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Set out enough pipe cleaners so each child will have at least 5.
What to Do
1. Read one of the books (see list) about earthworms.
2. Discuss earthworms and what they look like with the children. What do they
think when they see a worm? Do they think worms are important to the soil?
3. Discuss the importance of earthworms, how they help make good fertilizer for
plants, and improve the soil as they burrow through it. What do the children
think they should do if they see a worm? If no one suggests that they should
leave it alone, remind them to do so.
4. Have the children hold up the fingers on one hand as they count to five and
repeat the numbers with you. Then have the children do this without using
their fingers.
5. Ask the children to sit at the table and each line up five of the pipe cleaners in
a row as if they are counting worms. They can bend and twist the pipe
cleaners to make worms. Each worm can be a different shape.
Consider the following:
* Do the children participate in the conversation about earthworms? Do the
children say what they would do if they encountered an earthworm?
* Are the children able to count to five?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Bugs/Ants/Insects/Spiders
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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