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.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Connections with Our Feelings pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Connections with Our Feelings pre-lesson.

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

Support:

  • Allow struggling students to primarily use drawings for their assignment.

Enrichment:

  • Have advanced students use only complete sentences to show their emotions—no pictures.
(10 minutes)
  • Collect students' writing assignments once they're done. Review them later to assess understanding.
(15 minutes)
  • Pick a few random students to share their writing with the class.

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