Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for First Day Jitters

Use First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

Everyone knows that ache in your stomach when you're nervous about starting something new. Students will easily relate to Sarah Jane Hartwell's feelings before her first day of school, helping them practice comprehension strategies like retelling and summarizing, and making inferences. And don't forget the extra special lesson on making predictions thanks to the delightful surprise ending.  

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About the Book

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Title: First Day Jitters
Author: Julie Danneberg
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Back to School, Laugh Out Loud
ISBN: 9781607345497
Publisher's Summary:
Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.
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