Fifth-grade students engage in numerous learning activities to attain the required knowledge and skills for solving problems and thinking critically in all aspects of the English language arts curriculum. Students are transitioning from concrete to more abstract thinking and are refining their language abilities.
Fifth-graders continue to develop a wide range of applied strategies to comprehend functional, informational, and literary texts and to create written compositions. To achieve this, teachers place emphasis on reading, literature, writing and language, research and inquiry, and oral and visual communication. Ideas, opinions, and information are expressed through narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing. Research and inquiry provide opportunities for students to use search strategies. Through written expression, students demonstrate knowledge of grammar and usage concepts and apply mechanics in their writings.