5th Grade Competencies


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Behaviors That Affect Learning Literacy Math Science Social Studies

Behaviors That Affect Learning

  • Shows respect for self, adults, children, and property.
  • Works cooperatively.
  • Uses time productively.
  • Listens attentively.
  • Follows directions.
  • Organizes materials and tasks.
  • Strives to produce quality work.
  • Participates and contributes to own learning.
  • Handles/Resolves conflicts appropriately.
  • Problem solves and thinks independently.

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  • Comprehends meaning from stories, dramas or poems using specific details and structures.
  • Comprehends main ideas from informational texts supported by key details and structures.
  • Reads fluently.


  • Writing is focused and supported using opinion, informative/explanatory, and/or narrative.
  • Conducts research using several sources to build knowledge.
  • Uses relevant information from research, cited correctly, to write clear and organized pieces.
  • Uses technology to produce and publish writing.

Speaking and Listening

  • Collaborates with peers: participates in discussions, poses and responds to specific questions.
  • Evaluates and summarizes a speaker's point of view.
  • Presents information logically using appropriate and relevant facts according to purpose and audience.
  • Adapts speech appropriately to situations.


  • Applies correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization when writing.
  • Uses grade appropriate vocabulary words, both general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

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  • Writes and interprets numerical expressions.
  • Analyzes patterns and relationships.
  • Understands the place value system.
  • Performs operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to the hundredths.
  • Uses equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
  • Applies and extends previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.
  • Converts like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Represents and interprets data.
  • Understands concepts of volume and relates volume to multiplication and to addition.
  • Graphs points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Classifies two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
  • Multi-digit multiplication.
  • Communicates reasoning and explains thinking using vocabulary.
  • Models thinking using words, pictures, symbols and/or mathematical models.
  • Solves problems using structures and patterns.

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  • Demonstrates understanding of scientific methods.
  • Demonstrates understanding of interdependent relationships of scientific systems (ecosystems, Earth and Universe, transfer of energy).

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Social Studies

  • Demonstrates an understanding of local, state, and US history.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of geography and its effect on US history.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of political, social, and economic systems.

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