The first week of school can be daunting for any middle school teacher. After all, you’ve been away from your students and lesson planning all summer long! Even though it can be overwhelming and something you’re not necessarily counting down the minutes for, there is something magical about the start of a new school year. You’re (hopefully) well-rested, rejuvenated, and ready to face a room full of brand-new faces! I’ve already shared some tips for the first day of school here. Over the years, I developed some great first week of school activities for middle school ELA!
Context clues color by number sheets are the perfect middle school ELA activity for the first week of school!
I always preferred to dive right in when it came to my content, so anything fun activity that is also based on the standards is right up my alley! My students always needed lots of practice with context clues, and this resource is the perfect way to start off on the right foot. These fun coloring sheets even provide you with classroom decorations!
Text message analysis helps make learning relevant!
My text message analysis worksheets are an excellent tool that offers middle schoolers the best practice when it comes to making inferences and citing evidence. Each of the eight different text message conversations in the resource is carefully crafted to help your students practice making inferences and citing evidence to support their conclusions. Your students will love these real-life scenarios that they can quickly relate to.
Growth mindset reading activities will help your students approach the year with the right mindset!
Taking time to have your students focus on their mindset is a great way to start off the school year! My differentiated growth mindset reading passage and activities resource is great practice. This resource will help your students build their comprehension and critical thinking skills while also fostering a mindset that promotes perseverance and resilience. By providing reading passages at three different levels, students can read about growth mindset at a suitably challenging level. The accompanying activities provide extra reading comprehension practice. Incorporating this growth mindset resource into your middle school curriculum is an invaluable practice that promotes academic growth and personal development.
The first week of school can be a challenge, but with the right activities in place, it can be both fun and educational. By using activities like context clues color by number worksheets, back to school text message analysis worksheets, and growth mindset differentiated reading passages and activities, you can make sure your middle school ELA classes get off on the right foot. I personally have used these activities in my own classes to kickstart each new school year and let students quickly get familiar with both me and the teaching style of my class. Not only do they give students a better understanding of their class expectations going forward, but they also offer a much-needed break from the same icebreakers all of their other teachers are doing. To save you both time and money, I created a bundle that includes these three resources!