#10 - Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Summary: Diary of a Worm follows the daily doings of a small worm in a gigantic world. Three great things about being a worm include: never having to go to the dentist, never getting in trouble for tracking mud into the house, and never having to take a bath. This book introduces science concepts in an uproariously funny manner!

Suggested Activity: Make an Earthworm Observatory

Make a wormery with a large glass jar (a large peanut butter jar works well), worms, garden soil, and black construction paper. 

Place a layer of small rocks or sand in the bottom of the jar so that water will drain. Place two inches of moist soil and sand in the jar. Have children place the worms in the jar. Cover them with more soil. Keep the soil moist. Seal, using a lid with holes punched in it.

Wrap black construction paper around the jar. After 24 hours, remove the paper. The children should be able to see the worms tunneling through the soil. 

Curriculum Area: Learning and Problem Solving (observes objects and events with curiosity, explores cause and effect, applies knowledge or experience to a new context) 

Appropriate Age Group: 5 and up