Fifth Grade Merlin Report Card Content Areas



Reads (MERLIN advanced) Grade Level Text

  • Reads and comprehends text accurately


Key Ideas and Details

  • Cites textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • Determines a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provides a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • Describes how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution

Craft and Structure

  • Determines the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyzes the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • Analyzes how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
  • Explains how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text


  • Compares and contrasts the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch
  • Compares and contrasts texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics




  • Writes narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequence
  • Writes informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Writes opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons and information
  • Uses leads, transitions, and organization
  • Composes a strong ending specific to the type of writing


  • Uses descriptive language, dialogue, and thoughts to bring story to life
  • Includes facts, evidence and figurative language to make a point
  • Uses words to show expertise on a subject; makes deliberate word choices
  • Varies sentences to create the pace and tone of different sections of the piece
  • Elaborates on ideas in ways appropriate for the type of writing
  • Makes effective use of the writing process: prewrite, draft, revision, and edit
  • Reflects on writing and sets goals

Language Conventions

  • Uses grammar, spelling, and conventions appropriate for 5th Grade MERLIN expectations




  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
    • Understands ratio concepts and uses ratio reasoning to solve problems
  • The Number System
    • Applies and extends previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions
    • Computes fluently with multi-digit numbers and finds common factors and multiples
    • Applies and extends previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers
  • Expressions and Equations
    • Applies and extends previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions
    • Reasons about and solves one-variable equations and inequalities
    • Represents and analyzes quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables
  • Geometry
    • Solves real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume
  • Statistics and Probability
    • Develops understanding of statistical variability
    • Summarizes and describes distributions


  • Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them
  • Reasons abstractly and quantitatively
  • Constructs viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others
  • Models with mathematics
  • Uses appropriate tools strategically
  • Attends to precision
  • Looks for and makes use of structure
  • Looks for and expresses regularity in repeated reasoning



Understands skills and concepts related to scientific principles from science units on Patterns of Earth and Sky; Modeling Matter; The Earth’s System; Ecosystem Restoration.


Social Studies

Understands skills and concepts related to social studies lessons on US First People, Encounter and Colonization, US Revolution, US Government.



Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning

  • Stays on task
  • Follows directions
  • Contributes positively

Demonstrates skills and concepts

  • Sings
  • Performs with instruments
  • Reads and notates music
  • Composes and improvises
  • Listens, analyzes, and describes music


Health and Fitness

Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

  • Respects the rights and feelings of others
  • Actively listens and follows directions
  • Stays on task
  • Contributes positively

Demonstrates skills and concepts related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

  • Demonstrates locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulatives, balance, and rhythm skills in group activities
  • Applies movement concepts in cooperative situations; understands and applies the need for different roles with in a team game (offense and defense)
  • Analyzes the health and skill related components of fitness
    • Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition
    • Power, agility, balance, speed, coordination, reaction time
  • Uses fitness assessment scores to set personal fitness goals
  • Understands skills and concepts related to health
    • Nutrition and the body