Expectations for 5th Grade


Students will….
•    decode unknown words using: phonetic and structural analysis and a variety of context clues
•    determine the meanings of unknown words using: a variety of context clues and a glossary or dictionary
•    make and confirm predictions about what will be found in a text
•    identify:        setting, plot, and main characters
                          purpose and point of view
                          main idea or concept
•    use:  index, table or contents, appendices, etc.
•    apply the reading process and strategies to:
                        directions and procedures
                        folktales, realistic fiction, mysteries,
                        adventure stories, historical fiction,
                        informational texts, etc.
                        graphs, charts, and diagrams etc.
•    read for a variety of purposes: including independent reading
•    use encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, and available technology to gather information
•    read orally with fluency and expression


Students will….
•    write stories and essays that have an effective beginning, middle, and end
•    write legibly
•    write compositions that:
                        use a variety of sentence structures
                        use descriptive language
                        use complete sentences
                        have few grammatical errors related to:
                                a) spelling of commonly used words
                                b) capitalization
                                c) ending punctuation
                                d) common uses of commas
                                e) commonly confused terms (their, they’re, and there)


Students will….
•    increase speaking vocabulary
•    tell a story in sequence with appropriate detail
•    refine and expand his or her own grammar
•    identify and use non-verbal cues in conversation
•    indentify appropriate and inappropriate uses of language in different settings
•    participate in class discussions
•    retell or paraphrase a sentence, paragraph, or story


Students will….
•    demonstrate listening skills
•    follow complex oral directions
•    listen critically for: main idea, important details, and sequence

These expectations are based on research data from: NCTE and IRA, McREL, Houghton Mifflin and the Primary Program.

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