I strongly believe in making math fun and exciting for kids. In order to get them excited about what they will accomplish, I present the kids with a grid of what they will learn in fifth grade. It is a very extensive, easy to use checklist that is aligned to the new Common Core standards for Massachusetts and it is highly applicable to other states. It is also a great basis if you want to use it and add your own things to it. Each unit, I have the kids go through it and check off what they know. About 1/4 of the way through the year, they realize that they know a lot more than they think they do! They absolutely love this because it also serves as a reinforcement of what they need to be studying throughout the year. It's kid friendly and easy to use!