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Diary of a Worm



Last updated Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Author: Doreen Cronin
Date of Publication: 2003
ISBN: 006000150X
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2019

Synopsis: This is the diary of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey—no matter how hard he tries.

Note to readers:
•  On the inside cover, front and back, there are pictures of the worms to show the kids.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know what a diary is?
•  What would you write about in a diary?
•  Where have you seen a worm before? (Maybe in a garden or one used for fishing)

Vocabulary

•  Diary - a book in which you write down your experiences and thoughts each day
•  Dangerous - involving possible injury or harm
•  Hopscotch - a child's game in which players hop through a series of squares drawn on the ground
•  Tracking - a path or trail that is made by people or animals walking through a field, forest, etc.
•  Macaroni

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why is hopscotch dangerous for worms?
•  What do you want to be when you grow up?
•  What are three good things about being a kid?

Craft ideas:
•  Use construction paper to make a bookworm bookmark. Have kids decorate as they like. Examples on Pinterest.
•  Create a mini diary/book.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!
https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/july-2019/

Special activities:
•  Do the Hokey Pokey with your group.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!