Thursday, July 5, 2012

Move Up Day!

Transition from 5th grade to 6th grade is a big deal! Switching classes, new teachers, and using lockers can be extremely overwhelming!

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?


6 comments:

  1. We're a 5th-8th grade school, so we have all 4th graders come over for a whole brief welcome assembly, and then split up into classroom groups for tours of the school led by our current 5th and 6th grade ambassador students. Meeting them on this day allowed me to give them a summer recommended reading list and a warm greeting.

    Question- if you had small groups of 8 5th graders, how many students did you have total, and where all did they meet to have their activity time?

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  2. Great question! I had about 60 5th graders and we met in my office!!!

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  3. Our school district does not want us using instructional day time for this, so we have an evening of events planned for orientation for both students and parents, and it is a really good evening. We have a panel of 6th grade students for the 5th grade students to ask questions of, and while they are in their panel, we have the parents in another room with current parents to ask questions of. The 6th graders also give tours of the middle school to the 5th graders. We also have a counselor session and a teacher session. If you would like to have a schedule of this, let me know!

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  4. I am going to use this next year. Great idea!
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