Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Week of:12/11/17

Upcoming Events:
12/4-12/15- Food Drive for GVFB
12/14- Middle School Student Leadership Committee- Shopping for Adopt-a-Family at Target- Parent Drivers Needed!
12/18- Middle Schoolers to GVFB to volunteer  1:30pm-3pm  Parent Drivers needed!
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:

This week, students have been reading more about the ancient Israelites and their way of life.  We also spent some time interpreting proverbs, or "spiritual wisdom".  Throughout our collection of information, we have been comparing and contrasting it beside what we know about the ancient Epgyptians.  Students learned that their writing system developed from people known as the Phoenicians, who were also talented mariners of their time.  Therefore, we have been studying latitude and longitude and how it is a precise and directional strategy for identifying a location. 

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: fickle, immaculate, bygone, yearn

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. parallel

  2. latitude

  3. longitude

  4. example

  5. Christmas

  6. Hanukkah

  7. bygone

  8. fickle

  9. immaculate

  10. yearn




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 continue to work on their personal narratives for publishing.   

7/8th SS 

This week in class we started off by presenting significant events from the American Revolution in the form of a newscast.  Students have required elements within their news article that they must demonstrate to show their understanding of the writing lesson.   For the remainder of the week, they are creating a timeline of events from the Revolution, based on the articles that were presented by each group.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, we will go through chapter 5 and 6 notes in order to study for the upcoming test at the end of the week.  

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:

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

As an extension to the American Revolution news articles, students were looking forward to reporting on something more current and relevant to their everyday lives. This week, students have a new partner to work with, and after viewing their recorded newscasts from Monday, will create two news articles that they will be able to present on a relevant topic of their choice. 

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