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When It’s The Last Day Of School Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for When It’s The Last Day Of School will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With a theme of being respectful, this When It’s The Last Day Of School picture book by Maribeth Boelts is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with When It’s The Last Day Of School Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of When It’s The Last Day Of School. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with When It’s The Last Day Of School reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

WHEN IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SUMMARY

It’s the last day of school and James is so excited he runs all the way to school. As a student that typically misbehaves, James has big plans for the last day of school. He won’t talk during silent reading, he will complete all his work on time, and thank the lunch ladies in the cafeteria. Throughout the day, James thinks about his exciting plans for summer, like riding bikes, camping, looking for crabs and watching fireworks. 

 

Throughout the school day James is a respectful and well behaved student. When the last bell rings, James gives his teacher Mrs. Bremwood a big hug goodbye. As he leaves the school for summer, James explodes with excitement! This book makes a perfect read aloud for the last day!

WHEN IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for When It’s The Last Day Of School, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based When It’s The Last Day Of School reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize / retell
  • visualizing
  • analyzing character
  • analyzing setting
  • making connections

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • being respectful

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • multiple meaning words
  • conjunctions
  • synonyms
  • ellipses

WHEN IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
When It's the Last Day of School book companion
elementary students listening to an interactive read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for When It’s The Last Day Of School?

  • Lexile® Measure: 675 – 700
  • Guided Reading Level: P – Q
  • DRA Level: 38
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 4

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Maribeth Boelts. It was illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama.

What genre is When It’s The Last Day Of School?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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