Ready for 5th Grade Math? Tips to Avoid the Jitters.

Many students struggle with 5th grade math concepts. This year, your child might ask you for help with graphing, measurement, fractions and division. Are you and your child ready for 5th grade math? Here’s a list of concepts to strengthen before heading back to school.

Ready for 5th Grade Math?

5th Grade Math Readiness Activities

Want to avoid those first-day-back jitters? Review last year’s math concepts & practice new concepts your child will build on in 5th grade. Use these activities to prepare for 5th grade math.

  • Times Tales – Master the upper times tables with these math videos that explain multiplication tables with silly stories!
  • Factors and Multiples – This packet has everything that you need to review factors and multiples, as well as practice finding Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples.
  • 4th to 5th Grade Summer Workbooks – Provides teacher-developed practice activities in major subject areas to help your child make a successful transition from one grade to the next.

Math Concepts to Review

Algebra Basics

  • Use the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with whole numbers to solve problems. (Example: 3 + 4 x 2)
  • Find and determine the factors and multiples between 1 and 100. What’s the greatest common multiple? What’s the lowest common multiple?
  • Use rules to generate or explain patterns in numbers and shapes. Explain odd numbers and even numbers with basic algebra. (Example: The rule for this set of numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 is “add 2.”)

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Break down a multi-digit number using base ten in an arithmetic equation. (Example: 700 ÷ 10 = 7)
  • Add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the operations.

Number and Operations Fractions

  • Compare fractions by using common denominators with symbols >, <, or =.
  • Build fractions from units of that fraction. (Example: 3/10 = 1/10 + 1/10 + 1/10)
  • Explain fractions with equivalent fractions using the denominator as 100. (Example: Express 5/10 as 50/100)

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement.
  • Convert measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. (Example: 60 minutes is equal to one hour, 12 inches is equal to 1 foot)
  • Plot data on a number line. (Example: Plot 1/2 on the line between 1 and 2)


  • Draw and identify lines and angles.
  • Classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
  • Measure angles using a protractor.
  • Sketch angles of specified measure.

Math Concepts to Come

In this school year, 5th graders will be building on math concepts introduced in 4th grade. Here are a few concepts your child will be building on in the year to come.

  • Graphing
  • Volume
  • Convert measurements
  • Add & subtract numbers with decimals
  • Add & subtract fractions
  • Two-dimensional figures


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Prepare for 5th Grade Math