Free Middle School Lessons
These free middle school lesson plans are great for teaching English Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science. This list also includes free professional development resources for educators.
Free ELA Lessons
Move over paper reading logs! With this digital bookshelf, your students can log all the books they read, plus you can use it for reading check-ins, book talks, a talking point at parent-teacher interviews, or creating a classroom wall display. Grab this for your classroom here.
Dog DNA Tests Media Literacy Lesson
Students will watch a video to learn more about how effective DNA Dog Testing kits are and brainstorm the various ways a DNA test could be used. They can also wrap up their learning with a fun Google slides game. Click here to grab this resource.
Grades 6, 7, 8 Long Range Plans
As a teacher, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning your school year. This is why I’ve compiled long-range plans for grades 6, 7, and 8, including 6/7 and 7/8 split classes. These are helpful for all teachers, whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned one. Grab these free long range plans here.
Japan's Cat Islands Non-Fiction Lesson
Did you know that on certain islands in Japan, there are more cats than human residents? Your students will love to learn about the various cat islands in Japan in this non-fiction article. They will learn about three islands, including the island of Aoshima, where the cat-to-human radio is 6:1. Grab this resource here.
Just Once Short Story Lesson
This lesson on the short story “Just Once” by Thomas Dygard features a young football player named Moose who dreams of playing in a different position on his football team. Students will love this FREE lesson that focuses on literary elements of plot, character, setting, theme, and conflict, as well as literary devices: similes, metaphors, symbols, and foreshadowing. Get this lesson here.
Meal Delivery Kits Media Literacy Lesson
We all know about the many meal delivery kit companies out there today. The idea of getting fully-prepped, read-to-cook items delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true. But are meal delivery kits as environmentally friendly as they seem? How much waste do they produce? Is the packaging recyclable or compostable? Download this lesson here.
32 Middle School Book Lists
Do you have picky middle school readers? Or struggling readers? Are you students interested in books that have been made into movies or graphic novels? This middle school book list resource shares some of the best books you can get your students to read, all broken down into helpful lists. Pick up your middle school book here.
Ode To Our Ocean Spoken Word Poetry Lesson
This spoken word poetry lesson focuses on ‘Ode to Our Ocean,’ a spoken word poem by Amanda Gorman. Students will watch the poetry performed alongside visuals and music and see how poetry can be relevant in the modern world. Find this lesson here.
Rant Writing Unit
Students talk and rant all day long, so why not channel that energy into this rant-writing unit? Students will learn what a rant is, listen to some rants, and learn how to compose their own rants. Use this unit with your persuasive or argumentative writing lessons. Get your copy here.
Rubik's Cubes Reading Comprehension Lesson
Can you solve a Rubik’s cube? Students love the challenge of solving a Rubik’s cube – but do they know the history of Rubik’s cubes and how they became so popular? In this lesson, students will learn about the history of this popular toy and answer reading comprehension questions based on the article. They will also get journal writing prompts that will have them wanting to pop their inventor hats on! Grab this awesome resource here.
Free Digital Escape Rooms
Movie Night Digital Escape Room
If your students are fans of movies, they will love this movie-themed digital escape room! In the storyline of this digital escape room, students get together with their friends to watch a movie. They sneak off to the pantry to get snacks and get locked in! Now, they must solve some challenges to “escape” the pantry and make it in time for the movie. Get your copy here.
Pet-Themed Digital Escape Room
This Pet-Themed Digital Escape Room is perfect for all pet lovers! Students are challenged to “escape” from the school office they accidentally got locked in when they went to pick up their pet from school. They will learn about different pets, solve puzzles, and watch videos to solve the clues so they can finally “escape” from the office. Come and grab this free resource here.
Winter-Themed Digital Escape Room
Are you looking to engage your middle school classroom with a fun winter activity? ❄
This ready-to-use escape room is perfect for students to practice communication and problem-solving while also building on their literacy and reading skills. They will LOVE this fun activity! Grab this resource here.
Free Science and Social Studies Lessons
Canadian History Sub Plans
We’ve all been there; something comes up, and you’re unable to teach, but you have nothing ready for a substitute teacher to use! Download these Canadian History Sub Plans, and your sub will be ready to go. This resource will have students learning about different Canadian historical events while working on their reading and comprehension skills. Get your copy of these sub-plans here.
Solar Oven Assignment
On a hot day, have your students ever wondered if they could actually cook an egg on the sidewalk? Or bake a batch of cookies in a hot car? In this lesson, you students will be creating a solar oven with your students as they use their knowledge about heat to see if you can actually cook food outside with the help of the sun. Grab this science lesson here.
Free Professional Development
A Teacher's Guide To Classroom Libraries
Setting up a classroom library may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By breaking it down into steps and really thinking about what you want to accomplish, you can easily set up a classroom library your students will use and enjoy. Grab this resource here.
A Teacher's Guide To Podcasts
Podcasts are a great medium for teaching students and a nice reprieve from reading textbooks. With this resource, you can learn ways to engage your students while practicing literacy skills, reinforcing the concepts they learn in class, and building classroom community – all while using podcasts. Download this resource here.
ChatGTP Teacher Guide
ChatGPT is one of the latest technologies that has been gaining popularity in the classroom – but do you know how to use it? With this resource, you can learn the basics of how to use ChatGPT. Check out this resource here.
Teacher Self-Care Challenge
Are you a busy teacher looking for ways to fit self-care into your routine? This resource provides choice boards to help you figure out a way to challenge yourself to use more self-care within your busy life. Grab it here.
Virtual Workshop: How To Use Podcasts In The Classroom
Podcasts are very popular. But have you thought about using them in the classroom? Do you know where to start? In this virtual workshop, you will be given step-by-step instructions on accessing and creating podcasts in your classroom in just 30 minutes. You will also get a downloadable PDF workbook to keep track of all the useful information provided. Get this helpful resource here.