Grade 5 Math at Home

Welcome! We’ll update this page every weekday with a new math activity. Many of the activities will be fun and worthwhile for students of all ages so that you can do them as a family. The following day, we’ll share examples of how other people did the activity so you can check your work and stretch your thinking.

The resources on this page focus on the major work for fifth grade:

  • multiplying and dividing multi-digit whole numbers in many ways

  • solving story problems involving fractions and decimals

  • finding the volume of cubes and other rectangular prisms

We’ll also do a lot of work with measurement and geometry, too!

Activity of the Day

Check the archive to see past activities with sample solutions.

Math in Our World:
Boxes Everywhere

We’ve received a lot of deliveries lately, and we have a lot of cardboard boxes around. Quinn and Trix have been building sculptures by taping two or more boxes together. Then they discuss which boxes hold the most.

Here are the boxes we have in our house now. I measured them so the kids could figure out which combinations of boxes create the largest volume.

Box 1 is 15 by 11 by 5. Box 2 is 12 by 6.25 by 16. Box 3 is 22 by 16.5 by 14. Box 4 is 40 by 12 by 9.25. Box 5 9s 20 by 11 by 4.25. All measurements are in order of length, then width, then height.

  1. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

  1. Show what is happening using pictures, models, or numbers.

  2. What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can!

How could you get started?

  1. Sketch and label the dimensions of the boxes.

  2. Start with box 1, and find its volume. First, find the base by multiplying the length times the width. Then, multiply the base times the height.


  1. Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?

  2. Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer.


  1. Do you have empty boxes around? Measure their dimensions and find their volumes. Are any of your boxes larger than our biggest box?

  2. What can you build by combining those boxes? What’s the volume of the combined structure?

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Additional Resources

Use the resources below for paper-and-pencil practice and to play math games at home. All resources are free to the public.

Want more Activities of the Day? Check out the archive for past activities, including sample responses.

Collections of practice pages organized by math skill. In English and Spanish with answer keys.

Digital math games to play independently or together online.

Math games for families to play together at home with materials and tools easily made, downloaded, or found online.

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