5th Grade


5th grade rocks


Mr. Beheme, Mrs. Correia, & Mrs. Paterno

Math rocks
The last year of Northvail offers students many exciting opportunities and privileges.  A big emphasis in fifth grade is allowing students to become more independent learners and take more responsibility for their education.  Note taking and organizational skills are developed in order to prepare for middle school.  Please see the specific topics we cover below:



The main units covered in Mathematics are: Fluency with Whole Numbers & Decimals, Operations with Fractions, Geometry & Measurement

Unit of Student

Students Will Learn

Fluency with Whole Numbers & Decimals

Place Value of Whole Numbers

Whole Number Operations (Multiplication, Division, & Expressions using Whole Numbers)

Decimal Operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

Operations with Fractions

Fraction Operations – with Unlike Denominators (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

Geometry & Measurement

Algebra: Patterns & Graphing

Converting Units of Measure

Geometry & Volume



In fifth grade Science, we cover 4 main units of study: The Nature of Science & S.T.E.M., Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science

The Nature of Science & S.T.E.M.

Life Science

Earth Science

Physical Science

How Scientists Work

Cells to Body Systems

Earth Surface/Oceans


The Engineering Process


The Rock Cycle

Light & Sound


Natural Resources


Forces & Motion



The Solar System and the Universe


Social Studies


Social Studies

The units that will be covered in Social Studies are:

  • Geography – What is geography and why is it important in the life of each student?
  • Exploration and Settlement of the New World – Who influenced the Western World and why were their contributions important?
  • United States Government – Why was there a need for a national government in the United States?
  • A Growing America (Reform and Change) – How did America evolve and change through expansion, immigration, industrialization, and urbanization?

    Readers make better writers  


    Students will be participating in a Reader’s Workshop Program allowing them to grow as readers and analyze different types of text.  The units that are covered are as follows:

  • Unit 1:  Interpretation Book Clubs – Analyzing Themes
  • Unit 2:  Tackling Complexity – Moving Up Level of Nonfiction
  • Unit 3:  Argument and Advocacy – Researching Debatable Ideas
  • Unit 4:  Fantasy Book Clubs – The Magic of Themes & Symbols

    Students will develop the necessary skills in order to read independently and respond to reading by demonstrate understanding of a selection.


    In fifth grade, students are exposed to several different types of writing styles and begin to develop their own person writing ‘voice.’  The main areas that are focused on are:

  • Narrative Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Poetry
  • Explanatory/Informational Writing
  • Opinion Writing
  • Research Based Writing

Students are expected to write 5-paragraph essays with proper formatting (Introduction, Body Paragraphs, Conclusion)





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