Do you read “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg?
It’s one of my all-time favorite back to school books.
After I read a story, I like to have my students transition to some sort of activity, which practices a variety of standards, using the book as a springboard.
With that in mind, I designed this class book.
There’s a blank area where students can draw their own “face”, as well as 8, black & white patterns featuring girls, plus 8 with boys.
I find that my little ones may “write” big, but often they draw rather small.
Because of this, they do a much better job if they have some sort of outline to add features too.
Students draw their features on the face, of how they think “jitter feelings” look.
They color the picture to represent their hair, face, eye color etc.
Children also color any of the emoji faces that depict the variety of emotions that they have felt during the day.
Older students can explain those feelings by writing on the back.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board.
You can use the various posters to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display for extra pizzazz.
After you take your back to school display down, you can add the cover and turn into a class book. (Great to share during parent-teacher conferences.)
Later, take the book apart, and include this page in your students’ end of the year Memory Books.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a “best ever” school year without any jitters!
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