This third book in a series of skill-based guidance instruction materials focuses on the successful transition from elementary to middle school that all students want to achieve. Whether your setting allows extended access to large and small group sessions or quick, streamlined sessions this book will meet your needs. In addition, the lessons are designed for fifth graders prior to their rising or for sixth graders who are acclimating themselves to their new setting. From personal hygiene to time management to fostering resiliency this book will cover the hot topics on the hearts and minds of this age group.
Breaking the middle school code provides 17 core lessons with reproducible worksheets for students in grades 5 – 8. These lessons could be taught as a whole curriculum or could be adapted to meet the individual needs of the students. It could be presented to entire classrooms, to small student groups or to individual students.
This resource was developed to help students learn ow to successfully navigate many of the challenges they will likely face in middle school. Each of the 17 lessons takes about 45 minutes and contains an opener, activities, a group discussion, a session evaluation and activity sheets.
In this program, students will explore their fears of the unknown, and become familiar with middle school/junior high demands. They will also explore several unique social, emotional and academic challenges that they will face in middle school. With this exposure they can indeed “break the code” of what insights and tools they will need to be successful.
In addition this book includes a series of supplementary “done in a dash” lessons. These 5 minute lessons address other specific skill that impact social development and student well-being.
“Done in a dash” lesson topics
- Highlight your path
- Choose you outfit
- Connecting with kids
- Brush up on your basic skills
- Personal hygiene
- Importance of being on time
- Getting along with teachers
- Being prepared for class
- Doing your best
- When to seek help
- Getting along with others
- Engaging in a conversation with the opposite sex
- How to be resourceful
- Avoiding middle school drama
- Do’d and don’t of texting and sexting
- Standing up for yourself and others
- Maintaining friendships
Author: Dr Poppy Moon
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