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21st Century Skills for Middle Schoolers

This link is full of lesson plans that you can use to teach your middle schools the 8 skills needed for 21st century learners.



There are 8 skills needed for 21st century learners. They are:

  1. Leadership
  2. Digital Literacy
  3. Communication
  4. Emotional Intelligence
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Global Citizenship
  7. Problem Solving
  8. Team-Working

This list provides some lesson plans for you to use with your middle school students. These are not all the lesson plans but use this as your starting point as you help your students develop into 21st century learners.


Important Note

While you are developing 21st century learners, not all of the lessons require high-tech materials to carry out the lessons.

This lesson plan provides fun, hands - on, experiential learning opportunities that will help learners understand and use some important leadership skills.

Finding Credible News | Common Sense Education

Digital Literacy
How do we find credible information on the internet? Check out Finding Credible News, a free digital citizenship lesson plan from Common Sense Education, to get your grade 6 students thinking critically and using technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

*Continue checking out the rest of Common Sense Education for more digital literacy lesson plans and other lessons that will develop 21st century skills.

Communication & Collaboration - InCtrl

This page provides a lesson plan on communicating and collaborating digitally with others.

*Explore this free website for other lesson plans that develop skills for a 21st century learner.

Overcoming Obstacles

Emotional Intelligence
This link provides a module of lessons on handling emotions during conflict. Students will be able to identify and control emotions in conflict. (Specifically lesson 2 and 3).

(Explore the main page for more lessons on essential skills such as Communicating Effectively, Making Decisions, Managing Personal Resources, Setting Goals, Studying Effectively, Resolving Conflicts, and more.)

This link provides a series of lessons on entrepreneurship. Students will discover what an entrepreneur is and what skills/resources are needed to be an entrepreneur. To access the associated presentation click here.

Global Citizenship

This file provides 8 lessons on understanding what it means to be a global citizenship, how to connect to the word and apply that knowledge. Since these resource was created in part by the University of Western Ontario, there is a focus on Canada. Teachers can either teach those Canada specific lessons as is, modify them or skip those lessons. There are still lessons provided that are not Canada specific.

Problem Solving Lesson Plan, Activities & Exercises | Barclays LifeSkills

Problem Solving
Help your students to improve their problem solving skills with our free lesson plan, activities & exercises. You just need to sign up for an account, it is completely free. Students over the age of 14 can sign up as well. If they are younger or you would rather not have your students create accounts, all of the resources are available for printing. (They also have some other 21st century/job skill related lesson plans available.)

Lesson Plan: It Takes Teamwork! | TX CTE Resource Center

This lesson plan explores what skills are necessary for successful team work. This lesson includes teaching resources (handout, ppt) and provides a hands-on activity for the students with a reflection piece.