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First day Jitters Lesson Plan!

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

HELLO First Grade Teacher!

I hope you are ready to kick off a great year of first grade! The beginning of the year is a special time for first grade students as they transition from being the “babies” of the school to being “big kids.” There are lots of changes and lots of things to be excited about!

This resource is comprised of activities to complete the first few weeks of school as you welcome your new batch of firsties, help them to accommodate to their new role and schedule, and create new friendships with their classmates. Hopefully, these activities will help make the transition fun and engaging!

Happy new school year to you! ~ Miss K!


TABLE of Contents

  • Introduction and Table of Contents p.2-3

  • First Grade Survey p.4-5

  • Jitter Juice Poem and Activities p.6-10

  • Activities Descriptions p.11

  • Find-A-Friend x 3 p.12-13

  • First Grade Friends Class Book Cover and Student Page p.15-16

  • Night Before First Grade Writing Activity p.17

  • Activities Descriptions p.18

  • First Grade Tree Graphic Organizer for whole group

and individual activities p.19-21

• Kindergartner & 1st Grader Double Bubble Comparison

Graphic Organizer for whole group and individual

activities p.22-25

• Journal Prompts and Writing Paper (First Grade is

_______!) p. 26-27

• My First Week of First Grade Mini Book (2 versions) p.28-37

• What’s in a First Grader’s Backpack Activity and Craftivity

p. 38-43


First Grade Survey:



This is how I write my name:

This is how I feel about starting first grade:

{Color the face that shows how you feel.}


This is what I look like today:

I am good at...

I need help with...

In first grade, I want to learn...



Jitter Juice

The following activities are to be used with a poem I wrote called Jitter Juice. This poem is perfect for helping students discuss their first-day-of-school nervousness and presents a silly way to overcome it!


Here are some suggestions for using this activity:

• Pre-activity: Read First Grade Jitters by Robert Q and chart how students felt about coming to first grade

• Write poem on large chart paper and read-aloud with students.

• Add poem to poetry journal; highlight sight words (p.6)

• Have students create their own Jitter Juice recipe by listing the ingredients and

drawing what they imagine Jitter Juice might look like (p.8)

• Personalize a Jitter Juice cup label (p.7)

• Make Jitter Juice and let students taste it to “wash their butterflies away!” You can

use any punch recipe involving carbonation, but feel free to use the one provided

below !

• Graph responses to Jitter Juice (p.9)

Jitter Juice Recipe

• 1 2-liter of Lemon-Lime soda

• 1 pkg raspberry lemonade

drink mix

• Scoops of Lemon sorbet or

sherbet

• Mix altogether to taste

• Double or triple recipe

according to class size


Jitter Juice

Have you heard of Jitter Juice? It’s magic and it’s yummy.

It makes the butterflies fly away, right out of my tummy.

The bubbles in this silly juice will help you not to worry. So grab a cup and drink it up.

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry

Jitter Juice

Jitter Juice Jitter Juice

Have students decorate, cut out, and

glue these labels to paper/plastic cups

to drink their Jitter Juice from!

7"

􏰀 W.


Jitter Juice

My Recipe for First Day Jitters!

Ingredients

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8"


Does Our Class Like

Jitter Juice?

Yes


  1. Tally the number of students that LIKED Jitter Juice below.

  2. Tally the number of students that DID NOT LIKE Jitter Juice below.

  3. __________ students LIKED Jitter Juice. __________ students DID NOT LIKE Jitter Juice.

  4. Let’s BeFRIENDS!

To kick off the following set of activities, I recommend reading The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing. This book is perfect for building classroom morale and discussing new friendships, along with discussing activities your students may have done to prepare for their first day.

Activity #1 􏰁 Give each student a copy of the Find-A-Friend activity found on pages 11-13, preferably with a clipboard and a pencil. {This is a great ice breaker, so I’ve included different versions. Do one or do all!} Instruct students to stand up and spread out throughout your classroom. Each box on the page contains a description. Read the description aloud to your class and tell them they have to find a friend who fits that description. The friend will write their name in the box. Continue until all boxes are signed. Make sure they know they can sign their name more than once and in many different friends’ boxes.

Activity #2 􏰁:

Give students a copy of the activity sheet found on page 15. Students will also need pencils and coloring supplies. Students will work in partners for this activity to “interview” one another. Afterwards, students will present their new friend to the rest of the class using the information on the sheet. {I would model this activity with a student volunteer before setting students out on their own !} I have also provided an optional front cover for a class book you could make using this activity (p.14).



Activity #3 􏰁 :

After creating a whole group chart that lists what students did to prepare for their first day of school, students can do the activity on page 16 to draw and write about 2 things they did to get ready for 1st grade.


Find-a-Friend #1

In each box is a description. After your teacher reads the description, find a friend who fits the description and let him/her write his/her name in the box.

A friend with different colored eyes than you

1

A friend with a brother or sister at our school

2

A friend who likes pizza

3

A friend who packed his/her lunch today

4

A friend who is buying his/her lunch today

5

A friend who loves recess

6

A friend who loves first grade

7

A friend who rode a bike this summer

8

A friend who had a birthday over the summer

9

A friend who can cross his/her eyes or curl his/her tongue

10



Find-a-Friend #2

In each box is a description. After your teacher reads the description, find a friend who fits the description and let him/her write his/her name in the box.

A friend with different colored hair than you

1

A friend who is 6-years-old

2

A friend who likes worms

3

A friend whose favorite color is the same as yours

4

A friend who can walk backwards

5

A friend who loves to read

6

A friend who rode the bus to school

7

A friend who rode in a car to school

8

A friend who can write his/her last name

9

A friend who is wearing shoes with laces

10



Find-a-Friend #3

In each box is a description. After your teacher reads the description, find a friend who fits the description and let him/her write his/her name in the box.

A friend who is 7-years-old

1

A friend who likes vegetables

2

A friend who can count to 100

3

A friend whose hair is the same color as yours

4

A friend who can speak a different language than yours

5

A friend who can tie his/her shoes

6

A friend who sits close to you in class

7

A friend who you think is nice

8

A friend who likes to draw

9

A friend who can blow a bubblegum bubble

10



First grade

MyNEW Friend!

Draw a picture of your friend.

My name is _________________________________________________. My new friend’s name is _____________________________________." My new friend is ____________ years old.

My new friend likes to _______________________________________."

My new friend’s favorite food is _____________________________." 􏰀 W.


The Night Before First Grade!

Name:______________________ _____________

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GOOD READS!

The following activities go really well with the book First Grade Stinks! by Mary Ann Rodman or First Grade, Here I Come! By Nancy Carlson.

• Activity #1: Complete a whole group tree map about first graders (whole group labels included on p.18-19), then let students complete an individual tree map (p. 20).

• Activity #2: Discuss the similarities and differences between kindergarteners and first graders. Complete a whole group double bubble map (labels and bubbles included on p.21-23) and then have students complete the individual double bubble map (p.24).



• Activity #3: Journal activity using sentence starter (p. 25) or writing paper (p.26).



Journal Prompts (cut out and paste into students’ journals)

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

First grade is _________________!

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First grade is_____ 􏰀


For this activity, you can either use the template on the following page as is and let students decorate it, or you can use the templates on p. 29-31 to cut out individually (i.e. cut the school house out of red construction paper, give each student a title and name plate to glue on). Either way, you will need to make a duplicate of the blank school house to be the back of the book,

along with the actual book pages.


My First Week of First Grade!

By _________________



My First Week of First Grade!

My First Week of First Grade!

My First Week of First Grade!

My First Week of First Grade!

My First Week of First Grade!

My First Week of First Grade!



By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________

By: _____________



My Teacher

____________________________________

My New Friends

____________________________________

What I ate for lunch

____________________________________

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Something New I Learned

____________________________________

What I l Like About First Grade

___________________________________

My Favorite Thing We Did This Week

____________________________________



My First Week of

First Grade!

Name: ___________"

My Teacher

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My Friends

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My Lunch

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I learned...

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I liked...

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What’s in a First Grader’s Backpack?


Book Suggestion: Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books by Diane deGroat

Activity: Gather students as a whole group and display a backpack. Explain that this is a “first grade backpack” and the contents inside are what all first graders need to be successful during the school year. Have students guess what they think will be inside. Record responses for all to see.

Next, remove items from the backpack one at a time. Discuss each object as you take it out of the backpack and what it represents. Items can be actual school supplies (i.e. pencils, school books) or items that are representational of something (i.e. a calculator might represent math skills or a string of “zzzzz” might represent a good night’s

rest). Record additional items.

Afterwards, have students make their own list of “What a First Grader Needs to Be Successful” found on p.35. Remind them to reference the chart where you recorded the responses for help with spelling or ideas and, of course, inventive spelling is always welcome ! Finally, add completed list to the backpack craftivity included in this printable (templates included).

Sample Items to Put in Backpack

• Writing Utensils = students should always be prepared to work hard! • Calculator = math skills

• Reading book = reading, reading practice, homework, etc.

• Banana or Apple = breakfast or healthy eating

• A string of paper z’s or a small pillow = a good night’s rest

• A piece of artwork/Paint/Markers = creativity/imagination

• Lunchbox or lunch money = reminder to bring to school every day

• A tennis shoe = appropriate dress

• Sports ball = play

• Smiley face = good attitude

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Use the templates on the following pages to create this cute little backpack. I used cardstock scrapbook paper, though construction paper would work fine, too. I used ribbon to make the loop at the top, and make sure your students leave the top of the pocket unglued so they can add their list to it. The crayons are completely optional! This would be great to display in the hallway !


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