Confused about what to teach your fifth grader?
Your fifth grade student is ready for the future. You’re excited about the possibilities! But what do you teach them? Should you continue with a reading comprehension program or start novel studies? What about math and science? Is there a fifth grade curriculum checklist anywhere? Where do you start?
And what if no single curriculum has exactly what suits you?
If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.
I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. Then I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. For my Grade Five scope and sequence, you’ll get the list of skills and topics suitable for fifth graders (age 9-11).
In the middle elementary grades, the focus switches to the content subjects of learning. We take the foundational skills of early elementary, and use them to explore the world. The arts, sciences, and stories that shape our culture dominate their learning, while their skills of gathering and connecting information are refined.
Fifth grade is all about thinking critically, asking questions and putting together their own thoughts about topics of interest. In fifth grade, kids start to question more rigorously, considering all the options and setting their own goals. Seat work should be no more than 200 minutes (approximately 3 hours 20 min) per day, and I recommend that in 30-35 minute sessions. This is a systematic list that will make it easy to shop for and find the right materials that will suit both you and your student.
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What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!
Use your own judgement for finding the appropriate methods for teaching. There’s no one way! This fifth grade curriculum checklist will simply give you a guide, so you aren’t lost in all the various options out there. Now you can be organized and feel like you’ve got a handle on this homeschooling thing.
Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced. When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.
This is your map to your child’s education. When you’re starting out, you want to start right. So get ready for Fifth Grade with the Grade Five Scope and Sequence.