I started the week out with the MMS 6th Grade. After meeting the new students and saying hello to my past students, I handed out their materials for the year: a STAR folder and name tag.
After getting everything filled out, I talked to the students about starting middle school and I answered questions from the students that had built up from the last time I saw them in 5th grade.
After a brief intro into the 6th grade content, I had them complete the Time Capsule activity. Each student writes down a list of their favorite things on a worksheet I hand out, and then they fold and staple it shut until the end of the year. When the students open the capsules, they see how much their preferences change even over just a few months. At this point in their lives, everything is changing all the time for these kids; their bodies, minds and abilities are all still developing at a crazy rate. They might feel awkward or clumsy because of it, but the good news is that all of their peers feel the same way too (although they might not admit it to each other).