Thursday, November 5, 2009
I'd like you to meet my friends--the red wigglers
I read Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer for the first time. In the past, we've read Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser. I love the illustrations in Wendy's book (by Steve Jenkins) and the detail about wormlets, what worms eat and how, but I may revisit Linda Glaser's book next year. It's better geared to our age level and allows for more time to do our science journals.
After reading I opened up the worm box to "introduce my friends" to the students. I showed the decaying apple, banana peels, garlic clove shell (worms ate the insides) and the leaves intermixed with the coir and worm castings. Only a few yucks and "why do worms eat garbage?", most couldn't wait until they could hold one. Some years only half will hold a red wiggler, but yesterday only 3 out of 40 said no.
After holding the worms and talking about how they move, we washed our hands and returned for a gummy worm treat. BUT first we stretched and relaxed the gummy worm to show how real worms travel.