Exploring Worms

Part of the "Worm Your Way Out of This" Collection


Students will investigate and analyze earthworms.

Estimated Time

45 Minutes

Setting Required

Inside or Outside


  • S3L1c. Students will identify features of animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.
  • S3L2b. Students will identify ways to protect the environment (conservation of resources, recycling of materials).
  • MCC3MD4. Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.


  • Earthworms for investigation
  • Journals or 8.5×11 copy paper (1 per student)
  • Coloring supplies (enough for each student)


  1. Ask students to create a list of facts that they already know about earthworms in a K-W-L chart. Then work with students to develop a list of questions that they want to learn the answer to.
  2. Provide students with the opportunity to investigate a worm and record their observations in their journal including a labeled sketch with measurements.
  3. Research earthworms to find the answers to unobservable questions.
    http://www.learner.org/jnorth/search/Worm.html http://www.wormdigest.org/content/view/35/2/

4. Review with students what they learned to add to the class K-W-L chart.

Additional Content for Exploration

Contribute to a Nation-wide Database Tracking the First Worm Sighting in Spring http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/worm/About.html

Example Experiment Questions:

  • Does vermicompost affect plant productivity, soil fertility, soil moisture, etc?
  • What vegetable will decompose the fastest in a vermicompost bin?