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Observing Earthworm Locomotion

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Observing Earthworm Locomotion

In this activity, learners collect worms and then observe how they move. If learners have never heard the noise a worm makes when it moves on a piece of paper, a surprising new experience awaits them! This activity includes many safety notes related to handling the glass carefully and taking proper precautions when handling soil. These can be found in the "Health and Safety and Technical notes" and "Procedure" sections.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Spade
  • Mustard powder (optional – see procedure)
  • Plastic tub (at least 1 liter) with small air holes in lid and sides containing potting compost
  • Glass sheet
  • Earthworms


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Collecting
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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