Grade Level Reading Expectations - Fifth Grade

Making Meaning at Text Level

  • Uses correct terminology when describing book or text features
  • Shows awareness that layout, graphics, title, book shape and size capture interest and affect the purpose, style, and pace of reading
  • Shows awareness of techniques authors use to create, link, and contrast characters, events, ideas, and information
  • Uses more than one type of technology, and a range of references within each, to consider other levels of meaning, to explore unanswered questions or to determine authenticity
  • Demonstrates understanding that culture and values affect the connotation of words through seeking the opinion of others, offering more than one option, or using a range of reference materials
  • Selects, interprets, synthesizes, summarizes, and presents information from more than one type of text and source and more than one type of technology and describes the method and sequence used
  • Evaluates, contrasts, and discusses the reliability and validity of information gained through text and illustration
  • Evaluates effectiveness of the author's use of similes, metaphors, analogies, alliteration, and other literary devices in relation to the text type and purpose
  • Considers the audience and the author's possible intended message and emphasis when reading orally
  • Compares the effectiveness of the same text, topic, or theme presented in more than one media
  • Distinguishes inferences and opinions when summarizing text for a specific purpose
  • Switches from one text or part of a text to another while retaining the meaning of both
  • Summarizes information from tables, graphs, and maps and can describe findings in another format
  • Generates questions for rereading, wider reading, or discussion

Making Meaning at Word Level

  • Describes strategies used to identify and/or gain meaning from specialized vocabulary, idioms, words used in unusual contexts, or unfamiliar words.
  • Understands distinctions within word classes, for example, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, collective nouns.

Making Meaning Using Context

  • Understands how the conventions of different writing forms influence access to meaning and information

Reading Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Selects and reads a range of texts independently for enjoyment and information, shares opinions, and recommends books to others.
  • Sets goals and initiates reading activities or responses to reading with others
  • Considers reading to be a problem-solving activity and can talk about expectations, challenges, and purpose and then discuss and evaluate the process
  • Attends to details of instruction and returns to these during a task
  • Seeks material beyond the classroom and school library to pursue an interest or complete a task
(Information, task, career)
Text Features
New to
Grade Level
  • Poetry - haiku, cinquain, ballads
  • Science fiction
  • Idioms


  • Manuals
  • Promotional material
  • Editorials
  • Bibliographies
  • Chapter summaries
  • Foreward
  • Narratives - realistic, fantasy, traditional folktales, legends, fables, myths, and tall tales
  • Songs
  • Letters (personal and functional)
  • Diaries
  • Poetry - rhymed, unrhymed
  • Plays
  • Proverbs, Sayings
  • Essays
  • Magazines
  • Comics, Cartoons
  • Historical and contemporary fiction (Novels, Short stories)
  • Nonfiction texts should include science, social studies, math, the arts, health, fitness, and technology.
  • Procedural and technical texts
  • Exposition Reports
  • Dictionaries
  • Informational posters
  • Encyclopedias
  • Almanacs
  • Thesaurus
  • Brochures
  • Diaries / Journals
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Advertisements
  • Essays
  • Atlases
  • Newspaper reports
  • Magazines
  • Magazine articles
  • Memos
  • Directories,Phone books
  • Business letters
  • Schedules
  • Labels
  • Captions
  • Story maps
  • Charts
  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Diagrams
  • Maps and map keys/scales
  • Chapter headings
  • Acknowledgements
  • Blurbs
  • Index
  • Introductions
  • Timetables
  • Parentheses
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Checklists
  • Subheadings
  • Tables
  • Asterisk
  • Graphs
  • Paragraphs
  • Dialogue
  • Quotation marks
  • Directions
  • Codes
  • Abbreviations
  • Dash
  • Appendices
  • Computer menus, searches, icons
  • Forward/Preface