Anatomy of an Earthworm

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Anatomy of an Earthworm: an activity for children of all ages. Worms are fascinating! In this activity, children will learn the parts and functions of the earthworm. This activity pairs well with the “Become a Wormologist” activity.

  • Supplies:
  • Throughout the week, memorize Ezekiel 36:9, “For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown.”
  • Read a resource book about worms from the recommended reading section.
  • Using the resource book, Yucky Worms by Vivian French (or the link provided), draw a worm and label each part (scroll down to Class Clitellata: this link shows worm anatomy from a dissection so use with caution).  If you have one, use a slinky for a good visual aid to use in demonstrating a worm’s movement.
  • If your family is interested and has the stomach for it, you can watch a worm dissection on youtube.com.
  • Have your child narrate or write down the functions or role of as many parts of the worm as they are able. Record a younger child’s explanations/dictations as needed.
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • For additional learning: have your child draw the life cycle of an earthworm.
  • Feel free to add poems, memories, or quotes about worms to your garden notebook/journal as desired.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.

Earthworm poem

This poem is slimy,
And twisty, and squirmy,
It tells the tall-tale,
Of pleasant earth-wormy,
Who lived underground,
Munching old leaves,
Then turning them into soil for trees…

The worm couldn’t see,
No eyes, arms, or feet,
But helped plants to grow,
Chew, poo, repeat…
One day a blue-birdy,

Was out for a snacky,
And saw the earthworm,
What happened was wacky!
Bird flew for the worm,
To eat it for lunch,
But little girl, Lucy,
Stepped out with a crunch,
“Leave worm alone!
He might be muck-yucky,
But the soil he makes,
Makes all of us lucky!
I’ll protect mister earthworm!
With all that I’m worth,
We need slimy earthworms,
They’re good for the Earth!”

Mr. R