Today is the first day of first grade at Maple Elementary in Chardon, Ohio.
All day long, “First Grade, First Day” will be rolling around in my head. This was the first poem placed in my students’ poetry notebooks. I used it as the basis for a reading lesson on the first day of school. We would chorally read it aloud together, read it with a partner, use it to identify rhyming words and practice making words with the -ay word family. Then I’d send home a copy of the poem for my first graders to read with their parents.
Kids would love reading this poem later in the school year and remember the first day of school. Repeated readings would help build fluency.
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