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5th Grade Online Curriculum

5th Grade Online Curriculum
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Typically the last year of elementary school, fifth grade is an exciting year for both students and parents. As students wrap up their elementary education, it’s important to ensure that they have a solid grasp on a wide range of concepts in order to help them finish the year strong and be well prepared as they head into middle school.

A comprehensive fifth grade curriculum will help your child reach all their learning objectives for the year and give them the knowledge and confidence they need as they head into sixth grade. This page provides an overview on the various aspects that make up a fifth grade education including what students learn, subjects taught, and more.

What do Fifth Graders Learn?

In fifth grade, students will practice more complex mathematical concepts such as exponents, decimals, fractions and more. They will read and understand new vocabulary in science and social studies as well significantly improve their grammar skills. They will expand their knowledge about the scientific method, historical events and important historical figures.

Below are some of the skills and concepts a fifth grade education should include.

  • Comparing and contrasting topics and themes
  • Using linking words and writing a conclusion
  • Multiplying two fractions using an area model
  • Understanding how Earth’s four spheres interact within the water cycle
  • Knowing and locating different climate zones around the world

Learn more about how Time4Learning can help your students achieve their academic goals by viewing our 5th grade scope and sequence and our 5th grade lesson plans pages.

5th Grade Curriculum Overview

A typical fifth grade curriculum should help students achieve mastery of a number of concepts while introducing them to new content as they prepare for middle school. This year, students will begin to write for different purposes and learn how to analyze reading passages in a more complex way. Fifth grade math will dive deeper into decimals, fractions, algebra, geometry and probability.

Finding the right curriculum can help your child meet all their learning objectives as well as engage and motivate them. If you’re new to homeschooling or simply looking for a new fifth grade homeschool curriculum, it’s important to keep several things in mind when shopping around.

  • Does the curriculum make learning fun and do a good job of keeping students engaged?
  • Is the material taught in a clear way? Does it use real-world examples?
  • Are children assessed regularly?
  • Are there plenty of opportunities for children to practice what they’ve learned and reinforce skills?
  • Do the activities promote critical thinking and problem solving skills?

Since homeschooling requirements vary by state, it’s important that you research your state’s homeschool laws to ensure the curriculum you choose meets those requirements.

5th Grade Math Curriculum

In fifth grade, students master all their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts to start working with basic algebraic functions such as exponents and order of operations. Time4Learning’s 5th grade math curriculum helps students master math facts and expand their knowledge on more complex math concepts this year.

For more detailed information, visit our Math Curriculum for 5th graders page.

5th Grade Language Arts Curriculum

Time4Learning’s well-rounded approach will help ensure that students have strong literacy and communication skills by the end of fifth grade. Some of the topics you can expect to see in our fifth grade homeschool curriculum for language arts include homophones, idioms, latin and greek roots and more.

Learn more about our Language Arts Curriculum for 5th graders page.

5th Grade Science Curriculum

Our fifth grade program in science teaches concepts using the 5E instructional model that not only engages students but also allows them to explore and investigate just like real scientists. Students will learn about the world around them by exploring topics like ecosystems, Earth, space and more. Plus access to supply lists makes it easy to do fun, hands-on activities at home.

Learn more on our Science Curriculum for 5th graders page.

5th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

The Time4Learning fifth grade homeschool curriculum in social studies gives students a look at various turning points in U.S. history, their significance, and key figures in the shaping of the country. Students will also discover the contributions made by different cultures and ancient civilizations, as well as gain a solid understanding of U.S. and world geography.

For more details, visit our Social Studies Curriculum for 5th graders page.

How to Homeschool a Fifth Grader

If you’re new to homeschooling or feeling unsure when it comes to how to homeschool fifth grade, Time4Learning has plenty of resources to help you get started. In addition to providing an award-winning curriculum, Time4Learning also offers tons of tips to help families homeschool with confidence as well as information on:

  • Getting started
  • Creating a schedule
  • Subjects and learning objectives
  • Suggested reading and more

Learn more about how to homeschool fifth grade here.

Why Choose Time4Learning 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum?

Many families are looking for a fifth grade homeschool curriculum that not only engages and motivates their students, but also helps them reach numerous learning objectives. Time4Learning has helped hundreds of thousands of families accomplish all those things and more for more than 16 years.

Our award-winning curriculum teaches using a fun, interactive approach that works well for children with different learning styles. In addition, as a IBCCES certified autism resource, many students with special needs thrive when using our engaging, self-paced curriculum.

Although most families use Time4Learning’s fifth grade curriculum as their core homeschool program, many families also use it for summer learning or afterschool skill building. Regardless of how you plan on using the 5th grade program, below are some of the benefits and features you can expect.

As a Full Curriculum
  • Comprehensive curriculum teaches math, language arts, science and social studies.
  • Detailed lesson plans provide helpful information on each lesson and activity.
  • Spelling and reading lists, as well as science supply lists help parents enhance the online material.
  • Activity planners and curriculum calculators help parents create schedules and plan for the year.
  • Automated grading and recordkeeping make it easy for parents to keep track of student progress and create homeschool portfolios.
  • An educational playground rewards students with even more fun activities once they have completed their lessons.
  • Friendly customer support team available by phone, email and chat to answer questions.
As a Supplement
  • Adjustable grade levels make it simple to review previous material and work in different grade levels by subject
  • 24/7 access means students can log in afterschool or on weekends
  • No contracts allow families to start, stop, or pause their membership at any time.
  • Supplemental worksheets available for some activities provide extra practice and help reinforce online lessons.
  • Students can redo lessons and retake tests and quizzes.
  • Material is presented in a suggested sequence, however, students can skip lessons on topics they have already mastered.
  • Low monthly fee is more affordable than pricey tutors and online format eliminates the need to drive to a learning center.

FAQ About Homeschooling 5th Grade

What age are you in 5th grade?

Most fifth grade students are usually between 10- and 11-years-old. The great thing about homeschooling is that students can progress at their own pace, so their age may not necessarily align with what is typical, and that’s OK.

What should a 5th grader know by the end of the year?

When it comes to math, students should have mastered the four math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. They should be able to use basic algebraic functions and apply geometric concepts to solve problems. In language arts, they should be able to use reading strategies to compare and evaluate passages, as well as write well-thought-out answers with supporting details, proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

How can I prepare my child for fifth grade?

A few simple exercises and activities can go a long way and help students improve a number of skills as they enter fifth grade. Below are some ideas:

  • Continue to read out loud and discuss things like the main idea, point of view, characters, etc.
  • Give your child writing prompts or have them keep a journal to help build writing and vocabulary skills.
  • Practice multiplication and division with printable worksheets.
  • Ask your child to help you with calculations and conversions when shopping, creating budgets, and even cooking and baking.

PreK - 8th

  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95 monthly for each additional student)

9th - 12th

  • Monthly, per student
  • (Includes 4 courses per student)

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