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.
Middle School Book
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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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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