Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

Khan Academy: 5th Grade Math

Great exercises and assessments help boost fifth-graders' skills
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • The Tutorial interface still gives an overview of the available videos.
  • The Missions help guide individual students toward a deeper understanding.
  • The Tutorials might be better suited to collaborative group work.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

Khan Academy's 5th Grade Math content puts Common Core-aligned lessons at your students' fingertips. The lessons here are divided into six tutorials: Arithmetic Operations, Fractions, Place Value and Decimals, Measurement and Data, Geometry, and Algebraic Thinking. Every tutorial includes videos and practice exercises. For example, under Arithmetic operations, students begin by adding decimals. The topic is further broken down into a series of four videos and two follow-up exercise sets. Approaching the content in small chunks like this can help make the material easier for fifth-graders to comprehend. The videos here are kept fairly brief, which is helpful. Alternately, you can use the Missions interface to further tailor instruction to your students' needs.

After you've introduced a topic, have students work in pairs or small groups to view corresponding videos. Challenge students to collaborate and complete the practice exercises or work individually to complete assigned parts of the 5th Grade Mission. Next, review the tutorial as a class. Circulate as students work, and break in between videos and exercises to address any questions that might come up. Whether working through the tutorials or engaging students in the 5th Grade Mission, keep track of any problem areas for individuals as well as the whole class. You'll want to reinforce these concepts later through your own instruction, as well as through your suggestions for kids' Missions.

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