Diary of a Worm

Tips for "Diary of a Worm"

As You Read:

Throughout the book, the worm not only writes about different events in his life but he also adds snapshots with short captions under them that show him doing cool things and being with his friends. As you come across these snapshots, discuss them and consider the backstory for each one. For example, for "The family vacation- on Compost Island", talk about how you think that vacation went. What is composting and what does your child think they did at the compost site?


Extending the Story:

While zany and silly, this story also helps little ones understand how worms help the earth by making holes in the soil so that the earth can breath and breaking down things like leaves and grass so that plants can use them. Talk about the things you learned about worms in this story and then continue the learning by researching how other creatures help the earth as well! Use resources like these to talk about how bees and beavers help the planet too.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...