Fifth Grade Curriculum

CRCT 5th Grade Study Guide (2012-2013)

Content Summaries

Language Arts & Reading - Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

The K-5 Standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade. Fundamentally, students in grades K through 5 are focused on developing comprehension strategies that will enable them to manipulate grade-level texts of appropriate complexity, and communicate effectively both in writing and in speaking. Students will begin to anchor their inquiries and responses firmly to the text, whether literary or informational, using increasingly specific and relevant evidence to support their claims and inferences. Students’ analytical skills will extend to identifying main idea/theme, understanding character and plot development, and evaluating the impact of word choice. Additionally, students will identify structural elements in text such as scenes and chapters, distinguish narrative voice, understand the impact of aesthetic elements, and make logical connections. A key component of the CCGPS is the expectation of appropriate grade level complexity in text choices. Complexity levels are assessed based upon a variety of indicators. (More information on text complexity recommendations can be found at the Georgia Department of Education English Language Arts Program page.)

Math - Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

The K-5 standards are organized using domains, overarching ideas that connect topics across the grades, clusters that illustrate progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade and standards which define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These standards include skills and knowledge – what students need to know and be able to do, as well as mathematical practices – habits of mind that students should develop to foster mathematical understanding and expertise.

The K-5 standards are organized in the following domains: counting and cardinality; operations and algebraic thinking; number and operations in base ten; number and operations – fractions; measurement and data; and geometry. The domains vary by grade-level as appropriate; counting and cardinality is a key domain in kindergarten, while number and operations – fractions is introduced in third grade.

The grade-by-grade K-5 standards provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals—which taken together provide students with a strong foundation for learning and applying more demanding math concepts and procedures, and for moving into robust applications.

Science – Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)

Fifth grade students will investigate scientific concepts and begin to understand that science is a process.  Their scientific explanations will emphasize the importance of gathering evidence and begin to use scientific principals, models, and theories.  By the end of fifth grade students will be able to identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes and the role of technology and human intervention in their control.  Students will investigate the relationship between electricity and magnetism and the difference between a chemical and physical change.  Using microscopes students will identify parts of a variety of cells, understand the importance of microorganisms, how scientists classify organisms, and how offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors.

Social Studies - Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)

UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1860 - In fifth grade, students continue their formal study of United States history. As with fourth grade, the strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students study United States history beginning with the Civil War and continue to the present. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on U. S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights as outlined in amendments to the U. S. Constitution. The economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understanding of economic concepts.

Health - Quality Core Curriculum -

The fifth grade health curriculum is organized around eight major strands of study.  These strands include: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; disease prevention; family living, human growth and development; mental health; nutrition, personal health, and safety.

Physical Education -

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