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Meet the 5th Grade Teachers

Mrs. Logan O'Neal

Mrs. Shara Thomas

Mrs. Alisa Humphreys

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Email Addresses Mrs. O'Neal (Reading & U.S. History)


Mrs. Thomas (Math & Science) sthomas1@dcsdk12.org

Mrs. Humphreys (Writing & Geography) arhumphreys@dcsdk12.org

Daily Schedule

Will be updated shortly with the new 2021/2022 schedule.

From Mrs. O'Neal...

  • Welcome, 5th Grade Readers!
    Welcome, 5th Grade Readers!  We are going to have a wonderful year together :)

    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 virtual "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, theme analysis, connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world), other??***

    *Bridge to Terabithia
    *Island of the Blue Dolphins
    *Twenty-One Balloons
    Posted May 18, 2021, 11:32 AM by Logan O'Neal
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  • October-December 20/21
    Let's Explore Our Nation's History! 

    Essential Question: Why do people explore the unknown?  
    How does exploration impact the development of different generations? 

    4C/21st Century Skill: Collaboration & Resiliency 

     I am excited to jump right into one of the most crucial periods in our nations history... the 13 colonies and the Revolutionary War.  We will begin by studying the settlement of the "New World" and explore what made this exploration a failure and a success for different countries.  We will look at France and Spain's attempt at settlement and then take a closer look into the development of the 13 colonies when England joined the mix.  Students will be completing quite a bit of nonfiction research and group work during this time.  I am excited to see their understanding of our nation grow! 

    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:12 AM by Logan O'Neal
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News & Info
  • Express Check-In Information (21/22)
    Express Check In:  We request that ALL families complete  Express Check In. Completing this check in process confirms your enrollment at BCE for the 21-22 school year.  Please use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal user name and password to complete Express Check In by July 31st.  If you need assistance with your login, please email our Registrar, Rhonda Lundberg at  rhonda.lundberg@dcsdk12.org

    Click HERE to complete Express Check In now.

    Posted May 18, 2021, 9:10 AM by Logan O'Neal
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  • Meet and Greet 21/22
    Friday, August 6

    Session # 1 8:30-9:15am A-G
    Classroom Presentation (8:30-8:45am) Meet the teacher and unpack supplies (8:45-9:15am) 

    Session # 2 9:30-10:15am H-O
    Classroom Presentation (9:30-9:45am) Meet the teacher and unpack supplies (9:45-10:15am) 

    Session # 3 10:30-11:15 P-Z
    Classroom Presentation (10:30-10:45am) Meet the teacher and unpack supplies (10:45-11:15am)
    Posted Aug 1, 2021, 4:44 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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  • Welcome
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    Posted Aug 5, 2020, 1:04 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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From Mrs. Thomas...
  • 2nd Quarter Math 2020
    This quarter we will continue with one of the major works of 5th grade - Number & Operations in Base Ten: Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.  

    We will be working on the following Topics (Units):
    **Topic 2: Use Models and Strategies to Add and Subtract Decimals
    **Topic 3: Fluently Multiply Multi-Digit Whole Numbers
    **Topic 4: Use Models and Strategies to Divide Whole Numbers.

    Attached are Home-School Connections for families.  Take a moment to read these documents.  They offer great ways to support your students during a given topic.

    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 11:08 AM by Shara Thomas
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  • Oct - Dec 2020
    This quarter we will move to our Physical Science Unit.  
    Students will explore the following:
    *Matter exists as particles that are too small to be seen; measurements of a variety of observable properties can be used to identify particular materials.
    *Chemical Reactions that occur when substances are mixed can be identified by the emergence of substances with different properties; the total mass remains the same.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 10:49 AM by Shara Thomas
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Upcoming Dates

August 6:  Meet and Greet 

August 9:  First Full Day

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...
  • October- December 20/21
    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 soon begin a fictional study during our literacy time.  Students will have the opportunity to write creative stories while focusing on character development and theme.  They will also work on writing dialogue with appropriate punctuation and quotations.  Mini lessons along the way will help to improve word choice, voice, and sentence fluency skills.  Focusing on editing tasks will help develop punctuation and comma skills.
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:09 AM by Logan O'Neal
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  • August/September
    Mrs. O'Neal's 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 researching topics of their choice such as economy, tourist attractions, climate, landforms, natural resources, historical events, etc. that make the regions unique.  Geography has a huge inquiry focus, therefore we will review note-taking strategies, how to use appropriate sources and cite them, and how to organize their learning meaningfully with specific purposes and audiences in mind.  
    Posted Aug 7, 2020, 1:38 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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