Pacing Guide for 5th Grade Math

The fifth-grade math curriculum was designed to be implemented over the course of a single school year. It includes seven units of study over 143 instructional days (including days for lessons, flex days, and unit assessments). We intentionally did not account for all 180 instructional days in order for teachers to fit in additional review or extension, teacher-created assessments, and school-based events.

Each unit includes a specific number of lessons, a day for assessment, and a recommended number of flex days (see the table below). These flex days can be used at the teacher’s discretion; however, for units that include both major and supporting/additional work, it is strongly recommended that the flex days be spent on content that aligns with the major work of the grade.

Each lesson was designed to be implemented within, approximately, a 50-minute class period. A suggested break down of a typical class period is shown below; however, this time allotment will vary depending on the lesson and lesson structure chosen by the teacher.

In addition to the main lessons, it is recommended to also allocate 10 minutes for daily application and 15 minutes for daily fluency. These additional blocks are meant to provide sufficient time and practice for these aspects of rigor.

Lessons Flex Days + Assessment Total

Unit 1: Place Value with Decimals

Topic A: Topic A: Place Value with Whole Numbers

Topic B: Topic B: Place Value with Decimals

Topic C: Topic C: Reading, Writing, Comparing, and Rounding Decimals

13 3 16

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers

Topic A: Topic A: Writing and Interpreting Numerical Expressions

Topic B: Topic B: Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication

Topic C: Topic C: Multi-Digit Whole Number Division

20 3 23

Unit 3: Shapes and Volume

Topic A: Topic A: Volume of Three-Dimensional Figures

Topic B: Topic B: Classification of Two-Dimensional Shapes

16 2 18

Topic A: Topic A: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Topic B: Topic B: Addition and Subtraction of Decimals

17 3 20

Unit 5: Multiplication and Division of Fractions

Topic A: Topic A: Fractions as Division

Topic B: Topic B: Multiplying a Fraction by a Whole Number

Topic C: Topic C: Multiplying a Fraction by a Fraction

Topic D: Topic D: Multiplying with Mixed Numbers

Topic E: Topic E: Dividing with Fractions

Topic F: Topic F: Fraction Expressions and Real-World Problems

Topic G: Topic G: Line Plots

25 3 28

Unit 6: Multiplication and Division of Decimals

Topic A: Topic A: Multiplying Decimals

Topic B: Topic B: Dividing Decimals

Topic C: Topic C: Decimal Expressions and Real-World Problems

Topic D: Topic D: Measurement Conversion and Real-World Problems

24 3 27

Unit 7: Patterns and the Coordinate Plane

Topic A: Topic A: Introduction to the Coordinate Plane

Topic B: Topic B: Drawing Figures and Shapes in the Coordinate Plane

Topic C: Topic C: Real-World Problems and Patterns on the Coordinate Plane

14 2 16

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