B.A. Journalism, University of Maine at Orono
M.A. Theology, University of Notre Dame
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 to summer, when life slows down a bit and we visit with friends and family. Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, make time for reading. Read guide books, maps, magazines and good books. Join the reading program at your local library and be sure your child has a library card. Don’t wait to the last minute to read the required summer reading. Remember book reports are due the first week of school. If you have a reluctant reader read the book together or see if there is an audio version to read along with while traveling in the car.
Have a great summer!
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.
Daily: 20 minutes of reading recorded on a reading log due on Monday.
Reading Logs are due every Monday.
Writing Prompts are assigned on Monday and due each Thursday.