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Transitioning to Middle School Activities

Moving On: Transition for
Upcoming 6th Grade Students

INTRODUCTION

The transition from elementary to middle school is challenging for all students as a number of environmental, personal, social, psychological, and physiological changes are imposed on them. Both anecdotal and empirical evidence suggest that student achievement on standardized tests declines significantly in reading and mathematics during this critical period.

In an effort to minimize the challenges and maximize student achievement, Moving On: Transition for upcoming 6th Grade Students has been developed. Specific issues have been identified by school guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and students that fall within four domains: educational, personal/social, community/health, and career awareness.

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Getting Ready for Middle School (Worksheet)

Name:    _________________  Date:     _________

My Notes on Middle School Requirements

What are required courses?                                                                                                                                                                              Give four (4) examples.

What are electives?                                                                                                                                                                                                         Give four (4) examples.

 


Identify one (1) high school course I can take in middle school.

 


 

List four (4) things I still need to know more about middle school requirements.

 


Parent/guardian signature:                                                          


Name:                                          


Date:                



Middle School Reflection Writing Assignment (Worksheet)

In a few months, you will be entering middle school. Identify the concerns you have about the courses that you will be taking. How might you deal with some of these concerns?

Share this assignment with your parent(s)/guardian.

How Organized Are You? (Worksheet)

This is a survey to see how organized you are.

Circle 1 if the statement is never true. Circle 2 if the statement is sometimes true. Circle 3 if the statement is often true.

Circle 4 is the statement is always true.

1

I check for my supplies the night before school.

1

2

3

4

2

I have a dictionary, a good light, and study tools at home.

1

2

3

4

3

I bring everything from home that I need for school.

1

2

3

4

4

I check to be sure I have my assignments before the end

of the class.

1

2

3

4

5

I check to make sure I have the right books before going home in the afternoon.

1

2

3

4

6

I have the phone number of one classmate in each of my

classes.

1

2

3

4

7

At the beginning of each week, I think about what I need to accomplish.

1

2

3

4

8

I clean out my book bag at least twice per month.

1

2

3

4

9

I have a notebook or folder for each class.

1

2

3

4

10

I always have an extra pencil or pen in my book bag.

1

2

3

4

11

When I have a major project due, I mark tasks to be

completed on a calendar.

1

2

3

4

12

I have a ruler and a pencil sharpener in my book bag.

1

2

3

4

13

I have a daily planner or assignment book where I can write down my assignments every day.

1

2

3

4

14

I do homework the night before, not just before class.

1

2

3

4

15

I check my daily planner every day.

1

2

3

4

16

I check my book bag in the morning before I leave from

home to make sure I have my assignments that are due.

1

2

3

4

17

The papers in my notebooks are neat and orderly.

1

2

3

4

18

I get supplies before they run out (like more paper).

1

2

3

4

19

I have my homework ready on the day it is due.

1

2

3

4

20

I study on a regular basis.

1

2

3

4


Add up your points:      

70-80: You are totally organized and ready to learn!
50-69: Just a few areas that need to improve!
30-49Improvement is needed.
Below
30Help is definitely required!

#1 Cause and Effects of Being Organized (Worksheet)

Read the three (3) causes and generate two (2) effects that might occur for each cause.

Example:       Cause:   You left your math book at school.

Effects: You will not be able to complete your homework. You can’t study for a test.

CAUSE

EFFECTS

You forgot to

 

bring a pencil

1.

or pen to class.

 

 

 

 

2.

You do not have

 

a daily planner

1.

or assignment

 

book where you

 

write down

 

assignments.

2.

You always

 

clean out your

1.

bookbag.

 

 

 

 

2.


#2 Cause and Effects of Being Organized (Worksheet)

Read the three (3) causes and generate two (2) effects that might occur for each cause.

Example:       Cause:   You left your math book at school.

Effects: You will not be able to complete your homework. You can’t study for a test.

CAUSE

EFFECTS

You only study

 

the morning

1.

before the

 

test.

 

 

2.

You keep all of

 

your

1.

assignments for

 

all of your

 

classes in one

 

binder or

2.

pocket folder.

 

 

You always have

 

enough supplies

1.

for class.

 

 

 

 

2.


#3 Cause and Effects of Being Organized (Worksheet)

Read the three (3) causes and generate two (2) effects that might occur for each cause.

Example:       Cause:   You left your math book at school.

Effects: You will not be able to complete your homework. You can’t study for a test.

CAUSE

EFFECTS

You never have

 

a ruler, a

1.

calculator, a

 

pen, or a pencil

 

with you in

 

class.

2.

You usually wait

 

to start a big

1.

project until

 

the night

 

before it is

 

due.

2.

You start your

 

homework when

1.

you get home

 

from school.

 

 

2.


#4 Cause and Effects of Being Organized

Read the three (3) causes and generate two (2) effects that might occur for each cause.

Example:       Cause:   You left your math book at school.

Effects: You will not be able to complete your homework. You can’t study for a test.

CAUSE

EFFECTS

You forget what

 

your

1.

assignments are

 

almost every

 

day.

 

 

2.

If you do not

 

understand your

1.

assignment or

 

how to complete

 

your homework,

 

you ask the

2.

teacher before

 

you leave

 

school.

 

Your planner is

 

so small that

1.

you always lose

 

it.

 

 

2.


Name:                                                                            Date:                               

 

My Plan for Getting It Together (Worksheet)

List four (4) problem areas where you need to be better organized and make a plan to solve each problem.

Example:       Problem: I need to bring supplies to class every day.

Plan:  I am going to get all of my supplies over the weekend and put them in my bookbag.

Problem #1:                                                                                                          

 

Plan:                                                                                                        

 


 

Problem #2:                                                                                                        

 

Plan:                                                                                                        

 


 

Problem #3:                                                                                                        

 

Plan:                                                                                                        

 


 

Problem #4:                                                                                                        

 

Plan:                                                                                                        

 


 

 

Share this plan with your parent(s)/guardian.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                     


BULLYING

Read the following and think carefully before you write down your responses. Remember to write in complete sentences.

1. Were you ever a bully? How did it make you feel? Explain.

2. Have you ever been a victim of bullying? How did it make you feel? Explain.

3. Have you ever witnessed someone being bullied? How did it make you feel? Explain.


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

What should you do when someone bullies you? Read each idea and decide if you think this is something you might do. Check “Yes” if you would, “No” if you wouldn’t, or “Not sure.”

From The Bully Free Classroom by Allan L. Beane, Ph.D., copyright © 1999 Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 800/753-7323 (www.freespirit.com) This page may be photocopied for the individual, classroom, or group work only.

When someone bullies you, you should

Yes

No

Not Sure

1

Cry

 

 

 

2

Tell a friend

 

 

 

3

Tell the bully’s parents

 

 

 

4

Run away

 

 

 

5

Try to get even with the bully

 

 

 

6

Tell a teacher

 

 

 

7

Stay home from school

 

 

 

8

Hit, push, or kick the bully

 

 

 

9

Stand up straight, look the bully in the eye, and say in a

firm, confident voice, “Leave me alone!”

 

 

 

10

Hunch over, hang your head, and try to look so small the

bully will stop noticing you.

 

 

 

11

Laugh and act like you just don’t care

 

 

 

12

Stand up straight, look the bully in the eye, and say in a

firm, confident voice, “Stop it! I don’t like that.”

 

 

 

13

Tell your parents

 

 

 

14

Threaten the bully

 

 

 

15

Stay calm and walk away

 

 

 

16

Call the bully a bad name

 

 

 

17

Shout, “Cut it out!” as loudly as you can

 

 

 

18

Ignore the bully

 

 

 

19

Tell a joke or say something silly

 

 

 

20

If other people are nearby, join them so you’re not alone

 

 

 


Answers to WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? When someone bullies you, you should:

  1. CryBest answer:NO

    Bullies love having power over others. They enjoy making people cry.  When you cry,  you give them what they want. On the other hand, you might be so upset that you can’t help crying. If this happens, get away as quickly as you can. Find a friend or an adult who will listen and support you.

  2. Tell friendBest answer:YES

    Make sure it’s a friend who will listen, support you, and stand up for you.  And don’t  just tell a friend. Tell an adult, too.

  3. Tell the bully’s parentsBest Answer: NO Some kids become bullies because their parents bully them. The bully’s parents are more likely to believe their child then you. They might even get defensive and blame you.
  4. Run AwayBest Answer: NOT SURE

    If you feel you’re in real danger—for example, if you’re facing a gang of bullies—then run as fast as you can to a safe place. At other times, it might be better to stand your ground and stick up for yourself. Follow your instincts!

  5. Try to get even with the bullyBest Answer: NO The bully might get angry and come after you again. Plus getting even makes you a bully, too.
  6. Tell a teacherBest Answer: YES

    Most bullying happens when adults aren’t likely to see or hear it. Your teacher can’t help you unless you share the problem.

  7. Stay home from schoolBest Answer: NO Unless you feel you’re in real danger, you should never stay home from school to avoid a bully. Remember, bullies love power. Imagine how powerful they feel when they can scare someone away from school! Plus staying home from school gets in the way of your learning and hurts you even more.
  8. Hit, push, or kick the bullyBest answer: NO Since bullies tend to be bigger and stronger than the people they pick on, chances are you’d get hurt. Plus you might get in trouble for fighting
  9. Stand up straight, look the bully in the eye, and say in a firm, confident voice, “Leave me alone!”Best answer: YES

Bullies don’t expect people to stand up to them. They usually pick on people who don’t seem likely to defend themselves. So they’re surprised when someone acts confident and strong instead of scared and weak. This might be enough to make them stop.


  1. Hunch over, hang your head, and try to look so small the bully will stop noticing you.Best answer: NO

    This gives bullies what they want - someone who appears more scared and weak.

     

  2. Laugh and act like you just don’t care.Best answer: NOT SURE

    Some bullies will give up if people don’t react, but others will bully harder.

     

  3. Stand up straight, look the bully in they eye, and say in a firm, confident voice, “Stop it!I don’t like that.”Best answer: YES See #9

     

  4. Tell your parents.Best answer: YES

    Tell them what is happening and ask for their help.

     

  5. Threaten the bully.Best answer: NO

    The bully might get angry and come after you even harder.

     

  6. Stay calm and walk away.Best answer: YES

    Walk toward a crowded place or to a group of your friends.

     

  7. Call the bully a bad name.Best answer: NO

    This will only make the bully angry and that is bad news for you.

     

  8. Shout “Cut it out!” as loudly as you can.Best answer: YES This may surprise the bully and give you a chance to get away. Also, other people hear you and this gives the bully an audience he or she does not want.

     

  9. Ignore the bully.Best answer: NO

    Bullies want a reaction from the people they are bullying. Ignoring them might lead to more or worse bullying.

     

  10. Tell a joke or say something silly.Best answer: NOT SURE Sometimes humor can diffuse a tense situation. Be careful not to tell a joke about the bully or make fun of him or her.

     

  11. If other people are nearby, join them so you’re not alone.Best answer: YES

Bullies generally don’t pick on people in groups. They don’t like being outnumbered.


Student Names:                                                                       

 

Our Creative Story About Bullying

 

Instructions: Create a short story about someone who was bullied in middle school. The characters in the story must have names. Remember that all stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. In your story, incorporate or include two strategies used to stop the bullying. After you have planned out your ideas, use this form to write your story.

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The End!


NEW SCHOOL SCENARIOS ACT THIS OUT!

 

Select one (1) of the scenarios that you and your friend(s) will act out. Add more parts or different roles if you need to do so. You will have three (3) minutes to rehearse and two (2) minutes to put on your skit.

 

Before you begin your skit:

 

Introduce all of the members of your group

State which number scenario you are going to act out.

 

#1  It is the first day of middle school and many students are coming into the building.  You know that you are supposed to go to room 204 and your best friend is in room

205. Your friend says that the rooms are in the back of the building, but you think the rooms are on second floor. There is a school officer and an older student about 10 feet ahead of you. You hear a bell that is letting you know you only have one more minute to get to class.

 

#2 It is the first day of school and you were given your schedule in the morning. The teacher had everybody copy their schedule on a piece of paper. After you leave your first period class, you notice that you cannot find your schedule and you don’t know where to go. You think your next class is Language Arts in room 130. There are many students in the hallway. You decide to ask a few people for help.

 

#3 You enter your mathematics class for the very first time. You do not recognize anybody else in the room. The teacher is in the hall outside of the classroom instructing students to get into class and take a seat. You see a couple of empty seats but they all have bookbags on them because other students are saving the seats for someone else. Everybody else in the room seems to know each other.

 

 

 


Name:                                          


Date:                


 


 

Writing Assignment

Read Think Explain

Think about your first week in middle school. There might be some things that present a challenge to you. Write a short narrative about what those challenges might be and how you will handle them.

 

 



WHO CAN HELP?

 

Think about all of the people who work in a school. If you need help, who could you ask to assist you or provide you with information? Write in the space provided who you think can help.

 

  1. You don’t have a bus pass.

     

  2. You are being bullied.

     

  3. You don’t understand an assignment.

     

  4. You were absent from school.

     

  5. You have a personal problem.

     

  6. You lost your lunch money.

     

  7. You want information on advanced courses.

     

  8. You want to get a physical education uniform.

     

  9. You want to participate in after-school clubs.

     

  10. You lost your report card.

     

  11. You want to get a library book checked out.

     

  12. You need paper towels in the bathroom.

     

  13. You want to do a report for science.

     

  14. You lost your homework assignment.

     

  15. You need a lunch application.

     

  16. You want to learn to use a computer.

     

  17. You left your bookbag in the cafeteria.

     

  18. Someone is always teasing you.

     

  19. You lost an important notice that has to go home.

My Personal Reflection Guide for Personal Goals

 

 

Place Your Picture Here

My name is                                                       and am          years   old.      Next   year   I   will   be   attending                                          middle     school     and     I     am                                   about going to the 6th grade. One thing I  am  sure  about  middle  school  is  that  it  is  going  to  be                                                                                       I plan to                                                                                   so that I will have a very good school year. In order to get ready for the next school year, during the summer  I will                                                                                   When I think about myself, I know that I can                                                . I enjoy                              and                                   and will be able to do these things while I am in middle school. I plan to make new friends next year and will do that by                                                                                                                 . I will not forget about my old friends and will                                                              . I know that middle school might present challenges to me.  If I need help, I will                                                                                                                           or                                                                                                                            .The  area  that  I  might  need  help  in  is                                                      but                                  can be a good person to go to. I see myself in the future as                                                                       .

List three (3) ways you can prepare yourself for middle school:

1.                                                                                                          

2.                                                                                                           

3.                                                                                                           

In the box below, draw a picture of how you see yourself at the end of Grade 6 next June. Include in your picture your friends, your academic achievements, your clothes, your interests, and how you feel.