Grade 5


In Fifth grade, our students should be able to read and analyze a variety of historically and culturally significant works of literature, including stories, drama, and poetry. They learn to recognize the theme of stories, dramas, and poetry, even when it is implied instead of directly stated. Students summarize texts, compare and contrast the actions and motives of two or more characters, and draw inferences from texts. They understand figurative language in context, including metaphors and similes, and its function as a literary device. The 5thgrade students will read literature from different eras and cultures and evaluate the meaning of archetypal patterns and symbols found in myths and traditional literature. In addition, students evaluate techniques (e.g., appeal of characters, logic and credibility of plots and settings, use of figurative language) that an author uses to influence readers’ perspectives. Students analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of texts, including graphic novels and multimedia presentations of fiction, folktales, myths, and poems.


Students in grade five write with an awareness of their audience and purpose. Their writing demonstrates a command of the conventions of the English language, an understanding of the structures and organization of text, and experience with the stages of the writing process (e.g., prewriting, drafting, revising, editing). They use resources to gather information to support their main idea and use technology to create documents. Students learn to use transitional words or phrases to link paragraphs and ideas, making clear their line of thought. Students in fifth grade to write multi paragraph texts with a central idea or theme, relevant supporting details, and a conclusion. The types of writing that students produce vary under each set of standards. Students write responses to literature, persuasive letters or compositions, research reports, and narratives under the Common Core English language arts standards. The persuasive compositions are similar to the opinion pieces students write under the Common Core Standards, and the research reports are similar to the informative/explanatory text.

Speaking and Listening

Students in fifth grade listen critically to speakers and media presentations, summarize what they have heard, deliver presentations, and ask questions to gain additional information. In their oral presentations, they use the structures found in the literature and informational text they read and in their own writing (e.g., a central idea or theme supported by facts, descriptive details, or observations). Students apply the same conventions of standard English when speaking that they use in their writing.


In fifth grade, students learn new rules for grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Students use their knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, listening, and reading. The fifth grade students will cover a broader range of conventions in grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. students will use conjunctions to connect ideas. they will learn and explain the function of conjunctions, as well as prepositions and interjections, in general and in particular sentences. Students will identify and correctly use verbs that are often misused (e.g., lie/lay, rise/raise), while the Common Core call for students to use verb tense to convey the various times, sequences, states, and conditions. The fifth-grade Common Core will emphasize verb tenses. Students learn to use perfect-tense verbs (e.g., I had walked; I have walked) and to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tenses. Students learn to punctuate items in a series and use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence. They also learn to use a comma to set off the words “yes” and “no” (e.g., Yes, thank you); to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?); and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Linda?).


Students entering fifth grade who have met the fourth-grade Common Core for mathematics are able to apply the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with whole numbers to solve multistep word problems, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. They have learned to fluently add and subtract multi-digit numbers and can also round multi-digit numbers. Students can multiply multi-digit numbers by two-digit numbers and divide four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors to find whole-number quotients and remainders.


During fifth grade, students learn to develop testable questions and plan their own investigations, selecting appropriate tools to make quantitative observations. In the physical sciences, students develop the ability to distinguish between molecules and atoms and chemical compounds and mixtures and learn about the organization of atoms on the periodic table of the elements. They learn about chemical reactions and discover the special properties of metallic elements and salts. In the life sciences, they learn the basics of physiology, building on what they have learned in previous grades about the external adaptations of plants and animals to learn about the internal structures and processes of living things. Students in grade five also deepen their understanding of the hydrologic cycle, the process by which water moves between the land and the oceans. They learn how the hydrologic cycle influences the distribution of weather-related precipitation. They study the causes and effects of weather. They also study the solar system and learn that it contains asteroids, comets, the Sun, planets, and moons. They learn the composition of the Sun and the relationship between gravity and planetary orbits. Grade-five science topics are organized into six standard sets: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences (Earth’s Water), Earth Sciences (Weather), Earth Sciences (The Solar System), and Investigation and Experimentation. As students learn the content defined by the standards in the Life, Earth, and Physical Sciences strands, they are also practicing investigation and experimentation skills. That is, the investigation and experimentation standards should be infused throughout science instruction.

News, Events and Field Trips:

In December we had our end of Semester 1 field trip. All of our students enjoyed a fun and relaxed day of activities and games. On three separate days we took the nursery, the kindergarten-Preschool to the Phuket Zoo. The Primary school visited the Botanical Gardens. A good time was had by all. Check out the gallery for photos of the trips. On December 23rd we had our annual Christmas Party, Santa came to visit and had a gift for everyone. Thanks to everyone who joined us! We are very excited to announce that Buds has officially obtained a licence for the Primary School which means we can now offer student visas. Please contact the office for more details. As always we are continuing to improve our facilities with new books, playground equipment and toys. Be sure to like Buds International School on Facebook for more recent news and updates!

Primary School Curriculum:

We have made a major change and upgrade to our primary school curriculum. We have adopted the internationally top rated, “Common Core Curriculum Standards,” and have been using the modern textbooks that have been specifically developed for this standard. This has enabled us to provide a clear and consistent curriculum throughout the entire school at BUDS to ensure that all of our students are learning and progressing at a standardized rate that is recognized as being elite on an international level.

Sports classes:

We continue to offer swimming classes to all our students in the Kindergarten and Primary School. Since Phuket is an island and the culture is very aquatically based, we believe that teaching our children about water safety and progressing their ability to swim is very valuable and important. These lessons also help introduce our students into the world of sports which helps lay the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle in the future. facebook