Fifth grade

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Fifth grade (called Grade 5 in some regions) is a year of education in many nations, and some other regions call it Year 5. In the United States, the fifth grade is the fifth and last year of elementary school in most schools. In other schools, it may be the first year of middle school. Students are usually 10–11 years old unless the child has been held back or skipped a grade. In England and Wales, the equivalent is Year 6. In Ireland, the equivalent is 5th class. In the US, a 5th grader is considered a senior if they are going to another school. In Scotland a 10-11 year old is usually in primary, not year 6.

In the United States, 41 states have implemented Common Core standards for 5th grade curriculum in English Language Arts/Mathematics.

Key English Language Arts Common Core standards for 5th grade students include:[1]

  • Ability to determine the theme of a book, story, or poem from details in the text
  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story
  • Describe how the narrator or speaker's point of view may influence how events are described
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre.

Key Mathematics Common Core standards for 5th grade students include:[2]

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions in operations and algebraic thinking
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions
  • Convert like measurement units
  • Understand volume as an attribute of 3-dimensional space
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties

Australian equivalent[edit]

In Australia, this level of class is called Year 5. Children generally start this level between the ages of ten and eleven.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "English Language Arts Standards | Common Core State Standards Initiative". Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  2. ^ "Grade 5 » Introduction | Common Core State Standards Initiative". Retrieved 2019-07-19.
Preceded by Fifth grade
age 10-11
Succeeded by