Quick summary: Students make a mini worm farm in a bottle and see exactly how worms move when underground.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Year 1 Science
- Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
- Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-10LW, ST1-11LW, ST2-10LW, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes to construct a worm farm, 10 – 15 minutes observation time after 2 weeks.
Resources required: Large plastic bottle, soil, sand, dead leaves, water, earthworms, plastic food wrap, dark paper, pencil.
Safety advice: Depending on age or ability students may need assistance with cutting the top off the plastic bottle.
Keywords: Worm, worm farm.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.