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In fifth grade, math is a useful tool for exploring and understanding the world around us. We can use it to construct and build, answer questions, and do sophisticated calculations. At the same time, math concepts are more abstract. While Wild Math Fifth Grade contains many hands-on outdoor activities like in the younger levels of Wild Math, it also balances the need at this level to practice more abstract computations in writing.
All the skills typically covered in fifth grade math are listed, followed by extensive explanations on how to teach the concept. The fifth grade contains more guidance on how to teach each topic than prior levels because the math skills are more complex and complicated than in prior levels. These more complex topics often have several examples and have a new feature called “quick practice problems”. These problems are an easy way to practice computations (sometimes in a hands-on way and sometimes written practice depending on skill and method) and check comprehension of the new skill before moving on to activities. Most chapters also have several sections with activities, projects, and word problems to further practice each skill. The word problems can be acted out or done solely in the math notebook depending on the student’s needs. The end of each chapter also includes a list of some of my favorite math books and games at the end of each chapter.
- Target math skills are summarized at the beginning of each unit.
- Hands-on and computation based methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals and fractions.
- Math projects provide a more in-depth opportunity to use math in a hands-on and real-life way. Projects include timing 100 meter race and calculating speed, Pythagorean theorem and the baseball diamond, and scaling a recipe up and down.
- Math Notes: Informative little boxes that explain those math concepts and details you may have forgotten!
- Book and board game lists for every unit, plus a list of general math games in the resources section.
- A suggested unit pacing guide, sample week plan, and planning sheet are included in the resource section.
- Quick practice and word problems and answers are provided
Learning outdoors has been proven to increase engagement and attention. It also is hands-on and relates to real life in a way a textbook cannot. Teach your child in a classroom without walls!
The Fifth Grade curriculum shows you how to use materials that are naturally abundant in your area to learn math! Suggested materials to make, gather, and a few basic supply recommendations are provided.
- Use sticks and rocks to learn decimal place value.
- Use recycled materials to explore volume.
- Use mud cakes to learn how to multiply and divide fractions
Math Units Covered in the Fifth Grade Wild Math Curriculum
(See thumbnails of the table of contents to all skills covered in each unit)
- Multidigit Multiplication and division review
- Data, Graphing, and Algebra
Common Questions About Wild Math Curriculum
Can you use this curriculum by itself? Is it a complete curriculum?
Yes! Absolutely! I compared several fifth grade curriculums to make sure that all the essential skills and concepts were covered in Wild Math. As a result, the material covered in Wild Math exceeds the requirements of the common core. Meaning it covers more concepts and skills than what is required in most public schools in the U.S.
Can I use Wild Math in conjunction with another math curriculum?
Yes! It complements any math curriculum. Take a break from workbooks and spend the day outside, while still getting “school” work done! Simply match the unit you are working on in your curriculum to the same unit in Wild Math and choose an activity. Some people use Wild Math as their “spine” and add in other activities or extra practice if they feel their student needs it.
Is this an open and go, planned out curriculum?
No, Wild Math includes a planning sheet and planning examples so you can tailor the activities and pace to your child or students. Choose 3-5 activities each week if you are using Wild Math as your main math curriculum. A pacing guide/suggested sequence is also provided.
I don't homeschool, can I still use Wild Math?
Yes! Wild Math is for everyone! I did write the curriculum with homeschoolers in mind however, it can easily be adapted to a variety of settings. There are many schools, childcare, and classroom teachers that use Wild Math. Some parents use it at home to help a child who is struggling with math at school get more practice as a change of pace from workbooks, yet providing practice and reteaching of math concepts.
Doing everything outside sounds like a lot, do I have to do all our math outside?
Of course not! Pick and choose activities, combine with other math activities, and tailor it for you and your students. Do what works for you and your student/s. I am a huge advocate for learning outside, as there are many benefits. However, I am also aware of the fact that it probably is not realistic for everybody. That is OK. If you’re having trouble getting outside or you are intimidated by this much outdoor math, I suggest starting small and planning one or two lessons per week of outdoor learning and increase your outdoor time as you feel comfortable. There are also lots of board games, and book recommendations included. These are great in the middle of winter when many of us are outside less and the days are shorter.
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