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## Educational Activities and Teaching Resources for 5th Grade

5th grade is upon us! Welcome to the wonderful world of PEMDAS—a parenthetical paradise where brackets have nothing to do with basketball and braces don't cost a small fortune! In fifth grade, pattern recognition is emphasized and place value is revisited. Students can now fluently add and subtract large numbers, compare fractions and decimals, and begin applying operations to those numbers. Various units of measurement are explored and angles and lines serve as the primary themes for most geometry work.

Research papers may be anathema to most students, but by now we've developed the skills to sufficiently analyze and synthesize text. Look out book reports, here we come! Fifth grade reading work is largely a continuation of everything students worked toward in the previous year, just on a larger scale and with more challenging texts. Many students will have identified a number of enticing characters and series when picking out books, and they are doing a better job of comprehending literary devices like metaphors and similes.

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:

Math

• Using parentheses, brackets, and braces
• Understanding and applying order of operations
• Writing and interpreting simple expressions
• Identifying pattern relationships and forming ordered pairs
• Multiplying by powers of 10
• Reading, writing, and comparing decimals to thousandths; solving decimal equations
• Fluently multiplying multi-digit whole numbers
• Adding, subtracting, and dividing fractions; completing word problems with mixed numbers
• Understanding metric measurement and completing measurement word problems
• Measuring angles, areas, and perimeter
• Using fractional line plots

• Differentiating between explicit meaning and inferences
• Comparing and contrasting story elements
• Summarizing texts
• Identifying theme through characters
• Relating parts of a text to the whole; understanding structure
• Comparing and contrasting similar texts (same genre or topic)
• Using context clues to define unknown words and phrases
• Enhancing meaning and tone with multimedia
• Identifying main idea and key details; explaining two related ideas
• Using text features to find information
• Integrating information from multiple texts

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!