What do you get when you combine role playing, art making, imagination, team collaboration and conversations about moving from elementary school to middle school? A Jeopardy® inspired Game Show...about Moving On Up To Middle School!
This FuN!, LOW-PREP, EDITABLE, interactive lesson & game can be used as a stand-alone classroom lesson about transitioning to middle school, as middle school transition introduction, or as a review and/or supplement to your other middle school transition lessons.
Elementary School to Middle School Transition Topics Covered Include:
*Processing how students feel about this big change about to happen in their lives
*Skills and assets that will help your students be successful in middle school
*Tips on how to not only survive but also thrive in middle school
Hands-On and Experiential Lesson
This Jeopardy® (with a twist) inspired game encourages reflective thinking, and is designed for students to show off and build on their smarts in different ways. Plus, the questions and challenges are 100% customizable so if you like, you can edit them to better fit your specific needs.
For a middle school transition classroom lesson, it is best used with a Promethean White Board or projector that that can be hooked up to your computer. You can use it with small groups too (and a white board is not necessary!) Formatted as a power point presentation, this transitioning to middle school lesson will not only engage your students, but will also make it easier on you because it is: LOW-PREP for all you busy teachers and school counselors!
TIPS ON HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Surviving and Thriving in Middle School Tips handout and Lesson Plan are also included!
Now with BONUS TASK CARDS & WORKSHEETS
to provide you with flexibility!!!!! Given that the GAME SHOW takes 40-60 minutes to play, and sometimes we just don't have that much time....or that the GAME SHOW works best projected on a large screen, and sometimes the technology breaks down....or that there are days when we walk into the classroom and just know that a whole classroom game is not going to fly that day....and sometimes students need more quiet, reflective activities......I have included more than 6 additional formats to teach about MOVING ON UP to MIDDLE SCHOOL. (Note: the additional activities do involve some printing prep-work.)
HOW I USE THIS LESSON:
I love Fred Rogers’ quote that, "for children, play is serious learning." As the research says, creative play really is the language of childhood. No matter the topic covered, I have found that as long as the lesson involves a bit of art, role-playing, games, and some freedom of movement, students are engaged. In this Jeopardy® inspired game, students get to act/ role play, draw, imagine, take risks, and problem solve as a team.
I hope that your students enjoy this Moving On Up To Middle School Lesson, having serious fun learning!
ASCA MINDSETS & BEHAVIORS covered:
* M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
* M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
* M 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
* B-LS 1. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills to make informed decisions
* B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity
* B-LS 7. Identify long- and short-term academic, career and social/emotional goals
* B-SMS 9. Demonstrate personal safety skills
* B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students
* B-SS 6. Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills
If you are looking for other easy, fun, low-prep and editable lessons, check out these ones about Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Feelings, and Peer Pressure:
*Mindfulness Lesson: Fun Experiential Game About Mindful Coping Skills
*Growth Mindset Lesson: Fun Experiential Game About Growth Mindset
*PEER PRESSURE *Refusal Skills & Boundaries
*Feelings Lesson: School Counseling Game About Emotions & Coping Skills
This Jeopardy® inspired GAME SHOW! format is also used with Erin Frankel's books:
WEIRD!: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Erin Frankel's empathy building and bullying prevention books
DARE!: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Erin Frankel's empathy building and bullying prevention books
TOUGH!: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Erin Frankel's empathy building and bullying prevention books
And if you like Julia Cook's Soda Pop Head, Making Friends Is An Art, and Wilma Jean the Worry Machine, check out these ones:
Soda POP Head: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Julia Cook's anger management book
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Julia Cook's anxiety management book
MAKING FRIENDS IS AN ART: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Julia Cook's friendship and social skills book