Looking for a handful of stories about worms to add to your Pre-K classroom’s collection? Unsure where to start? If so, perhaps I may be of some assistance. At one time, I worked in a Pre-K setting. As such, I just happen to know of several books that would fit in well with a worm themed lesson plan. Here’s a quick look at each one”
“Wiggling Worms at Work”
Wendy Pfeffer’s “Wiggling Worms at Work” is one of the first books that I’d recommend looking at. It contains a great basic overview of what makes worms so special. I would also recommend pairing it with Caroline Arnold’s book “Wiggle and Waggle” as well as Nancy Loewen’s tome “Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard.” Arnold’s tale uses two cartoon worms to get its point across whereas Loewen’s book takes a less fanciful approach. In combination, all three will help teach the children about a worm’s life cycle and its characteristics.
“Inch by Inch”
Leo Lionni’s “Inch by Inch” is another book that I’d suggest adding to your collection. I like the book because its storyline focuses on a savvy inchworm and its measuring prowess. Thus, it would make a superlative introduction to a math related activity. I would also suggest pairing it with Elinor J. Pinczes’ book “Inchworm and A Half.” It could be utilized in the same way. If you do decide to go that route, you may want to consider giving each child an inchworm ruler. Quill typically sells the rulers for around $16 a set.
Personally, I also found favor with Vivian French’s book “Yucky Worms.” In my opinion, she does an excellent job at providing a basic overview of the topic at hand. The book’s illustrations weren’t bad either. I typically like to read it in conjunction with Linda Glaser’s book “Wonderful Worms” and Clair Llewellyn’s “Earthworms.” Both books cover similar information. Llewellyn’s book also contains full-color photographs that will undoubtedly fascinate some of the children.
“Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer”
Should you want to broach the subject of worm farming, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Carol Brendler’s book “Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer.” It features a charming storyline about an aspiring, female worm farmer. The children are likely to get a kick out of hearing about her ambitions. In addition, you could utilize the book as a transition to a worm farm building exercise or further discussions about how worm’s help to improve the soil.
“Diary of a Worm”
Lastly, if you want to read a fun book to the kids, I’d suggest scooping up a copy of Doreen Cronin’s “Diary of a Worm.” In my opinion, it has a cute storyline and wonderful illustrations. The kids are apt to learn something from the creature’s diary entries as well. You could also feasibly read it in conjunction with Sue Beth Balash’s book “Mimi the Inchworm.” As the title suggests, it focuses on a fictional inchworm with an agenda all her own.
Source: Personal Experience
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