You’ve made it – or almost made it – to the top of the elementary school mountain! As a 5th grader, you’ve come a long way in your math journey. Now’s the time where you put your math skills to the test and develop a few new tricks to get you ready for your next adventure: middle school.

DoodleMath has the 5th grade math concepts, games, guides, and practice problems you need so you can take that next step in stride!

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In 5th grade, students move beyond basic mathematic concepts and into a more complex understanding of math and its real-world applications. Sometimes, this transition can be a little tough, but DoodleMath is here to help. Select a math skill you wish to practice and master those big kid questions in no time.

Decimals

Practice multiplying and dividing decimals.

Fractions

Dive into multiplying and dividing fractions!

Conversions

Learn how to convert different units of measurement.

Long Division

Master multi-digit division problems.

Multiples and factors

Everything you need to master multiples and factors.

Volume

Learn how to find an object’s volume.

Decimals

Practice multiplying and dividing decimals.

Fractions

Dive into multiplying and dividing fractions!

Long division

Master multi-digit division problems.

Conversion

Learn how to convert different units of measurement.

Multiples and Factors

Everything you need to master multiples and factors.

Volume

Learn how to find an object’s volume.

Whether you have a fifth-grader for the first time or it’s your third time around the block, our goal is to take the guesswork out of elementary math. Browse our 5th grade math guides designed to make learning math a breeze.

Once they reach 5th grade, students have mastered basic skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Now, they’re building on those concepts. In 5th grade, they’ll be expected to multiply and divide decimals and fractions, use data to plot line graphs, and measure volume.

These can be challenging skills to learn, and it’s not uncommon for students to struggle. But, these are fundamental building blocks your child will need as they move into middle school. We’ve pulled popular 5th grade math standards from across the country to give you an idea of what your student will learn.

Some of the skills 5th graders will be expected to master include:

Operations and numerical expressions

1. Using brackets and braces when solving problems. Students will understand what a bracket or brace in an equation means and how to solve these types of problems.
2. Understanding the place value system. Your child will be able to recognize what each number in a multi-digit number represents. For example, they will know that 4,250 means there are four 1,000s, two 100s, five 10s, and zero 1s.
3. Using their understanding of place value to round decimals. By the end of 5th grade, students will be able to use decimal points to round to the nearest 10th.
4. Performing operations with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the hundreds. They will be able to multiply, divide, add, and subtract multi-digit whole numbers (up to four digits) and how to divide and multiply decimals to the hundredths.

Fractions

1. Using equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions. Kids will make fractions with different denominators equal so they can successfully add and subtract fractions.
2. Multiplying and dividing fractions. Yes, it’s time to learn how to divide and multiply fractions, which may feel complicated at first, but it gets easier with practice, practice, practice.

Measurement and data

1. Converting units of measurement. Students will learn how to take 5cm and convert it to meters (0.05 m, for the record!).
2. Making a line plot to display data. This data will include fractions. Essentially, students will learn how to graphically represent data using a line graph.
3. Recognizing and measuring volume. Important not only for math but for science class as well, students will learn what volume is and how to calculate and measure it.

Geometry

1. Graphing points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students will learn what the coordinate plane is and how to graph data on the X and Y axes.
2. Categorizing shapes. Students will be able to categorize shapes as parallelograms, quadrilaterals, and more.
3. Arranging shapes in a hierarchy. Students will learn how to sort different shapes into a hierarchy. So, for example, if you’re looking at a square, you would first identify it as a polygon, then a quadrilateral, then a parallelogram, then a rectangle, and finally, since all sides are equal, a square.

Of course, there’s more to 5th grade math than the concepts we’ve listed above. Visit your state’s Board of Education website to get the complete list of standards for 5th grade math curriculum.

The 5th grade math curriculum varies from state to state, but overall, students in 5th grade will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. They will also begin to learn about plotting data points on a coordinate plane and how to solve equations with brackets and braces.

No, most 5th graders are not expected to learn algebra. However, they will learn basic concepts like multiplication, division, and probability, along with formulas for area and volume, which will help set the foundations for algebra later in their academic careers.

There are a number of ways you can help your fifth grader with math. The first is to help them practice mathematical concepts. If they ask you a question, try to sit down with them and work through the math problem. Helping them visualize equations, especially when it comes to remainders, decimals, and more, can really help them grasp concepts they’re learning in the classroom. This may make them more confident.

There are a few tell-tale signs that may show up even before you get that bad grade on a report card. The biggest is a student hating the subject they’re studying, or missing every problem but not being able to understand why.

The good news is, there are plenty of math tutoring services, like Kumon and Sylvan, that are available to help. Additionally, many high school students who are taking higher level mathematics, such as precalculus or calculus, usually love tutoring kids in math to keep their own skills sharp, especially over the summer!

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