Sarah Jane Hartwell is very anxious about her first day at a new school. She imagines problematic events happening and does not want to get out of bed. This story provides a unique perspective: Sarah Jane Hartwell is the new teacher, not the new student! I would love to read this story on the first day, so my students know that they are not the only ones a little nervous about the new experiences that we are about to take on together. After the story has been read, I would have my students make "jitter glitter" and this could be kept at their desks during the day to help ease the nerves.
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