Creepy, crawly critters: The worm! 2017

Dear Parents,

Today we had a very wiggly day full of fun, exploring, and learning. We learned about an invertebrate today…one in the segmented worm class~ the earthworm! We read Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin today. It is an adorable book, which inspired our Dramatic Play today and it gave us a clue to our last creepy, crawly critter!

In the Science Lab today we learned about the worm. We read a few pages in our Classifying Invertebrates book about the earthworm, which is classified as a segmented worm.   We also read Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer. It has no skeleton, no ears, eyes, or nose, and hardly any brain. Yet, it has 5 hearts, a gizzard that helps digest its food, and setae, which are hard bristles that hold onto the soil, as it is moving! We decided to investigate the worm more closely at the Science tables. We each had our own real worm to observe! We looked for a wide, thick band around the worm’s middle. This is called a clitellum. This lets us know which end of the worm is the head. Then we noticed that the worm’s body is made up of segments. Each segment has two pairs of special bristles (called setae). The worm also has two layers of muscles; those running around the body squeeze the worm and make it thinner and longer. We watched our worms move on our damp paper towels. Then we wet our worm and searched for the 5 hearts. After observing the Earthworms, we made a worm farm for them to live in! Each child made layers of soil, sand, and dried leaves into their cup. We also added a little bit of water. Remember they need moist soil to breathe. We then put a worm on the top of the soil and covered the farm with tulle. Please look for the attached instructions on how to care for the Worm Farms.

Exploration Time was filled with earthworm fun!

Science Experiments:  We observed the worm and located all the interesting parts! Then we made a worm farm. Yes, those worms are coming home with you!

Projects: We had three art projects to choose from. We chose at least one. We could have made an earthworm puppet, colorful wiggling worms across the page, or a scientific segmented worm.

Math and Science Table: Farm Loose Parts was on the Math and Science table today! You will find many worms in rich, farm soil. We constructed with a large bin of Lincoln Logs, colored felt, rectangular baby food containers, cardboard pieces, tree cookies, tractors, barn animals, realistic birds, baby worms, sparkly eggs, and blue stones.

Table Play: We dug in our black bean garden today with our spades and gardening gloves. We found our colorful worms wiggling in our dirt, and we planted a beautiful silk flower garden!

We played with play doh today. We added dowels (to create tunnels), pipe cleaners and rubber worms for tunneling, and we included silk flowers.

Diary of a Worm inspired us to play with our Playmobil School House.

We also played with our Slinkys today. Slinkys simulate a worm’s movement.

Light Table: Real worms wiggled on our light table today. The light helped us to find the 5 hearts with our magnifying glasses! We also measured the real worms (and fake rubber ones too!) with unifix cubes and rulers.

Sensory Play: We played in a sensory bin with water, cattails, lily pads, small plastic flowers, plastic frogs, colorful fish, and small colorful worms.

Dramatic Play: We played with our Farmer’s Market!

Floor Play: The tree house, the Littlest Pet Shop birds and their cages, nests, eggs, the miniature furniture, and our wooden blocks were available for floor play today. We added some play worms. Baby birds have to eat too!

Snack: A gummy worm wiggled through some frosting on a graham cracker.

Stories:

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Classifying Invertebrates by Franco G (a few pages)

Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer

Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin (if time allowed)

Thank you for joining us in our studio. We have enjoyed you all! Have a wonderful summer!

Our best,

Jodi and Coleen