Thursday, April 5, 2012

Worm Day! Freebie!

I thought I would share something fun and science related that I do each year.  
What, you ask?

Well, maybe not the real ones, but we certainly get up close and personal!
I usually get a parent to volunteer and bring earthworms for us to use during our 'Worm Day' fun!
I have also been known to dig them up out of my yard and bring them myself.
I created a fun freebie for worm day...or any study of earth worms!
Find your freebie here on TPT!

Here are some pictures of our fun, which includes special snack, graphing, and more!
Our snack: "Dirt and Worms" pudding with crumbled chocolate cookies and gummy worms...
tiny sandwiches with slivers of cooked hotdogs (that look like worms)... 
and mealy- worm cookies (oatmeal squares with gummy worms)

I also always let my kids choose to have their picture taken with a real worm 
(to look as if they are going to eat it!)  The kids have a blast!  
(me, not so much because I have to pick up the worms!!)

 And of course, I have the gummy version for those of us who are not into the whole, 
'touching a real worm thing'!

I will admit, a couple of years ago I was doing this activity of taking their pictures and as a student held up the wiggly worm for me to snap a picture, she dropped the heart stopped in that instant.  Her mouth was WIDE open and all I could see happening was her dropping that worm in her mouth and me having to make that call. ('umm....yes, Ms. So and So, Little Susie ate a worm today...sorry')   Fortunately, the worm just went on the floor and I learned a valuable lesson...have them hold the worm in front of the mouth, it still looks good for the picture and no one is in danger of eating a worm!!

In case you missed it, I am guest posting over at Little Miss Kindergarten here (freebies over there, too!!)

AND, I have a great Creative Teaching Press Giveaway going on right now ends Sunday night!!

Thankfully we survived the field trip today with very little rain!  Thank goodness!


  1. Thanks for the freebie! What a fun activity! :)


  2. oh. my. goodness! Those pictures are HILARIOUS! I love it!! I'm totally going to have to steal this from you around Earth day - thank you for the freebie!!

    Rowdy in Room 300

  3. This looks like so much fun! Can't wait to do it with my class!
    Fun in K/1

  4. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. So cute! If that little girl had eaten the worm...she would have never forgot that day and the teacher who made her dangle a worm above her mouth for a pic...hahahaha...

    Love it!


    The 3AM Teacher

  6. This is adorable -- but I don't think I would be able to touch the worms . . . GROSS!! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  7. Such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing! LOVE the pics!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  8. This goes perfect with the FOSS science program! Love your worm story at the end of the post. Yikes and gross all at the same time!


  9. This is AWESOME!! We have a bait shop right by my house and I buy those super fat earthworms for k=my kids to investigate. I am SOOO using your Worm unit the week of Earth Day!
    Thank you so much!!
    Kerri B

  10. Ewwww! Icky worms-I love it! Your worm story is too funny!!!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

  11. I just downloaded it...thank you for writing worm facts in the I don't have to google that! :)


    Apples and ABC's

  12. Thanks for the freebie.
    I loved your guest post. Sam's Sandwich is on its way. I love these types of posts. Hope you will do more.

  13. Thanks! I just brought worms in this week to my kdg class. I let them each hold their "pet" every day. This year, my worms are pooping machines! My kids love it! One year, my principal came in in the middle of lesson where we were making a chart to describe worms. A few minutes in, she realized they were all holding worms. Her eyes got huge (she's not always fond of my chicken visitor either). She was a trooper and stayed in my room, but declined when one of my babies asked if she wanted to hold one! Hysterical. Glad to hear of fellow worm friends :)

  14. I'd hold up a gummy worm for sure! Cute activity! Thanks!

  15. Thanks for sharing! You had me worried about that worm there. I can't imagine that phone call home...whew! close call! :)

    Color Me Kinder

  16. Looks like lots of fun!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Your students look like they had a great time!! I've visited your blog several times and thought I was following....but apparently I wasn't. So now I'm your newest follower! =)

  18. Very cute idea! Thanks for posting!
    :) Jess

  19. Your blog is so cute! I'm happy to be your newest follower :) if you get a chance, stop by my blog too!!


  20. GREAT looking worm snacks, Jennifer.
    Can you imagine a REAL worm falling in your mouth? Yuck!!

    Grade ONEderful

  21. I love the worm pictures! Those are too adorable! Thanks for the freebies! Super cute!

    First Grade Garden

  22. I like CTP on Facebook and I am already a follower!

  23. Thank goodness no worms were hurt in the process, lol!!

    The Daily Alphabet

  24. This is great and goes with what we learn with plants and soil. Thank you for sharing your hard work and creativity! =)

    I am glad so worms were actually consumed!

  25. I am loving this stuff! So cute! Also, what is the name of the font in your blog title for the word Grade. I keep seeing it and I heart it!

  26. Your kids must totally LOVE you!!

  27. Thanks for the freebie! My kiddos will totally love this! Me?? Not so much. :) I can't stand worms...I get a little freaked out when they get too close to my garage door. But I'll suck it up for the kiddos!
    Thanks again!
    A Pirates Life for Us

  28. What fun! Thanks for sharing! I would love it if you would visit my little blog...I have tagged you to answer a few get-to-know-you questions!


  29. Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to add these ideas to my unit. I don't know why I never thought of eating "worms"!! Stop by to see some previous posts of mine!

    I also read your guest post with Little Miss Kindergarten. I would love for you to be a guest blogger for me sometime!!

  30. I love this activity! I always enjoy teaching about worms! I can't wait to use this unit!

  31. Totally cute idea with the gummy worms. Cute ideas about earthworms. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Dear Jennifer,

    I wanted you to know that we referred to your earthworm lessons that you posted on FirstGradeBlueSkies, as we developed a similar kindergarten one! We loved your ideas, and your freebie download. You may want to check out all we’ve compiled. And this is only the science and math components. I worked with two other teachers to come up with this great unit, and they did most of the literacy parts.

    We are hosting a Worm-themed linky, and believe this post would be a great addition! I love how you include photos of your kids “eating” a worm. They just love that stuff, don’t they? Consider linking up, when you get a chance!

    Here is the address to our linky:

    Darci the STEM Mom
    Andrea from No Doubt Learning
    Erin from The Usual Mayhem