I'm tutoring a 'rising 6th grade' student starting next week. He struggled with some 5th grade math concepts and mom wants to make sure he's 'tuned up' before going back to school. I've not been able to get in touch with any of our district 5th grade teachers regarding concepts to review...Do any of you 5th grade teachers have a summer pack you send home for math? What concepts would you suggest I start with? (I've tutored 5th graders before so I'm not unfamiliar with the curriculum, it's just a question of how to best spend our time- what are the 'must know' concepts going into 6th?) Thanks.

I would say the biggest concepts I covered in 5th grade were fractions (finding common denominators, adding and subtracting, multiplying, changing between mixed numbers and improper fractions) and multiplying large numbers.

I agree...those fractions! So much to remember in working them. Along with the fractions: Rules of Divisibility Least Common Multiple Greatest Common Factor Properties of Addition and Multiplication Algebra: Oder of Operations Writing and Solving Expressions Writing and Solving Equations IXL Math is a great program and you can get a month's free trial. You sign up and your "students" can access the program from any computer. The problems are challenging, aligned with each state's standards, and my kids never complained about having to do IXL every morning for 15-20 minutes.

Additionally, make sure the place value concepts are understood, particularly decimals. Another area might be to ensure all the facts are at this student's command. Lots of times the struggle comes from the time it takes to count by 8's. Finally, make sure the mechanics of multiplying, dividing, adding, subtracting are in good shape. It always surprises me how some kids need a refresher in the basics.

I started working with my cousin a couple weeks ago... She said she struggled with adding decimal points to division... She's the same age. -Mixed numbers

I'm tutoring 5th grade math. I purchased a fifth grade math book used on Amazon. It helps so much to be able to go out of a book!