“It feels like a banana!”

For the past several weeks, our kindergarten and 1st grade students have been learning all about worms!

Kindergarten students began by going on a creature hunt in the garden.

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They found plenty of slugs, snails and pill bugs!

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Next, they met some of the red wigglers from our worm bin.

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They touched the worms and practiced using descriptive words to describe how they felt.

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Most students agreed that the worms felt slimy, and one student declared, “It feels like a banana!”

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The students also observed how the worms responded when touched.  We recorded the observations as a class, and found that most of the worms got longer when the students touched them.

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The students also learned that worms breathe through their skin, and conducted an experiment to see what happens when a worm is placed in water.

They practiced their scientific drawings and described what they observed in a sentence.

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Finally, we discussed what worms eat, and how they digest their food.  The students learned about worm gizzards…

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Then rubbed pretzels on sandpaper to illustrate how the rough material in worm gizzards helps digest food- a great lesson idea from Ms. Taryn Colonnaise at Spring Valley Science School!

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Next, they looked at what is produced after the worms process their food– worm castings!

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We discussed how these castings are beneficial to the plants in our garden, and everyone added a small spoonful to the soil around the peas that they planted earlier in the year.  Look how much they’ve grown!

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There are many great worm books available for elementary school students.  “Wiggling Worms at Work” is one that’s available at our school library, and is worth checking out!

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One Response to “It feels like a banana!”

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