Worms are the perfect springtimelife science theme. Here are 16 classic and creative activities with Earthworms or ideas to take learning about worms further.
You’ll love the ways to teach observation, creating worm habitats, writing about worms and Earthworm crafts too.
1. Can Worms Smell – Set up a creative experiment to see if worms really can smell! You’ll love how simple testing out this theory can be with a paper plate and a few test objects like soap, apple, water and candy.
2. Worm Observation – Take observation to a whole new level with a window for an observation table, giant earthworm photos and how to pull worm observations into a class book. Classic!
3. Earthworms In a Day – Fun Life Science – Turn one whole day into a fun-filled learning day about earthworms. This is a great resource for having a “Worm Day” in kindergarten.
4. What Do Worms Eat – As an introductory lesson, have students share their thinking about what Earthworms eat. Create a class chart and then test it out when the worms arrive in your classroom.
5. Gummy Worm Vs. Earthworm – Bring in the life science concept of living and non-living with this comparison worksheet. Students can compare a live worm to a gummy worm.
Creating Worm Habitats
6. How to Make a Worm Tower – Using a 2 liter pop bottle and dark paper, you’ll have the perfect diy tutorial for making an Earthworm habitat. If you want to keep the worms closer to the visible parts of the container, add a paper towel tube to the middle to take up interior space.
7. Earthworm Home – Create the perfect large observation using a glass jar and a combination of soil and sand. Using both soil materials will mean your students can see the layers change as the worms churn the soil. A perfect DIY tutorial on making a worm habitat for in the classrooom, along with what to feed the worms to keep them alive.
Connecting to Worms
8. Worm Rhythm Dictation – If you’re bringing elements of music education into your worm fun, this rhythm dictation worksheet is perfect. Students color pictures to represent the note lengths as they listen to this classic silly song.
9. Making Connections With Worms – Read “How to Eat Fried Worms” and get them on the hook for starting out a week with worms by having them feel cooked spaghetti and more fun worksheets to engage kindergarten and first grade students.
10. Shel Silverstein Early Bird Worm Poem – If you’re like me then you love bringing in Shel Silverstein’s poetry into the classroom at any chance. Here is his “early bird” poem which could be a great starting point for a writing prompt about why worms should sleep in late or a creative writing piece.
10. Apple Worm Craft – Use a popsicle stick and an apple die cut to make this cute pipe-cleaner worm sticking out of an apple. Cute for preschool or kindergarten. If you write poetry in first grade, this could be a cute addition to your display.
11. Earthworm Puppet – Use a handprint or fringe-cut grass to make a paper cup worm puppet. Create a crinkly segmented worm body with a tissue paper covered straw and googly-eyes. Punch a hole in the base of the cup to turn it into a puppet.
Earthworm Extension Resources
12. Frankenworms – Take learning about worms further by creating “frankenworms” using gummy worms. Students explore the scientific method by seeing a reaction when the candies are put in water with baking soda.
13. Anatomy of a Worm – Get to know “Squirmin’ Herman” the worm as you explore the body, clitellum, five hearts, how he moves and breathes and has light sensitivity. You’ll even love the quick parts quiz. An intereactive website about worms that is student friendly.
14. Earthworm Composting – Read about how composting can create an environment for breeding earthworms and find a link to a free lapbook download and recreate how a worm moves with a paper straw wrapper trick.
15. How Earthworms Help Grass Grow Graph – A neat infographic that is doesn’t shy away from using meaty language. Use this as a clever printable to add to your resources for students to use if they are researching benefits of worms.
16. Yummy and Quick Types of Soil Project – Tie your investigation into worms into the types of soil for third grade. Students will dig the edible project that includes gummy worms.
So there you have it! 16 creative and classic ways to teach worms – making your teaching life easier! Thanks to these generous teachers for sharing their best writing ideas with us – you ladies are great! Feel free to grab my “I’m a Featured Teach Junkie” blog button. You earned it!
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38 Earthworm Facts for Kids
navajocodetalkersadmin on January 4, 2015 - 10:00 am in Fun Facts for Kids
Sure, earthworms might seem gross. But believe it or not, worms are actually very helpful creatures in a lot of ways. Here, we will tell you more facts about earthworms that we bet you did not already know. Read on to learn more about these neat, creepy, crawly creatures.
1. You can immediately identify earthworms because they are found living in moist soils of all types. They are often reddish-brown in color, and have a body that is slimy and appears to be in segments, or different pieces connected all together.
2. Earthworms have no ears or eyes. They do have one end of their body that is more sensitive to light than the other.
3. There are well over 6,000 different types of earthworms around the world.
4. Earthworms are on every continent except Antarctica. They even live in some oceans.
5. Earthworms actually breathe through their skin.
6. If an earthworm stays outside in the light for more than an hour, they will die. They may also be in danger if they are either in soil that is too wet or too dry.
7. The reason that worms feel slimy is because they secrete a fluid that helps them to crawl and dig better through dirt, all while keeping their skin moist.
8. The earthworms that you see after heavy storms are usually from the species commonly known as the rain worm.
9. Worms that typically come out at night at known as night crawlers.
10. The worms that you might find being sold as fish bait are called angleworms.
11. Worms can dig down over 6 feet underneath the surface of the soil.
12. Earthworms have no bones or skeletons.
13. Believe it or not, earthworms are not boys are girls. They are both, at the same time. All adult earthworms can lay cocoons, or eggs.
14. Most worms will live between 1 and 2 years. However, they can live as long as up to 8 years.
15. In the tropical areas of the world, some species of earthworms can reach up to 14 feet long.
16. The largest earthworm ever found measured 22 feet long.
17. Of the types in the US, worms that you grow can get up to 14 inches long.
18. Worms love to eat both soil and fallen leaves. They eat their body weight in these materials each day.
19. Each small part of the body of the earthworm (segments) are covered with hair like bristles that are used by the worms for wriggling through dirt.
20. These same bristles allow worms to sense touch.
21. If earthworms are native to the area, then they will help gardeners and plants by mixing air with the soil and loosening it around the roots of various plants. Because of this, earthworms are very important to the ecosystem.
22. Worm tunnels also help to hold soils in place and stop erosion through water.
23. Pesticides might kill common garden pests, but they can also negatively impact the earthworm population.
24. Worms can crawl both backward and forward in the soil.
25. The castings produced by worms (or earthworm poop) is actually a very desirable natural fertilizer for plants. Some gardeners even purchase earthworm castings to mix with their soil.
26. When they are born, earthworms are actually hatched from very tiny eggs that look a little like lemons. Baby earthworms look just like adults after they hatch. It takes them from 10 to around 55 weeks to become adults.
27. Each adult earthworm can produce up to 80 eggs each year.
28. In only 90 days, the total number of earthworms in a given area can actually double.
29. Despite the fact that they may not seem like the smartest creatures, earthworms actually do have the ability to remember some things. You can even teach them to avoid dangers.
30. If an earthworm gets injured and part of their body is cut off from another, they can replace that part by growing another. This only works for the part of the original worm that still has the head. Reproducing parts is also very difficult for the worms, but it can be done.
31. Do not cut a worm in half! You will kill it, just like you would any other living creature.
32. Earthworms have red blood, just like humans.
33. Lots of other animals eat earthworms in the wild. This includes toads, foxes, moles, birds, snakes, slugs, and beetles.
34. In some areas of the world, people actually eat earthworms.
35. Some earthworms might have up to five hearts.
36. We are 75% water. Earthworms are 90% water.
37. Over a million earthworms are found in every single acre of land.
38. If you want to learn more about earthworms, we recommend raising them on your own (which you can do) by creating an earthworm farm in a terrarium, jar, or plastic box. Just add soil with some leaves and grasses. Chances are (if the soil is fresh from the outdoors) a few worms will already be there.
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