Fifth graders can work with large, complex numbers and understand fractions and percentages. They also start to apply the math skills they have learned in order to solve real world situations involving money, time, and measurement. Fifth graders work on solving more difficult word problems. They continue to build on previous skills and learn new skills which include:

~Place Value
~Comparing and ordering numbers
~Rounding and estimating
~Higher level addition and subtraction
~Fractions and decimals
~Number and operations
~Consumer math
~Perimeter and circumference
~Geometry and measurement
~Statistics, data analysis, and probability
~Negative and positive numbers                                                         ~Math vocabulary

Continue helping your fifth grader at home by using math vocabulary around the house when you can. Help him see that what he is learning is truly used in the real world. For fun, try playing your own version of Jeopardy or Pictionary using math vocabulary. Once your child has a better grip on math vocabulary, word problems will become much easier to solve because they have better comprehension.

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