Free STEM Worksheets for Middle School

Again, 10 fresh free materials from different Teachers pay teachers authors! This time the focus is on stem worksheets for middle school.

Forward or Backward? Multi-Step Math Word Problems (grades 5-8)
Forces students to think wether they should start solving word problem forward or backward
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Forward-or-Backward-Multi-Step-Math-Word-Problems-5th-8th-Grade-5255969

Science Literacy Monster Fish (grades 5-8)
This resource combines literacy and science. Extra mention for the coloring picture that I find very artistic!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Literacy-Monster-Fish-Science-Sub-Plan-5193947

The Sun Worksheet Activity (grades 5-8)
Several fill-in activities about the Sun.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-sun-worksheet-activity-and-reading-passage-5195654

Solving a Problem in Science (grades 5-9)
It’s always useful to recall how problem solving in science works.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SOLVING-A-PROBLEM-IN-SCIENCE-5192000

Elements Compounds and Mixtures Classification of Matter (grades 5-11)
The given grade level distribution is quite wide, I would suggest this for middle school rather than high school. However, clear and useful worksheet about matter.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Elements-Compounds-and-Mixtures-Classification-of-Matter-Free-5220310

Area of Polygons Maze (grades 6-7)
Students calculate area of each polygon an based on the result choose the right way to continue.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Area-of-Polygons-Maze-5254340

Weather Patterns, Factors, and the Atmosphere Word Search (6-7)
Word search puzzle about weather and atmosphere.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-Patterns-Factors-and-the-Atmosphere-Word-Search-5239974

Density Puzzle, St. Patrick’s Day Themed (grades 6-8)
The aim of the game is to calculate densities of coins and get letters as a result. Looks fun and creative, the workflow might require some explaining to students.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Density-Puzzle-FREE-NGSS-Skill-Booster-5254525

Unit of Work Facts and Fishes (grade 7)
This material is 55 pages long! I first wondered how this is even possible, but then realized that the publisher is an institute from Australia.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Unit-of-Work-Science-Year-7-Facts-and-Fishes-5220348

Powers Worksheet (grade 8)
Worksheet for 8th grade math about integer exponents. Answers included
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Powers-Worksheet-for-8th-Grade-5256533

Hopefully you will find these materials useful!

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Free Valentine’s Day Products in TPT

February and St. Valentine’s day is coming, and especially with younger students it’s time to use themed materials! I found also some fresh materials for older students. I divided these into three groups: Primary school, Middle school (and up) and for your own creations. Some of them are even for commercial use. Enjoy!

Primary school

Valentine’s Day Flashcards in Spanish (grades K-5)
Cards with Spanish words, related pictures and English translation.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Flashcards-in-Spanish-5171479

Heart Tiles – Memory Game (Not grade specific)
As a memory game, this suits better for kindergarten or primary school. Nevertheless, I wanted to include this because I really like the grapchis. Creating 15 different shapes from heart is not that simple.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Heart-Tiles-Memory-Game-5166292

16 Free printable Valentine’s Day Bookmarks (Not grade specific)
Valentine & love themed printable bookmarks
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/16-FREE-printable-Valentines-Day-Bookmarks-5172953

Heart Mandalas for Valentine’s Day: Art Lesson for Grades K-7
Detailed instructions for art lesson about hearts and mandalas.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Heart-Mandalas-for-Valentines-Day-Art-Lesson-for-Grades-K-7-5138895

Middle school and up

Romeo and Juliet Persuasive Letter (grades 9-12)
Contains one page introduction to Shakespeare and Romeo & Juliet and task to write a persuasive letter to relatives of one of them. Certainly creative way to approach this love story!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Romeo-and-Juliet-Persuasive-Letter-5172803

Science Valentines for Middle School (grades 5-9)
16 mini Valentine cards with science puns that are suitable for middle school students. Includes colored and black and white options.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Valentines-for-Middle-School-Mini-or-Fun-Sized-FREE-5138677

For your own creations

Valentine’s Day Game Board (with editable game cards) (grades 2-6)
Valentine’s day themed game board with cards. The aim of the game is to ask questions and to answer them. Cards are in PowerPoint format and you’ll have to type the questions before playing.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Game-Board-with-editable-game-cards-5173090

Valentine Borders and Frames Collection (Not grade specific)
Huge pack of borders even for commercial use, if you just mention Willow Designs. Definitely worth downloading!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentine-Borders-and-Frames-Collection-Doodle-Clip-Art-Page-Printables-Hearts-5168230

Valentine’s Day Clip Art Set (K-6)
17 png images in a zip package for decoration purposes.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Clip-Art-Set-5143948

Valentine’s Day Task Card Template for Commercial Use (Not grade specific)
Four identical task card templates for letter size products. Free for commercial use as long as the shop is mentioned.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Valentines-Day-Task-Card-Template-for-Commercial-Use-5174933

Lower part of the image by stux from Pixabay (Cubid by me)

Free calendars for 2020 in TPT

Another year is coming to its end, so it’s time to search free calendars for 2020. There are also other calendar related products in this list. Usually I don’t include resources that are targeted to preschool or the very first grades, but this time it’s different, because there aren’t really that much calendars for upper grades only. Because ordering by age doesn’t make sense here, the order is calendars first and other products after that.

Calendar for 2020, South African themed (K-3)
Wall calendar including monthly and yearly pages and South African public holidays. I think this will fit also for upper grades especially if there is a connection to South Africa.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Calendar-2020-5076177

Super Duper Speech Calendar – January 2020 (Not grade specific)
A Calendar with speech therapy activities and lively pictures. Obviously popular by the download count.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-Duper-Speech-Calendar-January-2020-5074583

Editable Excel Annual Calendar for 2020 (Not grade specific)
Basic annual calendar for 2020.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-Excel-Annual-Calendar-for-2020-5067214

Free Wall Calendar for 2020 with Beautiful Pictures (Not grade specific)
More of a traditional wall calendar: One big photograph per month with Oscar Wilde quotes.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Wall-Calendar-for-2020-with-Beautiful-Pictures-5054095

2020 Year-to-a-Page Calendar (Australian Version) (Not grade specific)
Several versions of 2020 yearly calendars from Australia’s point of view. Popular based on download count.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-Year-to-a-Page-Calendar-Australian-Version-5053226

2020 Printable Coloring Calendar (Not grade specific)
Monthly calendar for 2020. Pictures are black and white, ready for coloring.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-Printable-Coloring-Calendar-5041152

Chinese New Year Presentation (K-4)
This is not a calendar in the literal sense, but it offers interesting information about Chinese calendar system.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chinese-New-Year-Presentation-5082984

Special Days for Calendar pocket chart
Cards for calendar, includes Ohio testing days.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Special-Days-for-Calendar-pocket-chart-5075194

Teaching Timelines Calendar – December (K-5)
Not year specific. The best part is birthday / special squares you can cut of and attach to a calendar. Personally, I would scale them down and use with any normal calendar.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Timelines-Calendar-December-5074065

Calendar: Numbers, Holidays & Events (K-3)
Circles you can cut out and attach to another calendar. Requires scaling to smaller size unless you have very big wall calendar.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Calendar-Numbers-Holidays-Events-5062885

Enjoy calendars, Happy Holidays and see you next year!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Top 10 new & free puzzle downloads in TPT in October 2019

I’ll be listing here 10 new free puzzle resources from Teachers Pay Teachers. Grade level is mostly from upper elementary to middle school, so there is no kindergarten/preschool resources in this list. Most of them are very recent, but there might be slightly older resources among these to make it full 10. List is ordered by grade level.

Word Search Activity – “Autumn Words” – Fall – Grades 3-4
The title (which is in fact longer) says it all
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weekly-Freebie-25-Word-Search-Activity-Autumn-Words-Fall-Grades-3-4-4902027

Animal picture puzzle task cards (3-5)
Find a value for each (cute!) animal
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Picture-Puzzle-Task-Cards-1-3561827

Halloween Word Search Puzzles (3-7)
Yes, it’s October and I’m sure you are already filled with pumpkins, but I got one Halloween relater resource for you
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Word-Search-Puzzles-4922065

Word search puzzles Canada (grades 3-8)
Three word search puzzles about cities, mountains and rivers in Canada. Answer key is also included and if you want to, you can colour the flag on the cover page!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-search-puzzles-Canada-Freebie-4908569

La Fecha (4-12)
Spanish cross wordpuzzle
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/La-Fecha-4921404

Pirate math polar buried treasure (grades 6-8)
Title mentions math, I’d say you also need some skills in English language, especially about common phrases. But looks interesting!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pirate-Math-Chapter-3-Polar-Buried-Treasure-FREE-4758584

Introduction to Fiber Optics (Grades 6-11)
I’m always a fan when something more specialised comes along, such as this introduction to fiber optics. Same seller had other similar products too, but I’m only listing one per seller here.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Introduction-to-Fiber-Optics-4902695

Pirates & Cannibals logic puzzle (7-12)
This is listed under computer science, but it’s purely logic puzzle. I think you could use it with slightly younger students.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pirates-Cannibals-4926895

Logigramme (Grades 9-12)
Logic puzzle in French! It says grades 9-12 but I think it would suit for younger students too, if they have some basic French vocabulary already.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Logigramme-Joyeux-Anniversaire-3513058

Common polyatomic word search tile letter pattern (11-higher education)
I have to admit that I didn’t quite get the concept on first read but hey, this was for smart people! I’m looking forward to see what he produces next.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/COMMON-POLYATOMIC-Word-Search-TILE-LETTER-PATTERN-4908972

Enjoy these and other free resources!

The future of this blog

It may seem that I’ve forgotten all about it, but that’s not the case. The thing is that I got bit exited about Teachers pay teachers and have been planning some new materials there. Something to support math teachers (as you know, math is my only true love) but also for teaching geography. When possible, I’m incorporating two things in the same material. Some examples:

Skakespeare & order of operations where you practise calculating basic operations and become familiar with names of all Shakespeare plays (list of plays is from britannica.com).

Powers and cities of the world Here tasks are relatively simple powers, and words to find are some of the greatest cities of the world and related countries. These are mainly by population but I’ve done some editing and tried to pick more cities from different areas and left some Chinese mega cities out, as they are numerous.

I have also created many word search puzzles and grouped them by themes such as geographical areas. Some names contain extra characters, like é and I have generally included those characters (with some rare exceptions).

In math, I have focused on much practise, and those practise sheets often contain several hundred basic tasks with answers.

I’d like to ask you what kind of material you would like to use, but to be honest my spam filter isn’t working properly and it may take some time for me to find your suggestions. You can also contact me via Twitter or TPT private message.

Let’s hear from you!