At the middle grade stage, most children fall between concrete and formal operational stages. Piaget believed the child would have trouble with deductive logic at this stage. We have to understand that some students may be in the concrete operational stage through 8th grade. Role-playing and hands-on activities are important during this stage. Teaching Social Studies allows for such activities.
A game for 2 or 3 players. Each player chooses a color pencil they will use in the game. Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape.
It has a clear beginning, middle and end. I love to read this book to students and then to stop after the middle. They WANT to know how it ends ... and that's a good time to teach the importance of a beginning, middle AND end. After sufficient begging, I always finish the book. :) This book also teaches foreshadowing through pictures ... the author has wanted signs posted in pictures before the burglars ever come into play. Alliteration is also evident in the newspaper adds.