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Want to do some preparation for the upcoming school year?  Check out these tips and concepts to explore and help prepare your child for success.


 English Language Arts

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Read grade level books with appropriate fluency and expression
  • Identify and discuss inferences from texts
  • Summarize texts
  • Identify theme, main ideas and supporting details in text
  • Describe narrator’s point of view and how it influences the text
  • Compare and contrast texts on the same topic
  • Analyze multiple texts and points of view of a specific topic
  • Write narrative, opinion and informative pieces that are well-developed and organized with a clear beginning, middle and end
  • Use progressive verb aspects and prepositional phrases
  • Correctly use frequently confused words  (ex: to, too, two)
  • Use punctuation correctly
  • Recognize and use common prefix and suffixes
  • Recognize and explain similes, metaphors, idioms, adages and proverbs


math art

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Read and write multi-digit whole numbers and know the value of the place of each digit
  • Use place value to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place
  • Solve multistep word problems with whole numbers using the four operations.  Represent the situation in an equation
  • Multiply a whole number up to four digits by a one-digit whole number
  • Multiply two two-digit numbers using strategies such as place value and area models.
  • Find whole number quotients and remainders using place value, rectangular arrays, and area models
  • Compare two decimals to the hundredths place
  • Classify and sort two-dimensional figures noting parallel and perpendicular sides
  • Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure


science art

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Compares and contrasts the physical attributes of stars and planets (size, appearance, composition)
  • Explains how the position and motion of Earth and the moon affect length of day/night, moon phases and seasonal changes
  • Communicates information to predict weather events and infer weather patterns using charts, maps, and weather data
  • Investigates how light interacts with various materials (prisms, eyeglasses, glass of water, etc.)
  • Explores how sound is produced and how light and/or sounds can be used to communicate
  • Explains the uses of simple machines (lever, pulley, wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw) and how forces affect objects



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 Social Studies

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Describes the meaning of natural rights found in the Declaration of Independence, “We the People” found in the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the federal    system of government and representative democracy/republic
  • Explains the importance of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; identifies the Bill of Rights, how it places limits of the powers of government and why it was included in the United States Constitution in 1791
  • Describes how the three branches of government interact together and the relationship between federal, state, and local government
  • Locates important physical and man-made features of the United States on a map
  • Explains the causes, events and results of the American Revolution; describes the influence of key individuals and groups during the  revolutionary movement; explains how both the Americans and the British used the geography f each battle site to their benefit; explains why the Declaration of Independence was necessary, how it was a response to tyranny and who wrote it
  • Evaluates the major issued debated at the Constitutional Convention and the major leaders
  • Describes the causes and events of the War of 1812; describes   territorial expansion focusing on the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition; acquisitions of Texas, Oregon and California; describes physical barriers that hindered or helped westward expansion; describes the impact of westward expansion on America Indians; 
  • Explains the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War
  • Analyzes the effects of Reconstruction on America life
  • Describes how price incentives affect people’s behavior and choices; describes how specialization improves standards of living; explains how voluntary exchange helps both buyers and sellers; 
  • Identifies the elements of a personal budget; explains why spending and saving decisions are important.



brain wellness

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Combines movement patterns to create an exercise routine
  • Applies the ability to travel in different pathways, speeds, and levels during game settings
  • Identifies and summarizes the effects of health-related fitness on the body
  • Gives and accepts corrective feedback from peers and teacher
  • Engages in responsible behavior by following rules and procedures in a variety of physical activities
  • Compares health and social benefits gained when engaged in a variety of physical activities

These skills were identified based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence.  These are only suggestions and students will not be expected to know all of this information at the start of the school year.  Teachers will meet students where they are and move them towards more growth. 


Print and Play Activities

Here are some standards-based math learning games parents can print and play with their children.

Using a deck of cards, here’s an activity you can play at home to reinforce computational fluency and mental math.

  • Multiplication Flip:  Start by removing the face cards (king, queen, etc) from the deck.  In this game, use the value/number on the card.  Aces have a value of one. Then, divide the cards evenly among 2 players. At the count of 3, each player flips over the top card in his/her deck.  The first one to multiply the 2 numbers correctly and share the product wins the cards. The player with the most cards wins.
  • You can play an addition and subtraction version also.  In the addition version, on the count of 3, each player flips over 2 cards to create a 2 digit number.  The two sets of two-digit numbers must be mentally added together.   In the subtraction version, on the count of 3, each player flips over 2 cards to create a 2 digit number.  The smaller two-digit number of the two sets of numbers must be mentally subtracted from the larger number.

Resources for Parents of Fifth Graders

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