The fifth grade Language Arts curriculum includes objectives that support students' development in the skills of reading, writing, and oral language. These skills are developed through direct instruction, modeling by teachers, and guided practice. Teachers plan a balance of learning experiences which build upon oral language and include fiction, informational text, and use of language arts skills in other content areas.
In AAP Mathematics, fifth grade students extend their understanding of number to billions, including the use of exponential notation; relate number theory concepts to operations on rational numbers; compare, contrast, and define the intent and characteristics of the four operations, including properties; and become proficient in using multiplication and division procedures. They estimate and measure length, volume, and capacity; use measuring tools; investigate circle measures; continue transformational geometry; and identify attributes data and make predictions. They organize, record, and interpret results of simple probability experiments; identify and extend growth patterns; and solve equations with one variable.
In fifth grade Math students extend their understanding of decimals to the thousandths place, and introducing multiplication and division with decimals while reviewing addition and subtraction. We also learn fraction and decimal equivalents and adding and subtracting fractions. Throughout the quarters we solve problems, order of operations, and distributive property. We will also be learning about geometry and probability.
The fifth grade Science Program consists of grade level units that are composed of inquiry-based, hands-on science lessons. Science Process Skills, embedded in the lessons, develop student's ability to think and perform like a scientist. In addition to science trade books and these hands-on kits, FCPS offers the Fresh Science DVD supplemental visuals, and United Streaming video library. Interactive technologies used by students in the elementary science program include WeatherBug Achieve, and Easy Sense Q5 Probeware.
Social studies instruction incorporates the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics while students learn about world civilizations. Students study the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and a contemporary African, Asian, or Latin American society.