Observing Earthworm Locomotion

One acre of land can contain more than a million earthworms. Scholars collect earthworms to observe their movements. Once placed on paper, the sound of movement often fascinates pupils. When placed on glass, the earthworm is unable to move, allowing for more in-depth study of the body parts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss how earthworms help the environment by moving through the soil, eating the decomposing materials, and fertilization
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson uses British English, and some Americans may notice the changes in spelling
  • Carefully follow all health and safety procedures to avoid illness and injury
  • Easily adapts to many levels of study
  • Encourages good practices in the laboratory and respect for the animals
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