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.

Tuesday, February 12

English workbook page 60

Spelling activity choice

Writing Prompt due Thursday

Map labeling worksheet

Read 20 min.


Monday, February 4

English workbook page 56

Vocab test and spelling test on vocab words-Wed.

Read 20 min.

Writing prompt due Thursday


Monday, January 28

Vocab pages 92-93

Writing Prompt due Thursday

Read 20 minutes

Wednesday, January 23

English workbook pages 53-54; Adjective Unit Test on Mon. 1/28

Writing Prompt

Read 20 minutes

Novel test on Friday: setting, character traits, theme, conflict


Tuesday, January 22

English workbook page 51

Written word sort

Finish note-taking and Rattler poster (p 174 Treasures)


Thursday, January 17

Vocabulary test and spelling test on vocabulary words tomorrow (Friday)

Read 20 min.

Geography: Chapter 1 (sec. 1-3) key terms test on Tuesday, January 22. If there is no school tomorrow the test will still be on Tuesday. Students were instructed to take books home today.

Students have received their group projects and may work on research over the weekend.


Tuesday, January 15

Vocabulary pg 82-83

Writing prompt due Thursday

Read 20 minutes

Novels need to be completed by tomorrow and all late work turned in.

Thursday, Hanuary 3

Geography: Read pages 1-7 and complete questions on handout including the bonus questions.

Begin studying for an Adjective Test on Tuesday.

Reading: Students should have concluded reading as far as the indicated page by Friday:

Ivan: page 234

Mountain:p 130

Westing: Up to and including ch 22.