7th Grade College Awareness Lesson

I went into our 7th grade Family and Consumer Science classes both yesterday and today.  The kids had just finished a research project on a career they were interested in.  It was great to be able to go into classes and talk with them as they have just finished their research.  

I started by asking them several questions:
  • Who has ever been on a college campus?
  • How many of them have researched a career that requires some sort of training or college?
  • Can everyone attend college?  (Many "No" answers were given.)
I ended my questioning with: 

  • What are some reasons you think people don't go to college?
The answers they gave me included: 

  • people can't afford it
  • maybe they aren't smart enough
  • they have disabilities
  • they don't want to 
I then talked to them about how college can be affordable.  Even Cornell University (which is in our backyard) has a program where if your parents make under a certain amount, has a no loan program.  This makes it truly affordable for everyone.  

We also crossed off the list "not smart enough".  Community colleges will accept everyone from the counties they serve.  You may not be able to get into a particular major right away, but you can take the classes that will help you to get there.

"Disabilities".  Some colleges have special programs for students with even significant disabilities.  Maybe students won't earn a degree, but they will learn independent living skills and job training skills to help them find a job.

"Don't want to".  Really this is the only reason for people not to attend college.  My hope for them, however, is that they want to, and will help them get there.

From there we played College Prep BINGO.  

I also had them fill out the I Have A Plan worksheet, which I have hanging in the hallway outside my office.




Just before it was time to leave I talked to them about this month's College Spotlight (Marist College)


and I asked them to write on a post it note one thing that they learned with me today.  I had them post it on an easel located by the classroom door.

These are my favorite responses:

You can go to college even if you don't have enough $.

College is Complicated

 College isn't a dream, it's a plan.


 That it is never too early to think about college.

How do you promote early college awareness?  Leave a comment below or join in the conversation:



44 comments

  1. Hi Carol! I love this lesson! I am a middle school counselor and would love to do this with my 7th and 8th graders. Would you be willing to send me a copy of your "College Prep Bingo" board and the "I Have a Plan" worksheet? My email is: bstibitz@bcpsk12.net
    I would greatly appreciate it!!

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  2. I would love this information, as well. eamiller@gaston.k12.nc.us

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  3. Hey Carol!! I also love this lesson and would love a copy of it in its entirety. The template for college prep bingo and the I have a plan worksheet would be greatly appreciated. I appreciated you sharing your ideas. My email: bboulden@k12.wv.us

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  4. Hi Carol,
    I would really appreciate it if you would send me the bingo board and "I have a plan" worksheet. Thanks. My email is jantrey.meyer@egsd.org.

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  5. I would also love to use this in my FACS class! Thank you!

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  6. Could i get a copy of the plan sheet and the college spotlight sheet please, strack.katrina@avcsk12.org

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  7. Love the I Have a Plan and College Prep Bingo! I work in an AVID elementary school. Any chance you would be willing to share the templates for these? My email is mdavidson@woodburysch,com Thanks!

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  8. Can you please send me the handouts as well :) lindsey.redmann@isd15.org

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  9. Hey Carol! This looks great and it's something that I would like to try with my 7th grade students. If you don't mind, can you please send me a copy of this lesson plan? My email is: holderr@arps.org.

    Thanks so much!

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  10. Hi Carol! I am currently working on my Masters degree for school counseling and would love to have a copy of this lesson plan to use for one of my videotaping sessions with middle school students. My email address is: leahflynn.1001@gmail.com

    Thank you!
    Leah

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  11. can you please send me the instructions on how to do the college prep bingo?

    Thank you :)

    jhopkins@lclark.edu

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  12. I would love to have the college bingo and college spotlight pages. dawn.anzualda@stjohns.k12.fl.us

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  13. Hi, I would love to have the college bingo and any other worksheets that you may have so that I can do a lesson with my students and your ideas will make learning fun. My email is lakeesha.williams@polk-fl.net. What are some of your prizes that you gave to students?

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  14. Hi Carol, what a wonderful lesson! I am working on my internship at a College Prep Middle School and would love to use these worksheets with my students. When you have an opportunity could you send them to me at ldewhirst@mycpms.net. Thank you so much!

    Lisa Dewhirst
    PPS Intern

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  15. I would love these templates too and anything else you have on making college prep fun. My email is mfernandez28@pasadena.edu

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  16. I would love these templates too and anything else you have on making college prep fun. My email is mfernandez28@pasadena.edu

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  17. I would absolutely love these templates!! I would greatly appreciate if you would send me the templates? My email is victoria.swanstrom@ottumwaschools.com

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  18. Looks like you have had many requests for the templates. I would love any of them that make college prep fun! Thank you for sharing your creative activities. Please send to: jrupp7779@gmail.com

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  19. Love the idea and handouts. Would you kind enough to e-mail to me at juanita.perez1214@gmail.com

    We just had a College Night at the elementary, and I did not thing it was too successful as expected. These handouts gave me some ideas.

    Please e-mail.

    Thank you!
    Juanita

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  20. Love the idea and handouts. Would you be kind enough to e-mail to me at juanita.perez1214@gmail.com

    We just had a College Night at the elementary, and I do not think it was too successful as expected. These handouts gave me some ideas.

    Please e-mail.

    Thank you!

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  21. I just saw this on Pinterest and I was wondering if you would be willing to send me the handouts. I teach Exploring Careers in 8th grade and this is so perfect! westsayes@yahoo.com. Thank yo in advance.

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  22. I am a graduate student and would love the templates of this lesson if at all possible! thank you!

    Barbara
    barbara.jefferson@gmail.com

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  23. Hi could you email all the materials for this lesson to a.jardine86@gmail.com.

    Thank you

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  24. Hi, could I also get a copy of these materials and the BINGO instructions as well? Thank you so much! These are great ideas :)
    cindypham2@gmail.com.com

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  25. I love your lesson and your handouts! What a wonderful idea! Could you please e-mail them to me at mistylynn.vandam@gmail.com?

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  27. Hi, I love this lesson. Could you please email me the materials and instructions, or tell me where I can download them? Thank you so much.

    wendyppp@yahoo.com

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  28. Hi, I love this lesson. Could you please email me the materials and instructions, or tell me where I can download them? Thank you so much.

    wendyppp@yahoo.com

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  29. Hello, great lesson! Would you please email the documents to mrsrenwill@gmail.com?

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  30. Great ideas! Please email documents to rpettitt@nwlsd.org

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  31. Please email documents to crystal7_us@yahoo.com.
    Thanks,
    Crystal

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  32. Hi! Such a great ideal to get our students thinking about college! Will you be able to send me a copy of the materials and instructions to adlansang@gdoe.net

    Thank you!

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  33. Hi! I would like to use your college awareness packet and instructions. Can you send it to smcgirt04@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  34. Love the lesson! Can you please send the lesson and instructions to rmcdowell@aacps.org. Thank you!

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  36. Are these materials available? They are great! I would love a copy if you could send them to sarah_gosdin@allenisd.org. Thank you!

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  37. This is a great resource! Can I have a copy? shenise.tett@springscs.org

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  38. Hi! Im getting ready to go into a 6th grade class to take about college prep and love your bingo idea! I would love to know how you played it with the students. and the template if you are sharing! njurek@mchs.net
    thanks in advance!

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  39. I am a vice principal at a middle school, we are starting our college week next week. I would love a copy of these fabulous ideas to integrate into our week. Do you mind sending me these files? nslaugh@questac.org

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  40. Hello, I am preparing for an educational workshop for middle school and high school students. Can you please send me the bingo and I have a plan worksheet? My email is sdillard@scoe.net

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  41. Hi, I am preparing for a college prep workshop for middle school students. Can you please send me the bingo curriculum. jessiebayag@yahoo.com


    Thanks you!

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  42. I would also love to utilize the bingo curriculum! shawna.jent@trimble.kyschools.us

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  43. Can you please send me the bingo game? keisha.dokken@edinaschools.org

    Thanks!

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  44. I love a copy of this plan - especially the bingo curriculum!

    Please email me at astanbery@amherst.k12.va.us

    Thank you!

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