Worm is the Word

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Worm, worm…worm is the word!  


Worms are so cool and very important to our world, but these silent creatures don’t get the props they deserve!  Without earthworms, the soil our plants grow in would not be as rich in nutrients.  Our class decided to practice the Scientific method while learning about the worm.

First, what is the scientific method?  steps to follow when you want to ask and answer questions in a science experiment.

Using the scientific method to learn about worms.

Using the scientific method to learn about worms.

Recording our observations

Recording our observations

Next, what we learn about the earthworm?  Earthworms can get up to 14 inches long.  they can’t live where it gets permafrost.  they have segments called annuli.  an earthworms makes our soil better.  they can eat up to a third of its way each day.  Some people didn’t want to touch the worm!  they’re so cute!

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Last, what did we  do with the earthworms when we were done observing them?  Our class has a hummingbird garden.  we released the worms to help the plants grow better.  the plants are important because the hummingbirds drink the nectar from the blooms.

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What do you know about earthworms?

7 thoughts on “Worm is the Word

  1. Hi Mrs. Fraher’s Class,

    It looks like you learned a lot about earthworms. I learned about vermicomposting a few years ago, and all of the amazing things that worms do for our environment. According to the National Geographic, “As they burrow, they consume soil, extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter like leaves and roots. Earthworms are vital to soil health because they transport nutrients and minerals from below to the surface via their waste, and their tunnels aerate the ground. An earthworm can eat up to one third its body weight in a day.”

    Do you know what “vermicomposting” means?

    Kind regards,
    Em’s mom

    • Hi Em’s mom,

      Thank you for all of the great information you gave us in your comment. Vermicomposting is a very interesting sounding word. I have heard of it, but I bet many of the students in my class would like to learn about it. In your comment you said you learned about it a couple of years ago. What caused you to learn about vermicomposting?

      • Hi Mrs. Fraher and class,

        I learned about vermicomposting when I was reading Mrs. Moore’s Third Grade Blog. I knew what composting was, but had never heard the term vermicomposting until I read about it on her blog. I learn a lot of amazing things on classroom blogs and it makes me very proud to have my daughter at AJUSD.

        Em’s mom

  2. I grew up in Colorado. We would play with earthworms a lot. One of my jobs was digging for worms that we could sell to the people who were going up to the lake to fish. It was a lot of work!

    We also went nightcrawler hunting. Nightcrawlers are a type of earthworm, but they are much larger and red in color. They come out at night when the ground is very wet. We’d water the lawn during the day to make sure it was moist. Then we would go outside in the middle of the night with flashlights and shine them on the ground.

    When we saw a nightcrawler, we’d have to grab it quickly so we could pull it out of the ground. They were really fast and, if you didn’t grab them fast enough, they’d slip right back into the dirt. They were large and a little bit slimy, so it was sometimes hard to grab them.

    Have you ever heard of or seen nightcrawlers? Or is that just something from Colorado?

    • Natalie’s mom,

      Wow, thank you for all of the information on the worms. It was very interesting to hear about your experiences. I think we have night crawlers in Arizona, but I have never seen one. I know they are bigger than earthworms. Why would you need for the ground to be moist?

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