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Diary of a Worm compared to real Earthworms Kindergarten English Language Arts. Amanda Benson EDN 303 February 5, 2012. NCTE/IRA NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
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February 5, 2012
1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound–letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
English Language Arts — Kindergarten
Goal 3: The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language, and media and technology.
Objective 3.04. Use speaking and listening skills and media to connect experiences and text listening to and re-visiting stories discussing, illustrating, and dramatizing stories
1. Students will read Diary of a Worm as a class with the teacher.
2. Students will review with the teacher what a story map is.
3. Students will break into groups of four and create a story map.
4. Students will come back together as a class and share the story maps they have created.
5. Students will create a class story map.
6. Students will review information they have learned about Earthworms.
7. Using information that the students have previously learned about worms they will now as a class create a Venn Diagram with the book Diary Of A Worm and Worms.
8. Take a test and review the test and wrap up the lesson.
By: Doreen Cronin Pictures by: Harry Bliss
Name of the book: Author:
Some Events in the story
The most important thing in the story is….
Name of the book: Diary of a Worm Author: Doreen Cronin; Illustrated by Harry Bliss
Setting: This story happens in places where you would find worms.
Where: Underground, on the playground, at school, on the sidewalk, outside and in a tree.
When: We don’t know exactly when the story takes place, but we are pretty sure it is happening now because the kids are dressed like us.
Main Character: The two main characters are worm and his friend Spider.
Other Characters: Worm’s family and some kids on the playground.
Some Events in the story
Event one: Worm plays with his best friend spider and tries to teach spider how to dig. Spiders legs got stuck and swallowed a bunch of dirt. They have problems in the story,but they stay friends.
Event two: Worm goes to school without his lunch and he eats his homework. He has to write I will not eat my homework. He eats that too.
Event three: Worm said good morning to the first ant he saw. There were 600 ants and he stayed there all day saying hi to all of them.
The most important thing in the story is that Worm does really like being a worm. His mom always says, “The earth never forgets we are here.”
Worms eat roots, leaves and soil.
As worms burrow into the ground they consume soil extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter such as leaves and roots.
Worms usually grow between 7 and 8 centimeters but have been known to get up to 14 inches.
A worms body is made up of ring like segments called annuli.
Worms live in soil or moist leaf litter.
The worm is covered in setae or small bristles which help them move and burrow.
A worm can dig up to 6.5 feet into the dirt.
Worms do not have teeth.
A worm has five hearts.
There are 4,400 species of worms, 2,700 different kinds of earthworms to be exact.
Lets play some fun worm games!!
Diary of a Worm
In your groups create a Venn Diagram comparing Diary of a Worm and Real Earthworms. At least five good ideas in each section.
Earthworms can dig up to 6.5 feet deep, that is taller than me.
Earthworms can get up to 7 to 8 centimeters long but some have been known to get to 14 inches.
Earthworms live in soil or moist leaf liter.
Earthworms are covered in setae or small bristles which help them to move and burrow.
The earthworms body is made up of ring like segments that are called annuli.
The earthworm eats roots, leaves and soil.
As an earthworm burrows into the ground they consume soil extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter such as leaves and roots.
Great Job Learning and Working Hard!!
Test your earthworm knowledge!
True or false questions
1. Earthworms eat twizzlers and skittles.
2. Earthworms are usually 7 to 8 centimeters but can get up to 14 inches.
3. An earthworms body is made up of ring like segments called annuli.
4. Earthworms can only dig up to 2 feet deep.
1. False, Earthworms eat roots, leaves and soil not twizzlers and skittles.
4. False, Earthworms can dig up to 6.5 feet deep.
The book Diary Of A Worm by Doreen Cronin pictures by Harry Bliss.