Teacher Resources for Middle School

Middle School Teacher Resources

This hub is a collection of the some of the best middle school teacher resources I have found on line. Whether you are brand-new to the classroom, changing grade levels, or just looking for some new ideas for your lesson planning, I am sure you are to find something helpful for yourself.

As a middle school teacher, you know that it is challenging. You want to find resources that the students will not recognize as being from little kids, but that will not be too difficult, either. Middle school is a fine balance, and requires a special skill set as the students can go from being kids to being more like teenagers in a single day.

As a teacher who just recently switched into teaching grade six, I have been on the hunt for middle school teacher resources for the last few months. The sites I am listing in this article are ones that I have either used, or considered using in my own classroom. I am glad to share my finds with you, and I wish you an excellent school year.

Suggestions For Using Resources Found Online

The growth of the Internet can be a real blessings to teachers, especially to those who are new to their classroom, or to their grade level. Going on online, we can often find those generous colleagues we may not always find in our own hallways.

There are a couple of caveats to consider when finding online resources, however. Here are some considerations:

  • First of all, it is easy to get lost in the plethora of educaton sites. It can be overwhelming sometimes, and you can look for hours without finding what you are searching for. To avoid getting lost in the sea of resources, be clear about what you are looking for, and be determined to find it.
  • As one of my readers, Josh, pointed out, it is usually necessary to modify the materials found online to fit your situation, class and teaching style. So, do not expect to use a sheet exactly as it shown online. There is a good chance you might want to add or take away information, based on where your students are at.
  • When obtaining resources online, be sure to make sure that you have all the materials suggested in the lesson.
  • Remember that most online resources need to be downloaded unto your own computer, or memory stick before they are used. Try to keep these downloads as organized as possible, because they can pile up very quickly.
  • As you go these sites, you will often come across items that are not free, and come with a cost. Sometimes you will be required to pay a membership, and other times, items will be paid for on an individual basis. I would suggest that it is sometimes worth it to pay the cost. Consider how much time it might take you to develop the resource yourself, and you may see that it sometimes worth it!

Super Teacher Worksheets

This is a screenshot of the site, Super Teacher Worksheets, which I highly recommend.
This is a screenshot of the site, Super Teacher Worksheets, which I highly recommend. | Source

Super Teacher Worksheets

I heard about the site, Super Teacher Worksheets, from my supportive colleagues. A life-saver, they said. And they were right! This site has been around since 2007, and features thousands of worksheets in all of the main subject areas: language arts, math, science and social studies.

First of all, let me say that I am crazy about this site! Let me tell you about it.

  • Site contains a number of free worksheets. The free resources are as good of quality as the paid resources.
  • Features grade level resources from Grades 1-5. The grade five resources can also be used for higher grades, depending on the level of your class. I teach grade six, and have used a number of these sheets. Resources all contain an answer sheet.
  • Very attractive layout and wonderful . These resources are very professional-looking.
  • A year-long membership costs $19.95, and it COMPLETELY WORTH IT! With the membership, you are free to download any of the resources on the site.
  • A wonderful resource to use when you have a substitute teacher in, because the worksheets are self-contained.
  • Very well organized according to subject area and grade level. There are also new additions on a regular basis.

Teachers Pay Teachers Site

Screen shot from Teachers Pay Teachers site.
Screen shot from Teachers Pay Teachers site. | Source

Teachers Pay Teachers

The next online resource I would like to recommend is called Teachers Pay Teachers. This is an online marketplace where teachers and former teachers have the opportunity to sell, or give away the things they have developed for their classrooms to other teachers. My first impression of the site was that it was a completely paid site, and therefore, I avoided it. I happened to stumble there, one night, when browsing for resources, and was thrilled to discover that there were many free resources there, as well.

After setting up an account there, I have had the opportunity to use this site several times. Let me tell you about it.

  • First of all, you need to register for the site in order to use the resources, even the free ones.
  • There are a wide variety of resources from K-12, organized by grade level, subject area, price and type of resource.
  • Teachers can also set up a seller account in to sell their own products. If you like a seller, you can follow this seller and get notices whenever that person uploads new creations.
  • Buyers are strongly encouraged to review anything they use. If you do a review, you will qualify for TPT points towards some free resources.
  • The quality of the resources varies, depending on the seller. Be sure to read the reviews and look at the previews that show some pages of what you are getting.
  • Buyers download their purchases onto their computer.
  • Prices range from free up to $20.00 and more for an item.

Unique Teaching Resources

A screenshot of the site, Unique Teaching Resources. This is a very neat site to use!
A screenshot of the site, Unique Teaching Resources. This is a very neat site to use! | Source

Unique Teaching Resources

I just recently ran across the website, Unique Teaching Resources, when searching for some journal prompts for my class, and was very impressed!

This site, around since 2009, is gorgeous looking, and has tons of resources, each one created by master teacher, Heidi McDonald. McDonald taught for twenty-two years, all over the world, and is now sharing her extensive experience with fellow educators.

The site is features some freebies, along with quite a few resources that you pay for. There are many ideas and printables for holidays, for different grade levels and subjects. She focuses on middle school, elementary, and Special Ed. I highly recommend this site because of the high quality of what Ms. McDonald offers.

Teaching Resources, By Lauri Chandler

A screenshot of the site, Teaching Resources, which I find extremely useful.
A screenshot of the site, Teaching Resources, which I find extremely useful. | Source

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources, is a site run by Lauri Chandler, and focuses exclusively on the middle school classroom.

I first ran across Lauri Chandler on Pinterest, where her pins came up on a regular basis. I started to follow her on this site, and was impressed by the quality of her products. I then followed her over to Teachers Pay Teachers.

This website has many freebies, and some paid products, as well. She is obviously an amazing teacher who understands how kids think. She features fun, interactive products including games and fun activities. This is especially good for teachers who are looking for materials for math centres.

Resources on the site are organized by subject. She also includes a wealth of teaching strategies where she shares her knowledge from the classroom. Well worth a look for the middle school teacher!

Classroom Freebies Too

A screenshot of the site, Classroom Freebies Too, which gives away a lot of free stuff!
A screenshot of the site, Classroom Freebies Too, which gives away a lot of free stuff! | Source

Classroom Freebies Too

The best part about this site is that it is all free! Classroom Freebies Too was put together to give classroom teachers a chance to share with other teachers things they have created in their classroom. It is always nice to share!

The site was created by Charity Preston, and is a site where classroom teachers from all over can meet,and share free stuff. It is part of a network of education blogs called the PEN Group Online.


Freebies are organized by grade level, and are pretty and well-done!

Art Projects For Kids: Solar System Project Example

This an example of pictures my class did, based on a lesson plan from Art Projects For Kids.
This an example of pictures my class did, based on a lesson plan from Art Projects For Kids. | Source

Art Projects For Kids

Art is my favourite thing to teach, but it is a challenge to continually come up with new ideas. Art Projects For Kids is my go-to favourite when it comes to art project ideas for my middle school class.

I have tried several projects from her site, and I have had very good success with them. One of the projects, featured to the side of the text, was about drawing your own planets. Because we were taking up the study of the solar system at the time, this was a perfect tie-in.

I also discovered this site through Pinterest. This site was created by an art teacher, and often features examples from her classes to see how the students made out with the projects. I enjoy the very clear instructions, given by a very competent teacher who knows what information the teacher needs to make a lesson work.

Projects are organized by grade level, and with specific tags. If you are looking for something specific, try the search button to see if she has it. There are a lot of projects on here, for art.

Clutter Free Classroom

This is a screenshot of Clutter Free Classroom, which is excellent for getting the classroom set up and organized!
This is a screenshot of Clutter Free Classroom, which is excellent for getting the classroom set up and organized! | Source

Clutter Free Classroom

Finding a way to organize all those papers, learning materials and supplies is a big challenge for teachers.

Classroom management is absolutely key to making it as a teacher, especially with the always active middle school students!

Clutter Free Classroom has tons of wonderful resources for helping a teacher get and stay organized. I studied the site quite a bit before my school year started and found it very useful. The blog also contains lots of great pictures, so that you do not have to simply imagine the ideas, but can see for yourself, from her own classroom!

I highly recommend this site.

Pinterest

Screen shot of Pinterest, one of the best place to find teaching ideas.
Screen shot of Pinterest, one of the best place to find teaching ideas. | Source

Pinterest

Another resource I will mention to find middle school resources is Pinterest. In case you are not familiar with it, Pinterest is an online site that has thousands of images that link back to sites on every topic imaginable, including education.

I have searched for lesson plan ideas many times on this site, and have found many treasures, including some of the other sites on this hub. I have created a board especially for grade six, and pin to this site on a regular basis. Doing a search on the site will allow you to find almost anything that you are looking for. I recently introduced a teaching colleague to this site, and she was amazed at how many resources she was able to find.

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Hubpages

The final destination for finding teacher resources is the site you are on right now: Hubpages. There are many teachers right here at Hubpages who love to share their ideas and strategies with their fellow educators. I have used several of these ideas in my own classroom, and found great success.

An article from fellow writer, KTrapp, about making homemade ice cream made into our school science fair, and was well appreciated by both students and the judges. With Hubpages, you can even ask a questions about your lesson plans and you will often receive very useful answers.

First, check out the teaching section of the Hubpages site. There are a great variety of teaching resources to check out. If you are not able to spot what you need, you can also do a search for something specific that you are looking for, in regards to your lesson plans.

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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

prairieprincess,

Thank you very much for posting this very useful wealth of resource information for middle school teachers. I have been teaching fifth and sixth grade EFL in Thailand for the past few years, and I expect these resources to be very helpful. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.


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chef-de-jour 3 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Wide ranging choices! From art to the basics of classroom tidiness, you have provided some very useful information for all kinds of teachers. I often combine drama with other subjects , especially art, which gives the students a different angle on things. So I shall dip into some of your recommendations.

Thanks for this. Votes and shares.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I actually used a couple of these sites when I was teaching middle school. There are great sites available out there if one has the time to search for them. Here you have saved teachers the time of searching. Well done my friend.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Paul, first of all, thank you so much for the shares and the comment. I am glad that I could introduce you to some new places for lesson plan ideas. It is a continual search for relevant resources, I find. Happy teaching and nice to see you again!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Chef, yes, I did try to provide a range of resources. I know what you mean about using drama with other subjects. I have never combined drama and art, though. That sounds interesting. I hope you find something useful in these resources. Have a wonderful evening!

@Bill, there are a wealth of resources out there, if you are able to find them. I am glad to share some of my finds with others. Have an awesome night, my friend! Nice to see you and take care!


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joshv82 3 years ago from Madison, WI

A good collection of useful websites. As a teacher, I've always found looking at others' ideas and lessons extremely beneficial. Of course, along with looking for ideas comes the responsibility of adapting it and making it fit your own class's needs.

Nice article to keep teachers' minds percolating with ideas! Voted up and sharing.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Josh, you are so right. You can get ideas but you still have to modify it for yourself and your class. Thanks so much for the comment and the follow. Nice to meet you!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I'm not a teacher now but I used to be, and know how other teachers could benefit from these sites. Very thoughtful of you to share your research. Voted Up!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

MsDora, I appreciate you coming by. I am glad to share some of my finding with other teachers. It takes so long to find good sites sometimes. I remember looking for hours for something suitable, and this might be a bit of a good shortcut. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Take care!


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY

prairieprincess-This is a very important resource! My wife has been teaching for 23 years and recently moved from elementary school to high school special ed. The common core push down here in the states is making a lot of extra work for the teachers. I noticed your link to a classroom organization for the common core curriculum, this should be useful for her. And finding self contained lessons for your sub folders is another good resource. Thanks for the good work on finding these resources.


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Rosie writes 2 years ago from Virginia

I teach elementary school, but am working towards becoming a librarian and may end up in a middle school - will bookmark your hub. It is a great resource.


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KenDeanAgudo 2 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

Wow this is really an awesome hub. Voted up. And I feel pleased seeing teachers like my mom, I really love teachers and I love teaching too though never planned to be a teacher, maybe a tutor will do.

The teacher pay teachers is a new interesting site for me. It looks interesting, I will gonna check it out, Thank you for the new ideas.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great opportunities for teachers and the preparations are challenging.


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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Lovely article, it reminds me of my old school days.


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DaisysJourney 2 years ago from Midwest, USA

Prairieprincess -

Thank you for posting websites! I love when teachers are able to give teachers useful resources! I bookmarked five of them and look forward to seeing what they have to offer.

Another useful site for those of us who are underfunded teachers is donorschoose.org. I was able to purchase 3 classroom sets (32 books each) of novels last year that I used in my 8th grade class. I raised about $800 from friends and strangers who donated. I will be adding another donors request shortly for 5 more classroom sets.

I didn't plan to read any hubs tonight and now that I've read yours my mind is percolating with lesson plan ideas. It's only July!!!! I have to hold out and be lazy and laidback until August, right? lol


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a great group of resources. I have used a couple of them but have also found some I am not acquainted with.


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@wba, first of all, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner I have been away from Hubpages for quite a while! But I am so, so glad to hear that this article was useful to your wife when she started her new grade level last year. I, too, went from to teaching high school to elementary, so I know that the change can be challenging. I hope she had a good year and thanks for the comment (very belatedly!)

@rosie writes, some of these sites would also work for elementary school, too, depending on which grade in elementary. Good for you, for becoming a librarian, too. The librarian plays such an important role in the school, in promoting literacy. I do apologize for taking so long to get back to you, but thank you so much for your comment!


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@Ken, thanks so much for your kind comment, and I do apologize for not getting back to you sooner. That is so neat that your Mom is a teacher, and so you have great respect for teachers. Tutoring can also be very satisfying. Take care!

DDE, you are so right! A lot of preparation does go into teaching. Thanks for your comment.


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@snerfu, thank you so much for your kind comment!

@DaisysJourney, thank you for your kind comment, I know this response is very late, but I am glad the article was able to give you some ideas for your lessons. I hope you are having a good year, this year! I did look up the site you mentioned, and that is terrific resource for teachers. What a wonderful idea. Thanks again.

@KoffeeKlatch, I am so glad I could add to your repertoire. I hope you having a good year!

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