Math Syllabus

5th Grade Math & Science Syllabus

We are excited to have all of you here at Koontz! This is going to be a great year filled with fun and learning all at the same time!  This information is provided as a summary of our math and science expectations for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  

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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 unit of study. 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.

  • Math journals are expected to be taken home and used as a reference while doing homework assignments.  They are expected to be neat, thorough and organized.
  • Learning Targets will be posted for each math lesson that reflect what the student is expected to do during instruction.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make up any notes that are missed during an absence.  This can be accomplished before or after school.


  • Math homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday.  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.

  • In addition to computation problems, students may 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 journal or binder 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 or a review of previously taught material.  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 to test the student's level of understanding of the skill.  A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency.

  • Additional quizzes and/or tests will be given based on student performance. The information from these will be used to determine students’ understanding of the concepts and if additional instruction or enrichment is needed.


The focus for 5th grade Science is using evidence, models and reasoning to form scientific explorations.  Science concepts include Weather; Matter, Properties & Change; Heat & Energy Transfer; Forces & Motion; Environments & Ecosystems; Cells, Human Body and Genetics.


  • When homework is assigned, teachers may grade the work for completion. This work should be completed by the due date established by the teacher.

  • Teachers take participation grades based on engagement and effort during any class assignment and/or activity.


  • Science Journal - Each student is required to keep a science journal during class.  All journals should be neat, organized, and thorough in order to demonstrate their participation.  Students will glue/tape handouts, graphic organizers, etc., as well as write notes and complete classwork in their journals. Teachers will assess journals based on these criteria, which will contribute to their classwork and/or participation grade.

  • Labs - Students will participate in hands-on or digital labs to enhance their learning experiences during science class.  Labs will contribute to classwork grades.


A variety of quizzes, assessments and projects will be used throughout each unit to check for understanding.  Some projects may need to be completed at home.

Unit Tests

A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency over an entire unit of study.  These tests will given via "Schoolnet," which looks very similar to format of the Science End-of-Grade test. All unit tests count for 40% of the total grade for each grading period.  Students will complete a study guide before each unit test that will help them prepare. Students are expected to take these home and use as a study tool.


You can check on your child’s progress by using the “Parent Portal” through the school website. “Parent Portal” only allows access to your child’s personal grades for all of his/her classes and is protected by a username and password (obtained from the office for security).