Transitioning to the middle school from the elementary school can be scary. To help make the move a success, a middle school student and a teacher each give five tips to not only survive the first year of junior high but to help students have a great school year as well.
Teaching Middle School: Grades 6-8
Find lesson plans for grades 6-8 covering material in core curricula such as English, math, science, social studies, and art. Many plans offer a series of lessons in a unit that you can teach during a several day or week time period, while others offer thematic tie-ins across several subjects, reinforcing the relevancy of the subject matter from different angles.
Learn from fellow teachers, parents and experienced caregivers about the development that happens during the middle school years so you can approach potential problems and challenges with wisdom and a sense of humor.
Give your students a glimpse into the different ways that animals exist in the world around us. Students will not only learn about different habitats of animals, they will also create a unique model of a habitat. Through hands on learning, students will gain insight into these other worlds.
When middle school students think about a book they like, they zone in on exciting or interesting scenes or episodes. This engaging activity allows students to create a top five list of their favorites and then graphically depict them.
Help students understand decimal numbers and fractions by drawing and coloring in a grid. This is a great math activity for middle school.
Teach your students about nature and environmental conservationism. This lesson plan involves taking the class outdoors to discover more about their environment.
Assign three students to read the same novel. For three weeks, students should read and discuss the novel. During the fourth week, students should create a report in the form of a group presentation. It should cover required items and have a visual aid for the speech.
Scientists use wind tunnels to determine how airplanes respond to wind currents. Here, we will look at showing eighth grade students how to make their own wind tunnel and then will experiment with the currents, determining how they affect air travel.
How can we be sure that students are really learning and having a good experience in our classrooms? Read more for some tips on ways to improve student learning. Learn about creative lesson plans that will allow your students to grow academically by putting them in “real life” situations.
Educating middle school students about the positive aspects of different cultures is a great way to break down the barriers of prejudice. The Multicultural Project will allow students to work in small groups to research a unique culture, prepare a presentation and create a tri-fold visual aid.