News from Mrs. Reeg's room

September 12 - September 16, 2016

Reading and Writing

In Reading class we began reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We will focus on literary elements that can be found in all fiction writings. This coming week we will work on the use of "flashback" as a literary tool within our book. Students have been working hard to complete two Achieve 3000 articles a week. Many students earned the opportunity to play dodgeball with Mr. L this past Friday because they scored an 88% or higher on the Activity portion of their Achieve article. Students are also part of a game economy where tickets can be earned for our 5th grade auction.

Students took the STAR reading test and AR reading goals were assigned. Students had an opportunity to take a few tests already. We encourage you to read along with your child nightly as well. AR goals should be met by October 14th for the 1st grading period.

In Writing class we are focusing on using proper paragraph structure. An opening sentence, supported body with power vocabulary and a summary statement. This next week we will focus on writing a summary paragraph and informative science paragraph.

Math class

This week we learned how to write numbers in expanded form. We also learned how to compare large numbers, then put them in order from greatest to least or least to greatest. We also learned about rounding large numbers to the thousands place. We found that this can be very helpful when estimating.

Next week students will take a test on Chapter 1 on Tuesday. Students will be given a study guide to complete in class on Monday. We will review the answers together and students will be encouraged to study from this for Tuesday's test. The next chapter will cover multiplication and division. We will begin by multiplying large numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000 (also known as multiplying by powers of 10). I have included a video below on

explaining patters in zeros when multiplying by a power of ten.

Explain patterns in zeros when multiplying by a power of ten

Friendly reminders and upcoming events

  • School wide fall fundraiser through September 26th
  • PTA Meeting is Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm
  • Chipotle fundraiser on September 27th from 5-9pm. Mention Sterling Morton PTA when ordering.
  • Picture Day is Wednesday, September 28th
  • 5th grade intramurals on Thursday, Sept. 29th from 3:30-4:30pm

Our 5th grade team

We would like to introduce you to the 5th grade team of teachers that will be working with your child this year:

Mr. Hurtack ( – Gifted Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Brunstetter (Ms. Jones) ( – 4th & 5th grade Intervention Specialist

Mr. Levkulich ( – 5th grade ELA, Science, Social Studies

Mrs. Reeg ( – 5th grade ELA, Math

Mrs. Mueller ( & Mrs. Tatarunas ( – Title One Reading Teachers

Mrs. Manes – Classroom Assistant