Diary of a Worm | 123Read&Write

A simple reading comprehension quiz and literacy activities for the children’s book, Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin.

Book Summary

The Diary of a Worm is a wonderful children's picture book about a boy worm. Written in diary format, the worm seems very similar to human beings: he lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and goes to school. However, he can drag mud through the house, never has to get clean, has a spider as a best friend, and most importantly, helps the Earth to breathe.  Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, The Diary of the Worm is a wonderful children's book about a little worm in a big world. 

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Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading the story to your child, go to the following link to complete the quiz:


5 = Mastery

4 = Developing

<3 = Beginning

Follow-Up Lesson Plan Activities

Activity 1: Sorting Manners

Directions: In Diary of a Worm, Worm displayed good manners and bad manners. In the chart below, read the descriptions in the center. Determine whether each is considered a good manner or a bad manner, and place a check mark in the appropriate box.

Activity 2: Art Activity - Pasta Necklace

Directions: In the story, Diary of a Worm, worm made a special pasta necklace, which he shared with his family. Glue pasta noodles to the string below to create your very own pasta necklace. (Note… or use your own string to make a pasta necklace you can wear.)

Activity 3: Pasta Patterns

Directions: In Diary of a Worm, Worm made a pasta necklace with a single piece of pasta. In the chart below, determine the pasta pattern on the left. Circle the correct pasta shape on the right to complete the pattern.

Activity 4: Worm Maze

Directions: In Diary of a Worm, worm eats his homework and his pasta necklace. Help the worm below eat his way through the big, juicy apple.

Activity 5: Creative Writing Prompt - Worm's New Job

Directions: Worm wanted to be a secret service agent and protect the President when he was older. What job do you believe Worm should have when he grows up? Write a story about worm’s new job on the lines below. Draw a picture to go along with your story.

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