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The Big Switch: Helping Students Integrate to Middle School

Starting middle school is a major milestone in every child's life, and helping them prepare properly is something that teachers can participate in to help make that transition easier. This Collections will help Elementary Teachers provide students with the knowledge, advice and techniques they need to be ready for Middle School. 6th Grade Teachers will find ways to help students adjust to the first day, as well as learn ways to help your school community become more involved in the process.
A Collection By Sara Kaplan
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The Big Switch: Helping Students Integrate to Middle School
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Having your students see other kids talking about their Middle School "Fears and Faves" in this video is a great way to start this transition and make it less scary, knowing others just like them have managed to do it as well!
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Read a selection of 5th, 6th, and 7th grader's "tips" on how to survive Middle School! A great print-out to share with your class.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Learn all about Pup Camp, a great idea for your school to help your students adjust to new surroundings! Students will spend six hours during a full day "camp" where they enjoy group activities to help overcome fears, like a scavenger hunt to help them get to know their way around school (in order to not get "lost"). Includes a "Pup Camp Timeline" and a "Meeting Our Goals" section to show the positive impact that Pup Camp has on students starting middle school for the first time.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Explore the benefits of a "transition program" and how such programs can help dispel fears in students and myths about middle school.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Pairing a new middle schooler with an older middle schooler is a great way to make the transition easier. This article provides strategies for mentors, some of the issues that their mentees might face in middle school, and also several helpful resources like books to use and external links.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    While this is a 94 page booklet, don't be overwhelmed! I would begin with pages 11-19 for 4th Grade lessons. 20-40 lists some wonderful activities for 5th Grade. 40-54 offers activity lessons for Grade 6. Page 60 includes a helpful "School Transition Information Sheet". This booklet is an excellent resource for teachers as well as staff, and any school who wants to participate in "Pup Camp"!
  • Tweens Entering Middle School

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    Sara Kaplan says:
    An excellent handout for both teachers and parents, this page provides information on some of the issues "tweens" will face when entering Middle School, such as the biggies like "Peer Pressure", "Lockers" and "Numerous Teachers". It provides loved ones and students with an idea of changes that will be faced, and how parents can help, as well as staff. Share this with parents towards the end of the last elementary school year and first year of middle school.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Prepare parents with the tools to help their child transition, such as knowing the "fears" and "academic concerns" your students will be facing as they leave elementary school. The article provides helpful suggestions that parents can establish outside of the classroom, as well as help get them involved in the school community. A must-read for all parents whose children are transitioning to middle school in the Fall.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Middle Schooler Katie Taguci has prepared a video to help your student or child feel less afraid of the move! She provides helpful tips to help you feel more at home in your new environment (like "Be yourself!" and "Go up and say hi"!) She also discusses the difference of being in middle school than in elementary school (like "more homework") and shares how joining clubs and taking up hobbies can help with alleviating stress. Share this video with your class today!