Lindsay Park Worm Squad

We've Got Worms! Worm-mania at Lindsay Park

School: Lindsay Park Elementary

Votes Received: 44

Our project is Environmental Literacy with a new…and somewhat wiggly…twist. Our team has taken Vermicompost to a new level, where every student, Kindergarten to Grade three, has multifaceted opportunities for exploring, learning and sharing their knowledge. This project has truly encompassed the full curricular spectrum: Social Responsibility and Personal Planning: Lindsay Park has ten vermicompost bins (recently doubled from our original five), where our worm friends reside, in the hall outside of our classroom doors. Students take turns collecting compost-worthy waste from around the school to feed the worms. We have a fresh fruit snack each day, so there are always fresh scraps. Through our Environmental Club and classroom opportunities, the students have learned that vermicomposting is an environmentally responsible choice, as it keeps valuable resources out of landfills. This saves energy and reduces our carbon footprint because fewer trips by garbage trucks are required! Students understand that nutrients can be recycled and used to create a natural fertilizer, reducing the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers which can be harmful. Students share this knowledge with their families and the community, enhancing healthy living for plants, animals and people. Science: What do I know about worms? What have I Learned? This has been the focus of our exploration of worms – their anatomy, diet, reproduction, and how their castings add nutrients to the soil to enhance healthy plant growth. Students had many opportunities to dig in and get their hands dirty, while being very gentle and respectful to the worms! Reading: A school-wide study of “Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin opened up many doors for learning. This humorous tale written from a worm’s perspective was the subject of many different types of reading. Our school, in conjunction with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy had an evening family event, at the end of which each student got to take home their own copy of “Diary of a Worm”. Writing: “If I Were a Worm”…in diary style, students shared what life would be like for them as a worm. Much humor was enjoyed by all! Math: Students weighed compost, graphed weight, and estimated the length and number/volume of the worms. Art: Through guided drawing, students made cartoons of worms, and dressed them up with hats, glasses and talking bubbles! Worm sock puppets were created, adding opportunities for theatre. Music: We listened, learned and sang songs and poems about worms (like the one on the video)! Future Plans for the Project: During our “Earth Week” celebration in April, students will have further opportunities to share their knowledge with the community; they will put together vermicompost kits, teach the environmental benefits as well as “do’s and don’ts” to people in the community, and sell the kits as a fundraiser. Our school has embraced this opportunity for learning, working together as a team, and sharing our knowledge about vermicomposting with others! Song credits: "Worms" by Matthew King, from the album Kids' Songs for Everyone. "Worms" by Stanley Schwartz, from the album Looking for the Perfect Bagel.

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