MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR FIFTH GRADE PROMOTION TO SIXTH GRADE AT ECCLESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
READING
The student…
 scores above level 1 in reading on the FCAT
 attains or surpasses DRP level 4 or 5
 demonstrates 1 year academic growth as assessed by GatesMacGinitie Reading Test or other district approved assessment tests
 demonstrates knowledge of and supply use of graphic organizers/thinking maps to organize information in all content areas
 maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in reading for the year
 Reads a lot of books for knowledge and information
 extends and refines fourthgrade skills with increasingly complex texts such as decoding to clarify pronunciation, context clues to construct meaning and predicting
 uses strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary (ex., homonyms, prefixes, wordorigins, multiple meanings, antonyms, and synonyms)
 develops vocabulary by reading independently and using resources and references
 identifies, classifies and demonstrates knowledge of words from a variety of categories on or above grade level
 monitors reading on or above grade level by adjusting reading rate according to purpose or text difficulty, rereading, selfcorrecting, summarizing and checking other sources
 determines the main idea and connects ideas with relevant supporting details
 arranges events in sequential order
 describes how the author’s purpose and perspective influence the text
 identifies examples of fact, fiction or opinion
 knows characters of persuasive text
 reads and organized information from reference materials to write a research report or perform other tasks
 understands comparison and contrast, causeand effect and sequence of events
WRITING
The student will…
 overlay structure of story with strategies, usually 8 strategies for narrative and 8 strategies for expository
MATHEMATICS
The student will...
 maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average in Math
NUMBER SENSE, CONCEPTS AND OPERATIONS
The student…
 reads, writes and identifies decimals through thousands
 knows that place value relates to powers of 10
 reads, writes and identifies whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers
 translates problem situations into diagrams, models and numerals
 uses symbols to compare and order whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals
 multiplies common fractions and decimals to hundredths
 explains the relationship between the decimal number system and other number systems
 determines the operations needed to solve one and two step problems
 demonstrates the inverse feature of multiplication and division
 finds factors of numbers to determine if they are prime or composite
 uses strategies to estimate quantities of one thousand or more
 determines the greatest common factor and the least common multiple of two numbers
 expresses a whole number as a product of its prime factors
 applies rules of divisibility and identifies perfect squares to 144
 Draw arrays to model multiplication
 Know multiplication facts
 Identify even and odd numbers
 Find the factors of numbers
 Find the sum and difference of multidigit whole numbers and decimals
 Identify the maximum, minimum, median, mode, and mean for a data set.
 Know place value to hundredths
 Identify and use data landmarks
 Convert among fractions, decimals, and percents
 Convert between fractions and mixed or whole numbers
 Find common denominators
 Find the factors of a number
 Find the prime factorization of numbers
MEASUREMENT
The student…
 develops formulas for determining perimeter, area and volume
 solves problems for determining perimeter, area and volume
 classifies and measures (ex., acute, obtuse, right or straight) and measures circumference
 determines whether a solution needs an accurate or estimated measurement
 compares length, weight and capacity using customary and metric units
 uses multiplication and division to convert units to measure
 measures dimensions, weight, mass and capacity using correct units
 uses schedules, calendars and elapsed time to solve problems
 estimates length, weight, time, temperature and money for solving problems
 estimates area, perimeter and volume of a rectangular prism
 selects appropriate unit and tool for measuring
GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL SENSE
The student…
 knows and identifies symmetry, congruency and reflections in geometric figures
 knows the relationship between points, lines, line segments, rays and planes
 describes properties of and draws two and three dimensional figures
 knows the effect of a flip, slide or turn on a geometric figure
 applies and compares the concept of area, perimeter and volume
 knows the effect on area and perimeter when figures are combined, rearranged, enlarged or reduced
 knows how to identify, locate and plot ordered pairs of whole numbers on a graph
 Identify types of triangles
 Identify place value in numbers to billions
 Know properties of polygons
 Define and create tessellations
 Plot ordered pairs on a onequadrant coordinate grid
 Understand the concept of area of a figure
 Use a formula to find the area of rectangles
 Use formulas to find the area of polygons and circles
 Know the properties of geometric solids.
ALGEBRAIC THINKING
The student…
 describes, extends, creates, predicts and generalized numerical and geometric patterns
 identifies and explains numerical relationships and patterns using algebraic symbols
 analyzes number patterns and states the rule
 models and solves a number sentence with a missing addend
 uses a variable to represent a given verbal expression
 translates equations into verbal and written problems
DATA ANALYSIS AND PROBABILITY
The student…
 selects the appropriate graph for data
 interprets and compares information from different types of graphs
 chooses titles, labels, scales and intervals for organizing data on a graph
 generates questions, collects responses and displays data on a graph
 completes and interprets circle graphs using common fractions or percents
 identifies range, median, mean and mode
 uses technology to examine data and construct labeled graphs
 uses computergenerated spreadsheets to record and display data
 uses a model to represent all possible outcomes for a probability situation
 uses a model to represent all possible outcomes for a probability situation
 explains and predicts outcomes that are most likely to occur and tests the predictions
 designs a survey to collect and display data on a complete graph
 uses statistical data to predict trends and make generalizations
SCIENCE THE NATURE OF MATTER
The student…
 knows that matter is conserved during heating and cooling
 knows that materials may be made of parts too small to be seen without magnification
ENERGY
The student…
 knows that energy can be described as stored energy (potential) or energy of motion (kinetic)
 extends and refines use of a variety of tools to measure the gain or loss of energy
 knows that some materials conduct heat better others
 knows that the limited supply of usable energy sources (ex., fuels such as coal or oil) places great significance on the development of renewable energy sources
 understands that convection, radiation and conduction are methods of heat transfer
FORCE AND MOTION
The student…
 uses scientific tools (ex., stopwatch, meter stick, compass) to measure speed, distance and direction of an object
 knows that waves travel at different speeds through different materials
 knows the relationship between the strength of a force and its effect on an object (ex., the greater the force, the greater the change in motion; the more massive the object, the smaller the effect of a given force
 understands how inertia, gravity, friction, mass and force affect motion
 understands how friction affects an object in motion
 knows that objects do not change their motion unless acted upon by an outside force
HOW LIVING THINGS INTERACT WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT
The student…
 understands the various roles of singlecelled organisms in the environment
 knows ways in which protists interact with plants and animals in the environment
 knows how changes in the environment affect organisms (ex., some organisms move in, others move out; some organisms survive and reproduce, others die)
 knows that green plants use carbon dioxide, water and sunlight energy to turn minerals and nutrients into food for growth, maintenance and reproduction
PROCESSES OF LIFE
The student…
 understands how body systems interact (ex., how bones and muscles work together for movement)
 uses magnifying tools to identify similar cells and different kinds of structures
NATURE OF SCIENCE
The student…
 knows that it is important to keep accurate records and descriptions to provide information and clues on causes of discrepancies in repeated experiments
 knows that a successful method to explore the natural world is to observe and record, and then analyze and communicate the results
 knows that to work collaboratively, all team members should be free to reach, explain and justify their own individual conclusions
 knows that to compare and contrast observations and results is an essential skill in science
 knows that a model of something is different from the real thing, but can be used to learn something about the real thing
 knows that natural events are often predictable and logical
 understands that people, alone or in groups, invent new tools to solve problems to do work that affects aspects of life outside of science
 knows that data are collected and interpreted in order to explain an event or concept
 knows that before a group of people build something or try something new, they should determine how it may affect other people
 know that, through the use of scientific processes and knowledge, people can solve problems, make decisions and from new ideas
Ideas for helping your child at home
Language Arts
 Encourage your child to share and discuss books that he/she has read
 Attend plays or movies and compare/contrast them to book versions of the same story. Discuss how characters, setting and plot were adapted from the book to screen or stage.
 Encourage your child to write to you in a family journal or diary and then respond
Mathematics
 Help your child calculate different dates and elapsed time on a calendar using days, weeks, months and years.
 When cooking allow your child to experiment with fractions by choosing appropriate measuring cups and spoons to determine amounts needed for recipes.
Science
 Go stargazing in your own backyard or a spot away from city lights. See how many constellations and planets you can recognize.
 Humans have very useful thumbs. Try taping your thumbs down across the palms of your hands. Now try some every day activities such as eating and writing.
 Touch a rubber band to your forehead. Now rapidly stretch the rubber band. Once again, touch it to your forehead. Discuss how the mechanical energy created by stretching the rubber band has turned into heat energy.
Students must meet 80% of the criteria to be promoted to the sixth grade.
