Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Upcoming Events:

5/28/18- Memorial Day- No School
5/30/18- Mile Run at MSU track 
6/5/18-  8th Grade Graduation-  6pm@ Hope Lutheran Church
6/7/18-  Last day of school- Picnic lunch in the LaMotte lawn

Week of: 5/14/18

6th SS.

To wrap up our social studies for the year, we will be taking some time to look over the Roman Republic and then make comparisons between the many civilizations that we have studied.  We will consider categories or comparisons such as: advancements, religious/spititual beliefs, success of leaders, forms of communication, women's rights, etc.  Ask your child to share some similarities or differences with you.  We have covered civilizations of: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel (briefly), Greece, India, China, and now Rome. 

Comm Arts

  As students are finishing up the Mazerunner, chapter checks are coming to an end, and they can focus their energy on enjoying the story.  In conclusion of the novel study, students will be turning in a storymap, collection of vocabulary words, and a brief outline of their favorite character to show their understanding. Keep up the dedication!

As a class read aloud, we are working on A Wrinkle in Time.

Spelling List- ​​​Last one of the year!


  1. completion

  2. commitment

  3. remarkable

  4. adequate

  5. positive

  6. excel

  7. memorable

  8. initiative

  9. active

  10. salutations




7/8th Grade


For the remainder of the year, we will take some time to explore WWI, and the expanding world power of the United States.  We also hope to touch on the 1920's, Great Depression and possibly WWII. Whew!

Current events are happening all around us- from local news to worldwide topics!  We will keep posted by reading from NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic. 

7/8 CA:

Finishing Unit 9 Vocabulary. Students are practicing the use of vocabulary in context by completing a diagram, wanted ad, or calendar of events with a theme that features some of their vocab terms.  This activity is really showing off their 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