"MATH IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT -- IT IS A PARTICIPATION SPORT -- GET IN THE GAME!"


Welcome to fifth grade math. Throughout the year we will explore diverse mathematical concepts. Parents may be surprised by the depth of the math that we study. Beyond that, some families may be unfamiliar with algorithms that are different than the math taught years ago. As such, in an effort to support family learning at home, I have provided a link to the Everyday Mathematics website for families. On this site, you will find online algorithm animations. Please click on the link below:

Family Resources for Everyday Mathematics

Everyday Mathematics strives to empower students to become life-long mathematical thinkers. Through teaching a variety of algorithms, the program teaches students to think critically about what methods are the best to use for different problems and in different situations. Using this methodology, students are not passive learners—they are instead active participants in their mathematics education and are able to develop good number sense.

Everyday Mathematics
This curriculum was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project to offer students a broad background in mathematics. The features of the program described below are to help familiarize you with the structure and expectations of Everyday Mathematics:
  • A problem-solving approach based on everyday situations. Students learn basic math skills in a context that is meaningful by making connections between their own knowledge and experience and mathematics concepts.
  • Frequent practice of basic skills. Students practice basic skills in a variety of engaging ways. In addition to completing daily review exercises covering a variety of topics and working with multiplication and division fact families in different formats, students play games that are specifically designed to develop basic skills.
  • An instructional approach that revisits concepts regularly. Lessons are designed to take advantage of previously learned concepts and skills and to build on them throughout the year.
  • A curriculum that explores mathematical content beyond basic arithmetic. Mathematics standards around the world indicate that basic arithmetic skills are only the beginning of the mathematical knowledge students will need as they develop critical-thinking skills. In addition to basic arithmetic, Everyday Mathematics develops concepts and skills in the following topics - number and numeration; operations and computation; data and chance; geometry; measurement and reference frames; and patterns, functions, and algebra.

Everyday Mathematics provides you with ample opportunities to monitor your child's progress and to participate in your child's mathematical experiences. Throughout the year, you will receive Family Letters to keep you informed of the mathematical content your child is studying in each unit. Each letter includes a vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child, and an answer guide to selected Study Link (homework) activities.

If you are in need of additional copies of the Family Letters or Study Links, please select from the list below:

Family Letters