5th Grade Math and Science 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.  

Information will also be posted on web pages via the Koontz Intermediate website: http://www.buncombe.k12.nc.us/Domain/3167 (direct link).  You may also call our school or email me at

ashley.morrow@bcsemail.org if you need additional assistance.


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. 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.


Classwork is considered work done in class with the guidance of the teacher.  All students should be able to complete the assignments with proficiency if they are paying attention and following along during class.


Math homework for the week will be given on Monday.  Each day, students should complete at least 3 out of the 5 problems each day.  We go over each problem the next day, and students are expected to correct and complete homework problems during that time.  A participation grade is given on Friday for having all the problems done, corrected, and turned in on time.

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. Additional quizzes and/or informal assessments 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 is on using evidence, models and reasoning to form scientific explorations.  Science concepts include weather; matter, properties & change; heat & energy transfer; forces & motion; interdependence of plants & animals; human body and genetics.

Homework/Participation In the rare case that homework is assigned, teachers may grade the work for completion.    This work should be completed by the due date established by the teacher.

Teachers may 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.

Grading Policy Grading Guidelines (weighted)

10 % = Participation and Homework

20% = Classwork/Notes

30% = Quizzes/Science Lab

40% = All Other Tests/Projects

Grading Scale
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
below 60 = F




Math Science Syllabus 2018-2019


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