Welcome to 5th Grade! I will be your child's 5th grade teacher this year. I am very excited to meet each child and to have the pleasure of teaching some of them for the second time! Please note that the 5th grade classrooms participate in a departmentalized style teaching. Your child will be taught by myself (Literature) as well as by Mrs. Murphy (math) and Mrs. Kenney (Science and Social Studies).


This year your child will read independently selected texts. He/she will be expected to read every night and to summarize the reading as well as take notes on the skills and strategies learned in class. These skills and concepts will be taught using excerpts from a variety of texts. Students will then learn to apply this skills in their independent reading. In addition to maintaining a nightly reading log and taking notes as they read they will be give multiple times each week to discuss their reading and notations with their classmates. This will help solidify their understanding and clarify any confusions.

We will maintain an ELA notebook throughout the school year. This will be a very helpful tool to stay up to date with the skills and strategies introduced in class. Click below to see a digital copy of the ELA notebook:


Writing will be taught in each child's homeroom class. We will be using a "make-writing" studio that encourages the students to plan their writing by building it first with small loose parts. I am always looking for extra bits (buttons, beads, miniature objects, string, felt, pipe cleaners, etc.) I also love looking for scented items and items with texture. If you have any loose parts around the house please feel free to send them in!


To save paper, almost all communication will be conducted via the internet. Consider this your home page and you will be able to navigate everything you need from here!

Email: apetronio@hcsdk12.org

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ELA Digital Notebook