Fifth grade is the last stop before middle school for many students,
and the year marks many changes - both in the curriculum and the
social activities for students.
Worksheets become more difficult, and students may start to have
different teachers for different subjects. Long term projects
become more frequent. At the same time, fifth graders are becoming
increasingly obsessed with their social standing, and friends
play an increasingly important role in their lives.
Developing reading and writing personalities
Fifth grade may be one of the last chances to foster a love for
reading in students, as teacher worksheets from this point forward
will be filled with required reading.
In fifth grade, students still have the time to enjoy the genres and subjects
that they are interested in without the distraction of peer and
after-school activities. At the same time, students who read frequently
are able to develop a better vocabulary. At this point, most fifth
graders will have an individual writing style and create more
complex writing projects in both fiction and non-fiction. Students
should be comfortable with basic grammar and spelling rules, and
many will enjoy writing as an outlet for emotions.
Developing real world math skills
Fifth graders can work with large, complex numbers and understand
fractions and percentages. They also start to apply these math
skills to solve real world situations involving money, time, and
measurement. Printable worksheets may now include story problems
for students to solve on their own.
How the world works
Fifth graders can now complete more complex experiments to ascertain
how dynamics work in the world around them, and homeschool worksheets
may include projects for them to complete at home.
Students build on the skills they have already acquired to learn
about living things and record observations. Some classes may
even start to look at basic chemical reactions. For many students,
this will be the first year studying puberty and the reproductive
A look into history
This year, fifth graders will focus on early American history,
including the colonial period and Native American tribes. They
may also discuss immigration and why people came to the United
States, and how this influx of different cultures and peoples
influenced the development of the country.
Fifth grade marks a time of change for students. They are becoming
increasingly independent, but may still revert to juvenile behavior
during times of stress. Students still need assistance working
problems out among peers. Peer relationships can add an additional
burden, as peer groups become more complex.
Some students are starting to hit puberty at this time, throwing
a complex mix of hormones and physical changes. Girls usually
develop first, and some may be starting to have an interest in
boys. Appearances are becoming more important, and mood swings
are starting to emerge. Both sexes are more self-conscious and
anxious to fit in with who they think is the popular crowd. Parents
and teachers should help kids to excel in the areas they are strong
in to give them confidence to tackle areas in which they struggle.