Welcome to 5th Grade's Website

Getting Started

Grandparent Brunches
Mrs. O'Neal
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Mrs. Humphreys
Friday, May 15, 2020
Mrs. Thomas
Friday, May 15, 2020

Daily Schedule

2019 - 2020

8:35-8:45 Attendance

8:45-9:45 Block 1

9:45-10:25 M (Homeroom)

   T,W,Th (2nd Specials)

          F (Buddies)

10:30-10:40 Snacks

10:45-11:45      Block 2

11:45-12:45      Block 3

12:45-1:25 Lunch & Recess

1:30-2:15 M,T,W,Th (Sci., SS)

        F (FAC Reward)

2:15-2:20   Planners

2:20-2:45 Work Time & Clean Up

2:45 - 3:30 Specials

3:30 Dismissed from Specials

From Mrs. O'Neal...

  • Reading- August/September 19/20
    Essential Question: What reading techniques and/or skills do readers use to deepen their understanding of the text?  
    4C/21st Century Skill: Creativity & Resiliency 

    We will begin the year by focusing on reading skills that help young readers develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of reading.  These concepts include making connections, character development, theme, inferencing, and many more!  At the beginning of September we will also begin our first novel study that will allow students to work together in "book club" groups to discuss the material on a deeper level.  In addition to reading the novels, students will work on adding sticky notes to their book as they read to collect their thoughts as they read.  This is a new concept for many young readers, but I have found it helps tremendously with their levels of understanding and forces each individual reader to personalize their reading experience.  I cannot wait to see what they come up with.  The novels will be assigned based on reading level to ensure each student is appropriately challenged.  

    To MEET the Sticky-Note Expectation:
    *End of each chapter, highlighting the most important information from that chapter, and the major events that are occurring

    *Who is the character? (main character (protagonist), supporting character, villain (antagonist)
    *What is happening to them? (conflicts, attempts at overcoming an obstacle, relationships with other characters, etc.)
    *How are they growing and changing throughout the story? (learning lessons, resolving conflict, etc.)
    *Personality Traits/ Characteristics 

    ***Any additional work that is added can be a way for students to EXCEED expectations.  Sticky note ideas to exceed expectations include: vocabulary, greek root identification, connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world), other??***

    *My Side of the Mountain
    *Island of the Blue Dolphins
    *Twenty-One Balloons

    Posted May 20, 2019, 2:15 PM by Logan Hoyer
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  • U.S. History Update- Aug./Sept.
    Welcome to U.S. History!

    I absolutely love teaching and exploring the development of the United States!  We will begin the year by investigating the variety of countries that attempted to settle North America.  Our focus will be on what obstacles these explorers faced and how their struggles began to weed out the weaker settlers.  Students will then dive into learning about the 13 colonies and focus in on what made these people successful in their development.  As a challenge, students will then be asked to develop their our colony based on the knowledge they developed over time.  

    Skills: Nonfiction research, creating and utilizing a bibliography, developing high-level questions to guide research, etc. 

    Posted May 21, 2019, 9:27 AM by Logan Hoyer
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News & Info
  • Meet & Greet
    Our Meet and Greet Day is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6.  Please have your child bring all school supplies on this day.  The first full day of school is on Wednesday, August 7.  

    Session 1       Last Names M-Z (only)

    8:45-8:55 Meet in Gym

    9:00-9:40 Classrooms

    Session 2         Last Names A-L (only)

    9:50-10:00 Meet in Gym

    10:05-10:45 Classrooms

    Posted May 20, 2019, 9:29 AM by Alisa Humphreys
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  • 5th Grade Contact Information
    Mrs.Thomas Math and Science sthomas1@dcsdk12.org
    Mrs. Humphreys  Writing and Geography arhumphreys@dcsdk12
    Mrs. O'Neal Reading and History      lehoyer@dcsdk12.org

    Posted Aug 19, 2019, 8:52 AM by Shara Thomas
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  • Welcome!
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    Posted May 9, 2019, 11:03 AM by Alisa Humphreys
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From Mrs. Thomas...
  • Welcome to 5th Grade Math
    I am so excited to see all the places we will go this year and all the new and creative ways we use math.  This month we will focus on whole numbers up to 10,000,000.  
    Our Big Idea for this chapter is: Whole numbers can be written in different ways.  Numbers can be compared and rounded, according to their place value.  
    Encourage your student to look for numbers in their daily lives that are 1,000,000 and above and then talk about what the numbers mean and represent.  Have them come to school ready to share!

    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 7:34 PM by Shara Thomas
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  • Science
    This year we will be using StemScopes as our Science curriculum.  This curriculum is engaging and hands on.  It uses familiar phenomena to engage student wandering and guides them to come to evidence based conclusions.
    Here is a quick peak at our first Scope.
    • Scope: Mixtures
    • Student Wondering of Phenomena - Are substances created when we cook?

    Posted Aug 19, 2019, 8:54 AM by Shara Thomas
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Upcoming Dates

August 6:  Meet & Greet Day

    Session 1       Last Names M-Z (only)

    8:45-8:55 Meet in Gym

    9:00-9:40 Classrooms

    Session 2         Last Names A-L (only)

    9:50-10:00 Meet in Gym

    10:05-10:45 Classrooms

August 7:  First Full Day of School

August 27:  Assessment Day

September 2:  No School- Labor Day

September 20:  No School- Professional Development Day

December 9:  Young AmeriTowne Field Trip

Grading Policy
Our Grading System is as follows ...
DNM= "Does Not Meet 5th Grade Expectations"
A= "Approaching 5th Grade Expectations"
M= "Meets 5th Grade Expectations"
E= "Exceeds 5th Grade Expectations"

From Mrs. Humphreys ...
  • Writing
    August/September Update

    Greetings, 5th grade authors!!!  I cannot wait to meet all of you and get you excited about all of the writing we will accomplish this year! 

    Essential Question:  What writing techniques (elements/characteristics) are used by effective authors?
    Essential Question:  Why is it important for you as an author to implement these techniques?

    4 C:  Creativity

    21st Century Skill: Resiliency

    We will begin the year by focusing on Personal Narratives and idea development.  Students will reflect and think of stories and memories that they can write related to their own lives!  The 5th graders will also be expected to bring in lots of ideas so that they never have to say, "I don't have anything to write about."   They can bring in items such as brochures, postcards, stickers, drawings, articles, sports cards, etc... or simply ideas written on sticky notes or in planners.  We will explore a variety of books, images, and meaningful quotations in class to also help spark writing ideas.  This is a fun time of year full of free choice writing, so get those creative juices flowing!  **Stay tuned for information regarding a Rockies Baseball Writing Contest!
    Posted May 9, 2019, 11:08 AM by Alisa Humphreys
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  • Geography

    August/September Update

    Essential Question:  What makes a region unique? (Evaluate the similarities and differences between the regions).
    Essential Question:  What impact does the region have on our country?  

    4C:  Creativity

    21st Century Skill: Resiliency

    Mrs. Humphreys' homeroom class will be in geography the first six weeks of school and will be studying the Northeast & Southeast Regions of the United States.  Students will be collaborating with group members and researching topics of their choice such as economy, tourist attractions, climate, landforms, natural resources, historical events, etc. that make this region unique.  They are also focusing on the impact the Northeast & Southeast have on our country and possibly the world.  5th graders will be creating presentations to show their learning of the regions and gear it toward a unique audience.  Creativity is the "4 C" being focused on during this unit, so we will focus on those skills.  Geography has a huge inquiry focus, therefore we will review note-taking strategies, how to use appropriate sources and site them, and how to organize their learning into a creative and meaningful presentation with a specific purpose and audience.  

    Posted May 9, 2019, 11:10 AM by Alisa Humphreys
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