April 29, 2008

Studying Earthworms

We had a lot of fun studying earthworms in preparation for our very first dissection, and I thought I would share some of the online resources that we found to be helpful.

Check out Worm World for basic information about the habitat, lifestyle and reproduction of worms, as well as how to build a wormery to observe these wiggly creatures in more detail.
Discovery Kids has put together a very informative site called Yucky Worm World. Did you know that worms are recyclers? See them in action yourself by making a worm bin. At Yucky Worm World, you will also encounter Mary the Worm Woman, learn all about earthworms, and visit Wendell the Worm's cousins.

How would you like to read a worm's autobiography? Visit The Adventures of Herman the Worm, where Herman shares his history, family tree, anatomy and many other interesting facts. He even offers worm games to play.

K-2 Teachers will appreciate ReadWriteThink's Digging Up Details on Worms lesson plan, which includes a booklist and directions for making a worm habitat. These lessons could be adapted for older students.

Older students living in Canada might enjoy a more in-depth study of earthworms by participating in Worm Watch. Even if you do not live in Canada, this site offers a very helpful page detailing external earthworm anatomy and a basic earthworm dissection worksheet. Don't miss their Virtual Worm Tour!

Why stop at earthworms? Glencoe Science sends older students on a WebQuest to classify and compare worms. This site lists some great resources and includes a teacher's page and worm comparison worksheet.

I learned so much about earthworms during this study; they are amazing creatures! Enjoy the links.
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May. 1, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by lahbluebonnet

Good for you! I am glad to see them in my garden, but difficult for me to dig further into research with these squrimy critters! We may have to dissect them next year.

May. 1, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by ApplesofGold

Wow-thank you for all these great links!! Holly

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