FIRST DAY JITTERS
AREA: Understanding and accepting myself and others
GRADE LEVEL: FIRST GRADE
OBJECTIVES: - Identify different feelings
someone may experience on the
first day of school
- Acceptance of change (friends,
- Gain independence
- Utilize problem solving skills
BOOKS: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
First Day of School: Lunch Bunch by Judy
Pencils and Paper
DISCUSSION: This lesson should be done the first week of school.
• Ask children how they felt on the
morning of their first day of first grade
• Have children express the different
feelings/ Does everyone feel this way?
• Tell children they are going to listen
to a story about a boy and girl that may
feel just like them
READ: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: LUNCH BUNCH
• Discuss how Matt felt in the morning and
then as the day went on
• How did Matt overcome the obstacles?
• Who helped him get through his nervous
• What would you put on your list if you
made one like Matt’s?
READ: FIRST DAY JITTERS
• Have you ever felt like Sarah during the
first week of school?
• What did the author want us to believe
about Sarah until the end of the book?
• What was the surprise ending?
• Did you know that teachers can be
Have children brain storm the things
they like so far about first grade
Create a list on the chalkboard of their
answers like Matt did with his mother
Have students create their own personal
lists on a sheet of paper to hang up