5-8 Learning Results

5-8 Learning Results

This section has been updated to include the new Maine Learning Results, "Parameters for Essential Instruction," which were adopted by the state legislature in 2007. They are presented at the level of Development Standards. The 1997 Performance Indicators have been condensed slightly to conserve space.

Please note that the 1997 Learning Results are divided into Grades 3-4 and 5-8, whereas the 2007 Learning Results are divided into Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

The Common Core State Standards were added in November 2012.

Career Preparation  1997  (Grades 5-8)
A-4: Relationship among personal interests, skills and abilities, and career research.
B-2: Workplace environments and education required for different occupations.

Career and Education Development  2007  (Grades 6-8)
A4.   Career and Life Roles
B2.   Skills for Individual/Personal Success in the 21st Century
C1.   The Planning Process
C4.   Societal Needs and Changes that Influence Workplace Success

Common Core State Standards-English Language Arts 2012 

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Key Ideas and Details

2. Determine the central ideas of information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions

3. Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies

Craft and Structure

4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies

5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally)

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts

8. Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text

9. Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic

Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Text Types and Purposes

2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation

Mathematics 1997  (Grades 5-8)
A-3: Concepts of ratios, proportions, percents, and number theory (e.g., primes, factors, and multiples) in practical and other mathematical situations.
B-2: Multi-step, real-life problems including those with ratio and proportion.
E-1: Compare, classify, and draw two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures.
F-3: Length, area, volume, and corresponding units, square units, and cubic units of measure.

Mathematics   2007  (Grades 6-8)
Grade 6
B1.   Convert within measurement systems
C1.   Represent solid figures in 2 dimensions
C4.   Reflections, rotations, and translations to define and identify congruent plane figures
C5.   Proportional relationships
Grade 7
A3.   Ratio and proportion
C1.   Angle properties
C3.   Scale drawings
Grade 8
C1.   Properties of polygons
C2.   Angle properties of parallel lines

Common Core State Standards-Mathematics 2012

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems


  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume

Grade 7:

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems


  • Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume]

Grade 8:


  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres

Science and Technology  2007  (Grades 6-8)
A2.   Models
A4.   Scale
B2.   Skills and Traits of Technological Design
C3.   Science, Technology, and Society
C4.   History and Nature of Science
D4.   Force and Motion

Social Studies  1997  (Grades 5-8)
A-1: Effects of historical changes on daily life.
A-2: Sequence of major events and people in the history of Maine, the U. S., and selected world civilizations.
A-3: Simultaneous events in various parts of the world during a specific era.
B-2: Selected themes in Maine, U. S., and world history.

Social Studies  2007  (Grades 6-8)
D1.   Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
E1.   Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
E2.   Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in History

Visual and Performing Arts 1997  (Grades 5-8)
A-3: Qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes for the purposes of selecting appropriate media to communicate artistic ideas.
A-4: Resources, materials, and techniques to design and execute art works.
B-1: Classify art works representing various cultures, by genre, style, and distinguishing characteristics.
B-2: Characteristics and purposes of arts from various cultures, historical periods, and social groups.

Visual and Performing Arts  2007  (Grades 6-8)
Visual Arts
A1.   Artist’s Purpose
A2.   Elements of Art and Principles of Design
A3.   Media, Tools, Techniques, and Processes
B1.   Media Skills
B2.   Composition Skills
B3.   Making Meaning
B4.   Exhibition
C1.   Application of Creative Process
D1.   Aesthetics and Criticism
E1.   The Arts and History and World Culture
E2.   The Arts and Other Disciplines
E3.   Goal-Setting   
E4.   Impact of the Arts on Lifestyle and Career
E5.   Interpersonal Skills