Critter Curators

Young scientists explore the dark, damp, and dirty world of earthworms in this hands-on life science unit. In order to gain a better understanding of these slimy critters, children first perform a series of investigations before finally using what they learned to create habitats for their earthworms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include this mini-unit as part of a larger elementary life science unit on ecosystems
  • Encourage other classes from around the school to observe the earthworm exhibits children create during this unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires access to a digital camera and assumes students are proficient in its use
  • A variety of materials and scientific equipment is required for this invetigation, so be sure to plan accordingly
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes both a pre- and post-assessment, allowing teachers to monitor student growth
  • Rubrics are included for assessing student work
  • A list of literature connections and additional resources is provided with the unit
  • Activities are offered for extending learning about earthworms, habitats, and ecosystems
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