May 16, 2019

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Last Day Blues

Frazzled Book Recommendation: Last Day Blues

Do you love books as much as I do? I definitely consider myself an avid reader! I am always on the lookout for new books while taking the time to reread my favorites. Join me each Thursday as I share a classroom treasure with you. Let me know what you think of the book and what book you would recommend! 

This week's Frazzled Teacher Book Recommendation is Last Day Blues!

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On the first day of school, I read a book called First Day Jitters. The bookends with the book I choose for the last day of school, Last Day Blues. Both of these stories feature the same character and have a little twist at the end.


Quick Summary


Mrs. Hartwell and her class prepare for the end of the school year in this book. Both students and the teacher are saddened that the year is ending. As they go through daily tasks, they all realize it will be for the last time. As Mrs. Hartwell looks sadly out at the students as they leave school for the last time, my own students tend to get a little emotional...until we read the last page!


Extension Activities


This book allows my students to get out their emotions of feeling blue on the last day of school. It's perfect for our Morning Meeting as we go around discussing our feelings on this day. 

Because the book ends with a twist (spoiler alert)...the teachers have a party at the end...my students can move out of sadness mode pretty quickly. I think the best way to read this book is by using your saddest voice until you get to the partying at the end! 

There will be some students that are truly upset to be leaving school. For them, it is a safe place to go. My school, in particular, provides two meals a day to students. During summer, they may not eat on a regular meal. I think that students need an opportunity to grieve if needed. Drawing a picture or writing a journal entry might be helpful to these students.

You understand your students better than anyone else. Read a story like Last Day Blues so students have an opportunity to express themselves.


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I love to start my year off with First Day Jitters. It is the perfect book to see which students understand the twist and which students will probably need a LOT explained to them as the year goes on!

All of the Mrs. Hartwell books have a little twist at the end, which is a feature I definitely love! I also love rereading books with the same characters. This character has gradually been made into multiple books but they are not a series that needs to be read in a certain order to enjoy.

Looking for more recommendations? Check out some of these past blog posts for more.


   

What book do you recommend?

The last day of school can be an emotional one for some students (and teachers). Choosing a book to reflect this helps teachers bring the end of the school year to a successful close. This blog post shares a great read aloud to celebrate the last day as well as give some activities that correlate to the book. #confessionsofafrazzledteacher #lastdayofschool #bookrecommendation #readaloud {Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade Students}

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