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Updated by Meagan Barnes on Jun 18, 2017
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21st Century 8th Grade Learners

Here is my list of lesson plans for the 8 must-have skills for 21st Century learners. Hope you all enjoy!

This lesson plans help students identify the traits that are important in leaders and which ones are the most effective. The sample questions also help students identify their own leadership qualities.

Digital Literacy

Cable Impacts brings you InCtrl, a series of free standards-based lessons, originally developed by Cable in the Classroom, that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students in grades 4-8,
are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative
and creative opportunities.
This lesson will help students develop better research skills and determine which sources of information are reliable and trust-worthy.


Teacher-Submitted Lesson: This simple, fun partner activity develops students' communication skills. It helps students understand the importance of team work as well as listening to each other.

This is a resource with many different ideas for lessons on emotional intelligence. I really liked the "High Five" activity on page 12 because it makes the students look for the strengths in each other. By focusing on each others' strengths instead of weaknesses, it helps them work together better and resolve conflicts. I think this is an ideal activity to do before a group activity.

In this activity, learners create goals and mission statements for their businesses and define the services they will provide. This activity will allow students to think creatively and determine what kinds of needs they want to meet and which goals they would like to achieve. They will learn to collaborate together as a group and create a business project starting from a basic idea.

Global Citizenship

Students learn what is meant by Fairtrade. They identify various Fairtrade products and consider the advantages of operating within a Fairtrade partnership. They will have a better understanding of where their food and products come from and how the things they buy have an impact on the world.

Problem Solving

This lesson has students create a flow chart to consider the different outcomes when making decisions. It will also teach them to analyze their decisions and understand why they did or did not work. Students will also have a better understanding of how to devise a solution to better solve their problems.


Teamwork and communication activities for students are challenging to teach in the classroom. This activity will force students to compromise and come to an agreement by the end of the activity. They will also be forced to listen to others' ideas and suggestions and make conclusions based on the ideas of the other students.