Learn more about Mesa's fifth grade curriculum and resources below.
Meet our Fifth Grade Teachers
Fifth Grade Resources
Students in 5th Grade take a math screener in the Fall to assess student math skills and guide teachers in grouping students for instruction and helping struggling students. A winter and spring screener may also be given to assess growth.
Students in 5th Grade take the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) Math test in the spring.
Students in 5th Grade take a middle school math transition test.
English Language Arts
Students in 5th Grade do fall, winter, and spring reading assessments to determine student reading levels and chart progress. The assessments are also used to group students to provide targeted instruction based on student need.
Students in 5th Grade take the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) ELA test in the spring.
English Language Arts
- The advancement of motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
- Extending oral language abilities and the use of reading and writing processes
- Read literature and informational texts
- Share responses, express understandings and support opinions using textual evidence both orally and in writing
- Use research skills and tools to gather, organize, summarize and present information
- Generalize place value concepts to decimal numbers
- Multiply and divide multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to hundredths
- Add and subtract fractions
- Multiply fractions
- Begin fraction and whole number division
- Patterns, functions, and algebraic structures
- Perimeter, area, and volume
- Flexible problem solving of multi-digit whole numbers and decimals
- Line plots and fractional amounts
- Geometric attributes and coordinate graphing
- Measurement conversions
- History of North America 1491-1787
- Analyze government and markets
- Multiple points of view in developing history of North America 1491-1787
- Origins, structure and function of U.S. government
- Personal and institutional finance
- Individual/ group rights and responsibilities
- Cause and effect of migrations and colonization of North America
- Map usage and comprehension of places and regions in North America
- Organize, records, analyzes and interprets data
- Designs and conducts scientific investigations
- Structures and functions of body and plant systems
- Changes in matter(mixture and solutions)
- Changes in Earth’s surface and landforms
- Renewable and non renewable resources
- Perform music
- Sight-read music
- Experience major and minor modalities
- Create music
- Improvise music
- Identify patterns
- Notate music
- Proper playing technique
- Critique music
- Analyze music
- Communicate human experience
- Evaluative criteria when responding to works of art
- Analyzing qualities of art
- Communicate personal and objective points of view
- Assign intended meaning to works of art
- Respond to art from familiar and unfamiliar cultures
- Use technological media
- Intended meaning
- Art processes and creative thinking
- Demonstrate Health Eating Behavior
- Accessing Information about tobacco use
- Communication skills for personal health
- Analyze influences on mental and emotional health
- Growth and Development (Exclusion Form found under Parent Resources)
- Pro-social behavior
- Basic first aid and safety procedures
- Disease prevention
Demonstrate mature form for all basic locomotor, nonlocomotor, manipulative, and rhythmic skills
Demonstrate understanding of how to combine and apply movement concepts and principles to learn and develop motor skills
Understand and apply basic principles of training to improving physical fitness
Demonstrate understanding of skill-related components of fitness and how they affect physical performance
Connect the health-related fitness components to the body systems
Assess and take responsibility for personal behavior and stress management
Choose to participate cooperatively and productively in group and individual physical activities
Identify personal activity interests and abilities
Understand and utilize safe and appropriate warm-up, pacing, and cool-down techniques for injury prevention and safe participation
Math Expressions has been used in Elementary BVSD classrooms since the 2013 - 2014 school year. It was selected for being a rigorous, well articulated, research based program that aligns closely with the Colorado Academic Standards for Mathematics.
Math Expressions- Models, Methods, and Icons provides for you an overview of expectations, computational techniques as well as some of the instructional methods of Math Expressions.
Dual Language Schools use Pearson Ready Gen, as well as Palabras a Su Paso for Phonics instruction.
Non-Dual Language Schools use Heinemann, Fountas and Pinnell Classroom, as well as Wilson, Fundations for Phonics instruction.
Learn more about other approved elementary language arts materials here.
You can learn more about the approved learning materials for elementary science here.
You can learn more about the approved learning materials for elementary social studies here.
Elementary Health materials Elementary PE Materials K-12 Art Materials K-12 Music Materials
The following resources can be accessed through the Single-Sign-On Portal at my.bvsd.org. Once students are logged in to the portal with their BVSD username and password, the apps will automatically log in when clicked on.
Here are some tools you can use with your student at home.
Individualized practice in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, high frequency words and comprehension
Reading Plus (Grades 3-12)
Supports visual processing, silent reading fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing about reading
Think Central is a powerful and extensive website for parents and students using Math Expressions, the adopted curricular materials for BVSD elementary schools.
MegaMath is a series of games and activities that accompany Math Expressions. Ask your teacher which activities are appropriate for the current unit of study.
We have some amazing community resources here in BVSD. Check out their websites for resources, activities, events, and more.
The Thorne Nature Experience
CU Museum of Natural History
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
Take a visit to explore the Museum of Boulder/History of Boulder Museum.
Visit the History Colorado Center.
Try out some of these activities that can be done at home.
Under Colorado State Statute and BVSD Board of Education policy IGAE, if parents or guardians want to exclude their child from any portion or portions of health instruction on the grounds that is contrary to the religious beliefs and teachings or closely held personal beliefs of the student, parent or guardian, you may do so by completing the Health Education Program Parental Exclusion Request form IGAE-E. You can also see additional information about the excusal process by viewing the Excusal Procedure regulation IGAE-R.