Middle School SS/Communication Arts

Mrs. Spyke's Class

Week of:10/16/17

Upcoming Events:

No School Thursday, Friday 10/19, 10/20 
Friday 10/27- Middle School to Museum of the Rockies; Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge Shared Science
*Still looking for a few more parent drivers.  

Be sure to check back for more upcoming events!


6th SS:

Students wrapped up their studies of ancient Mesopotamia.  They now can fully explain why civilizations arose near river valleys, and the importance of the farming revolution.  They continue to soak up and challenge themselves with new vocabulary terms. 
This week we are taking some time to explore BrainPop and Mesopotamia, Columbus, and/or our new endeavor, Ancient Egypt.  We will begin our studies on Egypt by taking a close look at the geographical location, climate, enivronments, and natural hazards that were present within Egypt.  

Students also reviewed the importance of why the compass rose and scale are included within different maps. 

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

Comm Arts

Paragraph practice and combining sentences.

Students continue to work daily with sentence correction practice, paying close attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation.  They are encouraged to transfer these skills to their daily work in all subjects.

Spelling List- Short week, list will resume next week!‚Äč

Each week students are completing an assignment called Get to 30 in order to familiarize themselves with the spelling and meaning of their spelling words.  They have a Spelling Menu with various activities of different point values in order to reach a total of 30 points.  Students will have time during class to complete these activities  in order to turn their assignment in by Friday. Ask your child to share the menu with you to see the many avenues they have for exploring these words. 

Students have been brainstorming ideas and topics for writing personal narratives and additional writing pieces in the upcoming year. They have began writing about one episode in detail.  Students are pushing themselves to go back to that instance, and relive it in order to bring out emotions, thoughts, and lessons that came to the forefront in that moment.  As we work to collect ideas for writing, middle school expecatations really raise the bar.  Sixth graders have already began taking risks and writing about significant instances in their life where they have realized something important, or learned a lesson.  Nice work! 

 We will dedicate time throughout the week to read, through novels or current events.  

We are happy to have the Bookmobile at school every other Thursday. The next slated visit will be Thursday, October 26

7/8th SS 

This week we are taking some time to explore BrainPop in order to gather some insight on Mesoamerica, Columbus and other early explorers, and how the "three worlds" met.  Students will also be researching and recording important data about three explorers they felt were most impactful.  In addition, students will be practicing the skill of gathering information and synthesizing to find a common theme or idea.  

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:

Students did an incredible job creating their final collage projects including the important story elements from Secret of the Andes.  I was very impressed to see the significance of the theme, characters, problem and solution show through within the representative pictures of what they chose.  I believe, "Grieve not if your searching circles", will be an Incan quote that stays fresh in their memories. These projects really showed how much information they were able to soak up about the Inca culture. Well done. 

Students will work within their vocabulary workbooks (UNIT2) to expand their vocab skills and also solidify their understanding of parts of speech.  
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