Fifth Grade

Meet the classroom teacher:

Dulce O’Hare is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA: art history and Antioch University New England, MEd: Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has worked as an educator in art galleries, museums, community centers, and preschools. Dulce has taught fifth grade at Sharon Elementary School since 2013 where she enjoys integrating environmental place-based learning, gardening, and cooking into the standard curriculum. Dulce is a strong advocate for students and broadens their support and access to the curriculum through team-taught, differentiated lessons. Working closely with special educators, counselors, and our MTSS team, Dulce works to harness the collective power of the school community to move children forward in their academic and social development.

Dulce O’Hare
Fifth Grade Teacher


In Fifth Grade, we are helping students become proficient in:

  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths
  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication and division
  • in Algebra: Write and interpret numerical expressions and Analyze patterns and relationships
  • In geometry: Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real world and mathematical problems

English & Language Arts

The Fifth Grade English & Language Arts program takes a balanced approach to the teaching of literacy. Students read and write fiction and non-fiction in a variety of forms, and overlap with all aspects of the students’ learning. Instruction occurs in small group, independent, and whole-class settings. When necessary, a full-time interventionist guides students through areas of difficulty in reading fluency. At Sharon Elementary and across the White River Valley SU, Fountas and Pinnell program is used in all classrooms as support for meeting proficiency. The classroom books and minilessons provide access to a variety of leveled texts geared for all readers. In terms of proficiency, we measure and focus on students being able to:

  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • Determine the theme of a story/drama/ poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story/drama respond to challenges, summarize the text
  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • Compare and contrast the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes
  • Determine the meaning of general academic and domain specific words and phrases in ta text relevant to a grade 5 topic
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics
  • Reads grade-level appropriate complex text
  • Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or solve a problem efficiently
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
  • Reads with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension


Outdoor education, and educating outside of the traditional classroom walls, is a core value here at Sharon (in Third Grade and beyond). Through our robust Outdoor Learning and Farm To School program, students are able to fully engage with their surroundings. Learning is experienced through all 5 senses to involve the student fully into the natural world. Every week, we venture outdoors to connect with our place and to work on skills we are learning in the classroom. Social skills (empathy, reflection, meditation and mindfullness) are reinforced in a control setting.
Some of the themes we focus on throughout the year in Third Grade:

– Life Cycle of insects, plants
– Tracking and identifying local wildlife
– Exploring native plant species through best foraging practices
– Season changes
– Water cycle
– Nutrition


In Art, the Fifth Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by exploring replicating techniques, studying the seven laws of drawing through famous artists exploration, develop a work of art based on observations of surroundings involving a range of medium.

In Music, the Fifth Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by working on cadence and rhythm. Students are able to generate musical ideas (such as rhythms and melodies) within a given tonality and/or meter. Students are introduced to the use of standard and/or iconic notation and/or recording technology to document personal rhythmic and melodic musical ideas. Students in Fifth Grade have two scheduled performances to the community (Holiday Concert and Spring Concert), as well as performances during the school year for special events/assembly

In World Languages, the Fifth Grader builds on previously learned concepts, and is immersed in Spanish or Standard Mandarin Chinese (languages are both taught during the year). The focus is on exploring colors, counting, family through movements. Mrs. Meagher also brings cultural diversity to the classroom using food, cultural artifacts, and history to expose the Third Grader to context within their language exploration journey.