In order to alleviate some of the stressful feelings associated with moving from elementary to middle School I organized Move Up Day. Move Up Day is a great way for 5th graders to meet their new teachers, talk to current 6th graders, and get a feel for what life in 6th grade is all about.
The most important part of Move Up Day is the small group time facilitated by current 6th graders (next year's Peace Leaders). The 6th graders love being group leaders, and the 5th graders feel very comfortable asking them questions they may not want to ask me or their new teachers. It is a win-win all around!
To organize Move Up Day at your school split your 5th grade students into groups of 8 and pair each group with 2 or 3 6th Graders. Here is the group lesson plan I used with my students. However, feel free to change it up so it best fits the needs of your school!
Do you have Move Up Day at your school? How do you help students with transitioning to a new grade level?