The Night Before First Grade
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- You've selected a game or exercise to assign.
- From here, you have two options: Add the game or exercise to a new assignment, or add to an existing assignment.
- If you're creating a new assignment, give it a name. Adding a description or due date is optional. Click "Next".
- Select the child(ren) you want to send this assignment to, then click "Done". You will see a confirmation message once it has been successfully assigned.
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- To complete the assignments, students click on the games or exercises listed on the assignment page, play, learn, and have fun!
- The main menu also allows students to see their progress in each individual game and exercise in the assignment.
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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.