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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts


30 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Slides


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Back to School Activities for Middle School

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May 23, 2024
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  • This collection of short writing prompts, bell ringers, planner pages, monthly calendars, goal-setting sheets, a student survey, and coloring pages will help get middle school students ready to start the school year by reflecting on their summer and thinking about what they’d like to accomplish.

  • The slides can be customized, downloaded, shared, or printed.

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Teaching Tips


  • The coloring pages are easy to print off, using a minimal amount of black ink.

  • The goal sheets can help students break down large projects into smaller steps.

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You will need to project, share, download, or print off the materials from Google Slides.


  • Use the Letter to Myself for students to write something positive to themselves about their ability to empathize, work together, be considerate, or be kind to others with differing points of view or to those from different backgrounds.

  • Have students come up with ways to celebrate the eco-holidays at school that are sustainable and fun.

  • Use the student survey to help better understand your students, being mindful of their privacy. Also, consider adjusting the subjects to blanks for the students to fill out.

  • Try using the coloring sheets as an activity for early finishers or as an art display in the classroom.

Scientist Notes

This resource does not have any specific science to review but has been developed by qualified educators and is recommended for teaching.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts (including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes) to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
      • W.NW.7.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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