Herman's Statewide Goals
Students will be able to:
- Know the basic vocabulary of biology: biological composition, digestion
and reproduction told through a guided study of the worm.
- Gain knowledge of the principles of basic scientific research and
application through the creation, observation and maintenance of a worm
- Read critically and analytically by first viewing the biological life
of the worm and creating an environment to support life.
- Perform the computations of addition, subtraction, multiplication
and division by manipulating figures to create a worm bin.
- Make and use measurements, including area and volume, to create an
optimal environment to maintain and reproduce worms and create castings.
- Explain the interdependence within a closed system by creating a worm
bin and apply that knowledge to human systems.
Herman's Systemwide Objectives
Biological and Physical Sciences
- Classify familiar organisms and describe their life cycles.
- Use observation, classification and measurements to answer questions
about soil and the earth.
- Describe artistic expression of self and others through interactive
activities in Herman's Fun Place.
- Apply reading strategies to create a worm bin, investigating resources
on the web.
- Use technology to communicate by writing stories about Herman the
- Use the appropriate operations to determine the cubic inches and feet
needed to create a worm bin to accommodate the worms.
- Understand the properties needed to create a 3-dimensional bin for
- Identify the historical events that have influenced the development
of topsoil in the United States and the population and variety of worms.
- Describe the family genealogy and influences on our lives, by first
examining the simple history of the worm and then ourselves as individuals.
responsibilities will I have as a teacher if I start a worm bin? Who will
- Basically the students are to be responsible for the worms, but the
teacher is responsible for guiding the learning process.
- The teacher is responsible for ordering the worms, getting all the
- The teacher needs to demonstrate how to put the worm bin together.
It is perfectly fine to let the students help in the process.
- The teacher is responsible for overseeing the project. This teaches
can I make sure the kids are responsible without seeming distrustful?
- The teacher's responsibility is to oversee the progress of the worm
bin. Teachers aren't seen as distrustful if there is trust established.
- Assuming responsibility is a gradually learned skill. By guiding the
process, first by demonstration, and later through reminders and eventually
sporadic monitoring, the students learn to assume responsibility of
the worms gradually.
- The students have a lot of responsibility.
- They can actually put the bin together.
- They will make up the bedding.
- They will feed the worms.
- Harvesting the worms will be their responsibility.
- Checking the bin and recording will be the student's work.
is the time commitment for me? For the students?
- You need to have time for the curriculum. It will take creativity
and time to make the worm bin a part of each area of the curriculum
- It will take at least 45 - 50 minutes to start the bin.
often do we have to work on the worm bin to keep the worms alive?
- Feeding will occur about once a week -- depending on the size of the
- Assign a "feeder" and rotate the students.
- Use the group process -- take out things that aren't good for the
have only a window counter in the sun for the bin. Will direct sun hurt
- Yes, sun will hurt the worm. There are other places to put the bin
in the room -- under a desk -- inside the closet.
- Make sure the location is in a place where all the students have access
and the teacher can supervise.
- If you don't have room for a large worm bin, make it a small one!
happens if the students put candy (or other things) in the worm bin?
- Take the candy out! There are better nutritious foods for the worm!
could we stop the composting?
- Divide up the "work" of the worms and distribute it to the
students or put the worms and the compost in the school garden.
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do we do with the worms when we're done?
- The worms can be taken out of the compost and the process can begin
again, or you can simply put the entire contents in the garden.
there any form of recognition for the student's work?