Happy April! We have had a very busy week in our class learning about worms. Learning about worms is a great addition to any recycling or Earth Day unit. Kids love (or squirm) worms!
Yesterday we went to our local worm farm. The head farmer, Mark ships worms all over the world (except Hawaii and Mexico). He is great with the kids and has a great field trip program.
Farmer Mark always gives us some worms, so today we made our own class worm bin. First, I took a plastic bin I had laying in my garage and had our wonderful janitor drill air holes along the sides. Next, my firsties ripped up newspaper to put into our worm bin.
After we had enough paper, we combined all of the newspaper pieces and sprayed them with water to make the paper moist. You want to just moisten the paper, not soak it.
Once the newspaper was moist, we needed food. So we each ate a strawberry! We put the green stem into our compost bin. These will rot and the worms will love it!
After all of that, our worms were ready for their home. We put them into the compost bin and we will continue to feed them our food scraps and watch our castings grow. Our castings will be used in our school garden. Fun stuff!
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Next, we will make our worm friends and make a worm snack. I hope your week is going well!