Middle School SS/Communication Arts


Mrs. Spyke's Class

Upcoming Events:
4/17/19- Middle School to MEA for Senior Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream   
4/19/19- 3rd Midterm; Reoprts will go home on 4/26
4/25/19- Environmental Science Summit @ Flying D Ranch
5/23-5/24- Middle School History Trip- Big Hole Battlefield & Bannack State Park (mark your calendars!)
6/5/19- 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony- more info to follow

Week of 4/1/19

6th SS.

Students have been taking note on significant information regarding the Persian Wars.  Spartans and Athenians fended off the Persian rule throughout the Persian Wars, only falling one out of the four times.  Ask your student how we coined the term "marathon", or how the final battle eliminated the chance of Persian conquer, or how the Athenian Navy held strong against the Persian Navy.  To review this information students created a quiz through google drawings or forms- a great form of practice for their tech skills!
Next we will discuss the Golden Age and the prestigious leader, Pericles. 

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

Comm Arts

April is Poetry Month!!

This week we are continuing to read Nightvision by Ella West.  It is an exciting book that illustrates themes such as perseverance, responsibility, and telling the truth. Ask your child about our whereabouts in the story. Students will be listening for metaphors and similes to create picture poetry....Mum is practising her viola.  "Her viola is tucked under her chin, her right arm has the bow  and her body is bending and twisting with the music, like a tree in the wind."

We have also been exploring different poetic devices, such as personification, hyperbole, symbolism.  Students will be identifying examples within various texts that they read throughout the month. 

Ask your students about the Paint Chip Poetry they created with the K/1 students. It was a hit!

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.    

 

Focus: plural s  vs. possessive s

‚Äč7/8th Grade

SS: 

Keeping up to date with current events through the new CNNTEN- check it out for yourself!

This week, an unfortunate irony, leads us to studying the difference between Gothic and Romanesque architecture.   Students are also considering how religion played a vital role in daily lives' of the Middle Ages.  

Last week students watched "A Knight's Tale" wherein we discussed the literary elements, along with the historical accuracies in comparison to our current studies. 

7/8 CA: 

With poetry month at the forefront, students read a story today: " There Will Come Soft Rains" loaded with personification.  Ask you student what personification is.  

In conclusion, students will take on the varying perspectives of common gadgets (computers, devices, toasters, chairs, watering cans, etc.) by challenging themselves to write common gadget poetry. 

We have also been exploring different poetic devices, such as personification, hyperbole, symbolism.  Students will be identifying examples within various texts that they read throughout the month. 

Vocabulary Workshop Unit 9- CORRECT! 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