What does math look like at the 5th grade?
The state of Arizona follows the Standards for College and Career Readiness of Math (formerly known as Common Core).  These standards were designed by a council of national math instructors who wanted to create a national curriculum that would decrease the gap between the skills students were graduating from, and what was needed to be successful in college and career fields.  Below you will find links to websites having to do with the College and Career Readiness (Common Core initiative) and specific links to 5th grade math standards.

What should my child know before coming to 5th grade?
5th grade is a jump up in curriculum.  It is critical that students have mastered the skills they were supposed to learn in 4th grade to be successful and not struggle in 5th grade.  If you child has struggled in any one of the following areas, please work with them over the summer to shore up these skills:

• Basic addition and subtraction facts
• Multiplication and division facts from 1's to 12's.
• Read, write, and speak numbers through the millions place.
• General sense of numbers and how they work.
• Single digit multiplication by a multi digit number
• Double digit multiplication by a double digit number
• Division of a multi digit dividend by a single digit divisor
Instructional Approach to curriculum in 5th Grade?
With the introduction of the College and Career Readiness standards, the approach to learning mathematics has shifted from a focus on learning the formula or algorithm of how to solve a math problem, to students creating their own understanding and strategies for solving math.  For years we have taught "one way" to solve math problems.  However, not all strategies make sense to every student.  The human brain is complex and thinking varies from student to student.  In fifth grade we provide multiple strategies based on making meaning of the math and it is focused on understanding the process of math.  Students need to be able to explain why the math works and make sense of it.

*Below are links to examples of strategies we use in 5th grade.  Click on them to watch videos on how to use the strategies:
Topics of Study in 5th Grade:  For the 2014-2015 school year, Deer Valley USD is utilizing the Engage New York Materials for instruction of the College and Career Readiness Standards.  Engage NY is a high level, rigorous program of study designed to specifically teach the College and Career Readiness Standards.  The program was developed by an independent organization that drew the materials from the top thinkers and programs currently in the world such as Singapore Math, Math Solutions (Marilyn Burns) and the NCTM.  This program was developed to provide free materials to districts so that all students could have access to materials that would help them to be successful.  For more information on Engage NY, please visit their website: http://www.engageny.org/mathematics

The Topics of Study we will be exploring this year are:
• Place Value and Decimal Fractions
• Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations
• Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
• Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
• Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
• Problem Solving with the Coordinate Plane
*Thank you Mr. Jeff Lyons at Sierra Verde for this helpful page and videos.