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 third 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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"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him."

-Romans 15:13

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 texts 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: 

September 14, 2021- Back to School Night (6:00/6:30 PM)