Worms, Worms, Worms

Happy Wednesday!  We have had a very week in our class.  Yesterday we went to our local worm farm.  Farmer Mark ships worms all over the world (except Hawaii and Mexico).  He is great.

The kids love this trip.  They get to dig for worms and then climb a large worm castings piles (castings are the worm poop).  Casting look like dirt, but is extremely healthy for your plants.
Red Wiggler Worms

Farmer Mark always gives us some worms, so today we made our own class worm bin.  I took a plastic bin I had laying in my garage and had our wonderful janitor drill air holes.  Next, my firsties ripped up newspaper to put in 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.

After the newspaper, we needed food so we each ate a strawberry. We out the green stem into our compost bin.  These will rot and the worms will love it!

Before we put our worms into the class compost bins, we decided to be wormologist.  First we read this book, Yucky Worms.
After reading the book, we were ready to explore.  We used our senses to record how the worms felt, smelled, looked like and sounded like.

After all of that, our worms were ready for their home.  We put them in the compost bin and we will continue to feed them our food scraps and watch our castings grow.  Our casting can be put into our school garden.  Fun stuff! 

For more fun worm, rot and other recycling activities check out this pack:

This Friday, we will make our worm friends and make a worm snack. I hope your week is going well!



4 comments

  1. What a fun trip and project!

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

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  2. Where did you drill holes in the plastic tub? I tried looking at the picture, but I couldn't see.

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    1. The holes are drilled a couple of inches up the sides of the plastic tub. They are really small because the worms are pretty small.

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  3. You should not get frightened to see the worm casts in your lawn, because it just helps enriching the soil quality, which is a good sign for the growth of desirable plants.

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