First Day Jitters Activities

Help students overcome first day fears with First Day Jitters activities. They’re fun, educational, and meet the needs for diverse learning styles.

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46 pages

Grades PK-5


First Day Jitters activities go beyond academics. As well as fostering social skills, they foster a sense of community in the classroom. Learners will complete word searches, practice parts of speech, and sharpen their language skills. There’s also a focus on reading comprehension. The students identify story elements, develop critical thinking, and engage in analytical thinking.

You’ll find everything you need to make the first day of school a memorable and successful one with the First Day Jitters activities.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • trace words.
  • illustrate pictures.
  • make text to self connections.
  • write about the story.
  • sequence the story.
  • compare and contrast with venn diagrams.
  • illustrate story vocabulary.
  • complete word searches.
  • practice nouns, verbs, and adjectives with a fill in the blank story.
  • create a school scrapbook.
  • apply writing skills through included writing templates and prompts.
  • apply reading comprehension through included  discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • develop social skills through included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills through included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities. 
  • share clues about themselves to build a classroom community.
  • become a book detective and find clues in the story.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Turn up engagement with a first day of school favorite! There's a sinking feeling in Sarah Jane's stomach. She's nervous about starting a new school year. She says it's going to be the worst day ever. Despite her reluctance, she goes to school. In spite of her shyness at first, she quickly learns that everyone gets the jitters from time to time. 

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