Billy is not one to back down from a challenge. Now, the challenge is to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Will Billy succeed? How will his creativity make this challenge more palatable? How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell will show just how creative and courageous Billy can be! It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.
For us adults, the premise of eating worms is gross, for your students, it is hilarious and encourages them to keep reading. The gross-out factor is enough to pull in even the most reluctant reader in your class!
From the Book Jacket:
Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is “The bigger and juicier, the better!” At first, Billy’s problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy’s family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy through his gastronomic ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.
I offer a complete novel study to accompany How to Eat Fried Worms for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.
The idea of eating worms is gross, but this book is so much more than that. It’s about perseverance through a challenge, sticking to your word, and using your creativity and smarts to overcome. This is a great message for your upper elementary students.
Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!
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