Lesson Plan

Animals' Needs

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Explore the wonderful world of earthworms as your class learns about the requirements of animal life. After building soda bottle terrariums, students observe worms over the course of a couple weeks, building an understanding that all animals need food and water to survive. Consider swapping out the worms for a different animal to make for more meaningful and interesting observations. The lesson does require a fair amount of preparation, so be sure to plan ahead.

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  • Earthworm experiment engages children in learning about animal life
  • The needs of animals are clearly demonstrated by comparing a living earthworm to a gummy worm
  • Includes an activity that outlines the step-by-step instructions for building a terrarium
  • Building the terrariums requires numerous materials not typically found in a classroom
  • Requires explicit instruction regarding how earthworms acquire the air they need to survive