Diary of a Wimpy Kid Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' is a children's novel by Jeff Kinney about a boy who is struggling to find acceptance in middle school. This asset contains hands-on projects to evaluate learning at the end of a novel study about this book.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Middle school is a rough time for a lot of kids. Greg Heffley, the protagonist of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is no exception. Greg's obsession with popularity at all costs interferes with his relationship with his best friend, Rowley, who finds more peer acceptance by being himself. After reading this novel, these projects will enhance and evaluate your students' reading experience.

Grade level: 4th - 8th grade

Create a Board Game

Students will review the characters and key details of the story by inventing and playing their own board games.

Time: 2-5 days

Materials:

  • index cards
  • game board template
  • spinners or die
  • game pieces
  • markers

Research Topics & Guiding Questions:

  • What are the defining characteristics of each of the major characters in this novel?
  • What are the most important events in the novel?
  • What are the elements of a board game?

Procedure:

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Provide each student with 4-6 index cards.
  • Task students with writing questions about the novel on their index cards. Half of the questions should be about characters and the other half should be based on the plot.
  • Provide student groups with a game board template. Have students write rules and procedures for their game and then design their game board.
  • Upon completion, have student groups test play their game. If there are discrepancies about the answers to questions, have students find text evidence in the book to justify answers.
  • Have student groups rotate so that everyone has an opportunity to play the games developed by other groups.

Advice Column

This section provides instructions for having students analyze the characters in the story through the development of an advice column.

Time: 1 week

Materials:

  • computer/internet/printer

Research Topics & Guiding Questions:

  • What is the role of an advice columnist?
  • Which character would make the most interesting advice columnist? Why?
  • Which characters need advice?

Procedure:

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