Today, I'm talking about a classic! First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg! The first time I heard this book, my principal read it aloud during a professional development day. Ummm.. I really was shocked at the end. Gotta love a good twist! If you haven't read the book, it's the story of a girl who just doesn't want to go to her new school. She moans. She whines. She reluctantly gets ready. At the end, we find out this girl is *gasp* a teacher!
This is a great book for all ages. There are many language skills you can target: inferencing, sequencing, and comprehension just to name a few! What I love most of all about this book is that it is 100% relatable. We know that text-to-self connections are so important for comprehension and everyone can relate to not wanting to get out of bed on the first day!
I designed a few activities to get those connections connecting! haha.. Students can draw a self-portrait of their first day of school. This is a great way to discuss how students feel, are they nervous like Sarah Jane? Excited?
I've also included a graphic organizer. I love graphic organizers, as they really support all students (but especially students who are struggling).
In this freebie, you can also find a little writing prompt about morning routines. This is a another great activity to work on sequencing - how do you get ready for school? You can continue to foster text-to-self connections too! Students can talk about how their routine is similar to Sarah Jane's.
I've also included a little venn diagram that students can use to compare/contrast themselves with Sarah Jane. Again, another activity to build connections!
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