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

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.