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!
Math in Our World:
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.
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Show what is happening using pictures, models, or numbers.
What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can!
How could you get started?
Sketch and label the dimensions of the boxes.
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.
Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?
Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer.
Do you have empty boxes around? Measure their dimensions and find their volumes. Are any of your boxes larger than our biggest box?
What can you build by combining those boxes? What’s the volume of the combined structure?