Ways to Help
Check out these fun ideas to bring learning outside of the classroom for your 5th grader. 

Math
• Collect grocery receipts and hide the total. Ask your child to estimate the total, 
then add or use a calculator to check. Have your child estimate the total cost of 
your groceries before going through the checkout. 
• Cook together to practice fractions. Try making half a recipe or doubling the 
recipe. 
• Roll dice and record the sum of the 2 numbers. Do this 10 times. Predict what 
would happen for 20 rolls and 40 rolls. Discuss your findings. 

Reading
• Read to your child every day and vary the type of material. 
• Encourage your child to use a new word several times to reinforce its meaning and 
use. 
• Look up the meaning of interesting words you encounter. 
• Ask your child to summarize the main points after you read something. 
• Provide 20-30 minutes for your child to read independently, read to a sibling, or 
read to you every day. 
• Discuss reactions to different types of books. 
• Encourage your child to participate in community programs that include reading 
and writing. 
• Encourage your child to try new types of genres and books. 
• Let your child see you and other family members enjoy reading regularly.

Writing
• Focus on ideas and content first when working together on your child's writing. Save editing until ideas are clear, complete, and focused. 
• Have your child write a persuasive note to you to explain why they need a 
particular item. 
• Listen attentively as your child reads his/her own writing. Celebrate successes! 
• Talk about how you revise and edit your own writing. 
• Coach-don't write-for your child. Question, listen and talk about their writing 
together. Your child needs to do his/her own drafting, revising, and editing with 
you serving as a coach. 

Science
• Research the speeds of motion of a variety of animals and machines, and place 
them in order from slowest to fastest. Discuss what would make one animal or 
machine move faster than another. 
• Select a city; record the high and low daily temperatures and daily rainfall. Graph 
and draw conclusions using this data. 
• Keep a diary of the phases of the moon, including the time of day it is visible. 
• Plant a seed and grow a plant. Record its different stages of growth. 
• Encourage your child to make observations and keep data on natural occurrences 
(seasons, tides, daylight, animal habits).

History

• Plan a historical tour of the United States with your child. Decide on places to 
visit based on their historical importance. If limited to five or ten sites, which 
places would you choose? Design itineraries, determine costs, and plan the travel. 
• Encourage your child to read books focusing on U.S. development as well as 
biographies of Americans who have made a difference. 
• Follow local, state, and U.S. elections. Discuss some of the issues with your child.