Fifth Grade,
Ms. Jordan Bonnell

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

My name is Jordan Bonnell and I am so excited for my first year at Holy Cross. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Portland five years ago to attend the University of Portland. In May of 2018 I graduated with a degree in history, along with a minor in secondary education. After completing my undergraduate degree, I chose to stay in Portland where I obtained my Masters of Arts in Teaching. Throughout my time at the University of Portland I had the amazing opportunity to student teach in a variety of classes, including a semester at Holy Cross in the fall of 2017. I am incredibly grateful to be part of this community and I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with my fifth graders!

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Some curriculum highlights of the year:

Language Arts: 

  • Using direct evidence from the text to support your thinking.
  • Asking "thick", critical thinking questions to better understand the text.
  • Novel studies and book groups.
  • Comprehension and reading fluency


  • Decimals (place value, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing)
  • Fractions
  • Coordinate Planes/graphing
  • Measurement of 3D shapes.


  • SLE's
  • Second Step
  • God's Creation
  • Sacraments
  • Parts of Mass
  • The Church's Message
  • The Mystery of the Trinity


  • Earth and Space
  • Properties of Matter
  • Ecosystems
  • Water cycle and water on the Earth.

Social Studies:

  • Explorers of the 14oo's
  • Settlements in America
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • The US states