Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Week of:2/20/18

Upcoming Events:

2/22/18-  Spelling Bee @ 2pm in the Annex 
2/23/18- Middle School Fundraiser- Parents' Night Out   (Middle School students will plan and organize activities for LaMotte students and their siblings to take part in, while parents are able to get a night to themselves). Funds raised will go toward the Middle School Teton Science School Trip that we are taking in March.   More details to follow.

6th SS:

This week we will be discussing the Greek scientists and their major discoveries in math and science. 

In addition, students are researching Greek philosophers to conduct a debate during library (How very democratic!)

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: shrill, eradicate, protruded, appendages

 Students continue to work daily with sentence correction practice, paying close attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation.  This week we are focusing on grammar and using conjunctions to construct more precise sentences. They are encouraged to transfer these skills to their daily work in all subjects.  With the spelling bee quickly approaching, students are participating in spelling games and activities to challenge their spelling patterns and skills. 

Spelling List- ​​​

No list this week- Spelling Bee practice

We are currently in the midst of reading The Mazerunner.  Students will be reading independently and as a group periodically.  In addition they have comprehension/reflection questions to answer as they read, along with character analysis activities, vocabulary strategies, and learning about the story elements. 

7/8th Grade

This week we are taking a closer look at our heritage, and the different nationalities that emigrated to the United States during the mid to late 1800's.  Students are looking at the different push  and pull factors that brought people of different descents to America.  Based on regions, jobs and other variables, students will be looking for patterns, finding correlations, and synthesizing information to create a class infographic of Immigration in the US during the 1800's.   

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 are in the midst of reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Students are completing exercises to practice various literary skills such as pointing out mood and tone, direct and indirect characterization, and determining themes. 

Vocabulary Unit 6- Students are wrapping up Unit 6 vocabulary activities and will finish by creating a quiz for their peers, using a collection of five of their chosen words. 

Have them share with you the activities that are available for practicing vocab online :  sadlierconnection.com

As we get closer to the Spelling Bee, students will participate in spelling games and activities to challenge their spelling patterns and skills.

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