By the end of 5^{th} Grade, a student will:

Spelling/Language Arts

- Use a dictionary to define and spell words
- Understand grammar, parts of speech, word usage, mechanics of writing and punctuation
- Make evaluative judgments of fact or opinion when reading
- Form generalizations from given details
- Write to express feelings or opinions
- Show an increasing awareness of the value of social conversation for sharing information or persuading others
- Write limericks and Haiku according to established patterns

Mathematics

- Estimate and find the quotient of any whole number divided by a one or two digit whole number
- Identify the place value of digits in a decimal to thousandths
- State the number obtained when a whole number or decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of ten
- Order three or more decimal numerals or fractions from least to greatest
- Convert a common fraction or mixed numeral to a decimal (to thousandths) and conversely
- Estimate and calculate the area of a rectangle, triangle, or parallelogram
- Approximate the volume of a figure
- Estimate and measure the number of degrees in an angle and recognize that the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180 degrees
- Use a compass and straight edge to construct a line segment given its end point and a circle given a certain radius
- Read and interpret the data on a line graph, bar graph, and circle graph
- Find the arithmetic mean, median, mode, and large (average) of a set of numbers in decimal notation

Reading

- Distinguish between a simile and a metaphor
- Preview and skim expository selections
- Form generalizations from given information
- Infer a time sequence in a story
- Know how to identify the elements of a plot – introduction, conflict, climax, and resolution
- Know how to use an index and glossary
- Increase vocabulary knowledge through each story presented
- Identify cause and effect relationship to stories

Science

- List examples of compound machines and identify several simple machines in each example
- Use a lever to show the work is conserved in the system: work in = work out, and explain that force may be exchanged for distance and visa versa
- Measure the amount of work done in lifting an object
- Compare and contrast food chain and food webs
- Develop a food web given a group of forest or ocean organisms
- Demonstrate the difference between potential and kinetic energy and explain how, when energy is transferred from one form to another, it is still conserved

Social Studies

- Identify and use scales, keys, and symbols on a map
- Read contour maps
- Identify the main climate zones
- Observe that the countries of the Western Hemisphere depend on one another for many things
- Explain how a country’s economy is based on their natural and human resources
- Describe the physical land features (e.g., river, mountains, etc.) and climates of the countries in the Western Hemisphere
- Locate and label countries and major cities of the Western Hemisphere.