You Can’t Go Wrong with Worms

3 Apr

Kindergarteners at River Place Elementary have been making big things happen in their Titan Garden.  Planting snow peas, weeding, planting squash, watering plants… But lately we have been focused on small things- specifically worms.  The students have been learning about different animals in their Animals 2×2 science unit including worms. 

Out in the garden, we were thrilled to talk about how much good worms do for us in the dirt – aerating and helping dead plant materials decompose.  So we thought it would be fun to REALLY see worms in action by starting our own vermicomposting bin.

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The students discussed what worms need to keep them healthy and happy- air, a place to live and food.  Then we talked about how we can create all of those things in our vermicomposting bin.  The students did a great job listening but we all knew they were waiting for the big moment when we got to transfer about 2000 redworms into our worm bin which was donated by the Cole family (thanks!)  We made sure they had lots of newspaper bedding and a good supply of food. 

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Each kindergarten class will have a week where they take responsibility for feeding the worms by gathering the right kinds of food in a special bin that they bring out to the garden on their day.  So far, the worms are happy and healthy eating good stuff like banana peels, lettuce, and eggshells. 

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3 Responses to “You Can’t Go Wrong with Worms”

  1. FrogPrincessATX April 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Worms creep me out so it's nice to see kids getting their hands dirty! I found you on Austin Blogs' Facebook page, delightful blog!

  2. vbdb April 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    It's delightful to see the students so anxious to see worms that they're practically falling into the bin! They had such good questions and already knew so much that it was a real treat to hang out with them.

  3. Daphne Richards April 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Awesome!!

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