I'm in limbo waiting to hear about a 1st grade position. I told myself I wouldn't put the cart before the horse and start planning without an offer, but I can't resist the temptation. I've taught 5th and 3rd, and it's been a good 5-6 years since my practicum courses in college. Would anyone care to tell me about what 1st graders are like during the first several weeks? What can they do on their own? What concepts seem foreign to them at first? Any generalizations you can give me about your experiences would be great. Also, I love First Days of School and Tools for Teaching, but they're pretty geared towards the older bunch. Are there any primary elem books you found invaluable?