The Kissing Hand  (Chester the Raccoon - Nancy M. Leak, Ruth E. Harper, Audrey Penn

This would be the PERFECT book to read on the first day to either a kindergarten or first grade class. This story explains Chester'a feelings about the first day of school, and most students have these same feelings about the first day. So, this lesson would be like an ice breaker on the first day. The teacher will have a small cut out of paper on each student's desk and they will be asked to write their name and color it with how they feel today. The teacher will explain that these feelings can be called emotions. The teacher will have a chart with emotions along the top like happy, sad, nervous & excited. The teacher will call on students to come Place their name that they colored underneath the emotion that they feel. The teacher will express that it is very common to feel all of these ways on the first day, and if you're sad or nervous that will go away because we're going to have a great year learning together!