Welcome to Our School - A Transition from Elementary to Middle School

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Arts Education
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Community
Focus Question 

How does a community form to address issues for the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  George Read Middle School by Best Buddies Delaware is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The lesson guides middle-school students in a volunteer effort to welcome the new elementary students to their school.They will be ambassadors in two ways: by writing personal letters and through a movie created to welcome the fifth graders into the middle school. At the end of the unit they will reflect on the power of volunteerism on the economy and spirit of a community.

Service Experience 
In Lesson Two: Dear Fifth Grader, students write personal letters to the fifth graders welcoming them to the middle school and sharing their own hints and experiences. In Lesson Three: Roll the Tape! students produce a video presentation of their school and present it to a group of fifth-grade students entering their school. In Lesson Four: Reflecting on the Power of Volunteerism , student groups perform a skit promoting the idea of volunteering.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Welcome to Our School - A Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, students analyze and define the concept of community. The middle-school students identify their responsibilities for the common good in their role as citizens in the school community. They list ways they can help the younger students enter their school community successfully.

Unit: 
Welcome to Our School - A Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students review the five parts of a friendly letter and then write a letter welcoming incoming students. The purpose of the letter is to help the fifth grader transition into middle school. The new students will come prepared with helpful suggestions, inside information, and a buddy in an older grade. The letters tell about the students own first experiences in middle school and their favorite parts about their school.

Unit: 
Welcome to Our School - A Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to produce a video presentation. The video demonstrates the characteristics of the middle school with the purpose of informing students of what to expect when they come to middle school. It will be presented to the fifth graders who are moving to the middle school in the coming year.