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Common Core Help For 5th Graders in Colorado

Aug 2, 2019

Common Core Curriculum debuted in 2002, and was adopted by the state of Colorado in 2010. The Colorado Department of Education adapted the national standard with local aspects including financial literacy, 21st century skills, and more. Jefferson County Public Schools, BVSD, Adams 12, Westminster 50, and other local school districts follow these standards today. The 5th grade math standards have multiple goals for a student to meet by the end of the year. There are four key areas for fifth graders to master.

  1. Interpreting expressions, patterns, and relationships. These skills are crucial for problem solving, logical thinking, and working with new mathematical information for the first time.
  2. Understanding place value and its applications. Place value is crucial for addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. Understanding how to seemlessly transfer between ones, tens, hundreds, and decimal fractons, allows for a student to manipulate any number with any operation. 
  3. Developing fraction sense for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In 5th grade, students must be prepared to perform operations on fractions even in cases which involve using common denominators, multiples, and factors to express a fraction in unique ways and perform operations on it.
  4. Understanding data representation, graphing, and measurement. In preparation of middle school, students develop key techniques to access information through graphs, measurements, plotting, and other representations of data. Not only should students be familiar with the tools by which they can gather their own data (measuring length, height, volume) but also how to express their findings.

Common Core 5th Grade Math is incrementally more rigorous than 4th grade, and when a student begins to lose engagement or feel overwhelmed, their mindset on math can become a setback. Unfortunately, in-class and self-guided online instruction cannot be focused enough to keep a student on track; they often need direct guidance from a trained tutor. 

Here at Mathnasium of Broomfield South, we are well equipped to help fifth graders meet and exceed these standards. For struggling students, our numerical fluency curriculum focuses on building number sense, fractions sense, and a thorough understanding of place value. With younger students, energy and enthusiasm in teaching methods are critical, so Mathnasium mixes math games and engaging , intuitive lessons into its curriculum. We have a system of rewards so that when kids complete a page they get a reward card punched which can be later traded for prizes from the prize cabinet. A final mastery check page concludes our lessons, and when students complete them with no errors, they get to spin a prize wheel and win extra star punches and rewards that keep them motivated and having fun. 

Our center offers a variety of enrollment length options to meet your goals and budget. Enrollment for 5th Graders can be on a monthly session package or on an unlimited basis. We recommend 2-3 times a week attendance for fastest math skill growth, but our attendance is flexible so more or fewer sessions are possible. All students begin with our comprehensive diagnostic assessment, giving you a clear picture of your students' math skills and allowing us to build a customized learning plan. 

Complete the form on this page, call our Center Director, Justus Leben, at 303-429-MATH or email us at to get started.