HUMANITIES UPDATES

6/16/2017

It’s the last day of school, which is hard to believe. We had a great school year together, and I’m so thankful for all you amazing families. I appreciate all your support throughout the year! I hope you all have a wonderful summer!!

5/22/2017

I can’t believe we are wrapping up the school year! Sixth graders will finish reading The Bronze Bow soon; we will finish with a comparison project and paper. They also will complete their studies of ancient civilizations by creating their own civilizations. Seventh and eighth graders are finishing writing a research paper on important figures from the Space Race. This paper is allowing students to explore deeper into topics studied in science class.

Finally, we are preparing for our end of the year field trip. One of the days we will be doing a service project where our students will lead other kids in STEM challenges. After completing an activity, our students will give a little devotional that relates to the challenge and life. We have been practicing these challenges ourselves- here is a picture one of the tallest towers the students created:

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4/27/2017

Sixth and seventh grade are both finishing up a poetry unit this week. Today sixth graders created illustrations for their poems using block printing. They turned out beautiful!

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Soon seventh and eighth grade will start studying the Civil War and reading Two Miserable Presidents by Steve Sheinkin. Sixth grade has been studying the ancient civilization of Rome and will start reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.

 


3/22/2017 

This month we integrated art with creating a personal note to grandparents for our school’s Grandparent’s Day. We taught sixth through eighth graders a few water color techniques, and then the students created their own cards. IMG_20170209_082534 IMG_20170209_082539

During one of our history lessons, seventh and eighth graders split into two groups to debate issues our young nation faced. One group debated as Alexander Hamilton, and the other group represented Thomas Jefferson.

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As we wrapped up our lessons on Ancient Egypt, the sixth graders presented little skits to help bring to life various aspects of ancient Egyptian life.

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2/24/2017

For second quarter, I helped organize and lead the Art elective. The middle school students learned so much from parents and friends who taught them various mediums and skills. Here are a few pictures from this fun and creative elective!

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Students worked on creating patterns for their leather bags. Then they cut and sewed it together.

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Students built pallet signs. Afterwards, they designed and painted them.  Printing 115224

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students created block prints and used them to print on cards and cloth.

 

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We learned the process to create cyanotypes and developed students’ pictures.

 

 

1/25/2017 

Happy New Year! I think we are finally getting back into routine after coming back from Christmas break and our many snow days. Thank you to all who helped us clear snow and ice here at school!

In History, seventh and eighth graders have been studying the Constitution. Right now they are working on a project exploring the Bill of Rights. In Language Arts, seventh grade is focusing on theme and symbolism in literature; eighth grade is in the middle of a mythology unit.

Sixth graders are studying and participating in various activities to help them understand what daily life was like in Ancient Egypt. They also just started a big research project on robots that relates to what they are studying in PLTW. Through this, they are learning the research process and how to write a formal research paper.


12/17/2016

We have been busy finishing up projects before Christmas break. Seventh and eighth graders finished their study of Johnny Tremain by preparing for and participating in a Socratic Seminar. It was exciting to hear the insight and questions that were discussed. Sixth graders finished Where the Red Fern Grows with discussion on symbolism and theme. They are also finishing up a project reflection on the whole novel.

On Friday we had a fun Christmas party with all our middle school students. We enjoyed a pancake breakfast together and then had a white elephant gift exchange. A lot of laughter and fun was had by all!

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Merry Christmas!!!


11/18/2016

Seventh and eighth graders are continuing their study of the American Revolution and reading Johnny Tremain. It has been fun seeing the events and people we are talking about in History class come alive.

Sixth graders are doing a mini-unit on geography and will be taking a test on knowing the 50 states next week. In class, students are enjoying Where the Red Fern Grows and discussing various elements of literature while reading.

For our service project this month, sixth through eighth grade created cards for Veterans Day. We then had a former marine from Central Oregon Veterans Outreach talk to our students about their organization and how they help local veterans. They gladly received the cards that the students created showing their appreciation for veterans.

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10/14/2016

Here are a few of the happenings from 6th-8th grade Humanities so far this year:

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Sixth graders pretended to be “archaeologists” and uncovered “artifacts” in a shoe box from one of their friends. They then had to use clues and critical thinking to deduce whose box they were digging through.

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Seventh and eighth graders researched European explorers and created websites to portray key information. Then we learned about the other explorers from the websites the students created.

 

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Annie Painter came to teach our sixth-eighth graders drawing skills. We started with basic lines, and she will be back in a few weeks to help us with an observational drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


9/13/2016

Welcome back! We started off our first week of school by going to the YWAM Ropes Course on Friday. It was an amazing experience and so much fun. Students worked together, encouraged one another, and learned more about trusting each other and God. What a great way to start our school year together!

This month we will be focusing on organization, routines, new technology, and beginning our study in history (Ancient Worlds for sixth and United States for seventh/eighth) and language arts.

It has already been a great start to the school year, and I am looking forward to this year with these amazing students!


 

Thank you all for a wonderful school year! It is a privilege to be the teacher of these amazing students. I have enjoyed getting to know each one and watching them grow this year. I look forward to seeing most of you again next year.

Have a great summer and keep reading! 🙂

Mrs. Morneau


 

Week of 6/6

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. (6/6) May/June Independent Reading Project due

-Tue. (6/7) Compare and Contrast paper on Daniel due today

7th/8th Grade History 

-Tue. (6/7) Renaissance Figure Project due today (based on Lesson 29)

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (6/7) Socratic Seminar questions due and discussion on The Hiding Place 


 

Week of 5/31

We are coming to the end of the school year- let’s finish strong! Please look on Schoology to make sure you have no missing assignments. Here are the major assignments/tests for the end of the year:

6th Grade Humanities

-Thur. (6/2) History Test Lesson 38

-Fri. (6/3) Pronoun test and final discussion on The Bronze Bow (come prepared with questions)

-Mon. (6/6) May/June Independent Reading Project due

-Tue. (6/7) Compare and Contrast paper on Daniel due today

7th/8th Grade History

-Fri. (6/3) Lesson 27 Reading Challenge as test grade

-Tue. (6/7) Renaissance Figure Project due today (based on Lesson 29)

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

-Mon. (5/31) May Reading Log due

-Tue. (6/1) Fourth Quarter Independent Reading Project due

-Tue. (6/7) Socratic Seminar questions due and discussion on The Hiding Place 


 

Week of 5/23

6th Grade Humanities

-Tue. (5/24) History Test Lesson 35

-Fri. (5/27) Lesson 25 Spelling Test

*Please make sure you are reading a new book of your choice for our final independent reading project. This project is due June 6th.*

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Tue. (5/31) Psalm 23:6 Memory Verse Test

7th/8th History

-Mon. (5/23) Crusades Essay due

-Fri. (5/27) History Test Lesson 14

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (5/24) Small group discussion The Hiding Place

*Please be working on your fourth quarter independent reading project. This is due June 1st.*

 


 

Week of 5/16

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. (5/16) The Bronze Bow Chapters 1-10 test; Lesson 34 History Reading Challenge as test grade

-Thur. (5/19) Pronoun quiz

-Fri. (5/20) Lesson 24 Spelling Test

*Please make sure you are reading a new book of your choice for our final independent reading project. This project is due June 6th.*

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (5/23) Psalm 23:5 memory verse test

7th/8th Grade History 

-Mon. (5/16) Lesson 10 History Test

7th Grade Language Arts

We are reading The Hiding Place together. Please make sure you keep up with daily assignments and reading.

8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (5/17) Indefinite pronoun quiz

We are reading The Hiding Place together. Please make sure you keep up with daily assignments and reading.


 

Week of 5/9 

6th Grade Humanities

-Fri. (5/13) Spelling List 24 test and sentences due

Almost daily you will have a little bit to read or a few questions to answer for The Bronze Bow. Please make sure you keep up with these assignments.

*Please make sure you are reading a new book of your choice for our final independent reading project. This project is due June 6th.*

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (5/16) Psalm 23:4 memory verse test

7th/8th Grade History

-Mon. (5/16) History Test Lesson 10

7th Grade Language Arts & 8th Grade Language Arts

We are beginning to read The Hiding Place together. Please make sure you keep up with daily assignments and reading. We will have our first small group discussions this week.



 

Week of 5/2

6th Grade Humanities

-Tue. (5/3) History Test Lesson 33

No Spelling this week due to Walk-a-thon on Friday!

Almost daily you will have a little bit to read or a few questions to answer for The Bronze Bow. Please make sure you keep up with these assignments.

*Please make sure you are reading a new book of your choice for our final independent reading project. I will get you the project details soon!*

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (5/9) Psalm 23:1-3 Memory Test

7th/8th Grade History

-Tue. (5/10) History Test Lesson 10

7th Grade Language Arts & 8th Grade Language Arts

We are beginning to read The Hiding Place together. Please make sure you keep up with daily assignments and reading.

-Tue. (5/3) Introduction paragraph due

-Wed. (5/4) Conclusion paragraph due

*Take the rest of the week and weekend to go back and revise your body paragraphs, looking back at the final copies I gave back to you. Put everything together into one paper, plus a title page and Work Cited page. Look at the final rubric I gave you (and on Schoology) to make sure you have included everything. The final research paper, in its entirety, is due 5/9, Monday. You will hand it in with all your other original final copies, rough drafts, and KWOs.


 

Week of 4/26

6th Grade Humanities 

-Wed. (4/27) Historical Fiction Reading Project due

-Fri. (4/29) Spelling List 23 Test

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (5/2) John 14:6 Bible verse test

7th/8th Grade History

-Wed. (4/27) Test on 5 Pillars of Islam

8th Grade Language Arts

-Wed. (4/27) Body Paragraph 3 rough draft due

-Thur. (4/28) Body Paragraph 3 final copy due

7th Grade Language Arts

-Thur. (4/28) Body Paragraph 3 rough draft due

-Fri. (4/29) Body Paragraph 3 final copy due


 

Week of 4/18 

6th Grade Humanities

-Wed. (4/20) Concrete Poem final copy due

-Fri. (4/22) Spelling List 22 Test

*Historical fiction project is due April 28th*

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (4/25) James 5:13

7th/8th Grade History

-Tue. (4/19) Test on Islam notes

8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (4/19) Personal Pronoun Quiz

-Wed. (4/20) Body Paragraph 2 rough draft due

-Thur. (4/21) Body Paragraph 2 final copy due

7th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (4/19) Poetry in Song Presentation due

-Thur. (4/21) Body Paragraph 2 rough draft due

-Fri. (4/22) Body Paragraph 2 final copy due


 

 

Week of 4/11

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. (4/11) Subject and Verb Quiz

-Tue. (4/12) History Lesson 30 Test

-Mon. (4/18) Poetry Term Test

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (4/18) 1 Cor. 13:6-7

 

7th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (4/12) Body Paragraph 1 Rough Draft

-Tue. (4/12) Complement Test

8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (4/12) Final copy Body Paragraph 1

 


 

Week of 4/4 

Remember,  Family Movie Night is this week! The middle school is putting this on as a fun event and fundraiser for the end of the year field trip. Please plan on coming as a family, and check your email for more detailed information and what help is needed. Thank you! 

6th Grade Humanities

-Thur. (4/7) Subject and Verb Test

-Fri. (4/8) Spelling Test List 21

Please make sure you are reading your historical fiction novel and working on your independent reading requirement. The requirements can be found on Schoology, and this is due April 28th.

7th Grade Language Arts

-Wed. (4/6) Independent Reading Project due today (requirements can be found on Schoology)

-Thur. (4/7) Test on Complements (PA, PN, DO, IO)

Mon. (4/11) Rough draft of Body Paragraph 1 due (rubric on Schoology)

8th Grade Language Arts

-Tue. (4/5) Quiz on Prepositional Phrases as Adjectives and Adverbs

-Wed. (4/6) Independent Reading Project due today (requirements can be found on Schoology)

-Mon. (4/11) Rough draft of Body Paragraph 1 due (rubric on Schoology)

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (4/11) Bible Memory Verse Test on 1 Corinthians 13:4-5


 

Week of 3/28 

The 7th/8th graders are helping run a drive this month for Shepherd’s House Women and Children’s Center. The drive ends this week, so please bring shampoo, conditioner, toiletry items, grocery store gift cards, twin sheet sets, and blankets to either building. Thank you! We are excited to deliver these items next week, and we hope this will be a blessing to them!

 6th Grade Humanities

-No spelling this week!

-Study poetry terms, test will be next week

-Please be reading historical fiction, project is due the end of April

7th/8th Grade Humanities

-Thur. 3/31- March Reading Log due

-Wed. 4/6- Independent Reading Project due

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. 4/4- Proverbs 15:1,4 Memory verse test


 

Week of 3/14 

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. 3/14 History Test on Life in Sparta and Athens

-Fri. 3/18 Spelling Test List 19 and Comma Test

7th/8th Grade History

-Thur. 3/17 Group project (lesson) needs to be done and ready to present today

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Galatians 5:22-23 needs to be memorized memory test after break (3/28)

7th Grade Language Arts 

-Thur. (3/17) Test on LV, AV, PN, and PA

8th Grade Language Arts

-Mon. (3/14) Socratic Seminar for The Pearl 

-Thur. (3/17) Test on DO, IO, PN, and  PA


 

Week of 3/7 

6th Grade Humanities

-Tue. (3/8) Robotic Research Paper due (printed with rubric) – can find information on Schoology under “Materials” and “Research” folder

-Fri. (3/11) Spelling Test List 18 and sentences due

7th/8th Grade History

-Tue. (3/8) Lesson 24 Test

-Wed. (3/9) Lesson 24 Journal entries due (see assignment in Schoology for directions)

7th/8th Grade LA

Please be reading and filling out your reading log for the month of March. The goal this month is 250 pages, and it is due on March 31st.

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (3/14) 2 Chronicles 7:14 Memory verse test

Many of you need to retake the test from today (3/7), which was memorizing Jeremiah 29:12-13.


 

Week of 2/29 

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. (2/29) Reading project due

-Tue. (3/1) Final copy body paragraph 3 due

-Wed. (3/2) History Test Lesson 26 (study Google doc. notes we took in class)

-Fri. (3/4) Spelling Test List 17

*The final research paper is tentatively due on Monday, 3/7. Please look on Schoology to see updated due date, and under “Materials” you can find the final research paper rubric.*

7th Grade LA

-Tue. (3/1) Reading Log for month of February is due

-Wed. (3/2) Test on the linking verb list (memorize the 19 we wrote in notebook)

*If you want to make any changes to your compare/contrast essay to earn back points, this is due on Monday next week.*

8th Grade LA

-Tue. (3/1) Reading Log for month of February is due

If you want to make any changes to your compare/contrast essay to earn back points, this is due on Friday.

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (3/7) Jeremiah 29:11 Memory verse test


 

Week of 2/22

7th/8th Grade Bible

-Mon. (2/29) Jeremiah 29:11 Memory verse test

7th/8th Grade L.A.

-Tue. (2/23) Final copy of Compare/Contrast essay

Walter Mitty vocabulary presentation

-Wed. (2/24) Retake of Walter Mitty vocabulary test

-Fri. (2/27) Reading log for February due

7th/8th Grade History

-(Tue. (2/23) Lesson 21 Test

6th Grade Humanities

-Mon. (2/22) Capitalization test

Final copy paragraph 2 due

Vocabulary test

-Fri. (2/26) Spelling sentences and test List 16

-Mon. (2/29) Science fiction/fantasy reading project due


 

Week of 2/16

7th/8th Grade Bible:

-Tue. (2/16) Matthew 6:9-13 Memory verse test

No new verse for this coming week

7th/8th Grade L.A.

-Tue (2/16) Walter Mitty vocabulary test

-Wed. (2/17) First body paragraph in compare/contrast paper due

-Thur. (2/18) Second body paragraph in compare/contrast paper due

-Fri. (2/19) Introduction paragraph in compare/contrast paper due

-Mon. (2/22) Entire Compare/Contrast paper due (rubric on Schoology)

6th Grade Humanities

-Wed. (2/17) Combined outline for body paragraph 2 due  AND Vocabulary test on List 15 words (use quizlet link)

-Thur. (2/18) Rough draft  for body paragraph 2 due

-Fri. (2/19)/ Final copy for body paragraph 2 due

No spelling this week

*Reading requirement due Feb. 29th. See Schoology for project choices and details.*

 


 

Week of 2/8

6th Grade:

-Tue. (2/9) First body paragraph rough draft for Robotic Research Paper

-Wed. (2/10) History Test Lesson 12 (on terms)

-Fri. (2/12) Spelling List 15 Test and sentences due

Next week:

-Wed. (2/17) Vocabulary test on words from List 15 – can use Quizlet link I sent through email to study

*Please be working on Independent Reading Requirement- the project is due Feb. 29th.*

7th/8th Grade Bible:

-Tue. (2/15) Memory verse test Matt. 6:9-13

7th/8th Grade History:

-Wed. (2/10) History test Lesson 20 and diary entry due (see Google doc. for directions)

7th/8th Grade LA:

-Tue. (2/9) Paragraph on Theme due (from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”)

-Wed. (2/16) Vocab. test on “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” words (see website I emailed to you for list and flashcards)

 


 

2/1

6th Grade:

-Fri. (2/5) Spelling test List 14 and spelling sentences due

We are working on a research project in class. If students use their time wisely, most of this should be completed in class. However, if students are not using time wisely or are absent, the result may be some homework. An outline and description of this project can be found on Schoology under “Materials” and in the “Research” folder. I will continue to add to this folder as I give information to the students in class.

7th/8th Grade Bible:

Mon. (2/8)- Matthew 6:9-10 memory verse test

 


1/25 

This is the last week of second quarter. Please make sure all assignments are turned in by Thursday (1/28) otherwise they will be a zero. Thank you!

6th Grade:

-Mon. (1/25) Spelling test  List 13

-Mon. (1/25) History test Lesson 10

-Tue. (1/26) Rough draft of Pyramids paragraph due

7th/8th Grade Bible:

-Tue. (1/26) Bible verse test on Exodus 34:10

7th Language Arts:

*Tue. (1/26) Book log for Dec. and Jan. due

*Wed. (1/27) Second Quarter Reading Project is due. Requirements and details are on Schoology under “Materials” and “Reading Requirements”.

8th Language Arts:

*Tue. (1/26) Book log for Dec. and Jan. due

*Wed. (1/27) Second Quarter Reading Project is due. Requirements and details are on Schoology under “Materials” and “Reading Requirements”.

-Wed. (1/27) Quiz on Independent and Dependent Clauses

 


1/19

I am sorry that this was not updated the past two weeks, but I am back from my trip! It was amazing, and I am so excited to share with the students all I did and learned. The end of second quarter is next week, so please encourage your student to check Schoology and keep up with assignments. Also, I have updated all grades from when I was gone, so everything is up-to-date.

6th Grade:

-Spelling test on List 13 will be on Monday, January 25th, as this is a short week and so is next week.

7th/8th Grade History:

Fri. (1/22)- History Lesson 18 Test

7th Language Arts:

Wed. (1/20)- Tall Tale story and character picture due (introduced last week, work time last week and today in class)

8th Language Arts:

Wed. (1/20)- Tall Tale story and character picture due (introduced last week, work time last week and today in class)

*Next week 1/27 Second Quarter Reading Project is due. Requirements and details are on Schoology under “Materials” and “Reading Requirements”.*


 

 

12/15

Hello Parents! My Classroom Updates webpage did not go live until this week, so I wanted to re-post my little introduction to this part of the website: 

I am so glad we now have a place where I can post important due dates and test dates. I will try to update this every Monday with important dates for the week. Please continue to use Schoology to look for missing assignments and to keep track of grades. Feel free to scroll down to see past weeks’ updates!

Week of 12/14-12/18

6th Grade:

Wed. – Realistic fiction project is due; an electronic copy of the requirements can be found on Schoology under “Materials” and the folder “Monthly Reading Requirements”

Thur. -History Test Lesson 8 (study notes from Google doc.)

– Where the Red Fern Grows final questions and collage due (test grade)

Fri.- Spelling Test List 10 and sentences due


7th/8th Grade History:

Thur. – History Test Lesson 16


7th Grade L.A.: 

*Please be keeping track of minutes read each week and turning in reading logs on Monday. Starting in January, we will begin keeping track of page numbers again. Also, quarter 2 reading project will be due Jan. 27th.*


8th Grade L.A.:

Thur. – Adjective test (limiting and descriptive); study notes in notebook

*Please be keeping track of minutes read each week and turning in reading logs on Monday. Starting in January, we will begin keeping track of page numbers again. Also, quarter 2 reading project will be due Jan. 27th.*

 


 

12/9

Hello Parents! I am so glad we now have a place where I can post important due dates and test dates. I will try to update this every Monday with important dates for the week. Please continue to use Schoology to look for missing assignments and to keep track of grades.

Week of 12/7-12/11

6th Grade:

Wed. – History Test Lesson 7

Fri.- Spelling Test List 9

*Realistic Fiction project is due Wednesday, December 16th. An electronic copy of the requirements can be found on Schoology under “Materials” and the folder “Monthly Reading Requirements”.


7th/8th Grade History:

Wed. – History Test Lesson 15


7th Grade L.A.: 

Thur. – Socratic Seminar questions answered and printed (or shared with me before 7:30 am) for Crispin (this counts as a test grade)

*Please be keeping track of minutes read each week and turning in reading logs on Monday. Also, quarter 2 reading project will be due Jan. 27th.*


8th Grade L.A.:

Study limiting adjectives- test next week

*Please be keeping track of minutes read each week and turning in reading logs on Monday. Also, quarter 2 reading project will be due Jan. 27th.*

 

 


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