Keeping a mini diary is a fun way to encourage both writing and research. Share Cronin and Bliss’s funny picture books, Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly. First read for enjoyment. Then read it again and ask students to identify what facts they are learning about the animal. Next, invite students to create their own Diary of a…. Here’s how:
1. Have students choose an animal that they really love.
2. Take students to the library and let them find books about their animals and/or do web research.
3. Ask students to create a fact sheet on the animal for reference.
4. Make a simple blank book by taking four sheets of paper, folding them in half and stapling at the fold with a long-arm stapler.
5. Invite students to pretend to be the animal and write one diary entry. Students can add illustrations and keep adding entries each day for a week.
At the end of the week, share your diaries.