Our Worm Farming ProjectBy Jenna Richter | April 4, 2017 | Uncategorized
Just after the election, the kids were really inspired to do good things for the world and made a list of things that they, as our youngest citizens, could do.
They thought of taking care of the earth and pollution. We picked up trash all over our neighborhood.
They thought of helping less fortunate folks, which they did with their food drive.
They thought of planting trees but everything was frozen and snow was headed our way. They thought about recycling. Our school has a paper recycling program but no way to compost. Time for an indoor compost solution, it was time for worms.
We spent weeks preparing for their arrival. We researched worms and worm bins then constructed our bin. Each student got a chance to drill air holes.
Next, we prepared the bedding of moist newspaper with a bit of horse manure. We waited for them to be delivered. When they finally came, I dumped a few in a tray so we could take a quick peek before releasing them into their new home.
We prepared a delicous feast of our lunch waste, treats like banana peels, crusts and egg shells.
We measured and documented what went in.
After about a week, we decided they had rested up from the trip and we could bring them out for some investigation. Everyone had a wet paper towel, a magnifying glass were ready to draw what they saw.
Since then, we have documented the life cycle of the worms. We started with adult worms, saw cocoons and then tiny baby worms emerge. We have also watched how quickly they have gobbled up our leftovers and left beautiful casings behind which will aid in our plant sale project.
The Discovery Lab students have been working on non fiction writing by answering basic questions about worms. Each question was different and children chose which they were inspired to write about.
We have been invited to share our work and our worms at an upcoming book swap called Books and Worms.