How Do You Feel about Worms?: Students complete a series of questions about how they feel about worms before learning and interacting with them and then answer the questions again after the unit concludes.
Wriggly Worms!: Students should each be given a worm. They are then guided through the process of exploring their worm – they must draw a picture, measure their worm, and use their senses to make observations about their worm.
Diary of a Worm – The Next Entries: After reading Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, students are asked to write and illustrate two additional diary entries based on what they know about worms.
Parts of a Worm: Students learn about the functions of eight different parts of a worm and then label them on a worm diagram.
How Long is an Earthworm?: In this math challenge, students must put their math and measuring skills to the test to draw lines that show how short the smallest earthworms are and how long the largest earthworms are in North America and in the world.
These activities could stand alone as a mini-unit on worms or could be woven into a larger, more detailed unit that covers many different types of helpful animals. In my own classroom, we have a worm compost bin, so I use these activities to help familiarize my students with these creatures in our classroom!