The fifth grade math curriculum emphasizes the development of students’ confidence in their own mathematical abilities along with their skills as competent problem solvers. The math program also encourages students to communicate mathematically through reading, writing, and discussion of mathematical issues. Students take notes during class to reinforce good study skills.

Our students will:

• pursue open-ended problems and extended problem-solving projects
• investigate and formulate questions from problem situations
• represent situations verbally, numerically, graphically, geometrically, or symbolically
• discuss write, read, and listen to mathematical ideas
• reason in spatial contexts from graphs
• reason inductively and deductively
• connect mathematics to other subjects and the world outside the classroom
• connect topics within mathematics
• apply mathematics
• develop number and operational sense
• create algorithms and procedures
• explore relationships among operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and rational numbers
• develop and uses tables, graphs, and rules to describe situations
• use statistical methods to describe, analyze, evaluate, and make decisions
• develop an understanding of geometric objects and relationships
• uses geometry in solving problems
• estimate and use measurement to solve problems

Topics of study:

• Problem solving
• Place value
• Whole number operations
• Number properties
• Decimals: operations and rounding
• Statistics and graphs
• Fractions
• Measurement
• Geometry: surface area and volume of cubes and rectangular prisms