Middle School Lesson Plans & Activities

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Word Processing Products

My Weekly Schedule--A Microsoft Word Activity for Grades 6-8

In this activity, students will be creating a table in Microsoft Word that displays their class schedule. This printable handout gives step-by-step instructions (with graphics). What a great way to help students--creating a visual of their schedule can help middle-schoolers' brains do a better job of processing and retaining such confusing info!

* For use with Microsoft Word 2010

Creating Hieroglyphic Alphabets--MS Word Activity for Grades 4-8

Students use MS Word to create their own personal hieroglyphic alphabet and put together a mystery message for others to solve! This is a fabulous activity for Valentine's Day--students can make multiple copies for classmates which will give them another activity to complete at their desks. A two for one deal which my students LOVE :)

Students learn the skill and importance of typing a proper personal business letter.

Internet Hunt for Fun Facts about Me, My Birthday & the Year I Was Born (Gr 5-8)

In this fun & easy activity for grades 5-8, both Internet and MS Word skills are applied. Students look for fun facts and incorporate them into a poster in Microsoft Word. Included in this file are directions for teacher, student, and ready-to-use Word document directions and poster.

Gratitude Jars (or Bags) Activity (Gr. 5-8)

Students will use Microsoft Word, or other word processing program, to create gratitude messages. They will then fill a jar or paper bag with their messages and give them to a relative, friend, teacher, coach, etc.

Happy New Year Around the World--Word Processing Activity Gr 4-8

Kids love hearing words in other languages. In this easy-to-follow word processing activity, students will add clip art, work with fonts, and create a table showing how "Happy New Year" is said in other languages.

Grab & Go Stories Pack Word Processing Activity for Grades 3-6

This pack contains 20 cards with kid-friendly instructions for setting up and creating stories in Microsoft Word or other word processing programs. Just print out the cards, cut and laminate them for long lasting use. Keep them in a place where kids can grab them and go!

These cards can be used for an entire class activity as well as for fill-ins. Here are some helpful ideas when using this product:

* Store cards numerically in an accessible place such as an index box where kids can access them easily. This way if they get done with an assigned project, they can independently grab a card and go to it!

* Keep the chart included in this packet handy so kids can check off each story they finish.

* If your students are familiar with adding clipart, you may want to have them add a picture or two to their story.

Summer Favorites--A Microsoft Word Activity for Grades 3-6

Great BACK-TO-SCHOOL activity!

Kids love personal projects where they can share their own life experiences. In this activity, students settle into a new school year as they type about "summer favorites."

This activity provides opportunity for the following skill building:

* typing

* changing fonts and font colors

* graphics art design

A fun and welcoming activity!

CRAZY Stories--A Word Processing Activity for Grades 3-8

In this contagious activity, students use a word processing program to work together, develop their keyboarding and word processing skills, and have tons of fun creating crazy stories! Use for whole class period or 5 minute fillers!

My students often ask for this activity in favor of having “free-time” (playing computer games at the end of class).

*Caution: This activity may produce fits of giggling upon completion!

Students love this fun and creative Christmas activity where they use many word processing skills. It is a definite favorite in my computer lab!

Spreadsheet Activities

Christmas Fill Color Activity for MS Excel! Interactive Excel file included!

Students love this interactive holiday project! It is a great lesson for those just learning Excel as well as a fun holiday activity for those who are already familiar with the program.

This product includes an Excel file that students open and work in! They will use the “fill tool” to color specific colors into each cell to create a holiday picture and then uncover a picture caption when they are done.

The included worksheet is protected, so only active cells can be formatted which eliminates accidental changes in the wrong cells!

PowerPoint Activities

Martin Luther King PowerPoint Activity for Grades 5-8

In this step-by-step activity, students will create a PowerPoint presentation featuring 5 quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will gather their quotes online to create a simple presentation.

Internet Activities

This Grades 3-8 activity provides some creative fun and a great finished product to hang in classrooms and hallways. Wordle is an online application which turns words into artistic collages. Since words are the source of art, a Wordle collage can be incorporated with any subject!

Internet Hunt & Poster Creation for State Facts for Grades 3-6

In this activity, students will gather information from Internet sources to create a poster of one of America’s states.

This activity can be copied to computers so students can work directly with the file in Microsoft Word. Links to websites are provided--so, students can click on links that will take them directly to websites containing the info and pictures they need.

I love this type of activity that allows many students to work independently. This frees me up to move throughout the computer lab to work with students who have specific questions about the activity.

Nelson Mandela Bundle Pack for Grades 3-6 (MS Word & Internet Activities)

The interactive activities in this pack will provide a fun, useful learning experience highlighting major events of Nelson Mandela's life. Students have access to a safe, age appropriate website that has been designed specifically for these activities!

This bundled pack should provide work for at least (2-3) 40 minute class periods. Lessons can be broken into smaller chunks as well. Included in this pack are:

1. Nelson Mandela Internet Hunt & Poster Creation for Grades 3-6

2. Nelson Mandela Interactive Cloze Activity for Grades 3-6 (with Answer Key for teacher)

3. Teacher Instructions

Each interactive document in this pack comes with:

• easy-to-follow instructions.

• a link to a safe, kid-friendly website I designed that has no ads or links to any outside sources.

• permission to download these files to all of the computers in your classroom.

Keyboarding Program

Typing Program for Grades 5-8 by Computer Teacher Solutions

My students love this typing program! This easy to use program works directly in Microsoft Word, so there is no software to download! Purchasing one copy gives you the freedom to use it in one classroom/computer lab on all computers in that room. No licensing fees to pay or expensive software to download. Additional licensing fees apply only if you would like to use this program in more than one classroom.

To get started, just copy the files in this program to students’ computers. Students just open up each interactive file in Microsoft Word and work at their own pace. That’s all there is to it!

This program consists of:

* 7 Units (each unit includes 2 or more lessons)

* A variety of typing modules to hold interest

* Whimsical typing material and illustrations

* Tips and motivational advice

Please download my FREE 6 page preview file and try it for yourself!