Lesson Plan

The Night Before First Grade

This lesson helps kindergartners express their emotions about moving to first grade. Featuring The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing, it gives young students ample time to introspect, write, and draw.
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Learning Objectives

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

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

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.

Beginning

  • Go over feeling words as a class by providing a visual chart of different feelings, define the words and post the chart for reference.
  • Connect to students prior knowledge by asking guided questions about how they felt when they started kindergarten.
  • Have students turn and talk to a peer who speaks the same home language to share their thinking.
  • Provide sentence frames for students such as "I felt ________ before I started kindergarten."

Intermediate

  • Go over feeling words as a class by providing a visual chart of different feelings, define the words and post the chart for reference.
  • Connect to students prior knowledge by asking guided questions about how they felt when they started kindergarten.
  • Have students turn and talk to a peer who to share their thinking.
  • Provide sentence stems for students such as "I felt ________."