Draw and Write Together: “Worms” Chart

  • chart paper
  • markers
  • squares of paper
  • tape
  • Wonderful Worms (book)
  • fact
  • plant
  • worm

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Recognizes that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes, such as giving information, sharing stories, or giving an opinion.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: “Worms” Chart

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STEM Key Concepts: Earthworms are animals that live in the soil, underground

ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print, Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary

Distribute one square of paper to each child. Ask children to share ideas that they learned about how worms help plants.  Ask them to illustrate one of those ideas.

Then turn their attention to the chart paper. Write “Worms” at the top. Tell children they are going to share their drawings and describe a fact they learned about worms. Explain that you will record their ideas and then they are to tape their pictures on the chart. Write children’s responses, such as,

  • Worms are animals.
  • Worms help plants meet their needs.
  • Worms live in dirt.
  • Worms dig tunnels.
  • Worms loosen the dirt.
  • Earthworms live underground.

Tell children that they can revisit and add to the chart when they discover new details about worms and how they help plants.

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