Fifth Grade Curriculum Overview

Language Arts

York Suburban School District follows the Pennsylvania Core Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen.  PA Core standards in fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and responding to reading are addressed through shared reading, guided reading, self-selected reading, writing and phonics instruction.

Throughout the year fifth grade students will:

  • learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies through reading workshop, guided reading and book clubs
  • increase ability to figure out new words through analysis of word parts and patterns
  • develop the ability to read text smoothly, accurately, and with an appropriate rate
  • read and apply new vocabulary
  • develop comprehension through the application of focus skills and strategies
  • read and understand content in all academic areas
  • read all types of literature and construct meaning through discussion and written responses
  • actively participate in the writing process – prewriting, drafting, editing, conferencing, revising and publishing
  • produce quality narrative, informational and persuasive writing
  • learn to listen and respond to others and to literature
  • participate in sharing, discussions, directions, explanations, reports and oral readings
  • be able to select a topic and gather information for a research presentation



York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.

Throughout the year fifth grade students will:

Numbers and Operations - Base Ten

  • Apply place-value concepts to show an understanding of operations and roundings as they pertain to whole numbers and decimals
  • Extend an understanding of operations with whole numbers to perform operations including decimals

Numbers and Operations - Fractions

  •  Use the understanding of equivalency to add and subtract fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Interprt and evaluate numerical expressions using order of operations
  • Analyze patterns and relationships using two rules


  • Graph point in the first quadrant on the coordinate plane and interpret these points when solving real world and mathematical problems
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on an understanding of their properties

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving conversions within a given measurement system
  • Represent and interpret data using appropriate scale
  • Solve problems involving computation of fractions using information provided in a line plot
  • Apply concepts of volume to solve problems and relate volume to multiplication and addition



York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units.

In fifth grade, students will be learning about and be provided with opportunities to complete projects in the areas of:

  • Matter and its Properties
  • Earth Science
  • Oceanography
  • Soil Types, Rocks, and Minerals
  • Volcanoes and Earthquake
  • Weather
  • The Scientific Method

Social Studies

York Suburban School District promotes the exploration of American History and geography through reading, research, and projects.

In fifth grade, students will learn about and be provided with opportunities for related projects in the following areas:

  • Colonization of America
  • Causes and results of the American Revolution
  • Development of the United States government
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • War of 1812
  • California Gold Rush
  • Causes and results of the Civil War
  • 50 states and capitals