Meet the 5th grade team

Dear Families,

Welcome to your child’s final year in elementary school. It is a year filled with exciting milestones and accomplishments for our students. This is the year where memories are made. Our goal is to help your child solidify their academic endeavors in order to have a smooth transition into middle school. We are a dedicated team of teachers with high expectations for all students.

We look forward to the support that your child will need as we work together to make this the most successful year possible. We encourage open communication at all times.

We look forward to a great year!

Fifth Grade Team

Standardized Assessments

Students complete the FAST (Florida Assessment for Student Thinking) Assessment three times a year for Reading and Math. This assessment measures students’ achievement of Florida’s B.E.S.T. standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. The assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.

Students and families can learn about further information and resources for the FAST Assessment through the following link:

Tentative Fifth Grade Events

  • Orchestra Field Trip – Dr. Phillips Center
  • Kennedy Space Center Field Trip
  • Universal- Islands of Adventure Field Trip
  • Oration
  • Awards Ceremony

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Fifth-Grade Teachers

Ms. Cleter - Team Leader - Math / Science / Social Studies

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Ms. Orta - TWDL Spanish

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Mr. Butcher - TWDL English

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Ms. McDaniel - ELA

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Ms. Adams - Math / Science / Social Studies

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Ms. Rojas - ELA

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Ms. Jefferson

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English Language Arts


What will my child be learning in fifth-grade?

  • Key Ideas and Details in Informational Text

  • Summarizing, Inferencing, Relationships

  • Key Ideas and Details in Literature

  • Compare and Contrast

  • Theme

  • Craft and Structure in Informational Text

  • Unfamiliar Words

  • Text Structure

  • Analyzing Multiple Accounts

  • Craft and Structure in Literature

  • Language and Meaning

  • Point of View

  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas in Informational Text

  • Information from Multiple Sources

  • Supporting Evidence

  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas in Literature

  • Stories of the Same Genre

  • Analyzing Visual Elements

Parent Guide for Grade 5 English Language Arts

Click below to access the FLDOE ELA Parent Guide.
FLDOE Parent Guide for ELA

Fifth-Grade ELA Standards

Click below to access the FLDOE ELA Standards.
Click to access the Florida BEST ELA Standards

How can I help my child with reading?

  • Read a Variety of Texts: Build an at-home library of children’s stories, non-fiction texts, magazines, recipes, comics, etc.

  • Choose Appropriate Books: Help your child pick books that are not too hard but not too easy.

  • Read to Your Child Every Day: Model good reading strategies to your child by reading a few minutes each day.

  • Have Your Child Read to You Every Day: Spend 15-20 minutes listening to your child read to you before they are tired.

  • Talk About It: Ask your child questions about what they read.

  • Have them retell the story in their own words including a description of the characters and setting and what happens in the book (beginning, middle, end, problem, solution).

  • Practice Text Tracking: If your child is an early reader, encourage them to point to each word.

  • Reread Favorite Books: Repeat favorite books over and over to build reading fluency.

  • Reading Apps: Download reading apps for your device.

  • Practice Decoding Strategies: If your child is having trouble figuring out a word, remind them of the following strategies:
    • Eagle Eye-Look at the pictures for clues.
    • Lips the Fish-Get your lips ready and say the first sound.
    • Stretchy Snake-Stretch out the sounds and then shrink them back together.
    • Chunky Monkey-Look for chunks in the word that you know and then blend the words together.
    • Skippy Frog-Skip the word and then go back and re-read.
    • Tryin’ Lion-Try it again.
    • Helpful Kangaroo-Ask for help!

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What will my child be learning in fifth-grade?

  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

  • Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors.

  • Evaluate numerical expressions containing whole numbers and up to one fraction and parentheses, brackets, or braces.

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions.

  • Recognize that in a multi-digit number a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.

  • Explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.

  • Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

  • Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

  • Use place value understanding to round decimals (from millions to thousandths) to any place.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths.
  • Add and subtract fractions (including mixed numbers) with unlike denominators.
  • Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions.

  • Interpret the product (a/b) × q as parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ b (when multiplying whole numbers by fractions or fractions by fractions) (limit denominators to 1-20).

  • Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths.

  • Represent fraction products as rectangular areas.

  • Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing) by comparing the size of a product to the size of one factor on the basis of the size of the other factor, without performing the indicated multiplication.

  • Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b).

  • Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers.

  • Interpret division of a unit fraction by a non-zero whole number, and compute such quotients.

  • Interpret division of a whole number by a unit fraction, and compute such quotients.

  • Solve real-world problems involving division of unit fractions by non-zero whole numbers and division of whole numbers by unit fractions.

  • Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (using whole, decimal, or fractional measurement values).

  • Use conversions in solving multi-step, real-world problems.

  • Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8).

  • Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots.

  • Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category.

  • Classify and organize two-dimensional figures into Venn diagrams based on the attributes of the figures.

  • Understand a cube with side length 1 unit, called a “unit cube,” is said to have “one cubic unit” of volume, and can be used to measure volume.

  • Understand a solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units.

  • Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

  • Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with whole-number side lengths by packing it with unit cubes, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths, equivalently by multiplying the height by the area of the base. Represent threefold whole-number products as volumes.

  • Apply the formulas V = l × w × h and V = B × h for rectangular prisms to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with whole-number edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

  • Find volumes of solid figures composed of two non-overlapping right rectangular prisms by adding the volumes of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real-world problems.

  • Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates.

  • Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond.

Fifth-Grade Math Standards

Click below to access the FLDOE Math Standards.
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What will my child be learning in fifth-grade?

  • Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.

  • Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, recognize and explain the need for repeated experimental trials, identify a control group and explain its importance in an experiment, and recognize and explain that authentic scientific investigation frequently does not parallel the steps of "the scientific method."

  • Differentiate between verifiable observations and opinions.
    Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence, and that investigation must be repeatable by others.

  • Recognize that a galaxy consists of gas, dust, and many stars, including any objects orbiting the stars. Identify our home galaxy as the Milky Way.

  • Recognize the major common characteristics of all planets and compare/contrast the properties of inner and outer planets.

  • Distinguish among the following objects of the Solar System -- Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets -- and identify Earth's position in it.

  • Create a model of the water cycle and recognize that the ocean is an integral part of the water cycle and is connected to all of Earth's water reservoirs via evaporation and precipitation processes.

  • Recognize how air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, and precipitation determine the weather in a particular place and time.

  • Distinguish among the various forms of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, and hail), making connections to the weather in a particular place and time, and recognize that some of the weather-related differences, such as temperature and humidity, are found among different environments, such as swamps, deserts, and mountains.

  • Describe characteristics (temperature and precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.

  • Develop a family preparedness plan in case of a natural disaster.

  • Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature.

  • Identify things that will speed up and slow down the rate of dissolving.

  • Demonstrate and explain that mixtures of solids can be separated based on observable properties of their parts such as particle size, shape, color, and magnetic attraction.

  • Explore the scientific theory of atoms (also called the atomic theory) by recognizing that all matter is composed of parts that are too small to be seen without magnification.

  • Explain how many physical and chemical changes are affected by temperature.

  • Describe some basic forms of energy, including light, heat, and sound, electrical, chemical, and mechanical and explain that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.

  • Investigate and explain that an electrically-charged object can attract an uncharged object and can either attract or repel another charged object without any contact between the objects.

  • Explain that electrical energy can be transformed into heat, light, and sound energy, as well as the energy of motion.

  • Investigate and illustrate the fact that the flow of electricity requires a closed circuit (a complete loop) and describe materials that are good conductors or insulators of electricity.

  • Describe that the greater the force applied to it, the greater the change in motion of a given object and describe that the more mass an object has, the less effect a given force will have on the object's motion.

  • Explain that when a force is applied to an object but it does not move, it is because another opposing force is being applied by something in the environment so that the forces are balanced.

  • Identify the structure and function of the organs in the human body and compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans.

  • Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

  • Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.

Fifth-Grade Science Standards

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Social Studies

Fifth-Grade Social Studies Standards

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Fifth-Grade Health Standards

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Fifth-Grade Supply List

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