Term One's Learning

Our texts for term one:
I am not a worm

I am not a worm

This is a page to store activity ideas to share with others.
Please email your activity to your Leader who will add it to this page for you.

Hi to all our readers,

As we set off to explore the great books we have to share, could you tell us a little about yourselves?

It would be great if you could send us some drawings or photos of your school and tell us something that you think is special about it.

Perhaps you could try adding speech bubbles like Scott Tulloch did in "I am not a worm."  (You can see I had a little try myself on this page.)

Looking forward to meeting all the classes who are joining us for the great #NZReadAloud!

Tina Donnell

Watch and listen to the book read by Scott Tulloch himself on Youtube

Click here to launch this online, multiple choice quiz about the book.

Use this Padlet to record your questions for Scott Tulloch.  You can do this through voice recordings, text or pictures.

  • Chameleon tells Caterpillar that he is being a grump.
  • Draw, write about or act out a time when you were in a grump.
  • What did you do to solve your problem?


  • What did the Chameleon do to the butterfly?

  • Why was the caterpillar getting frustrated?

  • Describe a time when you have gotten frustrated with someone or something?

Going Further:
  • How could he convince the chameleon he is a caterpillar and not a worm? (i.e. What’s the difference between a worm and a caterpillar?)
  • Research the lifecycle of a caterpillar.
  • What do you know about chameleons?
  • What does camouflage mean? What other animals do you know that camouflage themselves and how?
  • Butterflies and Symmetry

In pairs, perform the conversation.



A friend of mine has been growing caterpillars, and then releasing the butterflies.  She has captured the moment that the caterpillar turns into a crysalis on video and popped the clips up on youtube for us!  Have a look!    Ellie Mackwood Wairau Valley Special School

A simple worksheet that uses speech bubbles to show the different stages of a butterfly lifecycle. Each speech bubble starts with "I am not a worm"and then leaves space for students to describe what each stage actually is called.  Ellie Mackwood Wairau Valley Special School


Re-write the story as a play (together as a class/shared writing) and then act it out. Take turns being the different characters. Emphasise the way the different animals move - clip-clopped, clit-clattering, stomp-stamping.

Emma Armstrong Turaki Primary School

Layered landscape art using textures
Create a layered landscape focusing on one aspect at a time. 
Discuss how you would show:
- Glittering green sea
- Lush green fields
- Sun baked hills etc

Tara Darroch Turaki Primary School

Write about when you have been like Melu and have had a go at something and kept on trying until you have done it.

Write about something your family always does the same way, like Melu's family.

Melu was different and unique compared to his family.  Write about what makes you different and unique from others.

 Listen to Melu read by Kyle Mewburn

Write a book review or retell the story like these Green Bay children: Melu Review 
Deanna Morgan www.sms.school.nz


Before reading:  Ask the children for all the things they know of that could be unlocked with a key.
After reading: Extend this to the imaginary uses for a key.

Language that can be explored:
  • Rhyme
  • Repeated blend/initial sound use 
  • eg "snug as a bug in rug" and "tucker in er er"
I also especially love the author dedication and will discuss and develop understanding of this

Follow up Activities:
  • Make individually shaped cardboard keys
  • Describe these and what they unlock ( the sky's the limit)
  • Paint them and on one side write the key adjectives and on the other state what it might unlock.

  • You could also link this with our school Values and virtues would be to paint the keys, name them and then write the attributes we have to unlock our best and contribute fully to our class learning activities or other topical need or focus.

This book could also be linked to Tony Ryan's thinkers keys in particular:
  • The Inventions Key -  creating different keys for imaginary purposes
  • The Brainstorming Key - The problem could be: There are so many keys on the key ring I can't find the right one.
  • The Different Uses Key - List different uses for keys
  • The Variations Key - How many ways can you lock things up.
  • The Alphabet Key - Things that can locked from A-Z
  • The Disadvantages Key - What are the disadvantages of keys

Thanks to Sheryl Riceman Reignier Catholic School for the activities above.

Thanks to Tracy Scott-McCleary Waikanae Primary School for the activities above.

Funny Sayings: Dad says, "Snug as a bug in a rug," as he tucks the little girl into bed.  Do people in your family say things like that? Make a collection of funny sayings to share.
The Cat
Notice the cat in the illustrations.
What are some of the things he gets up to?
Draw and write about some of the things he does.
Favourite Words
eeny weeny       itty bitty,    curly, curvy      hunky, clunky
Make a collection of some of your favourite words from the story and see if you can use them in your talking and writing this week.

What does Dad do?
There are some clues in the illustrations about what Dad does.  What do you think his job might be, and why do you think that?
Tina Donnell Kaipara Flats School

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