Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday 12/12/18 6th grade Flag Ceremony- 8:15am in the Annex
Wednesday 12/19- K-8 Winter Concert @ MEA 6:30pm  Rehearsal in the AM, please drop your child(ren) off at Mt. Ellis at normal drop off time, and we will be returning via bus to LaMotte around 10:00am. (Permission slips sent home 12/10.)
Middle School Events to plan for:
-Target shopping for adopted family- Friday 12/14- **Still looking for one more driver!***
-Foodbank to Volunteer Tuesday 12/18- ** Still looking for a few parent drivers!!***
Friday 12/21- Last day of school for 2018 

Week of 12/3/18

6th SS.

Ancient Egypt was broken down into three time frames: the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom.  This week we will be looking into the Old Kingdom to study the embalming and mummifcation process, as well as the pharaohs, tombs and pyramids where Egyptians resided for their afterlife. 

Students will also be keeping up on current events through Jr. Scholastic and NewsELA.

- Geographic Skill: equator, Northern Hemisphere, southern hempisphere, latitude, longitude, Prime Meridian

Comm Arts

This week students are spending a good amount of time creating their script and preparing for our 6th grade Flag Ceremony.  Students decided to take on the Holiday theme, and research various Christmastime holidays celebrated throughout the world.  With a bountiful amount of enthusiasm for Christmas, students thought it would be fun to present new information to their peers and show how we all have a lot more in common than what meets the eye. 

Throughout the year, students will have a weekly spelling list along with a "Get to 30" spelling assignment that will be due at the end of each week. Get to 30  provides a number of spelling practice activities that students will choose from, worth 5, 10, or 15 points, in combination to make 30.    


Spelling List- ​​​Spelling Tests will take place every Friday


  1. chimney

  2. mistletoe

  3. ornament

  4. Rudolph

  5. delight

  6. decorations

  7. carols

  8. festive

  9. blustery

  10. exchange


7/8th Grade


After a very strategic few days of trade simulation, students are sharing ideas, suggestions and realizations of trading along the Silk Road. Most partnerships were able to fulfill the goal they set out to accomplish, though by far- almost everyone can agree that being able to raid was by far the most fun aspect of the game- that is unless you were the one being raided.  There were many lessons that came along with this game, and I think it will be something they remember. 

Today students began working on a poster to showcase the various contributions that Muslims made to society.  Did you know that a few Muslim achievements include the invention of algebra, realizing the Earth is round, discovering that the blood circulates through the heart, and numerous architectural contributions?

Students will review important information from these last few weeks, and test at the end of the week. 

It is important that they remember Islam was spread through conquest, trade and teaching. 

7/8 CA:

This week students are wrapping up Unit 5 by creating a vocabulary quiz that they will exchange with another classmate.  They were encouraged to use a variety of questioning such as providing multiple choice answers, examples that fulfill or do not fulfill the meaning of the word, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the black with the correct word. Students will also be taking some time to read silently. 

Unit 5 Vocabulary- Finish Unit 5.  Using vocab in context. 

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