Whether you are a new teacher looking for ideas, or a veteran looking to spice up the first week of school, here are some activities will “wow” your students AND keep them organized all year!
Back to school with a hilarious get-to-know-you game! Your students will love this school-themed game of WOULD YOU RATHER? DIGITAL AND PRINTABLE
Also perfect for END OF YEAR fun and building classroom culture.
HOW IT WORKS:
Students are given 2 hilarious or thought-provoking choices and must decide which they would prefer. Some of the questions are meant to stoke middle school humor, and others help students with introspection. For example, one question asks, “Would you rather have the teacher call on you for every question, or never call on you?” Another asks, “Would you rather have more confidence meeting new people, or less fear speaking up in class?” These types of questions can lead to great discussions where students can open up about how they feel about their middle school experience.
- Get students moving and laughing! Have them move to the A or B side to indicate which “they would rather.” (My favorite!)
- Google Slides With A Collaborative Student Voting Template
- Cut-Out A/B Answers For
Keep your students organized with this digital schedule, planner, agenda, organizer, password keeper, calendars, and information tracker. Perfect to share on Google Classroom or any LMS.
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Individual teacher copy allows you to share with all of your students and also gives you FREE LIFETIME UPDATES.
❤SPECIAL FOCUS: PERSONIFICATION, CHARACTER, INFERENCE, SETTING, AND FORESHADOWING
Interactive Pixar Short Films are a fun way to teach literary elements, aka story elements. Share-&-Go resources make distance learning convenient for teachers, enjoyable for students, and easy for parents to understand. YouTube videos are embedded on each slide, making it easy for students to re-watch and analyze each scene independently, at their own pace.
In this film, an adorable dog is perplexed because he gets an unexpected guest, a robot floor cleaner that sweeps up all of the table crumbs that he had hoped to eat.
The writer cleverly personifies the robot making this the perfect film for introducing and/or reviewing PERSONIFICATION. Students can see firsthand how professional writers use literary elements, and how these elements work together. Activities are simple, yet thought-provoking and effective for getting students to internalize the meaning and function of these literary elements.
In this digital short story workshop, students will read (or listen to) Seventh Grade by Gary Soto and analyze plot, character, and conflict; answer text dependent questions, diagram the story plot, and write a plot summary.
- Full text embedded
- Full audio embedded
- 8 text-dependent, rigorous CCSS questions
- Answer Key
- Plot diagram
- Plot summary teach sheet with formula
- CULMINATING WRITING: Real-World ROLE- Students assume the role of a summary writer for Netflix. They will write the summary for the upcoming movie version of Seventh Grade.
Guaranteed fun and laughter with this animated short film workshop that teaches character motivation, inferencing, providing evidence, and summary writing. Students are guided through the interactive Google Slides as they learn the importance of creating characters with motivation and how other character’s motivations can cause conflicts. This workshop is simple and would work great for struggling students, ESL learners, or for a light lesson in general ed.
❤ SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS: A young girl is envious when her friend is getting thousands of “likes” with her selfie. So, she decides to take a selfie with her cat, but the cat needs to use the litter box and isn’t exactly cooperating! Hilarity ensues!
- Interactive questions and activities for inference, evidence, & character motivation
- Video link to watch directly on slides
- Build your own character with motivation
- Guided character summary
- Reflection: Students reflect on how they feel about social media and “likes.”
- BONUS: Selfie challenge! Students paste their selfies into the class photo album