Middle School SS/Communication Arts
Mrs. Spyke's Class
Wednesday 2/13- School Spelling Bee @ 2:15 in the annex
Friday 2/15- CrossCut XC Ski Day
Monday 2/18- No School Mid Winter Break
* Ask your child about their entry for Keep Montana Green's Fire Prevention Calendar Art contest- they are looking spectacular!
Week of 2/11/19
This week, we will begin our studies of ancient Greece. We will begin with geographical observations of the region, then discuss the six pillars that made the civilization flourish. Eventually we will spend time comparing and contrasting Sparta and Athens, as well as the importance of the ideas of citizenship and democracy.
Students will also be keeping up on current events through Jr. Scholastic and NewsELA.
This week, we will continue to read Prisoner B-3087 as a class. Students each take turns reading aloud, and I have already seen improvement in their confidence, fluency, and reading with expression. Everyone has a little something different that they bring to the group and they are all fantastic! The book continues to keep us on the edge of our seats, and students are writing compelling comments and perfecting their summarizing skills.
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.
Spelling List- No list this week due to Spelling Bee, and short week for XC skiing. Hope to see you at the Bee!
After finalizing our studies of Medieval China by discussing the advancements that the Ming Dynasty made for peace and prosperity, we have been taking time to review. Students will test on Thursday.
Our next area of study will lead us to..... the Middle Ages, feudalism and the Crusades.
After completing the story Nightvision, by Ella West, students are preparing a five-paragraph essay discussing the struggles presented within the book thus leading to the themes that are prevalent. They began with a graphic organizer and will take time to work with a partner for peer revisions before turning their papers in on Thursday. To go along with their paper, they are required to draw a representative snapshot of the three themes they chose in their paper.
Within small groups, students accumulated all the story elements and recorded them on butcher paper. Their main focus was covering as many story elements and components that come to mind, in an organized fashion.
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