In How to Eat Fried Worms, Billy makes a bet with his friend Alan that he can eat 15 worms, one each day, for fifteen days. Tom plans to be Billy’s second, or witness. Joe is going to be Alan’s second. Joe and Alan plan all sorts of schemes to win the bet. In one funny part of the story, Billy pretends that eating the worm has made him crazy. He goes around flapping his arms like a chicken. Students will love reading this hilarious book.
FREE Teaching Ideas for How to Eat Fried Worms
Activity #1 Pom-Pom Worms
While reading How to Eat Fried Worms, students made worms from pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and wiggly eyes. Every year after I know the novels I plan to teach, I love browsing the pages of Oriental Trading to see what cute, easy projects they provide. Their craft kits are very reasonably priced. Here is a link if you would like to check out this company.
Activity #2 Edible Worms
We sliced hot dogs lengthwise to look like worms. After cooking them in the microwave, they look like the real thing. Students sampled the worms with different condiments. Normal ingredients such as ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut are fun to use. Make the activity fun with a few condiments students might not have ever tried such as salsa, guacamole, cheese dip, or pesto. Create a bar graph of the class favorites.
Activity #3 Gummy Worms
Students love making dirt cups. First, make chocolate pudding. Purchasing pre-made pudding is an option in the classroom. Provide each student with a clear plastic cup. Students assemble the dirt cake by placing the pudding in the cup. A gummy worm or two are mixed in with the pudding. Chocolate cookie crumbles on top look like dirt. You can end with these three simple ingredients are add green-tinted coconut on top for grass.
Activity #4 Worm Writing
This idea is so easy and requires very little prep. Provide each student with a 9 by 11-inch piece of red construction paper. Have the students cut out an apple shape from the red piece of paper making it as large as possible on the page. If your students have trouble with this, cutting out a cardboard pattern is another option. Students also cut out two leaf shapes and a stem from green and brown construction paper. Most students can cut out shapes to form the leaves and stem with a pattern. The apple is assembled by gluing the leaves and stem to the back of the red apple.
For our writing project, students wrote a rough draft summarizing the story. They rewrote the summary on a new piece of paper and glued it onto the apple.
To make the worm, students were given pom-poms in varying sizes. Glue the pom-poms in order from largest to smallest. Add wiggly eyes to the largest pom-pom for the head.
These look great on a bulletin board.
Activity #5 Free Book Unit Samples
If you would like to try out the How to Eat Fried Worms Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
- Constructed Response Question
How to Eat Fried Worms Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice including a series of lessons on teaching the main idea and supporting details are all included.