During Kindergarten orientation, the Kindergarten teachers send their students to the 1st grade classrooms for about an hour. This is a great way for the Kindergarteners to see the 1st grade classrooms and they kind of get an idea of what to expect for the next year. It’s also a wonderful way to let the 1st graders shine. They feel so grown up and important when the Kindergarteners come to visit.
During this time, I like to have my 1st graders perform a Reader’s Theater to the book “The Night Before First Grade.”
About a week before the performance, I read the book to my students. Then I break the book into sections and we start practicing our lines. They always do a great job. Click here for the print out of the story I use for the reader’s theater script.
Something else I love doing with my students is having them make a book to the Kindergarteners. They write “What You Need to Know About 1st Grade.” I bind all of their writing into a book and pass it around to the Kindergarten teachers to read to their classes. You can download the book by clicking on the picture.