Can you remember your first day at a new school? Can you remember your first day of school as a brand new teacher? First day jitters aren't just for kindergarten students!
It's the first day of school and Sarah Jane Hartwell is nervous and wants to stay in her bed. Mr. Hartwell tries to ease her nerves with calm reassurance and wise advice.
The plot leads to a very cute and surprising twist at the end of the story when the readers learn that the teacher is the one who is nervous about her first day of school.
Reading First Day Jitters to your students will help them to see that teachers and grown-ups have feelings and get nervous, just like kids.
First Day Jitters is well written and covers all of the anxieties of starting out at a new school. In your classroom, you are sure to have students who are brand new to the school and who are experiencing first day jitters, no matter how old they are.
This book is appropriate to read for the early elementary grade levels, but I also feel that students in Grades 3 - 5 would enjoy listening to this book.
Reading this book will give you a wonderful opportunity to focus on your new students, welcoming them to their new school, and pairing them up with a welcome buddy. The welcome buddies could be responsible for helping the new students, showing them around the school, and introducing these students to new friends at lunch time and recess.
As your are reading this book, there are opportunities for you to ask your students to make predictions, discuss their own jitters, and share how their parents helped them with their own first day jitters.
On this page you will find a unique project that I have created specifically to go along with this delightful back to school picture book.
As I was reading this book for the first time, I was imagining trying to create a fun writing project for this back to school read aloud book.
I love the last illustration of the book, Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell standing beside her new principal with her cute lunch box clutched in her hands. Consequently, the theme for this set of First Day Jitters teaching resources is a project in the shape of a lunch box.
I have not chosen a writing topic for this assignment, so you could choose to have your students write a summary about the book, or your students can write about their own first day jitters.
Since I am also a teacher, I understand that teachers often need to change or adapt a resource that we find to meet our own needs. I have provided 4 different versions of these lunch box templates in order to help you select the version that would best suit your own needs.
The first set of lunch box templates has standard sized writing lines.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet for the first lunch box template.
This creative writing assignment will not take your students very long to complete. The lunch box templates are on one worksheet and they are easy to cut out.
These lunchbox templates measure 8 inches in width and 7 inches in height.
This quick creative writing assignment will provide you with student work samples that you can post on your bulletin board during the first week of school.
You will be able to create a dynamic Back to School classroom bulletin board display of your students' projects by using the colorful bulletin board display banner and lunch box accent pieces that are included in this set of First Day Jitters teaching resources.
There are 7 colorful lunch box templates
in this set of First Day Jitters teaching resources:
blue, red, yellow, green, orange, pink, and purple.
The second set of lunch box templates has double spaced writing lines.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet for the second lunch box template.
The third set of lunch box templates has a writing and a drawing area.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet for the third lunch box template.
The fourth set of lunch box templates has been left blank so
that they can be used for a variety of different purposes.
You could use these blank lunch box templates for students to draw a picture about the story or about their first day of school. You could also use these blank lunch box templates to glue photographs of your students.
For the color lunch box templates in this set, I did not color the center area because I wanted to leave it white so that students could use this area to draw and color their own pictures.
I know that it takes teachers a lot of valuable time to assemble their classroom bulletin board displays.
Many teachers spend hours of time cutting out large display letters or making a banner on their own at home on their computers.
This time is valuable and better spent on developing your classroom curriculum and grading papers, so I have designed a matching 5 page banner for your bulletin board display (shown above).
If you have access to a laminating machine, you can laminate this banner so that it is more durable and you can use it year after year for bulletin board displays of these First Day Jitters lunch box projects.
To help you decorate your bulletin board display with a lunchbox theme, I have included 4 different lunch box accent pieces in this set of First Day Jitters lesson plans (shown below).
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