Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Upcoming Events
2/12- LaMotte School Spelling Bee@ 2:30p in annex
2/14-  Cross Cut XC Ski adventure!
2/17- President's Day- No School 
2/21- Middle Schoolers to Ressler Rink @Gallatin County Fairground; Curling lesson for PE
3/6- End of trimester 2
3/16-20  Spring Break


Week of 2/10/2020

6th SS. 

This week we are investigating the major facets that set apart the two major city-states of Greece- Sparta and Athens. There are two main categories that set them apart; government and areas of focus.  Spartans relied on their strong military skills to punish the people they conquered, whereas Athens focused more on building a democracy rather than their military force. Students will record these differences among many other details within their venn diagram. We will work toward identifying either based on given aspects of life. 

Comm Arts:  

Reading:  In class we are reading the novel Nightvision  by Ella West. Students will take time to record story elements within their interactive story menu and discuss deeper with peers.

This week we are talking about character and the internal and external characteristics. Taking it a step further, students are deciphering whether the detail was direct or indirect. 


Spelling Practice

​Short week and Spelling Bee week- no list this week. 

Spelling Tests will take place every Friday

Students will have the opportunity to practice a new set of words every week through a "Get to 30 Menu". This assignment involves students choosing from a variety of activities that encourage them to practice and use their spelling words in context.  There are activities with 5, 10 and 15 pt values, where they have the option to Get to 30 points. 

CA focus skill: characterization: direct and indirect; internal and external qualities

7/8th Grade


After our studies of Chapter 9; Republicans take power, students are working in teams to create Jeopardy questions to quiz their classmates on the recent information covered.  Questions will cover aspects of the Louisiana Purchase and the economic and political factors, international trade challenges, and the War of 1812.  

Keeping up to date with current events through the new CNNTEN- check it out for yourself! https://www.cnn.com/cnn10

7/8 CA: 

We added another book to our list of novels read- Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Students are creating an artifact in the shape of a common item connected with Slave Dancer,  then choosing a theme and writing a paragraph explaining their persepective. 

Some of the chosen items include: a boat, weather, clashing fists, shackles/handcuffs

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