We had an amazing visit from Kevin ‘The Worm Man’ last week! He showed us how to make our own mini worm farms! Our term’s work has centred on the concept of ‘Sustainability’. In class we have discussed the many different things we can to do keep our world sustainable. After Kevin’s visit we have decided that the humble worm is the best natural recyclers we have!
Our visit began with Kevin showing us some information about Red Tigers Worms…the worms he had brought in for our worm farms.
These are some of the interesting facts we have learnt…
Tiger worms are called this because they have stripes like a tiger – Alexander
Worms help the environment by making worm poo – Azari
They don’t like the light – Holly
They don’t have girl parts or boy parts, they have both – Sophie Wheat
They can have more than one baby worm – Raffi
They have five hearts – Gaby
Worms have a saddle. The grown up worms have this – Thea
If you cut a worm behind the saddle it won’t pass away – Thomas
They don’t eat plastic – Linisha
Worms don’t like eating mandarin skin – Soreti
Worms don’t give birth, instead they make a ring that goes over their saddle and it turns into a cocoon. They also breathe through their skin – Amber
When the baby worms are born they can already look after themselves – Sienna
After learning some important information about the worms to was time to get our hands dirty! We looked through a lot of newspaper pulp in search of the worms…some of us loved it…some of us took our time getting used to it! We used magnifying glasses to see if we could see the saddle. The saddle told us if it was a baby or adult worm.
After our search we were responsible and checked the floor for any missing worms. Worms don’t like light and they are God’s creation! We have to look after them!
We listened carefully to Kevin’s instructions to make our own worm farms! We had a fantastic time learning about Red Tiger Worms. Thanks Kevin!
In the days that followed, we were able to have a look at what our worms we getting up to. They sure don’t like light…they disappeared so quickly when we lifted the cover! We have now taken our worm farms home and can’t wait to see if our plants or vegies grow bigger!
In class we have used this wonderful experience to complete a variety of activities. We used some of the photos and sequenced them in the correct order to help us write a procedure. Our writing is improving everyday so we challenged ourselves by writing a procedure that anyone could follow to make their own worm farm. We also wrote a recount of our experience and shared some information about some of the things we learnt and some of the things we enjoyed during Kevin’s visit.