Boys Reading

5th Grade Reading

What do I need to know about my child's education?

Children in fifth grade will learn to read longer words by using root words, prefixes and suffixes to help determine the meaning of new words. They will explain how an author proves key points in a text and how to use quotes correctly when talking about text. When writing, fifth graders are learning to keep their readers in mind and are paying attention to a clear sequence of events. They are beginning to listen for key points and deciding if what they hear from people or media has real evidence or is not completely truthful. Children in fifth grade should be able to demonstrate the following skills.


Children this age will...


Children this age will...

  • express opinions with supporting reasons and information.
  • produce writing that shares information and ideas.
  • use details and a clear sequence of events in their writing.
  • learn how to use a computer and/or keyboard to write.
  • learn how to keep the reader in mind as they write text.
  • use underlining, quotation marks or italics in a title.
  • use punctuation to divide items in a series or list.
  • use many different sentence lengths and styles as they write.

Speaking and Listening

Children this age will...

  • summarize information.
  • explain reasons and evidence that support the views of a speaker or media source.
  • plan and give a speech.
  • find and discuss misleading ideas.