## A Shift in Thinking

We are well into the 21st century where learners are expected to engage in critical thinking in all areas. The following graphic explains the characteristics our students must show in mathematical thinking. We will be developing and strengthening these characteristics during our mathematics study this year.

**Does your child know their math facts?**

While basic computational skills are not a prerequisite for 5th grade math, it is VERY HELPFUL if students come into 5th grade knowing their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. We emphasize complex thinking, not speed, but basic fact knowledge allows students to focus on the higher order thinking they need to solve 5th grade math problems. There are many free, online sites that can help with this, such as Multiplication.com.

The California Mathematics Framework gives explanations and examples of the California Mathematics Standards.

## Helpful Websites

Students should spend most of their online practice time working through the iReady curriculum. Students can access this through their Cloud Connect account at home and at school.

When students feel like switching it up, these websites may be helpful:

Mathgames.com

Splashmath.com

VUSD: Overview of Depth of Mastery

Grade 5 students...

Students

__should__

__master__:

- Multiplying multi-digit whole numbers using an algorithm
- Adding, Subtracting and Multiplying fractions without simplification.
- Place Value with whole numbers and decimals to the thousandths place
- Volume of rectangular prisms

__work towards fluency__in:

- Division of whole numbers by 2-digit divisors
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to the hundredths place
- Dividing unit fractions by whole numbers and Whole numbers by unit fractions

__introduced to__:

- The coordinate plane and graphing ordered pairs in the first quadrant
- Rounding decimals
- Writing simple expressions and simplifying them with parentheses, brackets, or braces
- Classification of 2 dimensional figures in hierarchy based on properties