First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

A great book about feeling nervous on the first day of school. . . with a twist.

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A great read aloud for the first day of school, this book is laugh out loud funny, and should allay those nervous butterflies in children’s and teacher’s stomachs. Use this read aloud as a catalyst to discuss how everyone gets nervous. . . even adults! Validate for your students that it’s ok to feel nervous, especially on the first day of school, because there is an element of the unexpected.
Lesson Idea: Create a “worry box.” Use a shoe box with a lid or another similar sized box and lid. Cut a hole in the box top. Decorate the top and the box with contact paper or wrapping paper. Read aloud the book to students and then share with them a worry that you have about the new school year. Write it on a small piece of paper. Ask each student to annonymously write one worry they have about the school year on a small piece of paper as well. Place your worry in the box and ask students to follow suit. After all students have placed their worries in the box, take some time to read through the worries aloud and allay their fears by discussing them as a group.

2 thoughts on “First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

  1. anna December 7, 2010 / 8:39 PM

    First Day Jitters is a great book to teach surprise ending. Most of the children were surprised at the end to find out it was the teacher’s first day. This is one of those books you enjoy returning to the text to revisit the illustrations to see the clues the illustrator gave you to indicate it was the teacher. Rather the omitted clues told who it was after you read the story. Great book and not just for the first day of school

    • Links to Literacy December 8, 2010 / 2:11 PM

      Absolutely, Anna! This is a fantastic book to teach surprise ending!

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