Visuals from the Classroom
To the left is the way we teach students how to divide. There are MANY ways to divide. We encourage students to find a way that works for them. However, we usually ask them to show us that they are successful with the strategy before they use it as an only option.
Feel free to teach your child a new way to divide, and check their work to make sure it is a successful method for them. To the left is the way we teach students how to multiply. There are MANY ways to multiply as well. We encourage students to find a way that works for them. However, we usually ask them to show us that they are successful with the strategy before they use it as an only option. Feel free to teach your child a new way to multiply, and check their work to make sure it is a successful method for them. In 5th grade, students work with very large and very tiny numbers! To the left is a place value chart which shows very tiny small numbers! For example, the millionths place means one piece out of a million!

5th Grade Math Curriculum
Investigations is one of our core curriculum. We also use the Rational Number Project and other supplemental curriculum. Below is an excerpt taken from our core:
Investigations by TERC and Pearson Education INC.
Investigations is a complete mathematics program for grades K5. Students using Investigations in Number, Data, and Space are expected to learn arithmetic, basic facts and much more. The focus of instruction is on mathematical thinking and reasoning. Students using the complete Investigations curriculum develop an understanding of:
As a natural part of their everyday mathematics work, Investigations students:
(Excerpt taken from http://investigations.terc.edu/families/aboutinvestigations/)
Investigations by TERC and Pearson Education INC.
Investigations is a complete mathematics program for grades K5. Students using Investigations in Number, Data, and Space are expected to learn arithmetic, basic facts and much more. The focus of instruction is on mathematical thinking and reasoning. Students using the complete Investigations curriculum develop an understanding of:
 number, operations, and early algebraic ideas
 geometry and measurement
 data analysis and probability
 patterns, functions, and the math of change, which provide foundations for algebra
As a natural part of their everyday mathematics work, Investigations students:
 explore problems in depth.
 find more than one way to solve many of the problems they encounter.
 reason mathematically and develop problemsolving strategies.
 examine and explain mathematical thinking and reasoning.
 communicate their ideas orally and on paper, using "clear and concise" notation.
 represent their thinking using models, diagrams, and graphs.
 make connections between mathematical ideas.
 prove their ideas to others.
 develop computational fluency efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility.
 choose from a variety of tools and appropriate technology.
 work in a variety of groupings  whole class, individually, in pairs, and in small groups.
(Excerpt taken from http://investigations.terc.edu/families/aboutinvestigations/)