Spring Lesson Plans For Middle School

Bring some joy and engagement into your classroom this season with these spring lesson plans for middle school students.

It can be difficult to find spring lesson plans for middle school students.

Spring is a great time to celebrate. Students and teachers are ready for warmer days and longer hours of sunshine.

To help students celebrate spring let’s look at some fun yet academic-focused spring lesson plans.

Spring Lesson Plans

Creative Writing Activities

One of the best ways to get students excited about a new season is to offer them some choice-based creative writing activities. I like to offer my students both seasonal and holiday themed prompts. I double-side photocopy both my Spring and Easter Creative Writing Assignments and allow students to select which prompts they would like to write about. 

Spring Creative Writing Assignment

In this Spring Creative Writing Assignment, students will select one of the provided character roles: bear, grass, snow shovel, bird, professional gardener and create a written or visual product based on the character’s specific writing prompt.

Included in this Resource:

  • Detailed Teacher Instructions
  • 1 Spring Creative Writing Assignment
  • 1 Standards-Based Grading Rubric (Level 1 – Level 4)
  • 1 Points-Based Grading Rubric (Provides a final percentage mark)
  • PDF and Google Slides formats

Teacher Feedback

My students had a lot of fun with this activity. They enjoyed having the choice of which RAFT they were going to write about. This activity is a great opportunity for students to show their creativity.

Easter Creative Writing Assignment

In this Easter Creative Writing Assignment, students will select one of the provided character roles: Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Basket, Zookeeper, Candy Store Owner, Chocolate Inventor and create a written or visual product based on the character’s specific writing prompt. This assignment is non-religious and focused on commercialized Easter. 

Resource Includes:

  • Detailed Teacher Instructions
  • 1 Easter Creative Writing Assignment
  • 1 Standards-Based Grading Rubric (Level 1 – Level 4)
  • 1 Points-Based Grading Rubric (Provides a final percentage mark)
  • PDF and Google Slides format

Teacher Feedback

This was SO fun for my students! They loved being able to be creative and choose their activity!

Digital Escape Rooms

Another fun way to get students energized is to give them time to play digital escape rooms with their peers. Students work together with their classmates to solve challenges to see if they can “escape” from the room they are stuck in. This is a computer-based game. Students are not locked in a real room. 

Digital escape rooms are a perfect activity 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. 

Spring Digital Escape Room 

This spring-themed digital escape room provides students with the opportunity to 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.

Resource Includes:

  • Digital Escape Room with 10 Challenges (“locks”)
  • Detailed teacher directions in text and video format
  • Answer Key
  • Student Instructions
  • Reflection Questions

Teacher Feedback

We love your escape rooms. You can hear a pin drop in the room when they are working on this. They love it. It is just challenging enough to keep them all engaged but yet accessible for all levels. Thank you for this.

Easter Digital Escape Room 

This Easter-themed digital escape room provides students with the opportunity to 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.

Resource Includes:

  • Digital Escape Room with 11 Challenges (“locks”)
  • Detailed teacher directions in text and video format
  • Answer Key
  • Student Instructions
  • Reflection Questions

Teacher Feedback

My students love the Escape Rooms you have designed.  They are challenging enough for them and they find all the challenges super exciting.

Poetry Digital Escape Room 

This poetry-themed digital escape room provides students with the opportunity to work independently or with their peers to solve 10 poetry-themed challenges. Students must solve the required challenges to “escape” the poetry museum storage room they accidentally got locked in. Participants will use their previous poetry knowledge as well as learn new things about this poetry while reinforcing their literacy skills. Students need to know what simile, metaphor and hyperbole are for this escape room.

Resource Includes:

  1. Digital Escape Room with 10 Challenges (“locks”)
  2. Detailed teacher directions in text and video format
  3. Answer Key
  4. Student Instructions
  5. Reflection Questions

Teacher Feedback

My students were so excited to try this. The challenges were at the exact right level to keep them interested and engaged, though nobody finished within the suggested time of 30 minutes. When I told them we were out of time (it was recess), they asked if we could skip recess to keep working on the challenges. Thank you for this!

 

Poetry Resources

Did you know that every April is National Poetry Month in Canada and the USA? 2 Peas and a Dog has three fantastic middle school poetry units (6th Grade Poetry Unit, 7th Grade Poetry Unit, 8th Grade Poetry Unit) that you can use in your classroom to help students learn to love and appreciate poetry. 

These middle school poetry units have been designed to maximize student learning and engagement. Students learn about poetry and then work on learning how to analyze poetry, spoken word poems and songs. Contemporary and diverse creators have been selected for these lessons. 

Each unit follows the same lesson outline with different content for each grade.

  1. What is Poetry? Lesson
  2. What is Topic and Theme? Lesson
  3. Figurative Language Lesson
  4. Poetry Analysis
  5. Spoken Word Analysis
  6. Song Lyric Analysis
  7. Poetry Creation
  8. Poetry Showcase

Teacher Feedback

This is an amazing resource! I struggle with teaching Poetry, and your lesson plans are engaging and so easy to follow! 8th graders tend to have a negative reaction when I mention the word Poetry. Your lesson approach is not intimidating and easy for students to relate to. The students really appreciated the fresh look at Poetry. In the end, I overheard one of them say “maybe Poetry isn’t as bad as I thought.” I highly recommend this resource and look forward to using more of your lesson plans.

Ready-To-Go Poetry Units

Other Spring Holiday Lessons 

Other Spring Lesson Plans

Try to bring some joy and excitement to your classroom this season with these spring lesson plans.

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