Last week I shared our Diary of a Worm literature study. We completed the unit at school this week and I’m ready to share it with you! This unit was a great way to review students on Kindergarten skills and merge them with a few first grade skills. It was also a great way for me to see where we will need to begin in the fall.
We distributed these lessons over 5 days. And since we’re a little more lax in the summer, we spent the majority of the time on reading skills.
Our week began decorating our cover of “Our Week With The Worms”. I just typed up a cover sheet so we could make a little booklet of all the activities we completed at the end of our week.
After we all finished our book covers, we painted containers for our worm habitats. Since worms like to be in the dark, we tried really hard to paint our containers as dark as possible. (I used containers I had left over from lentils purchased at the farmer’s market)
To begin our literacy lessons, I started the first graders on a “long a” poem. We reviewed “silent e” on the end of a word makes the vowel say it’s name. Then we read through the poem of the week and circled all of the “long a” words.
I used the word family printable from my Diary of a Worm packet to assess what was learned from Kindergarten.
My 4 year olds began to work on the word family -an. I found a great resource from Lavinia Pop.
When the worm habitats were dry, we went out to Miss Lynn’s yard to build our habitats. After we filled it with soil we went on a worm hunt.
We found some!
We added bits of carrot peels and egg shells to our habitats and left them alone.
We began our literacy studies by reading “Diary of a Worm“. Then we filled in a story element printable.
We read a lot of facts about worms and ended the day by having a worm race. No hands. No legs. No eyes. Lots of fun!
Day 3 began with a fun game of “Build the Worm” Before the kids got here for school I cut two different colored pieces of yarn the same length. Then I cut each piece into 6 shorter pieces. I hid the pieces out in Miss Lynn’s yard.
When the kids all got here, I broke them into two teams. One group was to hunt for the pink yarn and the other group was to hunt for the red. They were to tie all of their pieces of yarn together to see who had the longest worm.
We also worked on vocabulary. I chose 5 words from “Diary of a Worm” and my first graders came up with definitions for each word. Then they chose one and wrote it in a sentence.
My third grader used a leveled reader from Reading A-Z. We had fun reading and finding out answers to the questions we had about worms.
Because we had a little time left, my first graders worked on their 100’s chart.
My kindhearted Princess used a nonfiction leveled reader from Reading A-Z to practice main idea and details. This is such a difficult skill for kids.
My 6 year olds practiced fact and opinion. They used the fact and opinion cards from my Diary of a Worm packet to organize the sentences. We used a pocket chart, but you could easily do this on the floor or on a table.
I’m so thankful to my friend who used to be a Kindergarten teacher. She gave me so many valuable resources to use with the kiddos. This board is one of my favorites. The 6 year olds practiced spelling CVC words with it last week.
For a fun science project we made Frankenworms! Thanks to Pinterest I found this fun idea at Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits.
For the last day of our worm unit. we began by adding another page into our worm books. We wrote our opinions about worms.
My 8 year old wrote out sentences about her opinions.
The 6 year olds also read and solved the emergent reader word problems.
Rowdy in Room 300 had a great glyph activity.
We made preparations for our worm party. We prepared worm ice cubes by placing gummy worms into ice cube trays and filling them up with green juice.
We also made spaghetti hot dogs. We stuck dry spaghetti through cut up hot dogs.
Then we cooked them.
For dessert we made dirt pudding cups. Complete with gummy worms!
Probably the neatest treat of all was our jello worms. By following this recipe from Pinterest we made really cool looking worms we could eat!
See our FREE printables for this unit Diary of a Worm
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