During the elementary school years a child acquires the skills, attitudes and behaviors which provide the foundation for future learning. A close working relationship between the home and the school helps each child have a meaningful and productive educational experience.

Citizens make many significant contributions to the schools and we invite you to visit your school, confer with teachers and administrators and attend meetings of the Board of Education. Community support is essential to the development of an effective educational program. We welcome your participation and involvement in school activities and organizations.

In the Rochester Community Schools, the term curriculum refers to the alignment of content standards, instructional strategies and assessment practices. Content standards are the "what"; instruction is the "how" and assessment informs us "when" students are ready for the next step.

Rochester’s curriculum addresses student growth in the cognitive, physical, social/ emotional and aesthetic domains. From pre-school through adult education, the curriculum focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for life-long learning.

Curriculum is developed based on the District philosophy and mission for K-12 education and in alignment with the Michigan Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks. In the Rochester Community Schools curriculum is modified and adjusted on a regular basis to ensure students receive the instruction necessary to keep pace in today’s global society.

(as stated on the Rochester Community schools webpage)

Fifth Grade Curriculum


Language Arts

Reading—Distinguishing fact and opinion, making predictions; using contextual clues; interpreting maps, charts, graphs; interpreting figures of speech; expanding vocabulary; analyzing types of literature – biographics, legends, historical fiction, etc; reading for enjoyment; reading informational text

Writing—Taking notes; paragraph development; expository (informational) writing and research reports, journals, poetry and original stories; proofreading skills; editing skills

Listening—Taking notes; drawing conclusions; summarizing

Speaking—Class discussions; small group discussions; using visual aids in oral reports

The integration of the above components will enhance student learning.


Comprehensive Health: Developing positive relationships with friends and family; practicing good decision-making; practicing refusal skills; understanding the roles of bullies, victims and bystanders; recognizing "helping" resources at home and school; resolving conflicts; recognizing sources of air pollution; recognizing the effects of nicotine, inhalants, alcohol and marijuana on the respiratory system and other body systems; recognizing the influence of advertising; understanding and preventing the spread of HIV; understanding of the respiratory system.

Growth and Development: Recognizing the changes that occur during puberty; understanding the male and female reproductive systems (gender separated groups).


Estimating sums, differences, and products of whole numbers; explaining Base 10 place value; rounding whole numbers; performing and explaining the 2-digit multiplication algorithm with models; demonstrating long division with selected 2-digit divisors; exploring factors and multiples; demonstrating and explaining the distributive property; using fractions and decimals in linear measurement; explaining equivalent fraction and decimals; demonstrating multiplication and division of fractions, decimals, and percents; estimating and measuring; comparing and contrasting length, perimeter, area, and volume in practical situations; selecting and applying the problem solving strategies of working backwards, solving a simpler problem, making a table, chart or graph; using and explaining the appropriate operations to solve multi-step problems; using variables to show mathematical relationships; using calculators to demonstrate the relationship between decimals and fractions; recognizing and interpreting common limitations of calculators.


Populations, ecosystems, climates, biomes, forces in motion and simple machines; reasons for seasons, moon phases, solar system, planets.

Social Studies

United States studies

U.S. geography; history of the U.S. (prehistory – present); U.S. govern-ment and law, market system in America and exploring a public issue.