Bridging the Gap
How can we support younger students through the transition to middle school?
Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be an exciting yet scary process for students. This project acknowledges older middle school students by giving them the opportunity to create a guidebook for fifth and sixth graders. Students reflect on their own experiences, research informational texts about adolescent psychology, conduct surveys of peers, and read literary texts about the transition to middle school to inform the development of the guidebook.
Students create and publish a “Welcome to [Name of Middle School]” guide for younger students who are transitioning to middle school and share this guidebook at a welcome event for incoming students.