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September 12th, 2006, 11:02 AM
choshojo's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I borrowed this idea from my own childhood teachers, it was one of the few things I remembered really enjoying in school. We made them between 4-6th grade when I was in school, but I'm using it for my 5 year old 2nd grader, so it could easily be adapted for any child who can read.

All you really need is some construction paper, scissors, a stapler and a pen. You, or your child, makes a head for the worm, about 3 inches in diameter. They can decorate it however they want (markers, crayons, glue-on googly eyes, whatever they want and you have available). Then you cut out squares (mine are 2 1/4" as that was the best way to maximize sheet-usage, I just folded the paper in half long-wise twice and those strips produced five 2 1/4" squares with a tiny bit left over) of different colored paper for the body segments.

We use different colors for different genres of books. Our genres are fiction, poetry, science, social studies, geography & world studies, animals and story books (my son must read 3 story books for this category as they are usually a bit below his current reading level, but he still enjoys them, so I wanted to include them). These categories can be adapted to your child's reading skills; when I was in school we had categories like mysteries, sports, historical fiction, classic literature; use whatever fits for yoru child. For beginning readers, you could do away with genres period and just give them random colors when they finish a book (you could also just use one color, of course, but I like the technicolor look ).

When your child finishes a book, have them either write up a brief report of the book (a couple of paragraphs) or write/recite answers to a list of questions you make about the book, depending on their skills. Once they do this, you can staple on a new segment to your bookworm. We write the name of the book and the date it was read on our segments.

This idea could of course be modified many ways... if you like it, but don't want to make a worm, per se, you could make a train, a bookshelf, a dragon... whatever you or your child can think of that would look cool with segments added to it.

I love being able to track reading progress this way, and my son loves it because he wants to make his book worm grow and grow!

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September 12th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Stellaluna's Avatar Super Mommy
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What a great idea! We'll have to make on of these!

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February 3rd, 2011, 04:25 PM
TaraJo29's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I'd love to see a picture of your bookworm.
Mom to Titus (12), Isaiah (10), Noelle (8), Joel (6), Hannah (4), Elijah (1), and baby due Nov 4!

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February 5th, 2011, 08:01 PM
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I LOVE this idea! I'd love to see a photo too!
Liz (30), mum to Mia (5) and Aiden (3)

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