Grade 5 Curriculum


Learn more (pdf) about the units, the math, the components, and some of the games, activities, and contexts at fifth grade.

Math Content

Unit Summaries contains a brief summary of the mathematical content of each of the units in the Grade 5 sequence.

Math Content describes the mathematical work of Grade 5 in each of the following content areas: Multiplication and Division and Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System (both listed under Number and Operations—Whole Numbers); Rational Numbers; Patterns, Functions, and Change; Data Analysis and Probability; and Geometry and Measurement. The mathematical emphases and benchmarks in each content area are also included.

Scope and Sequence ccontains the mathematical emphases, math focus points, and assessed benchmarks for each of the units in the Grade 5 sequence.

Sample Sessions

Explore a Session from the first Grade 5 unit, Number Puzzles and Multiple Towers: Multiplication and Division 1. All of the materials referenced in the Session—Resource Masters, Student Activity Book pages, Student Math Handbook pages, and two Teacher Notes—are also included.

Fraction Track Game

This series of pages presents the Fraction Track game. Videos show teacher facilitating a class discussion, a pair of students working together, and the teacher’s reflections.

Grade 5 Components

Learn about the various components that make up the Core Curriculum Package in Grade 5, including: materials available in Spanish; materials included in the Manipulatives Kit, the Completer Kit, and the Cards Package at Grade 5; and additional, optional resources.

Classroom Cases

Teacher-written Classroom Cases about supporting the range of learners in 5th grade are available for download here and here.


This document lists the Grade 5 units, the number of sessions in each one, and the total number of sessions in the Grade 5 curriculum. It also contains information about the expectations for the number of minutes spent per day on mathematics.

Investigations and the CCSS

Learn more about Investigations and the Common Core State Standards at Grade 5. The sample Session, Multiplying by “Small” Numbers, is one of several Sessions focused on multiplying decimals. It is designed to be incorporated in the sixth Grade 5 unit, Decimals on Grids and Number Lines: Decimals, Fractions, and Percents. The instructional plans layout Session-by-Session changes to each Investigation in that unit.

Classroom Video

What does an Investigations classroom look and sound like? The videos below provide images of teachers and students at work in a range of fifth grade classrooms.

Students choose which of three estimates is the closest estimate for a given multiplication or division problem, and explain their thinking.

A student explains his strategy for solving a problem about the distance between 1,089 and 237.

These students have been using tiles, tables, and graphs to represent a tile pattern that begins with 2 tiles and adds 2 at each step. The teacher joins them to discuss what they’ve noticed about their completed table.

Students explain their strategies for solving 85 x 63.