Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Kiddos BEG for this Writing Assignment

Hello darlings! One of my favorite writing assignments each year is creating a Diary story based on the Diary of a Worm series. My students LOVE this activity every year!  We spend a few days reading  Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider.  We chart the characteristics that each book shares. 


For example, each story is a diary written by one of the characters. It is written in first person point of view. The other two characters from the other books are included.  Each book includes events that happen at home and at school.( Etc)



After our brain storming, kiddos make a story board to plan out their “Diary”.  They can choose any character they want to be.  I’ve had kids choose dogs, rabbits, cats, caterpillars, etc.

We take time to really plan out each entry and we team up with partners to help us make sure we stay on track.


Once we edit and revise, we write on final copies on plain white paper. (Notice the marker on her page from another student editing)

I have had kiddos present their books in many different ways…
  1. Share with buddies in a lower grade.
  2. Present in front of our class.
  3. Share with another 3rd grade class who also did this project.
  4. Have a “Read In” where kiddos bring snacks from home and rotate to each kiddos’ desks to read each story at their own pace.  They then leave a comment on a comment paper. (They LUV this)
  5. Students get into groups of 4-5 and read their stories.  They secretly vote who should share their story with the entire class.
  6. Video tape each kiddo reading the story, like Reading Rainbow.  Watch 2 or 3 a day. 










I hope you get a chance to do this with your kiddos!  I have provided everything you need for FREE!  (except the books of course!) You have permission to pin this and share with your colleagues! Click the pic to download.

Have a fantastic night!  Congrats to the Giveaway winner!
Shawnda Worth @ totallywirthit blogspot







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