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The student listens actively and purposefully in a variety of settings.
Listening/speaking/critical listening:
The student listens critically to analyze and evaluate a speaker’s message(s).
The student listens to enjoy and appreciate spoken language.
The student listens and speaks to gain and share knowledge of his/her own culture, the culture of others, and the common elements of cultures.
The student speaks clearly and appropriately to different audiences for different purposes and occasions.
The student reads with fluency and understanding in texts at appropriate difficulty levels.
Reading/variety of texts:
The student reads widely for different purposes in varied sources.
Reading/vocabulary development:
The student acquires an extensive vocabulary through reading and systematic word study.
The student comprehends selections using a variety of strategies.
Reading/literary response:
The student expresses and supports responses to various types of texts.
Reading/text structures/literary concepts:
The student analyzes the characteristics of various types of texts.
The student inquires and conducts research using a variety of sources.
The student reads to increase knowledge of his/her own culture, the culture of others, and the common elements of cultures.
The student writes for a variety of audiences and purposes, and in a variety of forms.
The student spells proficiently.
The student applies standard grammar and usage to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
Writing/writing processes:
The student selects and uses writing processes for self-initiated and assigned writing.
The student evaluates his/her own writing and the writing of others.
The student uses writing as a tool for learning and research.
The student interacts with writers inside and outside the classroom in ways that reflect the practical uses of writing.
The student understands and interprets visual images, messages, and meanings.
The student analyzes and critiques the significance of visual images, messages, and meanings.
The student produces visual images, messages, and meanings that communicate with others.

Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning:
The student uses place value to represent whole numbers and decimals; uses fractions in problem-solving situations; adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides to solve meaningful problems; and estimates to determine reasonable results.
Patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking:
The student makes generalizations based on observed patterns and relationships; and describes relationships mathematically.
Geometry and spatial reasoning:
The student generates geometric definitions using critical attributes; models transformations; recognizes the connection between ordered pairs of numbers and locations of points on a plane.
The student applies measurement concepts involving length, area, capacity/volume and weight/mass to solve problems; and applies measurement concepts.
Probability and statistics:
The student describes and predicts the results of a probability experiment; solves problems by collecting, organizing, displaying, and interpreting sets of data.
Underlying processes and mathematical tools:
The student applies Grade 5 mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences and activities in and outside of school; communicates about Grade 5 mathematics using informal language; and uses logical reasoning.
Scientific processes:
The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices; uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations; uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions; and knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
Science concepts;
The student knows that a system is a collection of cycles, structures, and processes that interact; knows that some change occurs in cycles; knows that matter has physical properties; knows that energy occurs in many forms; knows that adaptations may increase the survival of members of a species; knows that likenesses between offspring and parents can be inherited or learned; knows that certain past events affect present and future events; and knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky.
Social Studies
The student understands the causes and effect of European colonization in the U.S.; understands how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American independence; understands the events that led from the articles of Confederation to the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the government it established; understands political, economic and social changes that occurred in the U.S. during the 19th century; and understands important issues, events, and individuals of the 20th century in the U.S.
The student uses geographic tools to collect, analyze and interpret data; understands the concept of regions; understands the location and patterns of settlement and the geographic factors that influence where people live; understands how people adapt to and modify their environment; understands the basic economic patterns of early societies in the U.S.; and understands the reasons for exploration and colonization.
The student understands the characteristics and benefits of the free enterprise system in the U.S.; understands the impact of supply and demand on consumers and producers in a free enterprise system; understands patterns of work and economic activities in the U.S.; understands how people organized governments in colonial America; understands important ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; and understands the framework of government created by the U.S. Constitution.
The student understands important customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity; understands the importance of individual participation in the democratic process; understands the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society; and understands the fundamental rights of American citizens guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they are created; understands the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to the U.S.
The student understands the impact of science and technology on life in the U.S.
Social Studies:
The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology; communicates in written, oral, and visual forms; and uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.

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