A Fine Fine School by Sharon Creech is a humorous story about a girl who loves school, but then the principal wants the students to come to school more and more. They have to go on the weekends, holidays, and during the summer. Someone has to tell the principal this is just too much school!
After this read aloud, on chart paper, we make a list of reasons why our school is a fine, fine school. Then students write a poem or short paragraph about why they think their school is a "fine, fine school." They publish their writing on paper of a school house I have reproduced. I then hang them outside the classroom for open house.
I read this book usually first thing in the morning. We talk about the surprise ending and share how each one of us felt last night and this morning before we arrived at school. I then have my students write a paragraph about their "first day jitters."
Happy First Day of School!