5th Grade Family Activities
- Read 20 minutes a day.
- While reading or after reading, write/draw:
- an important part of text.
- a connection made to the text.
- a question about the text.
- the problem and resolution of the story (literary text only - fiction, poetry, drama).
- the central idea and details to support it (informational texts only - nonfiction, persuasive).
- a conclusion that can be drawn from the text.
- something that could be added to the text to extend its message.
- something learned from the text
Environmental Shape or Pattern Hunt
- Go on a scavenger hunt around the house (or even through different picture books) and find different objects/pictures for all the different types of quadrilaterals.(parallelogram, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, kite)
- Have your child build and name all the different quadrilaterals with Legos, toothpicks, crayons, pencils, straws, etc.
- While doing physical activities (e.g. walking from one end of a room to another, hopping, jumping jacks, going up and down stairs), keep track by skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s,10s, 11s, and 12s. If you have access to an outdoor space, have your child create a hopscotch path. If you’re indoors, create a number path by writing on cardboard boxes or sheets of paper and have students skip count by different amounts.
Cooking and Food
- Have your child help out in the kitchen by measuring out ingredients and determining the amount of ingredients would be needed if you double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. Have your child identify information from the nutritional facts and solve problems such as if you had 3 servings of these cookies, how many calories would that be? How many milligrams of sodium are in the entire box of cereal? How do you know? Have students create an addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problem using the nutritional facts from one of their favorite foods/snacks.
Shopping and Money
- Have your child plan a meal using a grocery ad or online shopping and calculate the total cost. Give your child a pretend budget to plan a trip and they have to calculate all the costs and what they could do on the trip with the budget.
- Create a question about an organism, object, or event that can be observed in the natural world. It may sound something like:
- Does the kind of material used to insulate a refrigerated can of soda affect its temperature change?
- Does the slope of the surface affect the rate of water erosion?
- What role does a decomposer have in a Food Web?
- Plan and conduct a simple investigation to answer your question.
- Be sure to make observations and collect data.
- Record and organize your data using pictures, numbers, and/or words.
- Write about what you learned and new questions that you have.
- Research or test your new questions.
- Learn about decomposers and make a Soda Bottle Compost.
- Create a map of an area larger than your neighborhood, such as the city of Plano or the state of Texas
- Look through family albums, photos, and/or artifacts and discuss what students see and know
- Read about a historical figure and discuss or write about their contributions
- Read about a current event (newspaper or online) and write about the event. DIscuss ways the student would inform the public about the event.