Wondrous Worms! and a FREEBIE!

Ya'll - I have been having SO MUCH FUN teaching about worms this week (who knew?!?)
I was inspired by Jennifer over at First Grade Blue Skies and her wonderful little worm packet (go download it - seriously! But finish reading my post first :)

If any of you know me - I am a GIRL with a capital G. I don't like bugs. I don't like dirt (or germs! Seriously, I'm constantly sanitizing - I can't help it!) But when it gets down to it - I don't mind getting a little messy. Especially when it involves inspiring little minds! (and fun, hellooo!)

For our end of the year party we are making "dirt pies" (pudding, crumbled oreos, gummy worms) so that is what encouraged me to take the plunge and do a little mini-unit about worms. Our Treasures readers are 1 week short of the school year so there is one whole week where I get to teach what I want(!) Woot woot!

Monday - I introduced worms - We began reading "How to Eat Fried Worms" (I know...you're thinking "seriously, in Kindergarten?!") But it is SO funny and really engaging - it is great just a few chapters at a time when we first come in and then at the end of the day. They have been begging me to read more! We have been practicing visualizing (see my packet) and have done some fun writing with it!

Tuesday - On Monday I had told my kids that sometime this week I would be bringing real live worms for them to investigate. But I TRICKED them! muahahahaha. {don't worry...yes, later on this week they'll get to see the real worms!}
I cooked up some spaghetti noodles and put them in a bowl...hidden in a bag. (I added some extra water to the bowl so they were super slimy) They each took a turn feeling inside the bag without looking.
 After they each had a turn we made a list of words that described what they felt inside the bag. I told them "they might or might not be worms." They all went to their desks and drew with labels (using our list of adjectives) what they thought was in the bag (not ONE kid thought it was something other than worms!)
 After they were finished with the first box I brought them back to the carpet and revealed to them what was in the bag!! They couldn't believe it! "Mrs. Alderson, you tricked us!!" And of course... they had to go back and draw with labels what really was inside the bag.

I'm going to be posting more fun things about our week later on, but I wanted to share this with you guys now! I just couldn't wait! I'd love it if you grab it - it's free in my TpT store!
{Click on the picture to grab!}

Don't forget! You can still enter my giveaway here. There are some AWESOME goodies to be won!

Happy almost-Wednesday, friends!
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11 comments

  1. Love the worm ideas! Sounds like so much fun.
    Jessica


    Apples and Papers

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  2. You better start digging up some real worms to take to those kiddies! ;)Ha, ha! I can just see your girly self out in the dirt digging up worms!
    Jen
    Jen's Kinder Kids
    Please come by & visit!

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  3. I'll never look at noodles the same!! Thanks ;)

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrsstanfordsclass.blogspot.com

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  4. Haha Jessica - that bowl was grossing me out on its own thinking about all their grimy hands feelin' around in it.

    And Jen - You would be impressed! (That's what I told my husband, too!) I brought worms to school today and was elbows deep in them all day without even squirming!

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  5. What fun!

    heathernnance@yahoo.com

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  6. Thanks for the freebie! I am excited to check it out :)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  7. Thanks for sharing...this is just what I've been looking for to finish up the last full week of school!

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  8. I'm currently working with two other homeschooling moms on a worm unit, and your ideas are GREAT! (Harder to hide the noodles from the kidos when they live with you though!) Thanks for the wonderful download! I love particularly the math and the blending words! Again, thanks for the time you put into creating the handouts and then making them available for free! :)

    Darci the STEM mom

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    1. Had to update: I used some of your worm resources and we are busy posting our wormy activities. I linked back to your blog on my math page. Come take a look. Again, thanks for the great resources!

      http://www.stemmom.org/2012/10/math-themed-worm-activities.html

      And here is where you can find all our worm activities.
      http://www.stemmom.org/p/worm-unit.html

      I'm hosting a worm linky open November 7th, would love for you to link up!

      Darci the STEM Mom

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