First Day Jitters Activities Print and Digital

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First Day Jitters: Reading Unit for First Day Jitters

Do you love using the book, “First Day Jitters” at back to school time? Then, you and your students will love this engaging and fun First Day Jitters Close Reading unit!

This week-long unit is packed with crafts, responding to literature activities, vocabulary, quick prints, and soooo much more! They’ll love the fun and you'll love the academic focus this unit has!



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What's Included:

Lesson Plans- A five day outline with suggestions of ideas for a close reading routine of the book and daily writing.

Digital Student Activities- Want to use these activities as part of your distance learning classroom or digital classroom? This file now includes a digital student notebook making it super easy to share with students and have them complete each activity! (Also includes directions on how to use in your Google Classroom (TM) or Office 365 (TM)

Jittery Questions- After reading the book, use these question cards to check for basic understanding of the text. Questions range from level 1-3 on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge scale.

Jitter Feelings - Students work to make connections between themselves and the main character in First Day Jitters.

Jittery Story Elements-Students work to understand the basic elements of fictional stories including: Characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end.

Jittery Illustrations-Students use the illustrations to better understand the text.

Compound Words-Students listen for compound words as they read First Day Jitters, record the words they hear, and also play a game with compound words. Includes an interactive anchor chart and a reference poster.

Jittery Writing- Three writing prompts based on the book and one general writing paper. Includes self checking rubrics. ✍

Emoji Crafts- Have students choose one big emoji or three smaller ones to express how they felt on their first day of school. Use to decorate your students' writings. ❤️☺

First Day Jitters Bulletin Board Lettering- Use the letter as a title for a bulletin board showcasing your kiddos’ first day emoji writings.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a sense of closure.
Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Provide a concluding statement or section.


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