The Outsiders

 Picking a class novel is exhausting! Every student has different interests and passions. So, it will be hard for them to connect to the novel if they do not have similar interests as the characters. Thankfully, this will never be the case with The Outsiders! This iconic book has many situations that students can relate to, no matter what is happening in the world. Between the characters, rivalries, and understanding, this book is always a student favorite! Best of all, it is one students can talk about to their parents, which is so helpful during this tough age. Luckily, The Outsiders teaching resources ensure students love every aspect of reading and working on assignments! 

The Outsiders Novel Study 

A novel unit has to focus on many aspects. This includes analyzing literary elements, comprehension, understanding character actions, and making connections to life. Honestly, it can seem overwhelming when figuring out where to start. Thankfully, this unit has everything you need when teaching The Outsiders!

Specifically, students will respond to the events in the story through graphic organizers and analyze literary elements. Additionally, they will complete various projects, such as creating a newspaper and designing character sketches. They will even address teen issues, draw subway art, explain essential quotes, and work on final projects.

These activities encourage students to think critically, engage with the text, and explore the issues in the novel.

The Outsiders Character & Quote Posters 

If you’ve ever read The Outsiders, you know characters have powerful lines! So, this set includes classroom posters with all of the major characters. Additionally, each character has a poster describing key traits since it can be easy to confuse them initially. 

Specifically, there are posters about the Greasers and Socs in general and posters for specific Greasers and Socs. There is even a poster for the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Students will truly understand what Johnny means when he tells Ponyboy to Stay Gold!

The Outsiders Character Analysis 

The Outsiders has some of the most memorable characters! This includes Darry’s undeniable love for his brothers and Dally’s fight for self-preservation. Honestly, The Outsiders has characters students will never forget! 

Thankfully, this set of graphic organizers helps students analyze each character. There are even multiple versions of the assignment. For instance, teachers may assign a paragraph character summary or a longer response essay. 

This resource uses the STEAL acronym to help students deeply focus on characters. Specifically, this includes their speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and looks. This is a great way to teach indirect characterization! 

The Outsiders Newspaper Project

This is such a fun project to explain the conflict between the Socs and the Greasers! 

Students will learn how to write a newspaper article with brainstorming guides. There are also different templates and a grading rubric. 

Students will love exploring the dynamics between these two groups! 

The Outsiders Digital Final Projects and Paper Final Projects 

It is imperative to spend time reflecting on a story after finishing it. So, this resource has four options for students to select from! Thankfully, students can complete a project in their preferred method to show their true understanding of The Outsiders novel

Specifically, three of the four projects involve a poster or artwork. Each project also includes a writing component since this is essential for students to practice. No matter which options students select, there is a handout to explain the project, planning pages, and an organizer sheet. 

Students love having the option to choose their final project! 

Honestly, there are not enough words to explain how amazing The Outsiders is! The characters, interactions, conflicts, and support excite students to read every page. Luckily, The Outsiders teaching resources ensure students practice many standards while reading a book they will always remember! 

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Earth Science Activities

 There is something special about teaching science to middle school students. They are at the age where they understand the planets and how some aspects of Earth happen. So, they are now eager to dive in deeper and learn more information. Thankfully, this means students will be focused and excited to participate while working on Earth Science activities! 

Moon Phases, Eclipses, and Tides 

The moon is fascinating to study! Honestly, every aspect of space is. Luckily, the multiple templates help teach and review phases of the moon. Additionally, there are templates for students to explore the differences between solar and lunar eclipses. Students will even discover how spring and neap tide work. 

To push thinking further, students will represent the position of the sun, moon, and earth during eclipses and tides. They will do this by cutting and pasting included pictures to represent the different positions. Thankfully, this extra manipulation allows students to truly push their knowledge to a deeper level of thinking! 

Rocks and Minerals 

These resources will help students learn and review minerals, the rock cycle, and different types of rocks! 

There are 5 products to ensure students explore these topics in-depth. This includes 4 different graphics organizers with review questions. There is even a fun assignment where students write a creative story from the perspective of a rock in the rock cycle! Additionally, there is a mineral identification activity and review games. 

Rocks Doodle & Write 

The rock cycle is always fun for students to learn about! It is fascinating how rocks transform over time. So, this interactive doodle graphic organizer is the perfect way to review or introduce the three types of rocks. 

Specifically, students will learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. There are two detailed graphic organizers for students to add notes and doodles while learning about rocks. 

Students will love the creativity behind these notes! 

Astronomy Activity Bundle 

Once students begin moon lessons and activities, they will want more! Honestly, astronomy is so exciting to learn about! Thankfully, this bundle helps teach all about space and the solar system. 

Students will learn about the solar system through a doodle and write activity and a flip book. These are amazing ways to increase engagement and focus! Additionally, they will learn about the sun through a graphic organizer. They will even learn about the moon's phases, tides, and eclipses through an interactive notebook. There is even a fun cookie activity for the phases of the moon! 

Honestly, this bundle has so many incredible moon lessons and activities! Students will love learning how fascinating the solar system is with these lessons. 

It is so much fun teaching Earth Science activities! Since students have a connection with their planet, they are always eager and excited to learn how things work. Thankfully, these lessons will mean the classroom has so many engaged students focused on their learning! 

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