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  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
  • Diary of a Worm Super Pack


    Who knew earthworms and humans had so much in common? In the charming Diary of a Worm, students will meet a young worm who, like most boys and girls, loathes his homework, loves hanging out with his best friend and can’t help but pick on his sister. This is a fun story to support lessons on making connections, asking questions and making inferences, all while introducing students to unique text structures.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Vowel Digraphs
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with Diary of a Worm


    The whimsical portrayal of a worm and his family written in diary format will inspire a natural sense of curiosity while reading. Your lesson on asking questions about the characters and the events in the book to deepen comprehension will be practically automatic.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Making Connections with Diary of a Worm


    Diary of a Worm makes it easy—and funny—for readers to connect their daily activities and experiences to those of an earthworm and his friends and family.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Making Inferences with Diary of a Worm


    Are you looking for a fun, engaging lesson plan to support readers as they learn to make inferences while reading? Diary of a Worm will encourage children to draw upon their own daily experiences to understand how a fictitious worm might be feeling based on the events that the worm writes about in the pages of his diary.
    RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Understanding Text Structure with Diary of a Worm


    This is a uniquely perfect lesson plan for teaching students how to read and comprehend different text structures. The author uses a non-traditional diary format to relate the story of a worm and the life he leads right beneath our feet. Readers will also learn how to navigate speech bubbles in illustrations to deepen their reading experience.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Diary of a Worm Extension Activity


    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
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    Diary of a Worm Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Diary of a Worm. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    Diary of a Worm Word Work - Vowel Digraphs


    Diary of a Worm is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about long vowel digraphs. Either download the Diary of a Worm Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Diary of a Worm Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Diary of a Worm, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Diary of a Worm Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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