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

Reading Logs are due every Monday.

Writing Prompts are assigned on Monday and due each Thursday.

Tuesday, September 18

Vocabulary Book pages 22-23; Test on Friday

English workbook page 7

Geography: Grid worksheet, Zoo side only

Read 20 minutes

Writing Prompt due Thursday

Monday, September 17

Vocabulary Book pages 20-21

Read 20 min.

Map Unit Test tomorrow

Writing Prompt due Thursday

Thursday, September 13

Spelling Test on Friday, all word activities are due Friday

Read 20 minutes

Reading: Students who did not finish story boards in class need to complete them for homework.

Social Studies: Unit test on Tuesday, Sept. 18: M1-M16 and handouts. Study guide will be given out on Friday.


Wednesday, September 12

Read 20 min.

Writing prompt due tomorrow

Upcoming Test: Geography, Tuesday, Sept. 18: Map unit, pages m1-m17 and handouts.

Tuesday, September 11

Read 20 minutes

English: Plural Nouns Quiz tomorrow

Writing Prompt due Thursday

Spelling: Student choice of word activity

Geography: Sort list of countries by continent


Monday, September 10

Read 20 minutes

Spelling Week: Written sort

English: Writing Prompt Due Thursday

Social Studies: Finish classroom map. Make a list of the different countries your grandparents, great-grandparents came from to discuss in class tomorrow.

Thursday, September 6

Vocabulary Unit 1 Test tomorrow. Students should know definitions and synonyms and antonyms of words. Students were made aware of the books website that has games and activities to help learn the words.

Read 20 minutes

Tuesday, September 4

Read 20 minutes

English workbook page 3

Vocab book pages 12-13

Geography quiz tomorrow

Writing prompt due Thursday


Friday, August 31

Reading Logs Due Tuesday

Geography Quiz on Wednesday: Five themes of geography, Earth, Globe (Pages M1 to M5, handout and notes)

Thursday, August 30

Vocabulary Book page 11

English workbook page 1

Read 20 minutes. Reading Log due Tuesday

Geography quiz on Wed.

Wednesday, August 29

Read 20 minutes each day-Log due next Tuesday

Writing Prompt due tomorrow August 30th

Geography Quiz on five themes, Earth, seasons and globe next Wed. September 5

Procedures Mrs. Britto