All About Worms!

Last week, we did one of my favorite themes - worms! The kids always love this theme too.  We started it off with our small groups reading from the Reading A to Z books.  As soon as they saw the cover they got all excited. I love that. Excited to learn. Imagine that.

In our whole group, we read a few different books. Here some of the books we read during the week.

As we read, we added details to our planning page. Then, we wrote our "sloppy" copy for our "All About Worms" writing activity.

We also compared Diary of a Worm and Wonderful Worms. This picture doesn't show it, but we found a LOT of ways they were similar...and of course how they were different. They kept finding ways that the fictional book was still true. 

We also made a worm habitat!  They wrote out the steps of "How to Build a Worm Habitat."

Then we made it!

We made our first observation. They were so excited that even after one day, there were all kinds of different tunnels.

Then, today we did the 2nd observation.

The poem in my Worm pack lends itself nicely to reviewing adjectives

Our skill this week was measurement.  I started off by reading Inch by Inch by Leo Lioni

Then we read our Inchworm's Trip poem. It came from {THIS} book.

Then I passed out some worms for everyone to measure.  I love using these worms. These are the worms that we used.


The next day, the kids got to use the worms to measure different items in the class.

This activity comes from my All About Worms pack. If you don't have a bucket of these worms in your class, I included some worms in the pack that you can print and laminate to use for this activity.

He was totally amazed that it took that many worms - ha!

Then it was time to break out the rulers!

By the end of the week, I was able to conference with the kids on their sloppy copy writing so they could write their neat copy. While the writing activity comes from my All About Worms pack, the oh-so cute craft comes from Rowdy in Room 300- her worm glyph pack.


Karen F. said...

Love this!! I know the kiddos are going to go nuts :-) One question, do you provide directions on how to build the worm habitat? Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!!

Jen R said...

Hi Karen,

Yes, I have the "recipe" for the habitat in the pack :)

Lake Life said...
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Lake Life said...

This looks like a very fun unit for the kids. I like how you incorporate other subject areas into the science subject as well such as writing, math, and reading. I like how it gives students the opportunity to make their own observations and recordings. This unit looks very fun and engaging for the students to be learning hands on and through discussions.


Sandra said...

Karen, Great article and well explained concepts for kids to grasp. It's a nice article about types of sentences

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