B.A. Journalism, University of Maine at Orono
M.A. Theology, University of Notre Dame
Secular Franciscan
VCEA certified
Advanced Catechist Certification, Diocese of Arlington
18 Year Teaching Experience


“Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command.”–St. Francis of Assisi

Welcome Back To School

Welcome to fifth grade, a year of discovery and new learning opportunities. I hope you had a great summer and are ready to learn. Summer book reports are due the first week of school.

We will be reviewing procedures and expectations the first week of school.

Fifth Grade: A Time to Grow and Explore

Fifth graders explore the world through a survey of world geography beginning with North America before proceeding to other continents. We study the geographical features, climates, natural resources, brief histories, economics and cultures of regions throughout the world.  Students complete research projects on different countries.

In English we study grammar, conventions and explore and practice various styles of writing. Parts of speech are studied in depth and students practice diagramming sentences. This year we are implementing the Excellence in Writing method of writing instruction and students use key word outlines and checkoff lists to assure variety, proper content and correct style are used. A weekly writing prompt is assigned for homework each week.

Novels and short stories form the basis of reading instruction which focuses on literary elements,  genres, author’s purpose and analysis of writing. Students are expected to read daily and submit a weekly reading log signed by parents. Students have the goal of reading the equivalent of 25 books a year through a reading response challenge program.



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Daily: 20 minutes of reading recorded on a reading log due on Monday.

Reading Response

Reading Log

5th Grade Independent Reading

Word Study

Number the Stars Reading Schedule

Reading Logs are due every Monday.

Writing Prompts are assigned on Monday and due each Thursday.

Thursday, December 6

Spelling Test tomorrow

Reading worksheet assignments

Ivan: Pages 1-3

Mountain: Pages for chapters 4 to 6

Westing: Chapters 6 and 8 pages. Take notes on characters to help figure out the suspect.

Pronoun Test Tuesday

Wednesday, December 5

Geography test tomorrow on Chapter 4: Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. Focus on key terms.

Read 20 minutes

Writing prompt

Spelling Test Friday

The pronoun test will be Tuesday. We are moving a little slower than expected and we have Cofessions on Monday.

Reading assignments for Friday

Westing: Ch 8-9

Mountain: pages 50-58

Ivan: pages 67-84