Throwback Thursday- Worm Fun

Do you teach about recycling around Earth Day?  We actually teach our "Green Team" unit in the beginning of the year so the first graders can learn the importance of it early on.  We always visit our local worm farm and have fun discovering worms.  I thought I would re-visit a post about worms. These are combined posts from last March.  The first is about making worm friends and the second is about making your own worm bin.

This next post was originally posted on 3/31/13:

Happy Easter!  I have had a great weekend with friends and family and I still have one more day off.  Yay!  When we get back, we will begin our mapping and community unit.  We are changing that up a bit, so I will let you know how that goes. 
With our community unit, we are tying in our green team unit.  We will talk about how we can be good stewards of our community.  On of the places we will visit is our local worm farm.  Yes, you read that right a worm farm.  You can get worms, worm poop, worm poop tea, and even bat guano (poop).  I love teaching about worms.  The kids love it, and they really are an important part of our Earth.  Worm friends are something we make every year and kids love them.  I mean I have older students who come back to me and tell me they still have their worm buddy as a stuffed animal at home.  I thought I would share this simple project with you.


The supplies that you will need are:

knee-high sandal toe nylons and brown felt

small hair rubber bands

stuffing

First the kids stuff their worm (nylon) and tie off the end.  I find that many kids have never touched a nylon, so I have to give them a minute just to play with it.  

Once it is stuffed, they make segments on their worms with the rubber bands.  Depending on how tight the bands are, they may need help with this.  

Next, I hot glue the felt around the middle of the worm to represent its clitellum.  

Last, I let them draw five hearts on the nylon because worms have five hearts.  And there you have it, a new worm friend!


For more great worm activities, check out my new Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot! brain smart unit.






So there you have it.  You too can make your own worm friend.  Your kids can write about them.  So many possibilities.  Do you teach about recycling?  

The next was originally posted 4/10/13

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!

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