Middle School SS/Communication Arts
Mrs. Spyke's Class
4/23-4/27- Smarter Balanced Testing- Math and English-Language Arts
4/26- Environmental Leadership Summit @ Flying D Ranch- 8:30am- 2:30pm
4/27- Mid Term Reports go home
Week of: 4/23/18
We will take some time to read about current events through NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic. Students are beginning an undertaking of new studies in ancient China. This week we will take a closer look at the river valleys that the first civilizations arose on, as well as the geographical features that China entails. Over the course of this chapter we will look at the dynasties that controlled China, the advancements in science and medicine, as well as the religious beliefs and connection with nature that existed.
In addition, students are working on an animal poster research report. They have been investigating an animal of their choice, from one of the continents within our ancient civilization studies, and recording various pieces of information to share with the class. This is a great way for them to work independently, especially as an outlet during testing week.
We are working our way through The Mazerunner. Students will be reading independently and as a group periodically. Most days, we start off the morning by completing comprehension/reflection questions to parallel their reading. In addition, they are studying characters closely with analysis activities, practicing vocabulary strategies, and learning about the story elements.
As students finish up the Mazerunner, they will be able to start/continue a novel of their choice.
We are currently finishing up a read aloud, Homeless Bird, which reflects many different aspects of culture and daily life in India. Students have really enjoyed this story, and the many ideas that parallel what we've learned about India.
April is poetry month! Students will be taking part in various activities to practice their poetic creativity!
No list this week -SB testing
Spelling tests will take place on Friday.
As we move post Civil War, we are discussing the Reconstruction plan, and new way of life for African Americans. Later this week and possibly next week as well, students will be watching a PBS film, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise.
Current events are happening all around us- from local news to worldwide topics! We will keep posted by reading from NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic.
To wrap up Civil War, the students created Civil War ballads to exercise both poetic devices and their acquired knowledge.
April is poetry month! Students are exploring various topics and poem types to exercise their poetic creativity.
Have them share with you the activities that are available for practicing vocab online : sadlierconnection.com
Please encourage your student to pick up a good book, magazine, news article, etc.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~Joseph Addison