Anatomy of a Worm | Foster

Do you know which end of a worm is its mouth and which end is its tail?
Do you know how many hearts are inside a worm?
Did you know that a worm doesn’t have a stomach?

Through drawing the Anatomy of a Worm, my students at Foster Elementary learned that these invertebrates do, indeed, need all five of their hearts to survive (so please don’t cut their bodies in half!).
That worms have tiny brains but are still super smart because they have to remember all of their responsibilities (digging tunnels, eating compost, pooping, etc)!
That their gizzard digests the food.
That another animal which has a gizzard is a bird.
That the word “gizzard” is hard to say!
That worm poop is called worm castings and smells sweet, not stinky.
That worms are really, really helpful for the earth.

Smelling the worm dirt ... it smells sweet "like candy" as one kid put it :D

Smelling the worm dirt … it smells sweet “like candy” as one kid put it 😀

gently holding and watching the worms slither and hide in the dirt ...

gently holding and watching the worms slither and hide in the dirt …

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.