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 second year at Holy Cross. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Portland 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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Curriculum Highlights- Trimester One 


Language Arts: 

  • Novel Study: Frindle
  • Foundational Reading Skills
    • Key ideas and Details
    • Craft & Structure
    • Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
  • Journeys
    • We will be reading a variety of text from the Journeys reading series, where we will also focus on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
    • Guided reading groups will provide differentiated instruction
  • Writing
    • Narrative Writing


  • 4th grade review
  • Understanding, finding, and using volume
  • Multiplying and dividing whole numbers
  • Place Value
  • Reading/Writing Decimals
  • Compare & Round Decimals


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


  • Web of Life:
    • Food Chain
    • Plant Adaptation
    • Plant Life Cycle
    • Producers, Consumers, and Decomposes
    • Ecosystems

Social Studies:

  • The First Americans
  • Age of Exploration
  • Early American Settlements

Important Dates: 

This field will be updated weekly. Come back soon for more information!

Digital Learning

Google Classroom

5th grade is the first year that students use Google Classroom. There will be a video sent out to go over the website step by step. Additionally, there will be a meeting for parents/ guardians during the first week of school to go over the new platform with greater assistance. Students will get similar training in technology and in homeroom.


Watch out for an email from me the week of August 31st to get links to each of your students google classrooms. We will have ten:

  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Religion
  • Homeroom
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Technology

New to Google Apps? Click HERE for tutorials. 


Every night at 8:00 PM the lessons for the following day will be sent out to parents via email, and uploaded to google classroom. Additionally, Sunday evenings  a weekly overview will be sent out to to breakdown plans, due dates, and activities for the that week.