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Soil Does More Than Get You Dirty - Learning Center - Earthworm Observations

Learning Center 3
Earthworm Observations


  • 4 plastic bowls each with soil with one earthworm in each
  • foil to cover each bowl when not in use
  • pencils
  • paper
  • newspapers or sheet of plastic cloth (to keep area clean)
  • wet cloth for wiping hands and cleaning
  • 4 sets of 8 questions about earthworms
  • folder

Instructions for students

  1. Each get a piece of paper, a bowl, and one stack of cards.
  2. Carefully take off the foil off the bowl.
  3. Look carefully at what is in your bowl.
  4. Explore the soil with your hands.
  5. Keep the contents in the bowl.
  6. Answer all of the questions on the cards. Remember to write the number of the card in front of your answer.
  7. When finished with the card turn your paper over and write a short story about your earthworm. Make up an adventure for your earthworm - "The Day in the Life of a Worm."
  8. Before leaving, put the foil back on the bowl. Use the wet cloths to wipe your hand and clean work area. Put your paper in the folder.
  9. Leave everything as you found it. Did you put your name on your paper?

Questions used  (could be a worksheet)

  • What do you see?
  • How do earthworms breathe?
  • Watch the earthworm move. How does it do this?
  • What does the earthworm look like? Look closely.
  • What does the earthworm do when you touch it gently with your finger.
  • Is your earthworm active?
  • Is it moving around a lot?
  • Where can you find earthworms?
  • Do earthworms come out every time it rains?
  • What is one thing an earthworm might eat?