5th Grade Math Syllabus

5th Grade Math & Science Syllabus

This information is provided as a summary of our math  expectations for our students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  


The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands: (1) Operations & Algebraic Thinking; (2) Number & Operations in Base Ten; (3) Number & Operations - Fractions; (4) Measurement & Data (includes volume) and, (5) Geometry.  Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands.  We also integrate the eight (8) “Standards for Mathematical Practices” which will be pasted in your student’s math journal.

Grade five is a pivotal year.  It is a culmination and synthesis of what has come before in grades K through 4 and a transition to the greater independence and responsibilities students need to exhibit in middle grades.

Math Journal 

  • Students will be responsible for taking notes in their journal during math class for each lesson.   These notes will include examples of a variety of strategies used to solve math equations, vocabulary for each unit and numerous examples to use as a resource during homework time.
  • Essential questions will be posted along with “I Can” statements that reflect what the student is expected to do in each unit.
  • Math journals are expected to be neat, thorough, and organized.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make up any notes that are missed during an absence.


  • Math homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday in the student workbooks.  Students should complete assignments to the best of their ability and show their “thinking” and work in order to be prepared for class the following day.  The student’s “thinking” should show all math work for each assigned task.
  • Often, students will need to include written explanations using math vocabulary and correct sentence structure.  
  • If additional notebook paper is used, the student should place that paper in their workbook in order to have it available in class the following day.  We encourage students to always try to complete their assignments on their own, using the math journal as a reference, and obtain guidance from parents if necessary.  
  • Homework is a continuation of the day’s classwork.  This work provides information to assess the student’s skill level and understanding.

    Math Assessments

  • Units will be divided into sessions.  At the end of each session, there will be a quiz tested on that particular skill.  A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency.
  • County mandated rubrics that correlate with the state’s standards are used to score each unit test.