Progress Report Information: Grade 5

Information for Parents and Guardians

Grade 5 Information for Parents and Guardians

The information below helps you understand how the curriculum your child is learning aligns to the progress report standards. The items listed under each standard outline the content students learn over the course of the year. Not all standards will be taught each quarter. Content not taught in a particular classroom or school (e.g., band, strings, World Languages) will be marked as “nt” (not taught) on the progress report.


Listens and speaks for specific purposes

  • Participates in and contributes to discussions in all subject areas
  • Works with groups and independently
  • Communicates new ideas and shares experiences with others
  • Uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills that are suitable for the audience, topic and purpose
  • Uses visual media to support presentations
  • Identifies the characteristics and effectiveness of auditory, visual, and written media messages
  • Creates media messages

Locates and uses information from a variety of sources

  • Constructs questions about a topic
  • Develops specific notes
  • Organizes information using charts, diagrams, and timelines
  • Combines information from a variety of sources
  • Uses technology to collaborate about research and to organize, evaluate, and communicate research
  • Defines the meaning and consequences of plagiarism
  • Cites sources used in research

Reads with accuracy and fluency

  • Uses a variety of word recognition skills
  • Self-corrects
  • Adjusts reading rate based on purpose and text difficulty
  • Uses expression, rhythm, and phrasing

Reads with understanding

  • Uses knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones
  • Uses context and sentence structure to determine word meanings
  • Develops vocabulary by listening to and reading a variety of texts
  • Identifies and appreciates elements of author’s craft
  • Describes character development
  • Identifies and asks questions to clarify various points of view
  • Uses reading strategies such as making predictions, asking questions, summarizing, and drawing conclusions
  • Identifies how authors organize information

Writes with purpose, clarity, and expression

  • Selects a topic and develops a plan for writing
  • Focuses, organizes, and elaborates to create an effective message for a specific audience
  • Uses description, details, and examples
  • Varies sentence type and length
  • Reflects individuality through word choice and style
  • Revises by adding, deleting, and changing information to improve writing
  • Uses technology to collect information, produce writing, and collaborate

Edits for usage and mechanics in own writing

  • Uses grade-level appropriate editing for:
  • capitalization
  • punctuation
  • paragraphing
  • sentence structure
  • grammar
  • spelling
  • Uses technology to edit and publish writing and to collaborate


Teachers will choose from several units of study.  They will teach two of the following ancient civilizations: The Fertile Crescent, India, China, or Pre-Columbian Civilizations. Teachers will teach one of the following classical civilizations: Greece or Rome.  Teachers will also teach one of the following post-classical era civilizations: “Africa: Two Cultures” or “Southwest Asia.”  The final unit will be a study of Western European civilizations.  Students will also complete the Global Awareness Technology Project.

Explains how people and events of the past have influenced the present

  • Identifies and interprets artifacts and primary and secondary source documents
  • Determines cause and effect relationships
  • Compares and contrasts historical events
  • Draws conclusions, makes generalizations, and makes connections to the past and present
  • Identifies common attributes all cultures share
  • Demonstrates how the past has affected the modern world
  • Demonstrates skills needed to create a Global Awareness Project
  • Describes origin and beliefs of major religions
  • Describes changes in art, learning, and trade during Renaissance
  • Sequences events in world history
  • Demonstrates understanding of ideas and events from different historical perspectives
  • Compares modern world culture and the United States

Reads maps and understands the impact of geography on culture

  • Draws conclusions and makes generalizations
  • Analyzes maps and relationships between history and geography
  • Demonstrates skills to create Global Awareness Project
  • Explains impact of geography on classical civilizations
  • Explains climate’s effects on classical civilizations
  • Explains how Indian Ocean trade contributed to exchange of ideas
  • Answers one of the 8 Global Awareness questions

Recognizes the structure of government and the relationship among rules, laws, and becoming a good citizen

  • Explains social structure in classical civilizations
  • Describes the governmental structure of classical civilizations
  • Compares Pre-Columbian civilizations to others
  • Explains the growth of democracy in Greece
  • Explains facts about Roman government and its influence on the U.S.
  • Describes feudalism in the Middle Ages in Western Europe
  • Answers one of the 8 Global Awareness questions related to geography

Understands economic concepts and the impact of economics on culture

  • Describes spread of Islam and the effect on trade, art, and science
  • Explains the effect of Crusades and Silk Routes on trade, beliefs, arts, and sciences
  • Explains how Indian Ocean trade contributed to the exchange of ideas
  • Describes changes in art, learning, and trade during the Renaissance


Represents numbers accurately and understands number relationships

  • Rounds decimals to nearest whole number, tenth, or hundredth
  • Recognizes and names fractions in equivalent decimal form
  • Compares and orders a given set of decimals and fractions
  • Identifies and describes characteristics of prime and composite numbers and odd and even numbers

Computes numbers with fluency and makes reasonable estimates

  • Creates and solves problems involving operations with whole numbers
  • Finds the sum, difference, product, and quotient using decimals
  • Creates and solves practical problems involving decimals
  • Solves problems with addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers
  • Evaluates whole number expressions using order of operations

Measures with accuracy and estimates measurements

  • Finds perimeter, area, and volume in standard units of measure
  • Differentiates among perimeter, area, and volume
  • Identifies equivalent measurements within the metric system
  • Chooses an appropriate unit of measure for a given situation
  • Identifies and describes diameter, radius, chord, and circumference of a circle
  • Determines an amount of elapsed time in hours and minutes
  • Measures right, acute, obtuse, and straight angles

Analyzes characteristics and properties of geometric figures and demonstrates an understanding of spatial relationships

  • Classifies angles as right, acute, obtuse, or straight
  • Classifies triangles by angles and by sides
  • Develops definitions of specified plane figures
  • Investigates and describes results of combining and subdividing shapes

Uses data to describe, interpret, and predict events

  • Makes predictions and determines the probability of an outcome
  • Collects, organizes, and interprets a set of numerical data
  • Describes and finds the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of data

Represents situations and relationships using algebraic symbols

  • Describes and expresses the relationship found in a number pattern
  • Investigates and describes the concept of variable
  • Writes an open sentence to represent a mathematical relationship
  • Models one-step equations in one variable
  • Creates a problem situation based on a given open sentence
  • Investigates and recognizes the distributive property


Investigates and demonstrates understanding of the natural world in a systematic way like a scientist and applies these skills and knowledge to solve problems

  • Identifies rocks, minerals, and organisms using a classification key
  • Estimates and measures length, mass, volume, temperature, and elapsed time
  • Forms hypotheses from testable questions
  • Identifies independent and dependent variables and constants in experiments
  • Uses proper graphical representation and metric measurement of data
  • Makes predictions using patterns
  • Makes inferences and draws conclusions
  • Constructs models
  • Uses current applications to reinforce science concepts

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of physical science including matter, force, motion, and energy

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • sound energy; compression waves, frequency, wavelength, and vibration
  • ability of different media to transmit sound
  • uses and applications of sound
  • light energy; visible spectrum and transverse waves
  • reflection of light from reflective surfaces (mirrors)
  • refraction of light through water and prisms
  • terms  opaque, transparent, and translucent
  • atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds
  • mixtures, including solutions
  • properties of each phase of matter
  • effect of temperature on phases of matter

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of life science including life processes and living systems

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • basic cell structures and functions
  • characteristics, body structures, and behavior of organisms
  • vascular and nonvascular plants
  • vertebrate and invertebrate animals
  • traits of organisms that allow them to survive

Demonstrates understanding of Earth’s patterns, cycles, changes, and Earth/Space Systems

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • geological, physical, and ecological characteristics of the ocean
  • rock cycle and the identification of rock types
  • Earth history and fossil evidence
  • basic structure of the Earth's interior
  • plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes)
  • weathering , erosion, and deposition
  • human impact on the Earth's surface


Acquires, interprets, and understands health concepts

  • Identify structure and function of the integumentary system and examine the risks associated with sun exposure
  • Explain the impact of healthy habits and behaviors on cardio fitness
  • Describe why food groups have different recommended servings and explain the concepts of moderation and energy balance
  • Identify the influence of marketing techniques and the media have on health behaviors
  • Describe how activity, sleep, and health are related and the importance of sleep
  • Explain the importance of good hygiene
  • Describe ways to prevent vision and hearing loss
  • Analyze effects of alcohol and drugs on relationships
  • Analyze why people choose not to follow safety rules
  • Identify strategies for managing stress
  • Recognize the relationship between social skills and sustaining relationships
  • Identify effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills and analyze the role of active listening
  • Examine community and environmental health and safety issues

Identifies valid and accurate health information, products, and services to make healthy decisions

  • Determine and demonstrate healthy habits including sun protection,  cardiorespiratory fitness, and selecting healthy foods
  • Identify the connection between nutrition and weight, explain the importance of exercise and recreation, and analyze the benefits of sleep
  • Describe and demonstrate effective communication skills, appropriate behaviors, and managing emotions  in a variety of situations
  • Practice strategies for managing stress
  • Explain the relationship between health promotion and disease prevention
  • Demonstrate personal hygiene habits
  • Demonstrate proper lifting and carrying techniques
  • Recognize the importance of positive self-image and demonstrate respect for individual differences
  • Describe how to report harassment
  • Describe consequences of an unhealthy environment

Demonstrates appropriate health practices and behaviors to promote a safe and healthy community

  • Identify strategies to protect against the sun
  • Support others in making healthy choices , encourage others to not use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, and promote the value of health and wellness
  • Identify physical activities that build positive relationships and explain benefits of positive relationships
  • Develop a plan to prevent the spread of disease and examine the role of self in injuries
  • Recognize trusted adults as health resources
  • Identify how culture and media influence health
  • Describe ways to offer friendship
  • Advocate for a caring school community and promote community service
  • Recognize responsibility to protect and preserve the environment and develop a plan to work collaboratively on environmental issues


Engages in the creative process to develop artworks and express meaning

  • Develops ideas for artworks before beginning
  • Reflects on art and art making by describing and explaining own artwork
  • Expresses personally relevant ideas in artworks

Applies art media and techniques appropriately to produce artworks

  • Uses a variety of art materials to produce artwork
  • Explores methods of representing subject matter
  • Follows appropriate steps in art making
  • Uses art materials safely and appropriately
  • Demonstrates control and craftsmanship with art materials

Demonstrates an understanding of art by engaging with art history, culture, criticism, and aesthetics 

  • Engages in discussions about artworks from different places and times to inform art making
  • Responds to own and other’s artwork
  • Uses art vocabulary appropriately to identify and describe artwork
  • Uses and applies knowledge from other subject areas when creating artwork


Develops and Demonstrates competency in motor skills

  • Demonstrate locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills in combinations
  • Create and perform an educational gymnastic sequence and an individual or group rhythm/dance sequence
  • Demonstrate the use of space, accuracy, and force in a variety of activities
  • Apply concepts of direction and force in striking

Applies basic anatomy and physiology and movement concepts and principles, to improve motor skills

  • Identify components of major body systems including the cardiorespiratory, vascular, muscular, and skeletal system.
  • Apply knowledge of the body systems to describe a variety of movements
  • Describe concepts of direction and force to strike an object

Applies knowledge of fitness and active lifestyles to evaluate and plan for personal fitness

  • Identify methods for evaluating and improving personal fitness
  • Compare and analyze fitness data and create a personal fitness plan
  • Explain FITT
  • Calculate heart rate at rest and during activity and explain the relationship between heart rate and cardiorespiratory fitness

Demonstrates skills and behaviors leading to personal and group success in physical activity, both in and out of school

  • Create and implement rules and consequences for activities
  • Create and implement safety rules and etiquette for one activity
  • Explain the importance of inclusion in physical activity settings
  • Describe and demonstrate respectful behavior

Demonstrates knowledge of the basic nutrition and fitness concepts of energy balance

  • Explain recommended dietary allowance (RDA) and the effect of portion size on RDA
  • Explain the purpose of vitamins and minerals
  • Evaluate components of food labels for a variety of foods
  • Explain the guideline recommended 60 minutes of activity everyday


Develops and demonstrates skills in singing

  • Sing melodies accurately, demonstrating expression, appropriate diction and technique
  • Maintain individual part when singing in two to three-part ensembles
  • Sing expressively using dynamics and phrasing
  • Improvise vocally

Develops and demonstrates skills in playing instruments

  • Maintain individual part while performing longer ensemble compositions and accompaniments
  • Perform and improvise accompaniments, ostinati and melodies of increasing complexity 

Responds to music with movement

  • Perform and improvise movement to a wide variety of music
  • Participate in choreographed movement including traditional folk dances

Develops and demonstrates music literacy skills

  • Identify, read and notate rhythmic patterns, melodies and symbols
  • Compose and notate original rhythmic and melodic variations
  • Compose music using contemporary media and technology

Recognizes and describes music from various cultures and time periods 

  • Listen for and analyze how musical elements are used to create expressive ideas
  • Compare and contrast music and music performances from a variety of styles, periods and cultures with music terminology
  • Identify selected compositions and composers from four periods of musical history
  • Analyze individual music performances and reflect on success and areas for improvement



Communicates in the target language

  • Asks and answers questions using patterned sentences
  • Writes several simple sentences on familiar topics
  • Begins to adapt language to own needs

Gains knowledge and understanding of other cultures

  • Compares and explains items and customs used by people in the countries studied in relation to one’s own culture
  • Investigates different cultural points of view

Connects to other disciplines and acquires content information in the target language

  • Draws connections between target language used in other content areas and own language
  • Uses language as a tool to seek information


Communicates in the target language

  • Maintains a conversation by asking and answering questions connecting a variety of sentences on the same topic
  • Writes a variety of sentences on the same topic with some evidence of paragraph-like organization
  • Uses independently created language to express own thoughts

Gains knowledge and understanding of other cultures

  • Identifies and compares items and customs used by people in the countries studied to their own culture
  • Investigates different cultural points of view

Connects to other disciplines and acquires content information in the target language

  • Demonstrates acquisition and use of grade level specific math, science and health vocabulary to complete content area tasks
  • Use language as a tool to seek and process information
  • Draws connections between target language and own language


Demonstrates skills playing selected instrument as an individual and a member of an ensemble

  • Demonstrate correct body and hand positions, finger patterns, tone production, articulation, phrasing and expression
  • Demonstrate appropriate ensemble skills

Develops and demonstrates music literacy skills

  • Read, write and perform music with various rhythmic patterns and meters
  • Identify key signatures and scales

Develops and applies critical listening skills as an individual and a member of an ensemble

  • Sing simple melodic tonal patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately match tone, intonation and volume with others