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School's First Day of School

Last updated Friday, September 28, 2018

Author: Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 1596439645
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2018

Synopsis: It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What does the title of this book mean?
•  How can a school have a first day?
•  How can a school have a first day of school? Do you think the school is new?


•  buff (floors) - mop and polish floors
•  creaked - (of an object, typically a wooden one) make a harsh, high-pitched sound when being moved or when pressure or weight is applied.
•  gasped - a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise. a convulsive effort to breathe. a short, convulsive utterance: the words came out in gasps.
•  sagged - to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure, especially in the middle: The roof sags. to hang down unevenly; droop: Her skirt was sagging. to droop; hang loosely: His shoulders sagged.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think the school will like the children?
•  How many children can you count going to the new school? How many are on the school bus?
•  How do you think the school learned to enjoy itself?

Craft ideas:
•  Make cutout shapes (squares, triangles, rectangles) to make a picture of a school and houses. Add drawings of trees, kids, playground, etc.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!