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GRADE 5: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

What your child is learning

Grade 5 children express opinions and ideas in a different way, listen actively and ask questions. They also learn to appreciate others’ ideas, disagree politely, and encourage others.

Children learn a variety of strategies that help them understand and communicate about what they read, see and hear. For example, they set a purpose, find key ideas, confirm or reject predictions and conclusions, and put events in order.

To answer their own research questions, children use a plan to find and record information. Children organize and communicate ideas, keeping in mind the purpose and the intended audience. For example, they tell stories, make book covers, and write news stories, interviews, and reports.

In Grade 5, children develop skills to edit their work. They clarify ideas, improve spelling, write in complete sentences, and apply some capitalization and punctuation rules.

Children take on different roles and learn to work productively towards a goal when in groups. They show self-control, share space and materials, and include everyone.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to their teacher. You may also refer to the Language Arts Practices: Orientation Guide for information regarding the program's guiding principles and recommended practices. You may also refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards Kindergarten to Grade 8 for outcomes by grade for Kindergarten to Grade 8.

How your child is assessed

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • How does your child talk about his or her reasons for choosing and reading a text?
  • How does your child ask questions, predict and use what he or she already knows to understand?
  • How does your child talk about the main idea and details in a text? How does he or she explain new ideas and information in his or her own words?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)

  • How does your child come up with ideas and organize them to share with others?
  • How does your child combine new and old ideas for speaking, writing, or communicating using lists, maps, diagrams and other formats?
  • How does your child talk about what he or she is learning?

Critical Thinking

  • How does your child question his or her own thoughts and ideas and those of others to better understand the world?
  • How does your child explore the ideas of viewpoint and bias?
  • How does your child show appreciation and offer helpful feedback to others?

Resources

For a listing of outcomes by grade for Kindergarten to Grade 8, visit Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards Kindergarten to Grade 8

Winnipeg Public Library: Visitors to WPL’s web portal may access several resources for a variety of grade levels.

My Learning at Home – English website for links to more English language resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY IS CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITICAL LITERACY IMPORTANT?

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?