Are you smarter than a fifth grader? If so, that's actually worth something! Fifth grade is the year when students really begin to show independence in using the skills they've learned in all of the previous grades. Students are expected to conquer challenging math skills that include positive and negative integers, fractions, geometry, algebra, and more. It is fast paced, but well constructed to prepare students for future grades. The language arts curriculum teaches students to read deeper into their material to pull out complex themes and concepts. Writing becomes powerful for these students as they are introduced to the persuasive style of writing. Science lessons focus the students on familiar concepts such as the solar system and weather, but the students are expected to understand more complex ideas about them. Science also introduces the students to body systems and the Periodic Table. Perhaps the dominant theme of the year comes from the Social Studies curriculum as it focuses on U.S. history and geography. Start studying those states and capitals!
Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of fifth grade. For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.