; graphing inequalities; geometric and arithmetic sequences and dependent and independent probability.


We will review the scientific method, force and motion, space, electricity and weather units from fourth grade. We will begin units on geology, oceans, the five kingdoms and the structures of life, sound and life.

Social Studies

We will be covering world history starting with North America and ending with China. We will travel the world while learning about many cultures.