First Day Jitters Back to School Activities Google DIGITAL & Printable

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This was perfect for the very first day of school when students are adjusting to being back in school and in a different grade.
Some great activities to go with the story. Some activities are probably best to complete as a whole group while others can be completed independently.
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This Back to School Bestseller includes differentiated, low-prep activities that are perfect to use for back to school and distance learning. Use this First Day Jitters Book Study resource with the book, First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg, my First Grade Jitters Book Study, and my First Day Jitters Banner to engage students at the beginning of the year. More importantly, it includes a variety of activities to put up in your room and have it ready for Back to School Night, Open House, Meet the Teacher Night, Beginning of the Year Writing, Writing Samples, Conferences, etc. It is also great for early finishers! 

☑ Aligned to CCSS but may be used with ANY standards!

☑ Differentiated (primary lined & solid lined available for lower/upper grade)

☑ Includes student blackline copies & anchor charts/posters without heading

Included in the packet are these 24 activities:

1. Circle Map (includes cut & paste sentences to retell story)

2. Story Sequence Graphic Organizer

3. Story Sequence Flap Book (includes primary & upper lined paper)

4. Beginning, Middle, End Flap Book (primary & upper lined paper)

5. Beginning, Middle, End Graphic Organizer

6. Story Elements Graphic Organizers (primary & upper lined paper)

7. Story Vocabulary & Definitions (one page)

8. Story Vocabulary & Definitions Cards (two sets)

9. First Day Feelings Chart/Anchor Chart/Poster

10. Jitters Synonyms & Antonyms Chart/Anchor Chart/Poster

11. Jitters Synonyms (Boy & Girl version)

12. First Day Feelings Bubble Maps (3 versions)

13. Character Traits List (Chart/Anchor Chart/Poster)

14. Character Analysis Activity

15. Character Traits Bubble Maps (3 versions)

16. Venn Diagrams (2 versions)

17. Story Predictions (2 versions)

18. Making Connections (primary & upper lined paper)

19. Main Idea (primary & upper lined paper)

20. My First Day Feelings Narrative Writing/Writing Sample

21. Craftivity/Page Toppers (24 kid templates available!)

22. Color Labels for Class Graph (includes kid portrait templates)

23. First Day Jitters Student Blackline Copy

24. Cover Page in B/W for student packet & in color for class book

♥ Take a look at my Paragraph/Sentence Starters Writing Resources HERE

Aligned to CCSS, TEKS, & VA SOL Standards

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


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