Hands-On Materials

Middle School Curricula and Lesson Plans

The curricula and stand-alone lessons in this section can be used in a variety of settings, such as advisories, after-school programs, small groups, and classroom presentations.  Each lesson is at least 20 minutes long.

 

Resources

View Resource information(13 resources)Realizing the College Dream

Debunking the Myths of Financial Aid: A Workshop for Students and Families

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream will assist students and their families in learning about financial aid, how to apply, and understanding the sources and various types of financial aid. Debunking_FA_Myths.pdf (405.2KB)

Realizing the College Dream Preface

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This offers important information about the Realizing the College Dream curricula. Realizing_Preface.pdf (89.6KB)

Dream a Little Dream: Imagining My Future

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream is a fun way for students to explore their dreams about the future, develop an understanding about income, and to prepare for discussion on education and career opportunities. Dream_a_Little_Dream.pdf (171.28KB)

Exploring Career Options

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream allows for students to explore individual interest and how those interests connect to a career or job. This lesson also offers an understanding of the array of careers available, connecting life goals with educational goals, and using the internet to do such research. Exploring_Career_Options.pdf (206.1KB)

College 101: Researching College and Universities

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream teaches students about the various systems of higher education, the college-admissions requirements for select colleges and universities, and how to do online research on different colleges and universities. College_101.pdf (264.65KB)

The Life and Times of a First-Generation College Student

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream assists first-generation students in understanding the steps others took to graduate from college. The lesson also reinforces their ability to go to college by having them learn about students like themselves who made it. Life_and_Times_of_First_Generation.pdf (183.65KB)

Mock College Admissions

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This fun lesson will assist students in developing a more in-depth understanding of college-entrance requirements, along with the steps they must take to be eligible. Mock_College_Admissions.pdf (150.63KB)

Being a Wise Borrower: The Importance of Managing Your Money

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream helps students learn about borrowing and managing money so they are responsible when they turn of age to have a credit card. Being_a_Wise_Borrower.pdf (141.46KB)

Who Wants to Spend $20,000?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream assists with understanding that money spent on education is a good investment. This lesson also teaches the difference in earning power between a high school diploma and a college degree, as well as becoming aware of the long-term outcomes of financial choices. Who_Wants_to_Spend_20,000.pdf (289.37KB)

Comparing Financial Aid Packages

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream assists students with comparing and contrasting different financial aid packages. Comparing_Financial_Aid_Packages.pdf (205.29KB)

Preparing for College: A Guide for Families

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson from Realizing the College Dream helps in understanding the social and financial benefits of a college educations, the various pathways to college, and to learn about basic college admission requirements. Preparing_for_College.pdf (379.99KB)

Realizing the College Dream Appendices

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This is the appendices to Realizing the College Dream, which offers important information to share with students. Appendices.pdf (204.16KB)

Realizing the College Dream Contents

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lists all of the lessons and workshops offered by the Realizing the College Dream curricula. Realizing_Contents.pdf (79.4KB)

View Resource information(1 resource)Preparing and Transitioning

Preparing for High School and Beyond

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This is a three part lesson plan on preparing students for high school and beyond, including transitioning and overcoming challenges. Preparing_for_High_School_and_Beyond.pdf (99.51KB)

View Resource information(2 resources)Miscellaneous College Knowledge Activities

College-Going Activities

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This document provides cheap and easy ways to create a college-going culture in middle school. It includes simple activities that can be done in the classroom or school-wide. Cheap_and_Easy_CGC_Activities_for_MS_and_HS.pdf (70.72KB)

Planning a College Day

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson describes different ways to plan and implement a college day with several themes to choose from. These events can range from something very short and simple to a more elaborate event which entails full staff buy-in, planning time and implementation. Planning_a_College_Day.pdf (5998.2KB)

View Resource information(1 resource)Financial Aid

Financial Aid Choice Games

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This game is a fun way to introduce students to financial aid information and ideas that will assist them in their plan to pay for college. Financial_Aid_Choices_Game.pdf (58.27KB)

View Resource information(3 resources)Different College Systems

College Mascot Bingo

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson introduces the Mascot Loteria/Bingo game explaining that in California there are hundreds of colleges and universities to chose from. Students learn the importance of starting research on college dreams as early as possible. College_Masccot_Bingo.pdf (7517.7KB)

College Systems Jeopardy

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson introduces the 4 different systems of higher education in California through a Jeopardy game show format. College_Systems_Jeopardy_(MS).pdf (61.82KB)

Virtual College Scavenger Hunt

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson introduces students to different post-secondary institutions. It includes a brief overview of the different college systems in California and a handout to guide students in compiling information from their on-line tours. Virtual_College_Scavenger_Hunt.pdf (106.82KB)

View Resource information(18 resources)Believing the College Dream

Who Are the Copilots in My Life?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Through this lesson students will identify who the copilots (trusted adults) are in their lives. Section_A1.pdf (99.62KB)

Helping My Friends Stay On Track

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

These activities will allow students to explore the pros and cons of getting advice and support from their copilots. Also, students will explore was in which they will help their peers stay on track. Section_C2.pdf (193.34KB)

Navigating the Road to My Future

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson will teach students to understand that even if there are faced by challenges causing setbacks or detours, the challenges can also help them grown and learn. Section_C1.pdf (257.84KB)

Oral History

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Students are asked to talk to trusted adults in their lives to share and learn from this valuable resource. Section_A2.pdf (87.41KB)

Who Am I?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This activities in this lesson will allow students to see themselves as members of larger communities and will identify specific individuals on whom they can count on for support. Section_B1.pdf (296.19KB)

Believing the College Dream Preface

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This offers important information about the Believing the College Dream curricula. Preface.pdf (47.16KB)

Believing the College Dream Contents

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lists all of the lessons and workshops offered by the Believing the College Dream Curricula. Table_of_Contents.pdf (47.38KB)

What Does Success Mean to Me?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Through this lesson students will begin the process of understanding what success means to them. Section_A3.pdf (70.1KB)

Road Map to Success

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

In this lesson, students identify their goals and develop a plan of action to achieve them. Section_B2.pdf (193.21KB)

The Benefits of College

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Through these activities students will understand the benefits of college. Section_D1.pdf (306.15KB)

Educating Myself Benefits Others

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson will help students and families learn how the community benefits from higher education. Students will also learn how important they are to their community and global society. Section_D2.pdf (243.21KB)

What Type of Student Am I?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson will teach students to understand the skills and resources needed to be a successful in school. Section_E1.pdf (427.39KB)

What Types of Students Do Colleges Want?

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson allows students to explore the skills and activities they need to build upon in order to prepare for the college admissions process. Section_E2.pdf (278.67KB)

Changes, Choices and Lessons

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson explores different types of personal, academic, and social changes students are likely to experience over the next few years. It also explores the factors that should be taken into consideration when making a choice or decision. Section_F1.pdf (507.98KB)

Preparing for High School and Beyond

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Students will explore different forms of transition, beginning with experiences a copilot had, differences between elementary and middle school, middle school and high school and high school and college. Students will also learn whom to turn to for support and advice. Section_F2.pdf (705.83KB)

Curriculum Reflection

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson allows students to reflect upon what they have learned and identify the most effective activities. Section_G1.pdf (229.05KB)

Student Education Pledge

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson allows students to reflect upon important lessons, explore the importance of maintaining responsibility to themselves and lastly complete their own Student Education Pledge. Section_G2.pdf (226.51KB)

Friends and Family Night

2010 UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

This lesson brings students and their families together to celebrate student achievement, recognize the support of family and friends, and allow students to showcase their work and lesson they learned through the curriculum. Section_G3.pdf (118.8KB)

 

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