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It's a Worm's World
Submitted by Kari in Florida
Second Grade teacher
It's A Worm's World
Objective: How worms help to clean up our garbage and help plants grow.
Needed: Large rubber maid bucket with 4 holes drilled in the bottom, 2 lids one for the bottom and one for the top, screen, rocks, wet paper, dirt, and worms
1. Drill holes in the bottom of the rubbermaid for drainage. (4 works best)
2. Place one lid down and your bucket on top of it. (This catches all of the drainage)
3. Place screen over holes (so worms don't escape!)
4. Cover the bottom with rocks.
5. Cover the rocks with wet shredded paper
6. Cover wet shredded paper with dirt
7. Pour water over your layers until water comes out through your drain holes
8. Place worms in your bucket with some food (kids can save their fruits and veges from lunch) Remember to water your worms every other day! Worms have to stay moist! That is how they breathe!
9. Put the cover on top (worms like the dark)
As the worms eat the food talk about how they make the soil rich for plants. You can do a science experiment using plain dirt and worm dirt.
Plant two seeds and see which one grows the best! (The worm soil plant will!!) You can also use the wormy water that comes out through the drain to water your plants! This is full of nutrients! (This would also make a great science experiment!) We also observed our worms weekly charting growth and behavior. Sometimes you will even find babies or eggs in the soil! You can order worms from Nasco. Night Crawlers work the best!