Get Growing! Lesson 8

Earthworms

This week it was a little too cold and wet to take the class out to the garden, so I brought the worms to them. We started off by reading book called "Diary of a Worm". It had some good facts about worms and some general silliness that everyone enjoyed.

We discussed some worm facts. In another book they've been reading in school, some kids collect worms to sell to fishermen. Apparently those kids cut worms in half because "they grow into two worms." I felt like a real spoil sport when I explained that a cut-in-half worm might regrow a tail, but the tail part would not grow a head and would die. Of course, the fresh cut tail part of a worm would probably still work as fish bait.

Everyone worked on making collages or garden plans from my collecting of old seed catalogs. The ones above were my examples. Meanwhile, two students at a time joined me for "up-close worm time". I brought in two big mason jar worm habitats and a shallow tub of worms dug from my garden that morning. Most of the students wanted to hold a worm in their hands but few decided to observe worms in my hand instead. It was a good opportunity for the students to ask me questions in a smaller group.

Making Worm Habitats

I'm bringing the worm habitats back next week because the worms have just started to make tunnels and do interesting things. In class they pretty much looked like jars of dirt.

First I put a toilet paper tube in the middle to keep the worms closer to the glass. (Thanks go to we-made-that.com for the idea.) Then I filled the jar with layers of potting and garden soil.

I found my worms in the garden bed just outside the backdoor where I toss vegetable clippings and coffee grounds every morning

I cut some lids from window screen for ventilation and used the ball jar rings.

Dark paper sleeves block the light and encourage the worms to tunnel close to the glass where they will be visible. (Worms have no eyes but can sense light and will avoid it)