5th Grade End of the Year Goals

5th Grade End of the Year Goals

Need goals for the year? Here is the 5the grade list down below help guide you, with a printable version.


– Daily reading

– Log and track progress

Language Arts

– Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text

– Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

– Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

– Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

– Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

– Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

– Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

– Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

– By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

– Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

– Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

– Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

– Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

– Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

– Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

– Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

– Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

– By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

– Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

– Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

– Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

– Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

– Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

– Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

– Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

– Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

– Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

– Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

– Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

– Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

– Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

– Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

– Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

– Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.

– Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

– Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

– Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

– With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

– With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

– Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

– Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

– Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., how characters interact]”).

– Apply grade 5 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point[s]”).

– Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

– Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

– Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

– Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

– Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

– Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

– Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

– Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

– Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

– Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

– Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

– Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.

– Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.

– Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.

– Use correlative conjunctions (e.g., either/or, neither/nor).

– Use punctuation to separate items in a series.

– Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.

– Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).

– Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.

– Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.

– Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.

– Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.

– Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

– Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).

– Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

– Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

– Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

– Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.

– Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).


– Numbers & Operations

– Counting, Number Sets, Number Representations, Compare & Order Numbers, Place Value

– Explore negative numbers in context.

– Understand place value concepts through millions.

– Count by hundred thousand and millions.

– Compare and order whole numbers to 10,000,000.

– Express numbers to 10,000,000 in various forms.

– Whole Number: Multiplication, Division

– Multiply multi-digit numbers.

– Find quotients involving multi-digit dividends.

– Solve multiplication and division problems.

– Select the most useful form of the quotient and interpret the remainder.

– Estimation and Mental Math

– Use estimation and mental math to estimate sums, differences, products and quotients.

– Decimal Concepts, Operations & Applications

– Model decimals using thousandths.

– Understand place value concepts through thousandths.

– Convert decimals to fractions.

– Add and subtract decimals.

– Multiply and divide decimals by whole numbers.

– Solve problems with multiplication and division of decimals.

– Ratio, Proportion & Percent

– Convert fractions to decimals.

– Relate fractions and division expressions.

– Add and subtract unlike fractions and mixed numbers.

– Multiply proper fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers, and whole numbers.

– Divide fractions by whole numbers.

– Solve word problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

– Use ratios to solve problems.

– Find equivalent ratios.

– Solve problems with percent.

– Convert fractions to percents.

– Find a percent of a number.

– Algebraic Thinking

– Patterns & Properties

– Identify, describe, and extend numeric patterns involving all operations.

– Find rules to complete number patterns.

– Algebraic Relationships & Models

– Understand the relationship between numbers and symbols in formulas for surface area and volume.

– Describe number relationships in context.

– Use letters as variables.

– Number Sentences, Equations & Inequalities

– Write and solve numbers sentences for one- , two-and three-step real-world problems.

– Write and solve equations.

– Graph linear equations.

– Simplify algebraic expressions.

– Understand equality and inequality.

– Use order of operations in numeric expressions with two or more operations.

– Geometry & Measurement

– Lines & Angles

– Apply the sum of the angles on a straight line.

– Apply the sum of the angles at a point.

– Apply vertical angles property of intersecting lines.

– Shapes

– Apply the properties of right, isosceles, and equilateral triangles.

– Apply the sum of the angle measures of a triangle.

– Apply the properties of a parallelogram, rhombus, and trapezoid.

– Demonstrate that the sum of any two side lengths of a triangle is greater than the length of the third side.

– Identify and classify prisms and pyramids.

– Identify the solid that can be made from a net.

– Identify cylinders, spheres and cones.

– Describe cylinders, spheres and cones by the number of and types of faces, and the number of edges and vertices.

– Build solids using unit cubes.

– Length, Distance, Perimeter & Area

– Find the area of a triangle as an extension of the area of a rectangle.

– Surface Area & Volume

– Estimate and measure volume in cubic units.

– Use the net of a rectangular prism to find its surface area.

– Congruence, Symmetry, Transformations & Coordinate Geometry

– Plot points on a coordinate grid.

– Data Analysis

– Collect, Classify, Organize, Represent, Interpret & Analyze Data

– Represent data in a double bar graph.

– Analyze data in a double bar graph.

– Probability

– Investigate Outcomes & Express Probability

– Determine experimental probability of an outcome.

– Compare the results of an experiment with theoretical probability.

– Find all possible combinations by listing, making a tree diagram, and multiplying.

Social Studies

– Native Americas- crops, hunting traditions, regions, homes and structures, rituals and ceremonies

– Early explorers- background, hardships, motivations, and what Impact they had on native Americans

– Colonialism- 13 colonies, hardships, day to day, John Smith, William penn, development of slavery,

– American Revolution – cause of revolution, events and individuals involved, which battles were there and which were won, loyalists vs patriots, Declaration of Independence, Boston tea party ride of Paul revere

– New Nation – articles of confederation, constitution, bill of rights, branches of government, George Washington, political parties, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, map expansion of the country, Louisiana purchase, Lewis and Clark, pioneering

– Civil war and Reconstruction- causes, major events, and consequences, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, emancipation proclamation, constitution amendments 13, 14, and 15, reconstruction plan, social and economic impact of slavery

– Current events


– Life Science – structure and behavior of living organisms, Examine cells, parts of a cell, systems in the body, ecosystems,

– Earth science- water cycle, earths layers, rocks and fossils

– Physical science – states of matter, periodic table, force

– What do scientists do- ask questions, investigate, record data,


– Dance, Music, Arts

– Drawing and Coloring

– Connect the dots

– Hands on Crafts


I'm the mom to Matthew, which we run and own Matthew's Kitchen. I'm 27 and studying to be a pastry chef. I love to cook and bake but my passion is in the pastry arts. Matthew is a 5 year old who began cooking when he was 1. Through the years he has not only gained valuable skills but has grown his palette. Together we want to share our passion for food with you and your family
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