Fifth Grade Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Quote accurately from a text to make inferences and demonstrate understanding
  • Determine main idea(s) and themes
  • Summarize text
  • Describe causes and effects between characters and events

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases including content-related words and figurative language
  • Use text structure and text features in informational texts
    • Cause and effect
    • Chronological
    • Problem/solution
  • Compare and contrast including content-related words and figurative language
  • Use text structure and text features in informational texts
    • Cause and effect
    • Chronological
    • Problem/solution
  • Explain text structure and text features in literature
    • Poems (verse, rhythm)
    • Drama (dialogue, settings)
  • Describe and analyze points of view

Comprehension: Integration

  • Analyze information from illustrations, print, and digital texts to deepen understanding
  • Explain how authors use reasoning and evidence to support their points
  • Compare and contrast themes and topics
  • Use information from multiple texts in research


Analyze Ideas, Select Narrow Topics, Elaborate and Organize

  • Write narratives using effective technique, descriptive details and clear event sequences
  • Write opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons
  • Write informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Use leads, transitions and organization
  • Elaborate on ideas

Write for Different Audience and Purpose; Uses Sentence Variety

  • Use descriptive language to convey emotion, dialogue, thought to bring story to life
  • Use sentences to create tone
  • Include facts, evidence and figurative language to make a point
  • Use words to show expertise on a subject


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing

Analyze and Evaluate Own Writing

  • Reflect on writing, revise and set goals


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions
  • Analyze patterns and relationships

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi- digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions

Measurement and Data

  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition


  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


  • Structure and properties of matter
  • Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
  • Earth’s systems
  • Space systems: Stars and the solar system
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • US First People, Encounter and Colonization
  • US Revolution
  • US Government
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  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes.
  • Communicate through the arts.
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Understand skills and concepts of sports/fitness
  • Participate actively, cooperate with others and stay on task
  • Understand how to follow directions
  • Contribute positively


  • Study the Family Life and Sexual Health unit
  • Understand the basic components of fitness
  • Read nutritional labels
  • Study human body systems


  • Learn basic operations and concepts
  • Use productivity tools that include word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, multimedia
  • Use communication tools
  • Use technology for research
  • Use network skills
  • Use technology ethics