Looking for middle school Easter lessons? It can be a challenge to find engaging and middle school-appropriate ways to celebrate Easter in your classroom. As much as I would love to hand out an Easter-themed colouring sheet and call it a day – I don’t think my students would be excited about that. Even if my students were excited to colour for an entire period – my principal would have a lot of questions for me.
Middle School Easter Lessons
This blog post will explain a few different ideas for creating middle school Easter lesson plans that will meet both your students’ and principal’s expectations.
Incorporate Creative Writing
Students love creative writing, but we often don’t give them enough opportunities to participate in it. In our rush to cover all of the curriculum standards, we forget that many can be covered using creative writing.
I offer my students two choices for creative writing during this point in the school year – an Easter-themed or Spring-themed creative writing assignment. I double-side photocopy the assignments together to provide students with 10 different creative writing prompts. Students can select a seasonal or holiday-themed prompt.
Easter Creative Writing Assignment
For the Easter-themed assignment, students select one of the provided character roles: Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Basket, Zookeeper, Candy Store Owner or Chocolate Inventor, and create a written piece based on the character’s specific writing prompt.
Spring Creative Writing Assignment
For the Spring-themed assignment, students select one of the provided character roles: bear, grass, snow shovel, bird, or professional gardener, and create a written piece based on the character’s specific writing prompt.
Students love having 10 different choices on what to write about. They also enjoy that these are not your traditional writing prompts – these are formatted as RAFT prompts.
RAFT stands for Role, Audience, Format, Topic. It is one writing assignment with several writing choices on the same theme. Students have a choice of lines 1 – 4. You read a RAFT by choosing a role and then following the audience, format and topic of that role. The assignments are tiered by difficulty to ensure that all students can be successful.
Check out this full-year creative writing bundle that includes both seasonal and holiday-themed writing prompts.
Try Digital Escape Rooms
Digital escape rooms are a fantastic way to get students working together, whether in-person or online. Students are encouraged to share their ideas with one another to solve each challenge.
Just like my creative writing assignments, I like to offer my students choice.
Easter Digital Escape Room
In this Easter-themed digital escape room, students work independently or with their peers to solve 11 Easter-themed challenges. This escape room is non-religious and focuses on chocolate, candy and animals. Students must solve the required challenges to “escape” the classroom they accidentally got locked in. Participants will use their previous knowledge, as well as learn new things about this season while reinforcing their literacy skills.
Spring Digital Escape Room
In this Spring-themed digital escape room, students work independently or with their peers to solve 10 spring-themed challenges. Students must solve the required challenges to “escape” the school garden shed they accidentally got locked in. Participants will use their previous spring knowledge, as well as learn new things about this season while reinforcing their literacy skills.
Digital escape rooms are perfect activities to help build community and engage students in social-emotional learning for 6th, 7th or 8th grade. These digital escape rooms should take your students about 30-60 minutes to complete from start to finish. Times will vary depending on students.
Hopefully, these four ideas can help you plan middle school Easter lessons for your students that are meaningful and engaging.