A PARENT’S GUIDE TO FIFTH GRADERS
- How They Grow in Fifth Grade
- Where They Are
The average ten-year-old has a positive approach to life. She:
- Tends to be obedient, good natured, and fun.
- Possesses a surprising scope of interests.
- Finds TV very important and identifies with TV characters.
- Is capable of increasing independence.
- Is becoming more truthful and dependable.
- Tends to be improving her self-concept and acceptance of others.
- Forms good personal relationships with teachers and counselors.
- Where They're Going
At ten years old, your child is developing communication skills and becoming more mature. You can help by encouraging him as he:
- Improves his listening and responding skills.
- Increases his problem-solving abilities.
- Begins to undergo maturational changes.
- Gains awareness of peer and adult expectations.
- Your Child's Communication: By the end of fifth grade your child should be able to do the following:
- Listen and draw conclusions in subject area learning activities
- Make planned oral presentations appropriate to the audience
- Maintain eye contact and use gestures, facial expressions, and appropriate voice during group presentations
- Participate in class discussions across subject areas
- Summarize main points
- Report about information gathered in group activities
- Read grade-level books fluently
- Learn meanings of unfamiliar words through knowledge of root words, prefixes, and suffixes
- Prioritize information according to the purpose of reading
- Read a variety of literary forms
- Describe development of character and plot
- Describe characteristics of poetry
- Analyze author's language and style
- Use reference materials to support opinions
- Write for a variety of purposes
- Use vocabulary effectively
- Vary sentence structure
- Revise writing for clarity
- Edit final copies
This age has been called the beginning of pre-adolescence. Children begin to "spread out" as their rate of development accelerates. Some begin to grow rapidly and mature early. In every fifth grade room there will be one or two girls who are already menstruating. By the age of 10, children have informally chosen the leader of their peer group, whether it is the child who plays baseball well, the one who can run fast or the one with new ideas for games. At the same time, those who fail to fit in are often reminded of their faults and pushed aside. 10 year olds have primarily same-sex friends. Friends assume greater importance, and the child's independence from the family is now obvious.
This may be a relatively calm period for your child. Pre-adolescents are fairly easy to get along with. They are affectionate with both Mom and Dad. But, at the end of this age, you may begin to notice a change in mood. Get ready! You are about to enter adolescence.
For additional information go to http://www.education.com/grade/fifth-grade
This is a guide to the “typical” child. Each child is unique and achieves these mile stones in their own time. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress, please contact the teacher for ways to help your child to work toward achieving these mile stones.