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Fifth Grade

English Language Arts

  • I can analyze, draw inferences and conclusions from literature and informational sources.
  • I can write stories, essays and research projects with a thesis statement and supporting details.
  • I can organize and deliver a presentation using technology.
  • If I am an English Learner, my family understands my place in the reclassification process and I understand the importance of reclassifying by 5th grade.
  • I read for at least 30 minutes every day.


  • I know how to use a line plot to display data points.
  • I can add, subtract and multiply fractions. I can divide a fraction by a whole number.
  • I can solve math problems that have fractions, decimals, and different place values.
  • I can calculate the volume of shapes.
  • I understand how to use parentheses, brackets, and braces in numerical expressions.
  • I understand place values from decimals to thousands (.01, .1, 1, 10, 100, 1000).

Academic Behaviors

  • I prepare for my next day of school by setting my alarm and preparing my clothes.
  • I can complete a task as part of a team.
  • I am able to identify important information when taking notes, and use that to help me study.
  • I use a planner or agenda, and dividers and binders to keep track of and organize my assignments.
  • I know who to ask for help when I don‛t understand.
  • I know the purpose of my teacher‛s lessons and can share them with my parent(s)/guardians(s).
  • I can make a plan to complete a long-term project.
  • I talk to my teachers once a week about my class progress.
  • I can set goals and measure my progress.
  • I know how to evaluate the reliability of an internet source.

Motivational Experiences

  • I visited a local museum or nature center.
  • I have a library card and visit my local library once a week.
  • I visit my local park once a week.
  • I have visited a bank and/or credit union.
  • I have seen a live musical or theatrical production.

Financial Literacy

  • I am saving for college with a Scholars Savings Account or other 529 program.
  • I have checked to see if I have money for college saved for me through CalKIDS.
  • I talk with my parents about money.
  • I can make a plan for my money that includes spending, saving and donating.
  • I can make lists and prioritize needs and wants.
  • I know that advertising is designed to get me to buy a specific product.
  • I know that tax is added to the cost of items I buy.
  • I go to workshops with my parent(s)/guardian(s) to learn how to pay for college.


  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) talk to my teacher about my progress in school.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) know how to read my report card/progress report.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) goes to workshops/school activities at my school at least two times a year.
  • My family knows what my learning goals are, and my learning plans if I am in an English Learner Program or have an IEP.
  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) communicate with other parents in my class.
  • I help out my family at home with things like doing chores or cooking a meal.
  • I understand my culture and know the importance of respecting diversity.

College Knowledge

  • I know that I can go to college!
  • I understand that doing well in school will help me get to college.
  • I learned about the difference between community college, the California State University, University of California, and private colleges.
  • I have asked a current or past college graduate about what college is like.
  • I have an idea of what I want to be when I grow up.

Health and Wellness

  • I have attended training/workshops on positive peer relations and human growth and development.
  • I sleep 9-12 hours at night.
  • I do a variety of physical activities.
  • I spend at least 60 minutes a day on physical exercise (including vigorous activity, and strengthening muscles and bones).
  • I eat a variety of nutritious foods that include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • I can recognize my feelings and the feelings of others, and can communicate when I need help.

Digital Citizenship

  • I find balance in my digital life.
  • I care about everyone‛s privacy.
  • I know the power of my words and actions.
  • I define who I am.
  • I am a critical thinker and creator.

For more information:

To find out more about saving for college or to enroll in a college savings account click here.

To find your local library click here.

To find your local parks and recreation options click here.

Download a printable Spanish version of the 5th grade roadmap HERE