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Fifth grade is a time of wonderful change for students as they prepare for their middle school years. Increased focus on science, social studies, Spanish, and leadership allows students to develop a wide-ranging academic skill set and knowledge. In literacy, students focus on text comprehension skills as they continue to develop as proficient readers. In Math, students apply their algebraic and geometric knowledge to develop a strong understanding of key concepts such as fractions and ratios.


List of 6 items.

  • Math

    •Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Write and interpret numerical expressions. Analyze patterns and relationships.
    •Operations in Base Ten: Understand the place value system. Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
    •Operations and Fractions: Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions. Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division.
    •Measurement and Data:  Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system. Represent and interpret data. Understand concepts of volume.
    •Geometry: Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
  • Phonics

    •Phonics and Word Recognition: Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
  • Reading

    •Key Ideas and Details: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
    •Craft and Structure: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject are
    •Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s). Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
    •Fluency: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Science

    Topics of study: Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Engineering + Application of Science, Geology
  • Social Studies

    Topics of study: Geography, World Lakes, Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs, Renaissance and Reformation, Civil War
  • Writing

    •Text Types and Purposes:  Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event. sequences.
    •Language: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    •Production and Distribution of Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. 
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.