Mayberry Magicians Get Wormy

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The Mayberry Magicians this month got up close and personal with red worms to learn about Vermiculture!

We started by reading together the “Wonderful World of Worms,” by Linda Glaser. Then we created a happy worm habitat drawing and pinpointed the parts of the anatomy we knew.

The students were shocked to learn that there are some 12,000 different species of worms in our world and that worms have five hearts and can live up to a full year! They identified what worm food was, pointing out that they are one of our “decomposers” and produce very valuable poop! Several students had fun demonstrating how worms move, it looked a bit like breakdancing. This gave me the chance to explain that worms have two sets of muscles and bristles underneath them that grab onto dirt and leaves.

With the red worms laid out on the table, the students put their scientist hats on and started making observations. We made notes about their shapes, sizes, colors and which end was the head vs tail!

      

Students then dug for worms in their garden and to compare them to the store-bought worms. This led to the discovery of some really big worms, like SCARY sizes! At the end of the class, each student gave their worm a new home in the garden. Overall, I found the teachers were pleased this was an outdoor activity.

      

 

Until next time,

Nitrogen Nikki

 

Nicole Hernandez

My passion for gardening came from spending my summer WOOFing in Ireland! Under the lure of Irish folklore, gardening became about magic and mythical fairies who guard over plants.

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