- Ask children to name animals that can be pets. Then read the title of the book aloud and have children guess what kind of animal Willie's pet might be.
- Were children surprised that Willie's pet was a worm?
- Ask: Who thinks that a worm is a good pet? Why or why not?
- Encourage children to share their ideas of what makes a good pet. Jot down children's thoughts on the chalkboard. Does everyone in the class agree with each of the items on the list? Why or why not?