A Recipe for Action Verbs
While reading How to Eat Fried Worms, Sweetser Elementary teacher David Henry had his fourth graders make up recipes for their favorite dishes. In the first draft, they had to approximate the ingredient amounts and the cooking procedures. Then, for homework, they had to go home and read recipes in search of interesting verbs. The next day, the class created a chart of the different verbs, many of which David had to demonstrate to the students so they understood the different meanings (e.g. mince, chop, puree, dice, etc.).
Students then revised their recipes for two things:
- Choosing from the huge selection of "recipe” verbs, students had to replace their weak verbs with stronger ones.
- To tie the writing activity to the book, students had to add worms somewhere into their recipes!
"They loved this writing activity!” David said.