One of our favorite picture books is Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. This funny story is presented as just that – the diary of a worm, with a date marked at the top of each entry. In the diary, the worm tells the reader about his everyday activities such as eating his homework, scaring children on the playground, and making macaroni necklaces in art class. He explains what he doesn’t like about being a worm – that he can’t chew gum – and what he does like – that he never gets in trouble for bringing mud into the house. Not only is this book a lot of fun to read, but it also teaches children about worms.
Afterschool Activities with the Diary of a Worm series
The author also wrote two more “diaries” – Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly. Using these books as inspiration, your child can write his own unique diary. To start, have him choose a wild animal close to home, such as a wasp, honey bee, beetle, snail, rabbit, or turtle. Next, do a little research together about the animal. Find out about its habitat, diet, and characteristics.
How to Start your own Diary
Now for the fun part – writing the diary! Your child can use a notebook or write on single sheets of paper. He might even choose plain computer paper so he can add illustrations later. To begin, have your child choose one fact he learned. Then, show him how to write about that fact from the animal’s point of view. For example, if the animal is a snail, he might say: “Crawled from the top step to the bottom step today. What a long trip!”
Now, have your child continue adding pages using the rest of the information he learned. Put it all together, and he’s created his very own animal diary!
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