My class is currently reading the book, "How to Eat Fried Worms" by Thomas Rockwell. This is such a fun book that captures the students' interest and imagination. My students are really connecting to the interactions the four main characters have throughout the book. Tomorrow, we will be wrapping up our lessons focusing on the book.
I've decided that I and the children who choose to, will get a chance to eat a "fried worm." While I could probably be convinced to try most anything; and I have eaten snails and haggis, I don't think I could be convinced to eat a real fried worm. We will be dining on hot dogs with ketchup and mustard!
I took a package of hot dogs and sliced each hot dog in sixths. I found it easiest to cut them in half first and then cut each half into three parts. Then I put them in a non-stick skillet for a few minutes to fry them up. Tomorrow I will heat them up in the microwave I have in the classroom. My husband and I were laughing tonight at the pile on the cutting board. I think it really does look like a pile of worms! :-)
This will be a choice activity. I have some students who absolutely will not want to eat one of our "fried worms." However, I suspect those kids will be groaning, giggling and laughing right along with the others who do. I plan on bringing in some paper plates, ketchup and mustard to serve with our "fried worms." One of the main characters, Tom, chants a poem to his friend Billy as he eats the worms. I am going to post that poem on our ActiveBoard. We can chant it and throw in a little bit of fluency reading work while we are having fun.
As always, whenever we do a choice activity like this, we will vote about whether or not we liked the worms. I still like to vote with post-it notes (even though I have older students now). It keeps the students actively engaged and it ensures that they only vote once. Since we have also had ongoing lessons about graphs and data collection, we will also create a graph of our results.
I have a few more sites and lesson resources that we have done that correlate with this book. Look for them in a future post!