Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Week of:12/4/17

Upcoming Events:

12/5-12/7 - LaMotte School Book Fair 8a-4p, Wednesday 8a-5:30p
12/8- Elliot's of MT orders delivered to LaMotte
12/4-12/15- Food Drive for GVFB
12/14- Middle School Student Leadership Committee- Shopping for Adopt-a-Family at Target
12/18- Middle Schoolers to GVFB to volunteer
12/19- AM drop off at Mt. Ellis for Xmas Program rehearsal-  Christmas Program @6:30pm @ Mt. Ellis
12/20 Last day of school for 2017!
12/21-1/2/18- Winter Break
1/3/18- School Begins

6th SS:

Students tested over the many beliefs of ancient Egypt and are now beginning a brief study of ancient Israel.  We will look into the foundation of civilization, the six pillars, and make comparisons with Egypt to investigate some of the beliefs of the Israelites.  We will also study the geography of the region, and make inferences based on patterns that we've noticed about ancient civilizations thus far in our studies. 

Following our political and physical map studies, this week we are spending some time discussing a very important element of maps: scale.  Students will be taking part in various activities to practice the skill of measuring distance using a scale.  They will also be able to decipher why scale bars vary between maps. 

We will take some time to read about current events through NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic. Students are reading articles and making observations with a critical eye, then reporting back with a comment, question and connection about the article they read. 

Comm Arts

Daily Vocabulary: encounter, dingy, ambition, scavenger

Currently, students take time to write about a daily prompt in their journals.  Students continue to work daily with sentence correction practice, paying close attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation.  They are encouraged to transfer these skills to their daily work in all subjects.

Spelling List

  1. beautifully

  2. contagious

  3. distastrous

  4. distance

  5. Israel

  6. element

  7. descendant

  8. legend

  9. ambition

  10. encounter

    * Judaism



Each week students are completing an assignment called Get to 30 in order to familiarize themselves with the spelling and meaning of their spelling words.  They have a Spelling Menu with various activities of different point values in order to reach a total of 30 points.  Students will have time during class to complete these activities  in order to turn their assignment in by Friday. Ask your child to share the menu with you to see the many avenues they have for exploring these words. 

Students are continuing to craft personal narratives, by stepping inside the moment, and recalling details and staying within their point of view.  We have been looking closely at mentor writers, knowing that we can gain ideas and writing techniques from their writing.   Students are working on crafting those strategies and techniques with their own stories. 

 We will dedicate time throughout the week to read, through novels or current events.  

7/8th SS 

Students are taking time to study events and influential people that contributed to American Independence during the Revolutionary War.  After contructing biography profile cards, students presented them to the class, looking closely for connections between important people and events.  This week we are integrating writing within SS to write out news articles that correspond to the American Revolution.  

Students did a great job memorizing and interpreting the Preamble to the United States Constitution.  Next we plan to create a country of our own based on the natural rights people are born with, and considering the rights that are laid out within the Constitution.  Will anyone be able to create a perfect country on the first try? Or will trial and error rear its helpful head?! Stay tuned to find out!

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:

Students are working through vocabulary Unit 4 and will complete work at comparing and contrasting their words, paying close attention to positive, negative and neutral connotations, 

As a class, we have began reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

In addition, we will start getting back into narrative investigative journaling.  We are integrating writing into SS, where students are collecting information and writing news articles, even presenting newscasts that pertain to significant people, places and events of the American Revolution. Students are referring to a list of strategies that help short writing really pack a punch.  Ask them to share with you the strategies on the list. 

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