Sometimes leading into Spring Break or coming out of Spring Break puts some strain on the flow of your middle school classroom. In this post, we’re introducing a few easy middle school ELA activities for the weeks surrounding Spring Break.
Spring Break, and boy do you all deserve a great break this year.
But as we all know, Spring Break time in the middle school classroom is not all flowers and rainbows. It is often a time of chaos, crazy, and a little bit of confusion.
The week leading into Spring Break, and the one coming out of Spring Break can be very difficult weeks for middle school ELA teachers.
So this year, we want to help.
We are rounding up some of our best low/no prep activities that you can do in those weeks surrounding Spring Break to keep your students moving forward with the standards, while also providing teachers with a little extra time to get everyone and everything organized and ready to push through to the end of the school year.
4 Easy Middle School ELA Activities for the Weeks Surrounding Spring Break
Spring Digital Escape Room [ELA Reading Comprehension]
Students can practice several ELA reading comprehension skills while enjoying a bright spring-themed escape room.
This escape room is standards-aligned and great for digital learning or as an in-class individual or small group activity.
Just because it is Common Core-aligned doesn’t mean it’s boring. Students love solving the riddles and reading spring-themed passages that will lead them to ‘escape’ the room they’re in so they can go out and enjoy the sunshine and flowers.
This Spring Digital Escape Room includes 5 ready-to-go tasks that your students can dive into within minutes of receiving their link.
Note: This escape room is digital, so no locks or boxes are necessary!
Easter Digital Escape Room [Figurative Language]
Figurative language always seems to squeeze its way into those standardized tests at the end of the year, which makes this Easter-themed escape room even more valuable as you look for easy middle school ELA activities for the weeks surrounding Spring Break.
This escape room is digital, so you can share it with a link, and it is a completely stand-alone activity, which helps when you’re trying to get students resituated after Spring Break.
High-interest reading on topics your students love to talk about is also great add-on activity for the weeks around Spring Break.
Since social media is such a hot topic, doing some reading about things like social media platforms or Live Social Media may be just the thing you need to keep them engaged when Spring Break is on the horizon.
We’ve got paired reading texts available to discuss both of these social media topics as well as several other high-interest topics that middle schoolers are always talking about.
If you want even more ways to use these paired passages in your classroom, make sure to read this blog post called New Ways to Use Paired Passages! It has some great little nuggets you’ll want to explore!
Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk video games.
Since many of your students will be playing games over break, this paired passage set may be the perfect complement to your students’ Spring Break plans.
This differentiated bundle is also helpful as you approach testing time and the way the passages are set up supplement test prep really well!
It’s OKAY to Review!!
In those weeks surrounding Spring Break, it is okay to focus on topic and skill review using games and reading passages. As testing time is quickly approaching, good skill practice is great for students, and the digital activities on this list allow students to review in a way that doesn’t feel redundant.
For a few more easy middle school ELA activities for the weeks surrounding Spring Break, take a look at this post about three quick digital sorting activities students can use to practice ELA skills in the classroom!
I hope you all get a chance to have a relaxing Spring Break and take a little time to disconnect and enjoy the spring season!