Happy April! One of my favorite topics to teach about in April is worms. Yes, you read that correctly…worms. Kids love (or squirm) when we learn about worms! We learn how worms help the environment, make a worm compost bin for our classroom, read worm books, and make worm buddies.
We have a worm farm in our community that we like to visit. The head farmer, Mark ships worms all over the world. He is great with the kids and has a great field trip program.
My students always love this trip. They get to dig in the dirt for worms! As a finale, they climb a large worm castings pile (castings are the worm poop). Castings are extremely healthy for your garden.
Farmer Mark always gives us some worms to bring back to our class for exploration and to put in our compost bin. Making a worm compost bin is easy and fun to do with your class.
First, I took a plastic bin and drilled air holes along the sides.
Next, my students ripped up newspapers to put into our worm bin.
After ripping the newspapers into small pieces, we sprayed them with water to make the paper moist. You want to moisten the paper, not soak it.
Once the newspaper was moist, we needed food to put in the bin. I gave each student a strawberry to eat! They put the green stem into our compost bin. The stems will rot and the worms will love it!
Once the bins have food, they are ready for the worms. We put the worms into the compost bin and we will continue to feed them our food scraps each week. We will watch our castings grow. Our castings will be used in our school garden.
Have you ever made a worm compost bin in your classroom?
Next, we will make our worm friends and make a worm snack.