You may be thinking worms…gross, but kids (most of them) love those little squirmy things! Worms play an important part in gardening. They also are an important part of the life cycle for plants and animals. There are so many fun things to do with worms. Here is a round-up of some great resources.
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- Diary of a Worm
- Wiggling Worms at Work
- Yucky Worms
- Garden Wigglers
- Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
- Composting: Nature’s Recyclers
- An Earthworm’s Life
- Wonderful Worms
- It’s a Good Thing There Are Earthworms
We are fortunate to live near a worm farm. Yes, you heard me correctly…a worm farm. Blue Belly Worm Farm is run by farmer Mark and he guides field trips all of time. The kids love it. Here always gives us worms to bring back to our classroom to experiment with. You can read about how we use them to set up a worm compost bin here. We also have a worm day that is filled with all kinds of fun worm activities. You can read about our worm day here.
Worm friends are a cute stuffed animal (worm) that we make on worm day. Once their worm friend is made, we use it for writing stories and math. Many of my students also love reading to their worms. Read about how to make a worm friend here.
During our worm unit, we work on many activities from the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot pack.
Do you make a compost bin in your class or school? What are some of your favorite squirmy activities that you use in the classroom?
I have also found some great ideas on Pinterest. Check them out!