Lesson Plan:

The Night Before First Grade

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August 7, 2015
by Nichelle Neal

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to reflect on their own feelings about moving to first grade.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Talk to the students about getting ready to move to first grade.
  • Tell them you are going to read them a book that will help them understand their feelings about going to first grade.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Go through the pictures in The Night Before First Grade as a class.
  • Read the story aloud.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have the students talk to you about some of the feelings have when they think about going to first grade.
  • Write out some of their emotions on the board.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Distribute the sheets of paper.
  • Give students time to think about some other feelings they are having about going to the next grade.
  • Give them time to write about how they feel about going to the next grade. Tell students they can use words and pictures to explain their feelings.



  • Enrichment: Have advanced students use only complete sentences to show their emotions—no pictures.
  • Support: Allow struggling students to primarily use drawings for their assignment.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Collect students' writing assignments once they're done. Review them later to assess understanding.

Review and Closing (15 minutes)

  • Pick a few random students to share their writing with the class.

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