Manitoba
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

GRADE 5

OVERVIEW

Grade 5 children learn about many different topics. They work on skills to think about and communicate about what they are learning. The required subject areas are: Arts Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education/Health Education, Science, and Social Studies. Your child will have the chance to learn in many different ways - by themselves, with teachers and with other children.

ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Grade 5 children learn ways to express themselves creatively and develop skills and language in one or more of the arts. They discover answers to the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” about the arts. They think about the roles, the purposes, and the meanings of the arts in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Grade 5 children use language to listen, speak, view, read, write and represent. They talk with others to develop ideas and use many strategies to help them understand what they read, hear and watch. They experience a variety of reading material, such as poetry, articles and news reports. Grade 5 children set personal goals for language learning. They identify what they do well and areas they need to work on.

FRENCH

Please ask the teacher to find out if your child is learning French in Grade 5. French is not taught in all schools in Grade 5.

Grade 5 children are beginning language learners who develop their ability to understand and to speak French. They learn to understand French when it is spoken slowly and clearly by their teacher and others. They also learn to use complete sentences and correct pronunciation to talk about themselves and what they like, want and need. Children learn to read and to write about the themes and topics they talk about with the teacher’s help.

MATHEMATICS

Grade 5 students show and describe numbers up to 1 000 000. They use mental math, estimation and personal strategies to solve problems with whole numbers and decimals. They find ways to solve problems involving numbers, patterns, and data collection. They make connections between shapes and numbers and their everyday lives, such as writing the value of money using a decimal point. Grade 5 students investigate the likelihood of something happening as they learn about probability.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION

Grade 5 children learn about the benefits of exercise for the heart and participate in activities to improve their fitness. Practicing movement skills help children increase their control during physical activities. They learn to participate safely in class activities and to recognize safety concerns in the community. Learning how to act responsibly, have positive relationships with others and how to resolve conflicts are some other areas of focus in Grade 5.

SCIENCE

Grade 5 children learn about keeping the human body healthy. They learn about substances and identify the three states of matter- solids, liquids and gases. They learn how simple machines in daily life are useful for moving and lifting loads. Grade 5 also provides students’ first in-depth look at weather and climate, where they make direct observations and learn to interpret weather information from the media.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Peoples and Stories of Canada to 1867

Grade 5 students learn about people and events before 1867 when Canada became a nation. They focus on First Peoples, French and British colonization of Canada, and the birth of Canada as a nation. Students study First Nations, cultures and governance, the fur trade, the rise of the Métis people and the interaction of cultures in early Canada. They also look at how history and geography have helped to shape Canada.