Fifth Grade

Wayland Union Schools

Language Arts

Wayland Union Schools utilizes the Reader's and Writer's Workshop model for Language Arts Instruction. Our district utilizes the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing as the basis of our Language Arts program but supplement based on the needs of students, which vary from year to year.

Essential Standards for 5th Grade Language Arts:

  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Determine to or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • Compare and contrast the overall structure (chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem and solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and format, including quantitatively (charts, graphs, etc.), and orally.


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Everyday Mathematics as the core resource for addressing our math curriculum.

Essential Standards for 5th Grade Mathematics:

  • Round numbers and decimals to any place value
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals by powers of ten
  • Create equivalent fractions using common multiples
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators

Parents looking to help their child with math at home might find the following resources useful.

Everyday Math At Home - 5th Grade


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Mystery Science as the core resource for addressing the Michigan Science standards. Currently, students in Fifth Grade will learn about the following topics during the school year:

  • Ecosystems and the Food Web
  • Water Cycle and Earth's Systems
  • Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets
  • Chemical Reactions and Properties of Matter

Mystery Science

Social Studies

The fifth-grade social studies curriculum is a chronological study of early American history through the adoption of the United States’ Bill of Rights. By applying the tools of historians, including the use of primary and secondary sources, students explore how significant events shaped the nation. This includes the study of

  • Civics
  • Early African Empires
  • Native American culture
  • European Exploration of North America
  • Colonization- economy & government
  • American Revolution & the New Nation

Source: Modified from MAISA Social Studies 5th Grade Course Description

Exploratory Classes

Elementary students at Wayland Union Schools attend classes in Music, Physical Education, Media, and Art on a weekly basis.

Helping your Child at Home

Wayland Union Schools offers access to several different programs that can keep students learning at home. Please read below to learn about the various programs. Usage may vary from grade to grade so please be sure to look at the target audience and work with your child's teacher to maximize the benefit of each program.

Please contact your child's teacher or the Technology Helpdesk ( for usernames and passwords for the various websites.

To learn about the different programs that students may utilize at home, click here.

General Information

The elementary curriculum at Wayland Union Schools is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts and Michigan Standards for Science and Social Studies. Though essential standards and general topics of study have been identified for each content area, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in all or most grade level standards in order to be promoted to the next grade level.