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Grade 5 Math

Students entering 5th grade come with diverse number sense, basic math understanding, and computation skills. Daily ability-based math groups allow each child’s specific needs to be addressed with both direct instruction as well as independent work.  When taught in this manner, the teacher has the opportunity to examine each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify appropriate strategies and accommodations.

What We Do

  • Developing understanding and proficiency of number sense with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals including prime and composite numbers and identifying even and odd numbers.
  • Creating and solving single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Collecting, displaying, and analyzing data to solve probability problems
  • Solving problems involving volume, area, and perimeter.
  • Solving problems using strategies including place value and the properties of addition and multiplication

How we do it

  • CRA Instruction (Concrete-Representational-Abstract)
  • Daily re-looping of previously learned materials
  • Logic and story problems
  • Use of Manipulatives (i.e. counters, number line, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, money, clocks)/multi-sensory activities during direct instruction and independent work
  • Games and practice in both independent and small group settings
  • Group and independent activities utilizing technology (i.e. IPads, Smartboard)
  • Explicit instruction with calculators
  • Formative and Summative assessments


  • Use of number lines, multiplication charts during independent work/assessments
  • Use of manipulatives during independent work/assessments
  • Repetition and practice of skills to increase math fact fluency 
  • Use of graph paper to organize multiplication and division problems