Back to School Activities: "First Day Jitters" Storytelling Craft

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Do you read “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg?

It’s one of my all-time favorite back to school books. My students absolutely LOVE the surprise ending.

With that in mind, I decided to make a flip-the-flap schoolhouse booklet, to help students sequence and retell the story. It’s a super-fun transitional activity after you’ve read “First Day Jitters”.

So that you can differentiate your lessons, I’ve included a simple flip booklet with just 4 pages for little ones, as well as pattern pages that are cut down the middle, so the double-doors of the school house flip open on both sides.

Be sure and check the PREVIEW for lots of pictures.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension.

This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-& end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.

Simply run the schoolhouse pattern off on construction paper or card stock.

Students color & trim.

Open the doors to the schoolhouse to retell the story.

Students color, cut & collate the pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the base of the schoolhouse.

I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

For writing practice, I’ve also included several prompt options that are written on the schoolhouse base patterns.

As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include more writing practice, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.

When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story of “First Day Jitters” to each other.

We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Afterwards, encourage students to share their schoolhouse craft with their parents, once again retelling the “First Day Jitters” story.

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun time flipping and flapping those first few days of school.

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