Grade 5

Our Fifth Grade Teachers  Classroom
Mrs. Sheila Marini C – 5
Mrs. Laura Bossio C – 6
Ms. Nedda Carrano C – 7
Mr. Darrin Silhavy C – 8

Curriculum Overview for Grade 5*

English Language Arts

Frequent practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening continues in grade 5. Through readers’ and writers’ workshop, each student engages in reading literature and informational text; in writing narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion pieces; in speaking to convey his or her own ideas clearly; and in listening to understand the ideas of others.

Grade 5 English Language Arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Use active reading comprehension skills/strategies with a variety of texts
  • Support thinking with evidence from text that is read, both orally and in writing
  • Read orally with accuracy, expression, and appropriate pace
  • Maintain interest and focus during independent reading for increasing lengths of time
  • Demonstrate effort in reading
  • Express written ideas clearly with supporting relevant details in narrative, informational, and opinion genres
  • Connect written ideas with appropriate arrangement, using transitional words as needed
  • Use purposeful vocabulary with audience in mind
  • Vary sentence length and sentence structure, applying transitional phrases
  • Apply rules of grammar and punctuation accurately
  • Apply spelling strategies in written work
  • Demonstrate effort in writing


In grade 5, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions prepares students for more formal study of algebra. By the end of the year, students are expected to use the standard algorithm to solve multi-digit multiplication problems.

Grade 5 Mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Quickly and accurately add, subtract, multiply and divide multi-digit whole numbers
  • Write and interpret mathematical expressions using symbols such as parentheses
  • Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators
  • Multiply fractions by whole numbers and other fractions
  • Divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions
  • Read, write, and compare decimals to the thousandths place
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to the hundredths place
  • Analyze and determine relationships between numerical patterns
  • Decompose three-dimensional shapes and find volumes of right rectangular prisms, measuring volume using multiplication and addition
  • Persevere and maintain focus during math learning


Grade 5 students investigate and extend their knowledge of science as they explore topics of Earth and Space, Physical, and Life sciences along with a STEM-based mini-unit on solar houses. They use science notebooks to demonstrate their understanding of science concepts and key vocabulary, make accurate scientific observations, ask questions and define problems, represent and interpret information through data analysis or diagrams, and demonstrate effort in science and adherence to science safety guidelines.

Grade 5 Science curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student to:

  • Research, design, and build a model of a solar house
  • Explore how the positions of the earth, moon, and sun in our solar system impact life on earth
  • Investigate the physics of sound and light
  • Study the structure and function of the human eye and ear
  • Understand that science inquiry leads to exploration of the world around them

Social Studies

Grade 5 Social Studies curriculum, instruction, and assessment build on students’ understanding of Connecticut to help each student:

  • Connect Connecticut and local history with the founding of the United States
  • Explore how events and advances in technology led to the exploration and
    colonization of the Americas
  • Exhibit competency in relevant literacy, inquiry, and research skills

Library Media

Grade 5 Library Media curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Explore various topics within each division of the Dewey Decimal System
  • Develop and write a curriculum-related, multi-source report using appropriate software and hardware to present information
  • Judge the relevance, credibility, and completeness of print and/or non-print material


Grade 5 Music curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Develop melodic independence during improvising on Orff instruments and playing the recorder
  • Recognize differences between instruments within the same family

Physical Education

Grade 5 Physical Education curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply motor skill performance in team and individual lifetime activities
  • Develop a health-enhancing level of physical fitness

Visual Arts

Grade 5 Visual Arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Experiment with drawing, color theory, design, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional work, textiles, and art history/aesthetics

*Copied from the Trumbull Public School’s District’s K-5 Curriculum Brochure