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South Dakota Educational Content Standards

Fifth Grade

The following list was selected from the South Dakota Content Standards for Fifth Grade. These specific standards can be met through the tours offered at the National Music Museum (not every standard is met in every tour offered). This information can be used to assist teachers in selecting appropriate tours and to enable teachers to request specific standards they would like to see met during a visit to the Museum. It can also be used to justify the field trip and the cost of transportation.

The student will:
  1. recognize that literature can be used to better understand the culture of the time period.
  2. use various resources to acquire information for different purposes.
  3. generate various autobiographical writings which include single incidents of interest or importance.
  4. understand the appropriateness of various listening behaviors in different social situations.
  5. listen, draw conclusions, and share responses in subject-related group learning activities.
  6. ask questions to understand the speaker's point-of-view and clarify non-verbal messages.
  7. interpret gestures and facial expressions meant to support, accentuate, or dramatize verbal messages.
  8. distinguish between fact and speaker opinion.
  9. summarize information gathered in group activities.
  10. connect information with prior knowledge and experience for effective recall.
  11. paraphrase the communication of others to clarify the intended message.
  12. exchange information in various formal and informal settings.
  13. communicate various messages clearly, precisely, and effectively.
  14. choose grammar and sentence structures appropriate to the audience and purpose.
  15. describe life in America before the 17th century by identifying and describing the arrival, settlement, and culture of the first Americans.
  16. summarize the growth and change in America from the Revolution to 1861 with emphasis on territorial exploration; the influence of geographic, economic, and climatic factors on the movement of people, goods, and services; the effect of American relationships with other countries on our westward expansion; and the impact of inventions such as the steamboat, cotton gin, and locomotives on life in America.
  17. interpret patriotic slogans.
  18. analyze the economic differences between the North and South during the Civil War period.
  19. understand that scientific knowledge increases and changes over time.
  20. make predictions, utilize observations, and draw conclusions.
  21. analyze the structure and design of simple and complex machines to determine how the machines make work easier.
  22. explain how sound is transmitted and used as a means of communication.
  23. explain how people continue to invent new ways of doing things, solving problems, and getting work done.
  24. describe the effect new ideas and inventions have on people.
  25. use geometric properties and terms to describe, sort, and classify geometric objects.
  26. apply basic number theory concepts to the rational number system.
  27. use statistical data about life situations to make predictions and justify reasoning.
  28. classify probability of simple events as certain, likely, unlikely, or impossible.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education at 605-677-5306 or e-mail her at

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