Content Specific Elementary Exit Standards

By the end of Grade 5 students will be able to:


  • Develop proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
  • Construct meaning and respond thoughtfully to a variety of material from print, non-print, and electronic materials.
  • Use a variety of strategies to create and develop meaningwhen reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing.
  • Express questions, thoughts, interpretations, and opinions related to material from print, non-print, and electronic source content and purpose in both oral and written form.
  • Develop stories, essays, and poems using the writing process.
  • Read to learn and for pleasure.


  • Use mathematical skills, techniques, and applications to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate an operational sense of the fact families in addition and subtraction through 18, and multiplication and division through the 9’s table.
  • Demonstrate number sense by counting, comparing, estimating, and using place-value concepts in whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  • Demonstrate spatial sense by describing, modeling, drawing, and classifying shapes, and relate geometric ideas to numbers and measurement ideas.
  • Use mathematical reasoning to solve problems by applying number sense or using spatial relationships.
  • Use common units of measure such as length, capacity, weight, area, volume, time, temperature, and angles.
  • Select and use computational techniques appropriate to specific whole number problems, and determine whether the results are reasonable.
  • Collect organize, and describe data.
  • Explain verbally and in writing all taught mathematical concepts.


  • Make accurate observations involving biology, physical, and chemical characteristics.
  • Describe how organisms share basic characteristics, which include life cycles that begin with birth and end with death.
  • Describe why water is important for life.
  • Diagram the earth and describe how it obtains its energy from the Sun.
  • Demonstrate that matter has physical and chemical properties that can be changed.
  • Use scientific instruments correctly in gathering data.
  • Demonstrate how science, math, and technology are interrelated.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of social studies units of study by acquiring, organizing, interpreting, and applying data from various forms of print and non-print material.
  • Use historical statements and concepts to assist in decision-making about public issues.
  • Recognize and apply distance, direction, scale, map symbols, latitude, and longitude through the use of maps and globes.
  • Recognize and understand events, personalities, geographic and economic factors that have shaped the history and culture of Danbury, Connecticut and other regions of the United States.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and economic events that created and transformed the new American Nation to 1800.

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  • State a simple research question, present research findings in a variety of formats, and compile a list of works cited for any presentation.
  • Locate and use materials with appropriate guidance from a variety of sources including print, non-print, electronic, and the Internet to answer a research question.
  • Select books and articles from the major literacy genres:  novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction for independent reading.
  • Select, access and use software appropriate to a given task and create a multi-media presentation to communicate ideas.
  • Follow Acceptable Use Policy Guidelines for safe and appropriate use of the Internet.


  • Develop introductory listening, singing, movement, and instrumental skills.
  • Read, understand, and apply basic musical notation and vocabulary.
  • Discuss appropriate historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary elements of music.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of elements and principles of art and their creative application to two and three-dimensional design.
  • Explore a variety of appropriate art methods, media, and subjects.
  • Understand appropriate historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary elements of art.


  • Demonstrate age appropriate form in the fundamental movement skills: locomotor, nonlocomotor, and selected manipulative skills.
  • Recognize the personal physiological effects that accompany moderate to vigorous physical activity.
  • Recognize the contributions that individual differences add to group activities.


  • Explain how childhood injuries and illnesses can be prevented.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate school and community health helpers.
  • Compare behaviors that are safe to behaviors that are risky or harmful.
  • Explain how media influences thoughts, feelings, and health behaviors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a decision-making process to health issues and problems.