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Activity 1: Introduction to Worms & Vermiculture
In this lesson:
Recognize redworms and their anatomical features; explain how redworms’ physical characteristics are similar to and different from humans’ characteristics; define “decompose,” and describe the role of redworms as decomposers, both in their natural habitat and in human-made vermicompost systems; identify the needs of redworms in their classroom worm box, care for the worms, and make observations in their classroom Worm Observation Notebook.

Activity 2: Living Soil
In this lesson:
Students will watch a video called “Soil is Alive,” then recall and review the information they learned; assess the components of soil and discuss how these components support the soil food web, which in turn feeds plants; cite the types of living organisms in the soil (FBI:  Fungi, Bacteria, Insects); define microorganisms as living things that can be seen only with a microscope; study a visual diagram depicting the interaction between a photosynthesizing plant and microorganisms in the soil and review the symbiotic relationship between them; analyze methods of caring for soil to keep the soil food web alive.

Activity 3: Decomposer Game
In this lesson:
Students will distinguish between producers, consumers, and decomposers; cite examples of producers (plants), consumers (animals), and decomposers; engage in a running game that demonstrates how the food web depends on decomposers, which break down organic matter to provide soil and nutrients to grow new plants; analyze the results of the Decomposer Game to clarify the importance of the relationship between animals, plants and decomposers.