Before School Starts: Read Aloud
Set your phone up on a surface, read, record, and post to YouTube. You can make the video unlisted so it stays private and email a link of the video out to parents in advance of the real night before school!
The Night Before First Grade
It’'s the night before the Big Day, first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the "heroine" of the story, and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.
The Night before Preschool
The Night before Kindergarten
The Night Before First Grade
First Week of School Read Aloud
First Day of school FAVORITE read aloud! We read this book and sip some 'Jitter Juice' to help calm our nerves in the classroom!
Sarah Jane Harwell has that sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach just before starting at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. First Day Jitters funny story with a surprising ending that students will love!
If you already read and loved this book, have you read Last Day Blues?
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.
I use red bulletin board paper to cut out a large heart. As we read the story, we crumple the heart each time something unkind is said. Before we know it, the huge heart is in a small ball. We try saying sorry and flattening it out, but the crumples stay. We then write our name on a bandaid to remind us the lesson of the story throughout the year.
Back to School Night
We read the The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on Back to School Night. It is usually the first or second day of school for our families. It is a great way to remind students that parents are thinking of them AND an easy activity to make and leave on our desks.
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
Books about Friendship
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a classic picture book with simple story. It is about beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. We make a beautiful fish and write about what makes a good friend.
Mean Jean the Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill is a new story about bullying that everyone can connect to. We read the story and discuss what a good recess friend does and how to let others know we are looking for a recess buddy. I love the craftivity pack by Michele Hudgeons on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Mean Jean was Recess Queen
and nobody said any different.
Nobody swung until Mean Jean swung.
Nobody kicked until Mean Jean kicked....
Until a new kid came to school!
In How Full is Your Bucket for Kids Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.
Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers and family members. Before the day is over, you’ll see how Felix learns to be a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else’s bucket also fills his own.
If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal ... right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules ... and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place?