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Animals: Earthworms

These sites are about the anatomy of earthworms, what they eat and why they are beneficial. Includes activities and advice on keeping worms in the classroom. Composting with worms is also covered. Included is an eThemes resource about producers, consumers, and decomposers.


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Scroll down to the Species to read about the different kinds of earthworms and to view pictures.
Excellent children's site on worms, including earthworms. Click on "All About Earthworms" to view a movie of an earthworm being born and its five hearts. Requires Quicktime.
Instructions from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources about creating a worm farm in a jar. This is a one-page PDF file.
Fun site all about worms. Explore the links to discover the parts of a worm, where worms originated from, and what worms eat. Includes an interactive quiz on a worm's anatomy and the food worms eat. On the home page, click on "Teacher's Bin" and find out how you can request a poster of Herman.
This site has instructions for vermicomposting. Learn how to create a home, feed your worms, and harvest worms for gardening purposes.
Here is a long list of frequently asked questions about earthworms. Includes teaching tips.
Students can work in groups to conduct experiments on worms.
What is a producer, consumer, and decomposer? These are sites about these different kinds of organisms and how they interrelate to one another in food chains and food webs. There are experiments, games, other interactive features, and suggested classroom activities. Included is an eThemes resource on food chains and food webs.

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