Middle School SS/Communication Arts


Mrs. Spyke's Class

Week of: 5/22/17

Upcoming Events:

 Tuesday 5/23- 8th Grade Jump Up Day (afternoon)
Wednesday 5/24- LaMotte School Art Auction 5:30pm @ Bozeman Senior Center.  Dinner, Auction, Concert
Thursday-Friday 5/25-5/26-  Middle School MT History Trip - Middle Schoolers to Billings


6th SS:

Students are studying the first civilizations of China and the importance of the geographical features that provided natural protection for them.  Beginning with the Shang Dynasty; they created the first written language of China: pictographs and ideographs.  The Zhou Dynasty is known for choosing the right ruler based on the "Mandate of Heaven", but came to an end due to the large discrepancy between wealthy and peasant level socio-economic classes.  The Qin Dynasty started to build the Great Wall of China, but due to Emperor Qin's harsh rule, was over thrown.  The Han Dynasty was the longest running dynasty of ancient China.  During its Golden Ages, some technologies that were developed included, acupuncture, paper, rudders, water wheel, steel and common currecy. 

We will take some time to read about current events through NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic. 

Comm Arts

We just wrapped up our individual novel study with a U-choose project.  Students worked hard to create a final project that revealed the important elements, including theme. This week, we will take some time to read about MT's Battle of Little Bighorn, as well as additional essential aspects of the Native American lifestyle. 

7/8th SS 

Students are in the midst of learning about important people, places, things and ideas of the Renaissance time period.  They have investigated significant artists and the techniques that qualified these pieces as "new art".  A few of these techniques include: persepective, realism, humanism, chiaroscuro, (or shading). This week students will be working with Renaissance and Reformation clues around the room to complete a scavenger hunt.  This will provide relative practice and review for  people, places, ideas and things from the Renaissance Era. 

Current events are happening all around us- from local news to worldwide!  We will keep posted by reading from NewsELA or Jr. Scholastic. 

7/8 CA:

In preparation for our trip, we will take some time to read about MT's Battle of Little Bighorn, as well as additional essential aspects of the Native American lifestyle. 

 

Vocabulary Workshop- Chapter 11
Finding commonalities and differences: Categorize words by topic, syn/ant, positive/negative connotation, etc. 
We will take some time to use vocabulary in context by creating a cartoon or short story. 

 

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