4th-5th grade


This is a good age to learn to use Google Drive: Here are videos how and why.

All Subjects

Wide Open School

Galileo – full program with monthly fee

Language arts / Books

Newsela – complete reading activities for grades 2-12. Easy to print what you need by level

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5+ – kids who read a lot might need higher levels of these books.

Raz-Kids – we used this from grades 1-3 mostly, but there’s plenty of great reading material for grades 4-5 as well. This program is also free for the rest of the year.  More interesting leveled reading than most other programs I’ve looked at. Also available in Spanish, and you can print the packets if you’re trying to use less screens.

Ella Enchanted

discussion guide, lesson plans and extension activities here.

Another site for teaching the book here.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

*See reading list for other book recommendations – there’s a guide for most books available online that’s easy to follow*


See more resources on this math page

AOPS Beast Academy 5

Dragonbox.com – Math games that feel more like fun than work.  This has a great introduction to algebra.

Singapore Math – Solid, complete math curriculum.  Easy to implement.

Math For Love – from the creator of the game Prime Climb.  We haven’t used this yet, but it is recommended by lots of homeschoolers for grades K-5

Social Studies

Curiosity Chronicles

Science (topics to explore)

Mystery Science – we’ve used this from grades 2-5. Subscription – totally worth it.  My kids both loved these lessons.

Elemental Science site (homeschool curriculum)

Smithsonian Science Education Center

TOPS has been around for a long time – 2 homeschool families I know used and recommend it.  They sell curriculum for grades 3-12

*IN PROGRESS* Two recent (2014 and 2015) 5th grade STAAR science tests covered these things. I’ll post resources for how to learn about each of these on the road.

Earth’s rotation on its axis – 24hrs

freezing and melting point of water – celsius and fahrenheit

toxicity of monarch caterpillars to predators b/c of milkweed

Reflection/refraction and examples of what that looks like

alternative energy (geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar) / renewable and nonrenewable resources

why plants need CO2

water cycle model (experiment using water, plastic wrap)

condensation / cloud formation / Evaporation

Deltas / sediment deposits

Food chains – And what makes animal populations increase or decrease, also consumers and producers / what disrupts a food web

crater experiment – dropping marbles from different heights


Silt / Loam / Sand / sediment (and how it changes to rock) / erosion

life cycles of insects (specifically butterflies and mosquitos)

circuits (how to complete one) and switches

How plants adapt to survive in the desert

diluting liquids

climate vs weather

electrical, thermal, light energy

fossil fuels

reflection of light (including mirrors and object placement)

conductors / insulators

carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle

How does freezing and thawing of water crack rocks?

precipitation and drought

mixtures and how to separate them

learned behavior (such as a dog begging for food or bees making trips to a drinking source)

why an animal would have pointed vs flat teeth (and other physical characteristics)

density (objects in water)

pulley system

physical properties of matter (solid, liquid, gas)

planets and order from sun

how can predators like wild hogs damage other animals?

rube goldberg machines

how whiskers or antennae would help an animal

what is a savanna

what would make a valley

characteristics of a solar system / earth / a moon

shadows and time of day (and why shadows are formed from light being blocked)


how to read tables