Grade 5

Grade 5 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information. 





Social Studies


Unit 1: Agency and Intellectual Independence

This first unit launches the reading workshop and encourages readers to draw upon their previous work to read with greater independence.  They develop theories not just about main characters but also minor characters, wondering how they influence the main character.

Unit 1: Narrative Craft

In this unit, students will write strong narratives, self-assess using student-facing rubrics, and set goals that accelerate their achievement.

Unit 1: Addition and Subtraction with Fractions

Students find equivalent fractions, compare fractions, and add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers.  Students apply their understanding of fractions and fraction models to represent the addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators as equivalent problems with like denominators.  They make reasonable estimates of the sums and differences.

Unit 1: Shooting Stars

Students will explore the phenomena of shooting stars to learn more about stars, patterns in space, and the phases of matter in this unit.

Unit 1: Connecticut Kid Governor

Connecticut’s Kid Governor® (CTKG) is a national award-winning statewide civics program for 5th graders created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) in 2015. Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, the program offers each school in Connecticut the opportunity to enter one student candidate into a statewide election that other 5th graders vote in.   Students learn about Connecticut’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, the history and process of voting, identifying and researching important community issues, researching issues, and developing campaign platforms and speeches.


Unit 2: Learning through Reading

Readers read high interest nonfiction and then research to build knowledge around a topic.   This unit is in conjunction with the writing and social studies units.

Unit 2: The Lens of History, Research Reports

The Lens of History unit is designed to support students’ writing of informational texts within a social studies unit making use of primary sources.  

Unit 2:  Addition and Subtraction with Decimals

Students extend their understanding of the base-ten system to decimals to the thousandths place. Concrete materials, number lines, and visual drawings are used throughout the unit. Students observe that the process of composing and decomposing a base ten unit is the same for decimals as for whole numbers and the same methods of recording numerical work can be used with decimals as with whole numbers.


Unit 2: Early Exploration and First Contact in the Americas

The unit will take students on an exploratory journey of Early American History from the time before European exploration, through first contact, and ending with European settlements and contact between cultures.  There will be a focus on cultural perspectives as students investigate different people’s experiences through a historical lens.  

Unit 3: Historical  Fiction Book Clubs and Informational Texts

Readers tackle complex historical fiction through close reading in the company of friends.   They learn to turn to nonfiction books and articles to understand more about a time period or when trying to understand a historical backdrop.

Unit 3: Literary  and Comparative Essays

This is a unit on writing essays about reading. The goal is to help students who can already write essays about their lives transfer and adapt that skill so that they are also able to write essays about books.

Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Fractions

Students use their understanding of multiplication by a fraction to generalize a formula for the product of two fractions. They connect their understanding of division as equal sharing to fractions.  Students connect fractions with division:
5 ÷ 3 = 53.  


Unit 2: Golden Jellyfish of Lake Palau

Students will study the Golden Jellyfish of Lake Palau in order to understand life on Earth and the factors which allow species to survive and thrive and humanity’s role in this. 


Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Students multiply whole numbers and decimals.  Their work involves finding the products of two-digit whole numbers and decimals both less than 1 and greater than 1, and estimating answers by rounding.

Unit 4:  Nonfiction Research Projects

Readers learn to read rapidly, to evaluate and compare resources, and to construct in-depth, critical understandings of research topics.  An emphasis is placed on students reading about debatable issues.

Unit 4: The Research-Based Argument Essay

The goals of this unit are rigorous.  As argument writers, students are expected to structure their writing so that it includes claims that are supported by reasons that are backed by evidence.


Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Students build on what they learned in Grade 4 as they explore dividing multi-digit numbers by two-digit divisors.  Students also learn a strategy for changing a division problem with a decimal divisor to an equivalent problem with a whole number divisor.  They solve real world division problems and interpret the remainders in the contexts of the problems.  

Unit 3:  Colonial America

This unit will take students on a journey/simulation that will help them to understand who the people were in the American Colonies.  As they delve deeper into the unit students will learn how life was similar or different across the American Colonies from the New England Colonies, to the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.  There will be a focus on the opportunities that the colonists had by coming to the New World and settling along the eastern coast. 


Unit 7: Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs

Students’ work involves reading, writing, simplifying, and evaluating algebraic expressions, exploring patterns and relationships, and plotting and locating points in the coordinate plane. 

Unit 3: Surviving Antarctica

Students will become part of an expedition research team in the Antarctic.  Their team loses communication with their transport, so they must hike back to the research base on their own.  Using their survival supplies and scientific discovery, they have to make their way to safety.


Unit 5: Book Clubs, Social Issues

Readers will focus on becoming not just readers but also activists.  They will read stories, true and fictional, to learn about the roots of social issues in the world.  They will take on the role of activists, thinking about how they can talk back to these problems, raise awareness and make differences in the world.

Unit 5: Shaping Text from Narrative and Essay to Memoir

This unit gives your students a chance to define themselves, a chance to author life stories that they can take with them as they leave the safety of childhood and head out into the world.

Unit 8: Measurement and Geometry

Students use both multiplication and division to convert measurements within the same system. They also explore the concept of volume using concrete materials to progress to using the formula.  Finally, students draw as well as sort and classify shapes by their properties.

Unit 4: Revolutionary America

Students will begin to learn and understand what led to the colonists frustration with Great Britain and ultimately to the revolution.  They will continue on in the unit to learn about the varying perspectives of the colonists and their impact in the many battles of the American Revolution.  As the unit concludes, students will learn about how significant the revolution was to the creation of our nation as well as how the essence of what the major historical figures created during this time, still impacts us to this day.


Unit 6: Operations and Problem Solving

The focus of this final unit  is on solving problems as students use whole numbers, fractions, and decimals to find answers.  Their work involves writing real world contexts and writing situation and solution equations for one-step, two-step, and multistep problems representing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 


Unit 6: Poetry

Readers will read a variety of poetry and prose with a focus on the topics and themes that permeate through the text.   Students will study the craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s perspective. 

Unit 6:  Poetry

In this unit, students will  write poems in response to the topics and themes that surround them.  Students will study craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s perspective.

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